Creativity has been on my mind for quite some time. When I think back to my childhood and when I look at my own children, I see how innately creative children are. All day long they are engaged in fantasy and imagination and are continually exploring their world with fascination, and through this, bringing creation forth.
Every day I receive the fruits of my five-year-olds creative labors in the form of gifts, pictures, structures, dances, and song to bear witness to.
I wonder, at what point do we lose our connection to our God-given innate ability to create for curiosity’s sake—for the sake of fun, and simply for no reason other than we just want to and we don’t know why?
“Are you considering becoming a creative person? Too late, you already are one. To even call somebody ‘a creative person’ is almost laughably redundant; creativity is the hallmark of our species. We have the senses for it; we have the curiosity for it; we have the opposable thumbs for it; we have the rhythm for it; we have the language and the excitement and the innate connection to divinity for it.” -Liz Gilbert
Creation and creativity are our birthright. Whether we realize it or not, all day long we are engaged in creation. We wake up in the morning and decide what to wear—an act of creative expression.
We prepare meals for ourselves and for our families, bringing together different ingredients in a creative act. We engage in our daily activities and our work, which is also a creative process, albeit often times not one we think of as creative, and rarely is the type of creativity that we are longing to bring forth.
I was recently listening to Carolyn Myss on audio while I was making the long drive from Santa Barbara, California, back to Humboldt, my home base. Myss was describing how creativity manifests through the chakras, beginning with divine inspiration and insight, which is received through the upper chakras—the chakras that are calibrated to the non-physical and our internal power.
Typically, we speak of awakening the chakras starting from the root, moving up to the crown chakra where we attain union with the divine, experiencing a sense of oneness, and this is known as the current of liberation.
Creativity, however flows in the opposite direction, starting in the seventh chakra—the crown chakra—and working its way down to the sixth where we clearly envision the idea. Then, the inspiration passes through the fifth chakra, located at the throat, where we speak the idea either to ourselves or someone else.
It continues its passage down to our heart chakra where we get a sense of what it would feel like to bring this inspiration into fruition. It is then that things begin to get clouded up in the lower chakras, which are the chakras that engage us with our physical or external power; these are the chakras where we bring things forth into this world. This is where our creativity gets blocked, stopped in its tracks, and is unable to grow roots into its physical form.
In order to engage in our creative expression, we must work through the blocks in our second and third chakras to bring forth that which wants to be brought forth.
What have you been divinely inspired to do? Is your soul longing to paint or draw? Do you feel the call to write? To create a blog or write a book? Are business ideas swirling around in your head but unable to take root? The creative inspiration that calls to us is limitless in its possibilities.
How do you know a creative idea is divinely inspired? You will know because it will be tugging at your heart strings, it will not let you go unless you fight it for so long that it decides to move on to somebody else who is ready to bring this inspiration into the world; although it will never be the same, because only you can uniquely bring forth that which you have been called to do.
Our minds regularly get in the way. The energetic imbalances in our body’s subtle energy system get in the way. These imbalances are the result of our life experiences such as being children who were taught in school that failure is wrong and bad. Being taught by our society that we must be productive and focused on outcome, instead of engaging the world with a spirit of curiosity and inquiry. Perhaps we experienced despair at a young age or were told our creations were not up to par. All of these experiences can hold us back.
Liz Gilbert says, “The essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, and trust…” If you are held back in any of these areas, you will never see the fruit of the creativity that is longing to be born through you.
As your creativity passes through your seventh, sixth, fifth, and fourth chakras, it makes its way to the third, located at the solar plexus. This is our core. Our site of personal empowerment, where our ego and self-esteem reside. Where we engage our self-discipline and confidence. This is also where our spontaneity and sense of playfulness emerge.
Creativity allows us to play. It is our birthright to play and to explore, if just for the sake of playing and exploring. Sometimes this will bring forth some great work of creation that transforms many, sometimes the act is just meant to be transformational for yourself.
If you’ve got a creative idea, but feel unable to bring it forth, explore the questions below, focusing your attention to your core as you ponder the following.
If I fail at this creative endeavor, will I feel shame? If yes, explore why.
How is my self-esteem? Can I handle any criticism I may receive?
Am I lacking confidence?
Will this be an act that will be transformational? Can I handle this transformation?
Do I have the self-discipline to manifest this creation?
Do I have the personal power to meet the challenges that I will face?
Am I indecisive?
Will my ego get in the way when it comes to outcome? Am I attached to outcome?
Can I create for the sake of playfulness alone? If not, why?
After you’ve worked through those questions, draw your attention down to the second chakra. This is located in our lower abdomen and has often been associated with creativity because this is physically the site of all creation.
It includes the reproductive organs and is literally where we give birth. Our emotional identity, our desires, and our right to feel and have pleasure all live within this chakra.
Guilt also lives here, and guilt can be a huge roadblock to creativity because we often see creativity as a waste of time when we are engaged in our busy lives with the endless responsibilities we have taken on.
Bringing your awareness to your lower abdomen, explore the following questions.
Will this creative act take time away from my responsibilities? Is this a problem?
Will I feel guilty for taking the time and resources needed to explore this inspiration?
Is there a financial risk involved in this pursuit? Am I willing to take that risk, why or why not?
Will this change my life physically or emotionally? Can I handle those changes?
Am I deserving of this?
Do I have proper boundaries in my life to create space to nurture this into being?
Am I allowed to engage in this act just for pleasure's sake or for the sake of curiosity? Am I attached to an outcome?
Is there some outside power or authority which is keeping me from this?
Am I too depleted to have the endurance to create?
Am I addicted to control?
Am I in a scarcity mindset, believing that this has already been done, so why engage?
After you have explored these questions, you will have more information to know why and where you are blocked. To know what beliefs are keeping you from bringing your inspiration into reality.
Once you have processed your blocks, only then can your creative idea pass through the first chakra, the root chakra, and take root into the world. To plant the seedling and nurture it into the strong and majestic full grown tree that it was meant to be. To be transformed by the experience of engaging in this act.
It will always involve risk and will involve leaving your comfort zone. Alan Alda says, “The creative place is the place where no one has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”
We find ourselves through the creative process, and we learn about ourselves and about the world.
It is a transformational act, even if it is only you who has been transformed in the process. But you can’t know who or what will be transformed, you simply have to trust—you have to engage. You are creative, you are creation. As Martha Graham says, you must remember, “There is only one of you in all time, the expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.” Only you can bring forth that which is within you.
Photo by Mike Regan