Creative or not?
There’s a widely accepted myth that insists creativity is absolute; a person is either creative or is not.
Which camp do you believe you belong to?
Now that was a mighty quick response, especially if you chose “not”. Are you sure that’s the truth? Take a moment to mull over the word “believe”. Perhaps your answer of “not” is only a learned belief, and perhaps that belief is locking you into a limited way of living.
Enveloping us all and effectively limiting the quality of our lives is a barrier separating our hearts’ desires from our ability to fulfill them. Although it’s only a wisp of a thing, a flimsy membrane, to our senses and emotions it can feel like a massive wall of impenetrable granite.
When the urge to create is upon us, we are transported to a mental state where we are both high as a kite and incredibly sensitive.
Unfortunately following closely on the heels of our inspiration there is often an up-welling of doubt. And as resistance grows, so does our conviction we’re deluded and chasing phantoms.
If, however, we do persist a little longer, we’ll soon sense that we’re pushing against something that’s pushing back. The more we insist on moving forward, the more difficult things become. If we continue to push and grit our teeth in bloody-minded determination, it seems that then all manner of emotional and existential anguish explodes in our lives.
This is when many will buckle and quietly accept the label of being a “non-creative”.
Having now denied ourselves creativity as a form of expression, our unconscious priority becomes a search for ways to dull ourselves to the loss. In no time at all we become addicted to all manner of fleeting gratifications.
A few obvious forms used to dull the sense of loss are: watching endless TV, eating compulsively, and indulging in disproportionate amounts of drugs, booze, gossip, sex, anger, resentment, mobile use, etc. Just about anything might be used as a distraction to avoid thinking about our surrendered creativity.
In other words, the pain that resistance causes is so intense and overwhelming that for most it’s far easier to choose the “non-creative” label than to push on through to the other side.
And from this prevalent state has arisen another widely accepted myth; creative people are special and in the minority. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Creativity in one form or another is everyone’s birthright. The only real difference between a “non-creative” and a “true-creative” is the latter does not let discomfort, pain, or anguish derail them. A “true-creative” never gives up. Nor does a “true-creative” give in to quick fixes or fleeting distractions. They recognize the membrane of resistance, know it for what it is, and accept the discomfort required to move on through it.
And of course a “true-creative’s” reward is the glorious creative heaven found on the other side of resistance.
Contrary to all limiting myths, creative heaven remains available to us all. There is, however, an entrance requirement. Perseverance and a willingness to push on through the resistance membrane, no matter what, will always grant us full access.