Joy, delight, laughter, friendliness, fun — the results of an optimistic and positive outlook…are we born this way or can we nurture optimism? Some imagine it to be biochemical, and while the surfeit of pharmaceutical remedies is mind-boggling as well as mind altering…prividng temporary relief…what is actually needed is something more durable and long lasting. I’m not necessarily advocating ditching the pills – but to encourage the search for true solutions – to reach deeper and find out what is really holding you back from joy, back from living fully, back from your heart’s desire…
A wise person said “creativity is the antidote to depression”. Depression is a lack of engagement, it contains apathy, hopelessness and despair. Creativity means engaging with the universe with energy, excitement and open ended possibilities. If it’s true that insanity is repeating the same action hoping for different results, then creativity is the antidote for that, too. For in the act of creation there is no “same” action – by definition it means new and different. Creativity is the powerful force of this world – artistic creation culminating in manifestation as a result of intention and action.
Sometimes inspiration comes with complete clarity. Bells clanging, trumpets blaring – I know exactly what I want to create, and along with inspiration comes energy – lots of energy. I recently reminded myself that by relaxing and taking a vacation, my energy is renewed and refreshed and clarity comes in a bit of a whisper, instead of a roar. And still the information penetrates and opens, like the thousand petalled lotus, the world unfolds in unexpectedly magical ways, guiding me along to places I didn’t know were available to me.
Creativity isn’t just for artists. Engaging with life in a creative way is possible in each moment. Sitting on a park bench, observing the flow of humanity it strikes me how much individual creativity has gone into each person’s creating of themselves – even the simple act of choosing a set of clothes for the day has an impact on how life unfolds. Who doesn’t love putting on a pair of flip flops for the feeling of “life’s a beach”… or wearing something elegant and special for that kind of event.
Judgement is the death of creativity – it can stop us in our tracks – subvert the process and send us spiraling back down where we came from. Learning to kick judgement to the curb is an important step in fully engaging in the creative process. Unleashing our heart’s capacity to groove gets easier and easier – like a flower unfolding or a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. Gazing outward with an attitude of gratitude is more powerful than even one teeny tiny criticism – which can completely deflate the unprepared and make a dent in the joy of creation. Disregarding all those impulses is great practice for any activity of life – courage is the act of defying all contraindications and boldly stepping forth to our own personal calling. Summon courage! It gets easier and easier, and sometimes the outer world reflects positively on our creations and sometimes it doesn’t – but letting go of the need for the world’s approbation is true freedom. Spread your wings and fly!
Everyone has talent – it is not reserved for a special few. Sure, most of us will never shred on a guitar like Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton and we may not paint like Van Gogh, but the value of our own participation in creation is immense. Recognizing our calling to create, beneath the insecurities, the timidity and the fear lies pure joy. Imagine yourself as a 3 year old coloring outside the lines – bring laughter and enjoyment along for the ride and start experimenting with your own special magic. Everything is art – making a cup of chai, potting a petunia, rearranging the furniture – all these simple everyday acts can engage our creativity. Oh yeah!