The Secret of Creativity ~ Part One
- Print off a copy of the post
- Get yourself a pen, paper and a highlighter
- As you are reading highlight any words which seem, relevant, important or jump out at you.
- Make notes in the margins. This can simply be any thoughts, connections or ideas that come to you whilst you are reading.
For minimum impact you need to be an active reader.
For maximum impact you need to be an active participant.
After each CREATIVE SECRET there are questions for you to consider, and Creative Tasks and Exercises for you to try. If you are serious about becoming more creative set aside at least 15 minutes to complete each activity.
*TAKE NOTE ~ the activities or questions that seem the most tiresome, difficult or challenging are likely to be the ones that will benefit you the most!
~ SMALL STEPS EVENTUALLY MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
~ KNOWING AND DOING ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS
~ YOU ONLY GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN
Be prepared to dig a little deeper.
Are you like me, do you believe that in each and every one of us there is the potential to be so much more? Would you love to live a life that is true to who you really are? A life that is more fun, creative and passion-filled? Do you seem to never have the time, energy or motivation to do the creative activities you long to do? Do you know exactly what you would love to do, but just don’t know how or where to begin? Perhaps you feel buried, deep underneath fears, doubts and anxieties? Does it seem easier simply to put your creative pangs on the back-burner, not to begin, or to keep putting off even starting? Maybe it even seems easier; to simply forget about any of your hopes and dreams? Maybe you’ve managed to convince yourself that it’s just too much of a struggle and not worth the effort? Have you convinced yourself that you are too just too old, not talented enough or too broke? Do you tell yourself that you simply do not have the time to live a more creative life?
Perhaps you are already a very creative person in your day to day life? Maybe you do a job or the type of work which allows you to express yourself creatively most days?
If so, great!
Not all of us are so fortunate.
Many of us have had our creative urges stifled, and even kicked out of us from a very early age. For many, our innate creativity is buried deep under years of responsibilities, fears, doubts, negativity and “just not good enough’s.”
Some of us have stopped believing that we are actually creative; instead we have managed to convince ourselves that we have no need, or time for creativity in our lives anyway. That creativity is a luxury, for people who have lots of leisure time and/or money. Or creativity is for people who are naturally predisposed to being creative, and that those people are in the minority. People born with creative talents of gifts, who seem to have been naturally creative since they were a child.
Not people like you or me.
We may have distant memories of longings, forgotten or buried dreams, yet we have managed to do a great cover job on ourselves. To brush our dreams well and truly under the duvet covers. managing to convince ourselves that these past hopes and thoughts were just flight of passing fancy, pipe dreams nothing more.
Do you have a feeling that something is missing from your life?
Maybe for years you’ve had a niggling longing to do something, but you just haven’t known where to start? Do you ever have a feeling that something is missing from your life? That there has to be more to life that what you are experiencing now? That you would love to do something more creative, if only you had the time, energies and finances?
Would you love to be more creative, but have too many other demands on your time, like your family and job?
In the past did you have dreams of writing a book, learning to play a musical instrument or creating art? Have you decided it is now too late now?
STOP. Take a moment and answer this;
Do you believe that in each and every one of us there is the potential to be so much more?
I do. I believe that there is magic and creativity in each and every one of us.
Maybe now is the time to take the hunt, and go in search of you’re your missing treasure? & go in search for your missing treasure chest of creativity, which I believe is buried deep, right inside you.
The time is perhaps NOW.
Dare to open up your very own chest of creativity. I think you will be amazed at what you will discover and unearth. Precious treasures lie in wait, waiting to be discovered.
But you have to be prepared to dig a little deeper.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT CREATIVITY ANYWAY?
“CREATIVITY IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT”
YOU WERE BORN TO CREATE
We are all born to create.
Simply living itself is a creative act.
For prove that we are all creative……
Just take a good look around you.
Look at the home that you live in, your environment and the big wide world that we call Earth. We have shaped and created our world, everywhere you look there is evidence of our undeniable human will to create, our instinctive need to create.
Almost everything you see right now has started of as single thought, a small spark of an idea in someone’s imagination.
From the desk that you are sit at, to the seat that supports you, the computer screen that you are reading this blog post from, the cup you drink your coffee out of……
I could go on. All of these objects started off as a tiny lit spark of a creative idea, a light bulb of inspiration and creativity in someone’s imagination.
CREATIVITY is primal. It is our natural instinct.
Our urge to create is a so powerful, and we should honour this need.
IT SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED.
I believe we are all artists of some kind. We all have a creative spirit, that spark within us. If you think that this is some kind of new age bullshit take a look at children. Perhaps you have children of your own? If you don’t, take a moment to think about your nephews and nieces, or perhaps friends or neighbours children. They are constantly creating. They never stop. They are constantly exploring and making sense of the world through play, games and creation. Give them paper and crayons, and they will happily doodle and draw with fearless ferocity. It is the most natural thing for a young child to do.
It is only as we get older that we start to lose that natural spark of creative energy. Does this not show that creativity is not just something that is a gift or talent to a chosen few? That we are all born creative. We only lose our natural creative tendencies because life takes its stranglehold, we take many knocks and bumps and our creativity which is so susceptible to harsh words and negativity, so it goes into hiding. By the time we hit adult-hood our creativity appear to be know where to be seen.
The great news is that our creativity has not gone for goo, neither is it lost forever. It’s like with anything if you don’t use it you lose it, and it becomes less and less easy to tap into. We are all still naturally creative, it’s just that we’ve forgotten how to create, we are simply out of practise.
We are all still creative, our creative just needs a little, encouraging, coaxing, TLC.
Your creativity may need reigniting that’s all.
It is not only artists, musicians and poets who can be creative. You, who ever you are, you who is reading this e-book have a creative need and urge that needs fulfilling.
We could all be so much more. We already are so much more; we just need to awaken the stifled creative fire and breathe life back into it.
Creativity has for far too long been viewed as mysterious, magical and even divine. Way too many of us have been led to believe, or brainwashed into thinking, that you either are creative or you are not creative, simple. This is crazy thinking.
We are led to believe that creativity should be some effortless act. We grow up thinking that if it doesn’t flow or happen easily then we are simply not creative. Creativity throughout history has been seen as the trait of only a select group of people, in particular people who we term “Artists”. Individuals, like writers, musicians and poets people who we imagine are born with particular gifts and talents.
This is total nonsense!
We all need to make sense of our world. Everyone needs to find their place in the world. It is essential that we can explore and work out whom we really are.
This is why creativity is so powerful, because it offers us an outlet, a means of self-expression which allows us to do just that. When we tap into out creativity we start to be able to express ourselves more freely, and we begin to understand who we are.
CREATIVITY IS THE KEY
It is a magic key. It is the KEY that can unlock OUR own TREASURE CHEST.
The creative process has the potential to enable us to tap into our, sometimes hidden, or hard to express or understand feelings.
Creativity is a key to our very own personal treasure chest. The key maybe old, rusty, unused or even lost , but with a bit of fiddling and fumberling, perhaps in the dark, the key will eventually fit the lock, turn and, who knows what treasure you find….
REMEMBER DIG DEEP.
“Finding the joy and freedom to express through dancing, writing, painting, music and singing will unlock the magic and wonder of your soul.”