Creativity is one of the numerous divine qualities such as love, faith, gratitude, wisdom and joy. It is inherent, hard-wired into our True Self.
Despite this fact, how many times have you said, or heard someone say “I’m not creative. I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”? We all are creative, holding the spark of divine being within.
Last summer I was visiting with all 5 of my grandchildren, being with the cousins from age 5-9. They played an improvised game that we called “changing channels”. In it, I held the remote and pretended to change channels as I told them what show I was watching. They quickly moved from the jungle channel, cooking channel, surfing channel and numerous others, effortlessly being whatever character was instantly called for and interacting with each other. It all unfolded seamlessly and naturally from their inner selves.
Children playing is one of the easiest ways to see creativity in action. If we make play our work, think of how much fun we could have!
Losing yourself in an activity such as watching a sunset, listening to music, gardening, having a conversation, engrossed in a good book or movie is creativity in action as well. When you are engaged in activities where you are fully present and lose track of time, you are in a creative space. Who knew that daydreaming could be so productive!
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs
Creating Sacred Space, a CD of evocative and relaxing improvised piano music has on its cover the Nautilus shell. This chambered, spiral image helps to illustrate how we can create space for creativity, among the many divine qualities that are inherent to us. I was fascinated with the image and did more research on it. Here’s what I discovered:
The chambered nautilus is a mollusk which lives in a spiral-shaped shell that has an iridescent purple color. The shell is divided into successively larger compartments or “chambers.” These chambers are formed as the mollusk grows. As each chamber becomes too small for the mollusk, it builds a new, larger chamber, and closes off the old. This activity is repeated many times, resulting in the spiral shape of the shell.
Having survived almost unaltered for over 450 million years, the Nautilus, (meaning “sailor” in Greek) is one of the only shells to continue from the time of the dinosaurs, therefore often referred to as being a “living fossil.”
In Hindu mythology, the sacred Nautilus Shell symbolized the multiplicity of creation. Its shape represents the golden mean number, known as PHI, in which the digits continue indefinitely without ever repeating themselves. PHI is found in all living forms.
The ancient Nautilus Shell is a symbol of proportional perfection in its expansion and renewal as it grows increasingly larger chambers throughout its life. It is the natural symbol for creating space through the process of letting go or closing off the dysfunctional, obsolete and negative patterns and creating a larger space for renewed growth, enlivening regeneration and spiritual insight.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
Creativity can be used for personal and spiritual growth as well as for problem solving.
Here's an experiential meditation for opening space for creativity:
Take a moment to connect with the natural flow of your breath. Think of an experience when you lost track of time, being completely with whatever activity you were engaged in. Bring the memory clearly to mind, picturing it, feeling it, sensing its energy.
Become aware of where the memory lives in your body.
Focus on the place of its energy and release the memory. Allow this place to become its own space of awareness, continually growing within you, a chamber of creative expansion. Notice how it feels to just be with this particular space, letting all else go.
Get to know this space in you, a place of creative energy. As you sink deeper and deeper into it, ask what do I most need to see, hear or know at this time? What do I most need to see, hear or know?
Take a moment to allow whatever comes to you to surface, and be with it completely.
Did you experience creative space?
Blessings to all you creative beings!