Growing Your Creativity

Post on Sunday, December 6th, 2009

I am constantly having to remind myself that “I know more than I know I know” when I get stuck on some challenge. There is a solution out there. The challenge is to remove the blocks that prevent my mind from being open to discovering new, different and creative ways of thinking.

As an example, we all have up to three dreams each and every night. Yet, how many of us remember our three dreams. Images in your dreams use all of your imagination and are rich in symbolism. For some reason many of us block these dreams and don’t allow ourselves to experience one of the great joys of living. Daydreams and the dreams that you have when you are sleeping have the ability to communicate deep insights into our creative nature as humans. When you work to unblock your mind and start recalling your dreams and intuitively look for the meaning found in the images dreamt, you start to open a whole new path to expanding your creativity along with the power of your subconscious mind. What did you dream last night?

“Dreams are answers to questions we haven’t yet figured out how to ask.” X-Files

Because we are all made of pure creativity we can do anything we set our minds to. When we are able to understand our strengths and weaknesses we are able to hone our abilities and start building on them. Some of us are more verbal than others. Some think more linearly than others, and still others use more of their emotions to increase their creativity. The challenge is to take an honest look at yourself.

What do I really want in life?

What do I want to create for myself?

What are my greatest skills?

What abilities can I improve upon?

What creative abilities do I have that I am letting sit dormant?

A child’s mind is totally open when he or she is born. Many of us lose this openness as we move through adolescence and into adulthood. Children are learning and exploring at a hyper rate as they grow. Anything is possible and their creativity is at an all time high. Yet, somehow as time goes by they start to think that they can’t do this or that. They start thinking I can’t draw and then stop drawing. As they try new things they begin to think that their ideas might not work and therefore they don’t try them because they might look bad. All of this thinking is learned and blocks our ability to reach our full creative potential. See if you can do this for just and hour, “Let go of all negative thoughts and allow your mind to think that anything is possible. I can do this.” Your creativity will blossom right in front of you.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau

Exploring your creativity is not limited to dreaming, drawing, imagining, attitudes, and thinking. Instead, there is virtually an unlimited number of ways that you can expand and grow your creativity. Focus on understanding your natural abilities and build on them. Be who you are. No one else can be you and you can’t be anyone else. Be prepared to change. Many times everything is changing but the way we are thinking.

In our society we focus a lot of our energy on linear, logical thinking. Some of the keys to being more creative are paying attention to our intuition, expressing our emotions, and exploring new ideas visually. These non-traditional methods of thinking and being creative are exactly what today’s competitive workforce needs to have if they are going to be at the top of their game. How can we change the way we think about education and what is taught in our schools? How can we change the way we think about who we are and what we know?

Each and every one of us needs a balanced life, the balance of work life and family life, the balance of linear thinking and creative thinking, along with a balance of rest and activity.

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” Robert Fulghum

It is not always easy to balance the activities in your life. Here is a little secret, “When you are using more of your creative abilities you will come closer to creating a more balanced life.” Each and every one of your creative abilities is unique to you. They make you who you are. They hold unlimited potential and cost you nothing. The time is now to unleash your creative abilities.

Let me know what you think.

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create yourself.

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