If I told you that there is a powerful skill that is with you the whole time that you ignore 99% of the time I doubt you’d believe me.
But there is.
It is something that has been with us all since birth, cannot be broken and stays with us until we leave this life- and possibly beyond if that is your way of understanding things.
In this article I share what it is, how and why we ignore it and how to start bringing it back more fully into your life.
So what is this skill?
The answer is creativity.
If I say creativity most people’s first thought is painting, music, craft or other similar artistic endeavours.
While creativity is involved in these activities, it is available to us whatever we are doing- if we understand and open to it.
It can improve our relationships, solve problems at work, provide inspiration and most importantly it can help transform our relationship to stress and even the stress itself.
And it is built in to all of us.
This creativity is where our inspiration and our best ideas come from.
We know when it is flowing because our mind is clear, our body feels light and energised and we feel in touch with our power and purpose.
No matter what has happened in your life this creative force is still there waiting for you to harness it. It may just be covered up at the moment.
So if it’s as easily available as I am suggesting, why do most people work with it so little?
Firstly, most of us have been trained literally since birth not to allow ourselves to follow our creative impulses. We don’t even know we’re not in touch with our creativity.
Parents, even when they want the best for us, tend to want us behave according to how they see the world. They have to do this, but oftentimes at the expense of the child’s ability to follow their own creative flow.
Education systems also have an important part to play in dampening down creativity because they are much more interested in students conforming to their system than bringing out these innate creative skills.
And the workplace all too often just wants you to do what you’re told rather than show initiative or introduce new ideas or ways of doing things.
We are also processing much more information every single day than at any time in history.
This is a form of information stress overload that means we tend to default to habitual ways of doing things rather than really meeting them in the moment creatively.
We know we’ve lost touch with our creative impulses anytime we feel jaded, world-weary, stuck and that a better future isn’t possible for us.
We may not always be immediately able to change external circumstances, but we can always change our attitude and relationship to what is going.
So how do we access our creativity?
The most important step is to start looking for it. This means getting curious about your own experience of creativity and what fires you up.
Often a client will think they’re already doing this but will be surprised how much of their focus is on what they don’t want.
Most people have this tendency to some degree. This is why the news focuses on the negative. It is echoing and speaking to this tendency.
Aligning to the question of what makes us feel most alive goes a long way to changing this focus.
If you think about a moment when you have had a breakthrough you’ll notice it is always associated with relief, clarity of mind, lightness in the body, purpose and a sense of there being a way forward.
This is your own creative power at work and it is just waiting for you to ask it for help to start transforming your life.