What is Creativity?
I have been trying to articulate what creativity means for quite a while now. I have said it's who you are in the world, I have said that everything you DO is creative because you are creating your life, I have said the Universe is an intelligently organized creative essence...but finally. It came to me. While driving. I get all of my good thoughts while driving which is why I use the voice recorder app on my iphone.I highly recommend getting a recorder on your phone, if you get good ideas while driving, or walking... because 1. You will NOT remember your good idea - I know because I have lots of them return and get lost to the ether, and 2. Writing while driving is a bad idea. All you have to do is say "Siri, open voice recorder" and hit the red button and record your brilliant thoughts.
Anyway - It finally came to me, and here it is: Creativity is the journey toward authenticity.
How? What does that mean? Because creative = creating, being a creator. And the most wonderful thing you have any creativity over is your own life! If you are participating in group think, if you are conforming to the masses, if you do what everyone else is doing, if you never question your thoughts and expand them - you aren't being creative. Stuck in a rut is not creative. Being unhappy is not creative.
Living a creative life means you listen to your inner self. You try new things, you think differently - you stretch your thinking - “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson - you actually FEEL more alive. You notice more things, and you create meaning in your life by living a life that is meaningful to you, and you can only do that if you are being creative. Creativity takes courage - which means creativity is the exact opposite of fear.
Creativity involves curiosity, experimenting, and not being afraid to fail, because creative people realize that failure is just part of the process of discovery. I have often said when I'm driving, and I get turned around, that I am not lost, I am discovering new routes and shortcuts. And it's true. And my children, when they fail, I say, "well, now you know how NOT to do that."
When you begin to follow the path of creativity and you begin to become more authentic to who you are, you begin to elevate and expand. You see life from a whole different point of view - a higher vantage point. Your energy becomes lighter and faster and you begin to manifest what you think about faster when your thoughts are in alignment with who you really truly are. I always thought that was a little woowoo but it turns out it's true. Another tidbit from the wise Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Once you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it happen." Turns out, the Universe actually does conspire with a person who is totally authentic to their truest inner self and stays the course. And THAT, is the ultimate purpose of creativity: to expand into your highest potential, and manifest it in your life. <3