6 Ways To Awaken Your Creativity

“Whatever you dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” Goethe

Many people link the idea of creativity with being an “artist,” meaning someone who has a natural talent for expressing what they see through writing, art, dance, music or song. Art is defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary as human creativity. This need to create is an expression of our soul that reaches back to the very beginning of time. The ancient yogis called it pakritti, the universal energy that makes up all forms of matter. Creative energy is the cycle of birth, growth, and dissolution, a never-ending cycle to which we are all intimately connected. In other words, art is a metaphor for life, and life is a metaphor for living. Expressing yourself creatively is a recognition, integration, and understanding of what it is to be human.

This creative energy is a spontaneous manifestation that can be seen in the way we dress, the way we decorate our surroundings, the jewelry we wear, the art we hang on our walls, the way we do our job and interact with people around us. It is interesting to note that our individual creative contribution to this process is often determined by how we see and think of ourselves. Our thoughts can open us to inspired moments of greatness or reduce us to inaction filled with doubt. Your creative energy is always within and ready to be used; how you harness it for your greater good is the challenge.

1. Identify your mental blocks. Make a list of all the ways you hold yourself back from expressing yourself creatively.

2. Change your perception of how you think things can be done. Notice the mental blinders you wear that limit your ability to dance with possibility. Instead focus on the positive aspects of your creative power with positive thoughts and eliminating negative excuses.

3. Believe in your ability to manifest your creativity. You are the only one who can determine what you can and cannot do. Rather than hold yourself back let your creative nature flow.

4. Give yourself permission to be more creative. Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to do the most simple of things. In this case, “I give myself permission to be a free and creative soul.”

5. Get out to creative places. Take time to explore and be inspired by the beauty of nature, an afternoon at the museum, art galleries, the theatre, dance concert, your favorite music or even a bookstore. Let the creativity of others open you to new vistas of your own.

6. Surround yourself with creative people. There’s nothing like being around creative people to get your creative juices flowing. Consider taking an art course that will encourage you to create and also put you in contact with like-minded individuals who are tapping into the universal ocean of ideas and imagination.

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Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynikabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing:)

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.about a year ago

This is old but I found a link to it in an up to date article.

I'm an artist and it's changed my life! I just need to give myself permission to stop being busy, and then...Oh, the feeling that comes over me the moment I pick up a pencil or a brush... There's nothing to beat it!

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rosa costaabout a year ago

Very good article! Thank you for sharing!

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K.1 years ago

I always hate when people dis their own creativity because it's not considered 'artistic' like painting or music playing to the general opinion. I've known bakers, clothes designers, and woodworkers who've said that, as though something associated with the domestic life is lesser than those other activities. And activities like athletics can be creative too. It just has to do with a unique approach. Thanks.

Emma S.
Emma S.1 years ago

Thank you for these good reminders.

Beverly M.
Beverly M.2 years ago

Great inspiration ~ bookmarked!

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.2 years ago

There is indeed that creative soul in all of us waiting, at times ,screaming to be let out . It is not about becoming famous and rich. It is a deep personal satisfaction one gets with the simplest task- like cooking a great meal and serving it with pizzass. So many forget to take pleasure at the simplest event of this world, of this Life. Creativity does not demand pressure - just pleasure and a moment's happiness.
Thank you for this reminder.

paul m.
paul m.2 years ago

Thanks for....

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

I love it thank you.

Zee K.
Past Member 3 years ago

Many and many a year ago my daughter said, "I'm creative. You're not."

That was a punch in the solar plexus!

But it motivated me to get a book on being creative. A major method is to start doing the ordinary things in a different way. At that time brushing my teeth in a "different" way may have been to brush the upper teeth first.

Today it would be to hide my toothbrush the night before while enduing it with much light from higher worlds. Then, to wait 'til noon to brush and only after half a glass of grapejuice in my
coffee (try it). Next would be to find my hidden toothbrush and clean it well, Hey, you get the idea.

Today, my daughter, a successful artist and counselor, applauds my creativity.