Five truths about creativity you may not realize

creativity energy soul's expression Mar 30, 2022
hand holding crochet hook, creating a doily

In my 20+ years as a life coach, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Oh, I’m not creative.  I don’t have a creative bone in my body!” Yes, you are creative - even you.  To prove it to you, here are five truths you may not realize about your creativity:

1. To create is to transform

When we hear the word “creative,” we automatically think “artistic,” or “talented,” and since we believe we are neither of those, we reject the entire concept.  Creativity is transformation.  When we create, we take something and turn it into something else. 

Here are a few examples of how we are creative every day: we transform raw ingredients into a meal.  We transform raw data into an informative spreadsheet. We transform a plot of dirt into a bed of flowers. We transform skeins of yarn into a sweater.  We transform a blank piece of paper into a poem, or a painting, or a list of things to do.

We transform things in our world all the time. The very process of learning and growing is an act of creativity.

2. Creativity opens us to flow

When we decide to take the leap and try our hand at allowing our creativity to be expressed, we imagine making something as beautiful as what inspired us.  We give it a try, then get frustrated because it didn’t turn out the way we wanted, and give up.

Creativity has two elements, skill, and imagination.  When we challenge our skill level to create what we imagine, it can put us in a state of flow.  We get lost in the process. 

3. Creativity feels good

A state of flow balances skill and challenge.   If our skill level is too remedial for the challenge, we get frustrated and quit.  If our skill level is too advanced for the challenge, we get bored and quit.  In the sweet spot, the two are balanced. 

Creativity is a doorway to that flow state.  The level of focus that’s required to balance skill and challenge allows us to muffle the head trash of everyday life.  We lose track of time. 

We leave with a sense of accomplishment.  And that feels really good.

4. Creative works will emerge

When we enter the flow state regularly, it opens our spirit to the greater flow of energy.  When we are open, what needs to be created finds us.

Here’s how Elizabeth Gilbert explains it in her wonderful book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear:

 “I believe that our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and  bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas. Ideas are a disembodied, energetic  life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of   interacting with us—albeit strangely. Ideas have no material body, but  they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have will. Ideas are  driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an  idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a  human partner. It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be  escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”

5. Creativity must be shared

Our output is someone else’s input. When we share our creation, it completes the creativity cycle.  Just as you are inspired by an act of creativity, no matter what your skill level, someone else is inspired by your effort. 

One of the most delicious gifts we can receive is something that was made by hand.  Whether it’s a drawing, a coaster, or a jar of jelly, the energy of the maker comes through.  They used their time and skill to create something for us and that loving energy comes through.

Please remember that you are already creative.  Embrace the transformational energy and let it flow through you.  It invites more joy into your life and the world will always be richer for it

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