2/27/2018 Anya van TIl
“What do you do with your creativity?”, asked the woman who was reading my toes at a Feet workshop.
“My creativity? You mean like singing or drawing?”
Hmmm, I had two toddlers at the time and the Feet workshop was an attempt to get away from the Pampers. Says enough, right?
This was years ago but the question kind of lingered around. Every now and then I kept asking myself “what do I do with my creativity?”
What is it anyway?
I googled it.
“Creativityis a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed.”
“Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.”
“Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.”
Apparently all definitions indicate that creativity has to do with generating something new.
But what is it that’s new?
When we think about creativity we instantly imagine a beautiful painting or an engaging film, a marvellous book or touching piece of music. We think of creativity in terms of art mostly. Or, there is a concept of being creative and “thinking out of the box”. But that is also easier said than done.
Most of us can hardly comply with such a definition of being creative.
A question arises: “Why is it so hard to be creative?”
And an answer to that question is another question: “Why is it that we perceive creativity as something special?”
Universe at play
Let’s go back to our roots, let’s look at the Universe. The universe is a continuous play of form and formless. Formless is constantly manifesting itself through form to discover and observe itself. That’s creation. Something appears out of nothing. If you try to pierce that moment when something appears out of nothing, you might feel that it is filled with playful excitement, thrill and powerful creative energy.
So do we humans, being part of the universe, often feel thrilled while creating something new, be it an object of art, an offspring or a physical item.
We have a habit of separating, labelling and judging. That makes creating difficult and selective.
For example we experience joy when we engage in pleasant things: having a role in a local musical, horseback riding at the beach on a sunny day, singing karaoke with best friends, street dancing… There is playfulness, happiness, motivation and inspiration in those moments. But when we have to do everyday stuff: cleaning the toilet, ironing those endless shirts, paying the bills …we either do it in an autopilot mode or get annoyed.
Imagine hypothetically that the universe only created beautiful talented people, because it is fun, and the rest is a bit boring, so it would be skipped.
Well, you get it.
Each moment is creation
There is livelihood and satisfaction in each moment, even in cleaning the toilets and paying the bills. We just have to uncover it. We have to let the universe stream through us, which would help us stop labelling things as pleasant or unpleasant. We have to let it show its essence as a continuous creative process without majors and minors. Everything is an act of creation. Everything is the expression of our creativity – giving existence to something new.
When paying the bills you are creating a healthy economy. When cleaning the toilets you are creating healthy environment for your family. If you think that way, wouldn’t it make you happy in turn?
Such an attitude would open us up, would show us a way to live another life full of appreciation en gratefulness for each moment.
Tune into your source, the stream of the universe, Reiki.
That’s when you become the creator.