One of the greatest necessities is to discover creative solitude. – Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg provides the secret to all that we truly crave. To connect with our inner creativity, to connect with that place where joy and peace flow from, solitude and stillness time is essential.
When we’re still; the juices start to flow, it’s something you shouldn’t deny yourself, it’s the very wellspring that leads to your ultimate wellbeing!
Recommendation: The Artist’s Way
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
Most of us have this constant urge to do something else, to be something else and be somewhere else. Which is all good because there’s a reason this urge exists. What is that reason for you?
There’s another way we can channel this urge, this desire for adventure, and that is by having new eyes.
New eyes to see things differently, new eyes to hear/judge and interact with others in a fresh way. New eyes that will turn our current assumptions, goals, opinions and judgments 180 degrees, or may be only 90 degrees!
One way to see differently is by staying more present and in the Now. Our thoughts and past opinions don’t then cloud our ongoing experience.
Recommendation: The Power of Now
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. – Joseph Campbell
When you follow your bliss, you are in a joyous state yourself. In that state it’s easy to connect with the life-blood of the Universe and your Life Purpose! When you’re in the zone (or flow) life starts to happen in a synchronistic fashion.
That’s when you know that you’re on to something! Latch on to it and pursue your bliss to a fun, fulfilling and very meaningful life!
Recommendation: Notes from the Universe by Mike Dooley
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. – Alan Alda
How do you get in touch with your creative self? One way to do it is to allow your intuition a wilder run inside you. That becomes more likely when your mind is not cluttered with your everyday thoughts, constantly.
Imagine a mind where you’re at peace with yourself and the world, there’s nothing you’re dying to obtain and no agendas. In this peaceful state when you apply your being to an objective, the results can be spectacular. Especially so if you’ve gone beyond the reaches of your ‘normal’ self and taken some risks. In such a fertile environment your intuition becomes clearer and is readily at hand! You can then create, you can then be truly creative! Don’t you want that?
Recommendation: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic. – Hazel Henderson
Isn’t that the trick? We simply don’t know enough about the future!
It’s in our best interests to be stay positive and jump in without too many preconceived notions.
Thus we can truly handle whatever God throws at us! Let’s play until the very end.
Recommendation: Thoughts Become Things
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Erich Fromm (Interview)
2 comments on creativity.
- Don’t think you’re not creative. Any thing that’s beautiful or good that you do in your own unique way, whether it’s a piece of art or the artful way you converse or understand others, is being creative. Most of us, knowingly or unknowingly convince ourselves that we’re not creative, the truth is quite the opposite, give yourself some credit!
- You can be more creative. When you stay more in the moment (not overcome by your mind chatter), being playful and are not ruled by your biases and expectations. Our biases, expectations, assumptions and certainties about anything limits us, which limits our creativity.
What say you?
Recommendation: The Art of Being by Erich Fromm