~ February 2007~
Because many people equate creativity with artistic expression, when I ask them if they see themselves as creative, they often quickly say, "No. I can't paint, write or sing." I ask, "Are you a good cook, effective manager, are you an innovative event planner, do you have a 'way with words' when you're speaking to others?"
Creativity means bringing something new into existence. When we create we're tapping into the life force, and those life-giving energies can be expressed anywhere. As Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade and The Power of Partnership, says "...The creativity we invest in our day-to-day lives is often the most extraordinary since...it can give far more meaning, and even sanctity, to our lives." People feel expanded, connected and alive when they're involved in the creative process. Areas of your life where you are successful tend to be places where you are naturally expressing creativity, but may not have identified it as such. You don't have to be an artist to be creative!
List three areas of your life where you express creativity, i.e. originality, freshness, aliveness, spontaneity. Your list might look like this:
1. Gardening is both a talent and passion of mine.
2. I'm a natural mom/dad; parenting comes easily to me
3. I can take one look at a closet and instantly see the most efficient way to organize it
After you list each item, imagine yourself fully engaged with this activity and identify at least three abilities that you demonstrate in this part of your life, e.g. Parenting - I'm flexible and respond to what's needed in the moment, I listen to the children with an open mind, on rainy days I can always come up with a plan and it usually works for everyone. Be specific. Watch out for the tendency to minimize your capabilities.
In discounting your creativity with statements like, "I'm not creative," you deny your deepest potentials. By acknowledging the ways you already are creative, you expand your view of yourself, thus moving into closer alignment with who you are at your core. In addition, you open the door to more possibilities to express creativity in your life.