Creativity has been on my mind all week. My creativity…yours…even Oscar’s. Because, believe it or not, we’re all creative. Oh, I can hear some of you even now scoffing at that statement. “Me, creative? I don’t have a creative bone in my body!” Yes, you do! And part of my mission with Imperfect Zen is to help us embrace our creativity…our identities as creators. That’s right, creators! I’ll be enlisting the help of experts and mentors along the way, but today I just want to get each of us considering our amazing, unique creativity, and, more importantly, how it figures into both our everyday lives and our dreams. I thought I would do that by sharing a few things that came up for me around creativity this week.
#1: “We’re born to be creators and most of us have forgotten that…”
I shared in the May New Moon Missive how I discovered a new, wonderful podcast: Connie Chapman’s Awaken Radio. Well, last week I was listening to a really great episode…Manifest Your Desires Using Intention, Energy & Intuition with Jordanna Levin…and at one point in the conversation they started talking about our identities as creators:
Jordanna: It’s really a remembrance. It’s all deep within us; we just need to locate it.
Connie: It’s like an innate part of who we’re here to be. I think we’re born to be creators and most of us have forgotten that and a lot of us are waking up to the remembering of that, as you’re saying.
Jordanna: Absolutely. Absolutely. It’s part of our role as a human. It’s part of the human experience. And part of our place in the Universe, really.
Now I think what caught my attention about this exchange is that, even though I’ve identified as a creative person my entire life, I still forget that I’m meant to be creative…that it’s not just something I’m choosing to do, but that the Universe and my higher power wants me to create. And not just with art & stories & recipes & cross-stitching, but with my whole being! As Connie and Jordanna (apparent moon goddess and master manifester who has a really cool site and podcast herself) discuss in this episode, manifesting the lives we want is a joint act of creation. In essence, we’re just as much creators as the Universe, God, or whatever you call the divine in your life. I just want to pause and really soak up that thought.
We’re inherent creators. We’re meant to create. It’s one of our roles as humans…and not just through procreation (which is incredible in and of itself!), but through our intentions, our dreams, and actions.
#2 We create the things that fill our days and lives.
I’ve also been reading and working through Pedram Shojay’s book, The Art of Stopping Time (previously referenced in the post, My Relationship with Time). Shojay offers this book up as “practical mindfulness for busy people”, encouraging us to review and renew our relationship with time in order to lead a meaningful and well-lived life. The book is divided into 100 short chapters & exercises, to be read & done over 100 consecutive days. Day one is still one of my favorites because it asks us to assemble a realistic, meaningful and mindful life garden. I’ll let Shojay explain:
Today we look at life through the filter of a natural metaphor. Imagine your life is a garden. You have limited water and need to leave space for each plant to flourish. Some may be bigger and more important to you than others. Some you may not even like but are obliged to keep there … Get realistic about how many plants you need to water and cultivate. You have room for five to ten plants and that’s it … Using the Life Garden metaphor can help you be honest about how much energy you have to commit to things.
Here’s how I assembled my garden:
So how does this relate to being creative…besides the fact that I drew & colored my life garden? Because by identifying what I want to focus my energy on and deciding how I will nurture them, I am creating the content of my days…and life. More than that, I have to be creative in how I will care for all these “plants”…keep that life garden not just alive but thriving.
#3 Creating the life you want means being a creator every day.
When I was figuring out how to create and launch Imperfect Zen, I was listening to daily podcasts from Darren Rawse at ProBlogger.com. Not only did he help me with the nuts & bolts of building a blog, but he helped me to stay focused on my “why”…why I wanted to create this blog, why it got me excited, and why it would help others? In his very first podcast, when he’s talking about his “why” and what kept him going, he mentioned a saying that he kept posted by his computer when he was just starting out. It read:
Do one small thing today that will take you closer to your dreams.
Now I think this resonated with me because one, I can definitely get my head around doing one small thing a day. That feels manageable. But also because it reinforced what Jordanna and Connie were saying about us being active creators in our lives…and what Shojay meant about creating and caring for those plants, just a little, every day.
Our dreams create thoughts and intentions, which in turn create energy and action, which in turn creates our lives! It’s all about creating…and we’re creators in that process. See, we’re all creative beings!
So we’ve jumped into the creativity discussion in a big-picture way. Not by talking about how to be specifically creative by writing or dancing or cooking or gardening…but how to embrace our creativity in a broad, all-encompassing way. By living and creating our lives.
Let me know how these thoughts resonate with you. Are they self-evident to you? Do they seem far-fetched? If you’ve never thought of yourself as being a creator, how does the idea of that role make you feel? If you already identify as a creative person, what’s one thing you can do today to use your creativity to bring a dream closer to reality?
From one creator to another,
Announcement: Oscar is not only our feature photo on this post because he’s a very cool & creative cat, but because I want to announce that he will have his very own “Oscar’s Corner” starting with the next New Moon Missive in June. Stay tuned!