There is a lot of talk about how hard it is to tap into a person's own creativity. This is a falsehood. It is easy. Rather, it would be easy if our culture was not one in which people are taught to suppress their emotions. It is common knowledge that men are seen as weak if they cry, and women are viewed as bitches if they show their anger. In most cases, women are not viewed as flawed if they show the emotion of sadness, and when men appear to be angry, (unless they are men of color), within reason, this is seen as acceptable.
Otherwise the spectrum of emotions are closed off to most of us after we hit puberty.
Creative expression would be more commonplace in a culture or society which embraced emotional expression. This is The Truth of Creativity. It is merely an expression of a viewpoint, combined with knowledge, catalyzed by emotion.
This is why Creativity in the workplace is at an all-time low. Most of us hate our jobs, or at the very least, are filled with dread or fear about our work. We spend our days stuffing our uncomfortable emotions around all the things we feel we "have" to do, either with food, drink, screen time, or other substances, and then wonder why we can't come up with any new ways of expressing an idea or solving a problem. Most of us are stuck and scared to move, because we know that movement will most likely mean that we will have to contend with feelings that are uncomfortable.
Do You Want to be More Creative?
Get in touch with your feelings. I am not saying you need to talk about them. In fact, whenever I teach a class full of teenagers how to sculpt, draw or paint, I ask them, "would you rather talk about your feelings or make art about them?"
I am sure you can guess what the unanimous answer always is. The key factor in successfully bringing about creativity is practice. That means every day, even if it is only for 10 minutes, make an effort to practice expressing something, anything. Hell...even once every other day, even once a week...The point is, the more you practice, the more you put yourself in a position to emit some type of point of view, the more able you will be to do it as time goes on.
The reason so many people don't feel like they are creative is that they have been told they are not, and they believed it. Then, every time something happened around creative expression, whether or not it was successful, they used it to confirm that bias within them.
BUT, be warned, once you start this practice, it will change you. It will change your life. You will become a different person. There is no way this won't happen. It's physics. You will become more comfortable with your feelings. You will have a more secure sense of self. You will trust yourself more over time. This is what comes from tapping into your inner creator. More confidence. More awareness. In short, more life.
Not everyone can handle being creative. While it is easy, it is not simple. It is in fact quite complex and will touch every part of your life. But, once you develop this strength, you will have one more way to facilitate moving through your life.
If you want to know more, just let me know. I can help you...give you that little nudge you need to get you going down that path or be a mentor for you as you get started.
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