When my children were little, I would sneak a peek at them, through a crack in the doorway and watch them at play without them knowing I was there.
These moments caught me unaware. When I was running around doing the mundane things in life. Household chores, washing, picking up dirty clothes and toys from the floor. A casual glance in their direction and I would be drawn into a vortex of play. Time would be suspended as I watched them immersed in their imaginary worlds. Dancing, singing, drawing and chatting away to their toys. In that magical bubble they were without a care in the world. So much so that they didn’t even have a sense that I was observing them. They would play surrendering to the moment. I remember feeling a deep joy and a kind of satisfaction. I had two little beings who felt comfortable enough in their skin to let loose in this way. What a gift, I thought as I watched through the crack in the door, to have this kind of inner freedom and self-expression.
Magic happens when you watch a child at play. Seeing them in the moment, so absorbed in what they are doing they are completely at one with who they are. It’s a precious kind of self-abandonment. An honesty, A truth. Where their vulnerable souls are doing exactly what seems right and without any desire for outcome or result. They just are. At the heart of it all they are being creative. And, watching creativity unfold like this, in all of its purity, is such a captivating thing to see.
As adults, we know how hard it is to find that place again once we step out of the innocence of our childhood and into the reality of being a ‘grown up’. Accessing this creative place can be so difficult. Most of us give up trying, surrendering to the safety of the routine of daily life. Life can be tricky sometimes. Time, and the experience of our lives can kick us around to the point where our own childhood creative fire is extinguished. Relegated to a part of our lives that has long been left behind. Often it’s a fear of judgement, or of expectation that sends our creative selves into hiding. Or, perhaps the fear of being seen as not valuable enough, too girly, or a waste of time by those who live around us. Or, simply the routine of getting on with daily life doesn’t allow us any time to ‘indulge’ in soulful play. The way that we’ve been educated over the past generation or two certainly hasn’t done our ability to access our creativity any great justice. And so, over time it goes into hiding – and we are left with a longing – the feeling that something is missing – but we’re not exactly sure what it is let alone how to find it again.
It’s important for creativity to play a big part. a starring role in fact, in our life for many reasons, but a couple are particularly vital. One; is that the very act of being creative can help us to reconnect with our inner spirit. When we create, we are using our heart, mind and body in a kind of rhythm. Our creativity acts as conduit for our deeper feelings and emotions – it’s a way of wrangling the question of who we are, what we need and ultimately what we want from our lives. It’s a way of accessing our truth and the question of our purpose on this earth. It’s important to live your life with a strong sense of self. So many of us feel a disconnection from our spirit and its no wonder. Life in our modern world has a way of disconnecting our heads from our hearts and our soul. Industrialization has been great for organization and productivity – but not so great for keeping our spirit alive and burning bright. When we live with our hearts and our heads at odds for long enough, we begin to feel that this kind of disconnection is the norm. A separation from our spirit self. The results, of course, can be catastrophic. If you live without a consciousness of being for an extended period – you get yourself and your life into all sorts of strife. At the end of the day, there’s a kind of freedom that comes with knowing exactly who you are and feeling that life is rolling along exactly as it’s meant to be for you. And the act of being creative can help you reach this place and maintain your equilibrium.
Two; is that now, at this point in our history, we need to muster all of the creativity we can to deal with some of the larger issues going on in the world. We are at a time in our civilisation when the old constructs that we’ve relied on for our very survival are either crumbling or simply aren’t working anymore. We are on the precipice of change. The question is, how do we generate the groundbreaking ideas that we need to redefine and then propel us into a new world, without the ability to imagine how this world would look. Our education system has done wonders in the field of organisation and regulation – which are important factors for a functioning society. With a few exceptions, however, little has been done in terms of generating the visionaries we need to propel us into the next generation. How can it, when creativity and the arts in schools are not valued, certainly not in the same way that maths, science and technology are, much beyond the second grade. Creative thinking, coupled with an organized society, is what will define our future. But how can we ask our kids to dream up this future when they don’t have the tools to connect with the very essence of whom they are, what they want and what they need to make it happen. Creative education, and developing creativity as second nature, is one of the most important gifts to give our children. And as their parents, it’s time for us to get ‘jiggy’ with the process, so we can pass it on down the line.
‘When two paths open, choose the hardest’ Tibetan Buddhist saying…
The desire to create is a fundamental aspect of being human. It is the way we connect with our inner being, our spirit or soul self. Creative output is the framework we use to connect with the world around us. It is how we fathom our place in the world. It is the conduit we use to relate to each other. Creativity is evolving. It’s not set in stone and doesn’t stand still. To embark on the creative path you have to be prepared for a long journey of reconnection. A journey that will never really end. Creativity isn’t something that you can buy in. Getting good at it is all about doing the hard yards – remaining connected to your spirit and your purpose.
You are are living creatively in every moment of your life. Regardless of whether you are baking a cake, cleaning the house or devising a new artistic concept. You are creating these moments with your thoughts and you are driving these moments with your intention. When you become conscious of your thoughts and the part they play in your life, when you understand that you are a deliberate creator of your moment, then you can begin to shape these moments to suit yourself, your life path and your desired intention. For it is only when you create in awareness that you can begin to shape a story and a life that completely fits your skin; a story that is in rhythm with your highest self. And in these moments of magic is where. Happiness. Health. Love. Rhythm. Joy. Is found.