Creativity Is For Everyone, Really?

New CrayonsI really believe that everyone is creative, but it does need to be cultivated. It needs to be honored and nourished. You need to practice and play with it, the way you do with anything you want to learn and get good at.

It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or money. Buy a cheap spiral bound notebook. Personalize it. Make a collage on the cover or do a drawing. Sit down at your coffee break and write what’s on your mind for five or ten minutes. Or try doodling for one minute letting your pen really move on it’s own. Then look at the doodle as you would clouds in the sky and see what comes to you.

Resist the urge to judge anything you’ve done. Don’t make it serious. Think of how a young child plays. Buy a pack of crayons. Sing in the shower. Look at actual clouds in the sky, what animals do you see. Play with your imagination. See what happens.

Pay attention to any flashes of insight or inspiration and follow it where it takes you. Creativity is a dance between the conscious mind, the subconscious and the superconscious. It feels more expanded that our mind and thought process are capable of. It gives us access to new ways of seeing and perceiving. It feels good.

You can work creatively with everything: problem solving, parenting, gardening, cooking, design, decorating, arts and crafts, writing, computers, teaching, public speaking. Stop for a moment and make a list of all the ways you are already using creativity in your life. Honor yourself for it and look for ways to expand your capacity to be creative.

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