Flex Your Creative Muscles

The word creativity is usually associated with the arts, and some assume that only a few selected lucky individuals in this world are creative. Not all creative people are artists. Did you ever think of a bank robber as being creative? Or a businessperson? A farmer? A mother?

Everyone is born with the urge to create; the entire universe, in essence, is creative. Creativity is an underrated soft skill that can be utilized by all walks of life and can be learned. It is our birthright; it’s in our blood and in our spiritual makeup. Creativity is the deepest part of who we are, our core self, and it is connected to the life force, which is connected to everything. Creativity is our lifeline.

We tend to disconnect from our true inner selves when we get caught up in everyday situations and emotions. It is vital to maintain our creativity and to celebrate our spiritual connection. 

Creativity is the language of our soul and is expressed in everything we do. When we are in that creative flow state, we lose track of time as we are entirely present and immersed in the task at hand; there is no struggle, no thought, just total bliss, joy, and freedom. The more we create, the more divine we feel.

As children, we were free to experiment and to be ourselves. But once we got to school, we started to experience judgment and comparison. Somewhere along the line, we learned that if we are not perfect at creativity, we should just give it up. Society smothers creativity. When blocked, we feel stuck, bored, frustrated, and insecure. We can even become sick with recurring issues or chronic problems. 

Our unique soul imprint must find a way to express its way of being, much like a seed is ready to grow and blossom into everything it already is.

Our creative muscles need to be constantly exercised and nurtured. The more we use our creative muscles, the stronger they become, like the muscles in our bodies.

Creativity is an essential tool in our lives for the following reasons:

  • It enables us to solve problems and develop new ideas by thinking outside the box.
  • It allows us to share our feelings and thoughts and go beyond the limitations of words.
  • It makes us happier, more motivated, and more productive.
  • It is important to our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
  • It connects us to others, and we feel like part of humanity and of something greater than ourselves.
  • Builds resilience as we become more adaptable to life changes and increase our chances of survival.
  • It boosts our self-confidence.
  • Engages the mind and keeps it active. 
  • Builds better communications and relationships.
  • Helps us find our purpose and meaning in life.

  Get your creative juices flowing and unlock your true potential.

  • Stop telling yourself that you are not creative; this absolutely kills creativity.
  • Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Fear of failure breeds self-doubt.
  • Show up every day and practice; don’t wait to get inspired. If you don’t deliberately make the time and space to be creative, you won’t create any sparks.
  • Don’t judge or criticize yourself or your work; replace it with self-compassion.
  • Brainstorming is about quantity, not quality. Just let the ideas flow. Generate a lot of ideas and don’t be concerned about finding the perfect one. As you shift through them afterwards , you will see how they can become stepping stones to other ideas.
  • When you are feeling stuck, switch up your routine, try something different, and engage in new activities. When was the last time you tried something new or different?
  • Relax and clear your mind by reading a book, listening to some music, drawing, or writing in your journal.
  • Do some doodling. Sometimes it’s good to let your mind wander. Daydreaming feeds your imagination.
  • Keep a notepad with you to jot things down. You never know when you see something inspiring.
  • Do nothing. Schedule down time. Take a regular break. When you step away and stop thinking, you allow the ideas to incubate and take form.
  • Press the refresh button for your brain: go for a walk; exercise; meditate; eat a healthy snack; drink some tea; take a relaxing bath. Not only is this good for your health, but you will also feel rejuvenated and inspired. Most eureka moments happen when you are relaxed.
  • Sleep on it or take a power nap.
  • Avoid distractions like your phone and social media.
  • Connect and spend time with creative people who can inspire you.
  • Change your environment; take a trip; change your room decor; work in another room; switch up your workspace; rearrange and declutter your desk; get a new coffee mug or teacup; add pleasant-smelling candles; get colorful flowers; create a sacred space.
  • Be gentle with yourself. You can’t force creativity. If you push yourself, you’ll feel guilty for not being productive, fostering more negative emotions. Stop complaining. Focus on the positive, as creativity needs good vibrations. 
  • Follow your heart and keep your mind open.
  • Channel your inner child. Rediscover those childlike qualities to trigger new creative possibilities.   Children look forward to each day as an adventure full of F*U*N* and P~L~A~Y~F~U~L~N~E~S~S.
  • Use the power of your imagination, the primary component of creativity. Practice creative visualization.
  • Do not seek perfection. Just choose to be present; that’s how you can stay in the flow.

We need to get out of our own way and stop interfering with the creative process. 

Creativity invites you every day to see the world and your life in a new light and from a new perspective. Every day is a new day. Creativity is not only about making music or art. It’s everything you do and everything you are. 

Approach your life just like children do. They are naturally creative because there are no limits. There is no hesitation in their creative powers, and they fully embrace them. As Wayne Dyer used to say, “The sky’s the limit!” There are no limitations when you allow yourself to follow your imagination. Anything is possible. Magic happens when you express your own unique, creative energy in alignment with who you really are meant to be.

Your passion is where your gift and creativity exist. By sharing your gift with the world, you allow your soul to express itself and acquire a sense of gratification and recognition that there exists something greater than ourselves. Just like God, the creator, we are all divine. The more you nurture yourself and your creative habits, the more you cultivate your inner connection to the great Creator, and the more this creative energy will flow.

You need to get lost in the process to find yourself. Discover your gift by learning to live your life creatively. “To be spiritual is to create.” Ernest Holmes

Antoinette Giacobbe M.A.