To bravely go where no explorer has gone before into the brain of a half-wit creative like myself. I get caught up in the jumble of all of my ideas and I am looking at what creating and creativity can do for myself and others. I have plans to share more with you all as I merrily go along in my life. I am working out some new ideas and I will be inviting all of you creative people, artists, writers, photographers, poets, designers and the like to join me on my blog as guests! I want to get your answers to the questions I have just finished asking myself. If you are interested in being part of my blog please feel free to contact me through this blog. I am looking at posting a guest interview along with creative work once a month. I am also going to take the time to write about some of my creative inspirations, the people that really have me thinking and figuring things out. Until next time :”BE BOLD, BE BRAVE, BE AMAZING” — Simon de Pury
Creativity is related to all aspects of our lives at least that’s the way that it works for me. Through my creations whether it is a story, a poem, a collage or a quiche I am aiming to discover more about my thoughts and my own resilience in the face of challenges. I am hoping to bring light to the dark, to understand my soul and my purpose for being here. Science is a form of creativity that advances the world, but so can creative thought, for instance the way one understands the world can be changed by reading a book, hearing a song or watching a TV program or movie.
A good example that is interesting to me is how my life has changed because of thought patterns that have formed due to watching a show such as Supernatural, it is not about scary things it’s about fighting the “good-fight”, it has changed my thoughts about death, angels, and all the unseen in our physical world. There is a new thought pattern in my creative mind that is so much more life affirming and it takes me to a new level of creativity that I did not access before. This is what happens when something resonates with us and then we are able to come to a new level of understanding. That is what my creations are aiming at!
What a joy it is to resonate and connect with others and to come away with deeper meaning in our lives. I discover things about others too, it is a co-creation with God and the universe. The gifts of creativity are ours to explore and I am so interested to hear all about what others are reaching for in their creative lives. We have so much to explore and this is an ever expanding universal order. Take care and please keep creating into the light and the dark, let’s find out more about our-selves and each other! May peace, light and joy be with you.
I believe my creativity came about through necessity, as the only girl in my family with two brothers, playing games by myself lead to me making things up. Sometimes my imagination clicked in out of sheer boredom. For instance, I can remember being in the car riding down the highway and looking at the rocks and rugged terrain of the coastal mountain ranges of the area I lived in and imagined myself climbing up the sides of those mountains and then I would often picture myself falling-down. After I would imagine what would happen if I did fall-down. One of my many ways to pass time in the family station wagon.
I also recall anything that I read, watched on television or saw out in the world got a makeover in my imagination, which definitely worked overtime! I even made a story up about my parents picking me out of a garden like a vegetable or flower when I was a baby. This was the story I made up about being adopted. I also played many roles such as Nancy Drew, making up my own mysteries to solve, a talk show host, audience member or a person being interviewed, in fact I usually played all the roles. I watched the best which was Phil Donahue! I was on his talk show!
As a teenager I was always making up dialogues between characters, writing a romance and poetry. I kept journals, wrote stories, and much more. These creative outlets always gave me a sense of safety. A place where I could deal with any anxiety I was experiencing in my life at the time working things out.
Through storytelling we can exorcize demons, lay things to rest, explore inner conflict, and be whoever we desire to be. The chance to explore the darker side of ourselves, move toward the lighter side and gain insight. I have always been one to question things and I always will. So creativity has and always will play a large role in my life especially in the form of writing. I would love to hear about the roots of others’ creativity, and I wish you well on your own journeys.
Question #1. What does creativity mean or represent to you?
For me the process of creating is a journey inward, it is a lesson about my true-self, it is a spark that hits me. I don’t see it as something you can control until you take the idea and shape it, even then I’m not sure that you are ever in control of it. In fact it seems to me that one is a conduit for the idea. You are given direction and guided along the way. I definitely feel lead by an idea that takes hold of me and just sings to me morning, noon and night. I get fascinated with something and it is there in the back of my mind no matter what else I have going on.
The threads are laid out for me to follow, then the process or journey begins, and reveals itself to me by and by. One needs to see where it is leading as it goes along. Looking for the idea, under the idea that first sparks your imagination, that is part of my process. I ask myself, “What is it about this topic or situation that speaks to me?”
With each creative project we undertake I believe we are getting to know ourselves, peeling away the layers like an onion. There is a mix of experiences and lessons on the way to completion of projects. When we live from our highest potential we can then experience a truly engaged soul and that is after all what I believe creativity is about. So my advice is ask this question of yourself and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with others. The world is waiting for your light to shine!
I have been reading through FOOLSGOLD by Susan Wooldridge and learning so much that it has been hard to decide what to write about this week. The thing that kept staring at me as I was working on my poetry and journal writing was about needing to fall-apart. Susan wrote about free-falling, shattering and picking up the pieces.
This really started to germinate ideas with me about really getting to the heart of who we are and what really matters to us. Last week when I wrote about courage and Marie Colvin it was the beginning of a new lease on life for me. I began to think about what needed to happen in order for me to live the life that I had in mind. Then I was reading Susan’s book and falling-apart came to me as an important idea. It stuck with me through all of the things I was doing. Now put that together with courage and it all makes sense. “We need to have the courage to fall-apart in order to come to our truth.” We can start to make room for ideas when we let all of the old ideas just fall-apart. The creative spirit can then work with us and through us. I feel my creativity coming alive as I write this. Susan suggests that you ask yourself the question: “What in your life needs to fall-apart?” I hope you find all the treasures you are seeking. I look forward to writing more. Here’s to self-expression!
Creativity if allowed to flow as the blood flows through your veins will come to life in your imagination. When we no longer block or impede the flow we are pleasantly surprised at what appears in our minds. When we breathe we take-in the good air, when we allow ourselves to wander in our minds we pick-up signals and are transformed. We are in a creative groove, which is so much healthier than the fear and judgement we sometimes choose to stifle ourselves with.
I like to sift through my thoughts like panning for gold, or sorting out a box of treasures and trinkets. My point is that just when we think we have nothing left to express about a particular subject matter we drift into a state where we find more and more thoughts on that subject. Happy sifting! You never know what you might find in the corners of your imagination.
Well it’s a bit of a blur this week as I have been searching for something to say about creativity and the whole work is ahead of me. I have been thinking about where creativity comes from. It is a gift we all have and it is inside of us for sure. Sometimes I have to tell myself to dig a little deeper. I was just picking up some tools this morning at the library. I found a book “FOOLSGOLD Making Something From Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process” By Susan G. Wooldridge. This looks likes something that I can sink my soul into. I will be letting you know all about it as I read through and get some insight. We can be creative no matter what life throws at us. In fact adversity may bring about ideas that you have never thought about before. I have faith that I can create with pure joy and delight if I so choose. We always have a choice and I am listening to my inner child and letting it guide me. I am always ready when, I put on my headphones and listen to music. Today, my musical tool of choice is “Mondo” by Electric Guest! I love their music, it is thought provoking and inventive. Tools are all over the place waiting for you to pick them up. What are your tools of inspiration? Be sure to pick them up often and then you will be ready to share. Let’s create with peace, harmony, and love; these are always in the toolkit!
This month’s edition of National Geographic Magazine there is a short one page that states that we are now witnessing the disappearance of Cursive writing. Students are no longer going to be required to go through this learning process. This means that handwriting may be one of the lost arts. I for one am most upset about this as I believe that there is a strong connection between creativity and handwriting. In fact I always write my work out in long-hand before I put it onto the computer (even this blog) ; on those lined writing pads or in a journal. One of the cornerstones of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is ‘Morning Pages’, three handwritten pages per day in order to delve into the creative self. This is how our brain is said to be wired. Will we lose that connection or will the brain rewire itself? I wonder…
When I pick up a pen which is my first choice of a writing instrument, something happens to my heart that has yet to happen if I go straight onto a key-board. The only other way I felt that connection was on an electric-typewriter that I was given as a graduation present (I gave that away years ago). Even then I always hand-wrote my work first and then typed it out. Maybe it’s time to learn calligraphy! There is a beautiful line between the heart and the hand that we were given and I am going to keep that line open. For me that is the true poetry of life!