“I don't have time for art.” “I wish I was as talented as her.” “I'm just not creative.”
Do you recognize any of these excuses? We often give reasons why we're not actively using our powers of creativity, but the good news is that you use your imagination all the time to help shape your world.
How? We are, as the saying goes, spiritual beings having a human experience. We are all creative beings; without our ability to imagine something new, we wouldn't continue to learn and grow. We bring with us into this lifetime our unique talents, preferences, and desires. We also embody our particular fears, aversions, and weaknesses, so we can learn from them. All the people, things, and experiences in our lives emerge from this pattern of energies.
Your soul is infinitely creative.
There are plenty of ways to enhance your connection with your soul and increase the presence of creativity in your daily life. Even if you're not interested in pursuing hobbies or professions normally thought of as creative, you can use the power of your imagination to solve problems, draw positive experiences to you, and create the life of your dreams.
It starts with simple awareness. When you allow yourself to be open to the possibility that you are creating your experiences, you look at life in a new way: you're able to respond deliberately, rather than reacting from a place of fear and worry. Here are some other ideas to enhance your natural creativity and release the amazing power of your imagination:
- Set aside unscheduled time. It might sound odd to schedule your unplanned time, but sometimes that's what it takes. Block out a minimum of two hours where you can just be. This isn't the time to catch up on your reading or your favorite TV series. Instead, get playful: take a walk and breath in surrounding nature, break out the crayons, or design a new project. Do the things that you love but you just “never have time for.”
- Take life less seriously. When you're worried about something, return to the present moment. What is right in your world? What brings a smile to your face? Count your blessings and thank your lucky stars. Worry and stress are the biggest blocks to creative thinking so let them go.
- Observe your surroundings. Inspiration can be found by simply looking around you. Do some people watching or sit on the edge of the water and just observe. What do you see? Hear? Feel? What thoughts transpire in your mind as you let your thoughts flow lightly?
- Make fresh choices. We often make decisions based on what we've done before. This can get you in a rut very quickly. Try something new! Take a new route to work, eat a different breakfast, or invite a new friend on an adventure. Practice this, and then when you're faced with a bigger choice you'll be more likely to think outside the box. Knowing that you have the option to respond creatively will give your imagination the freedom to play.
- Pull it all together. Often creativity is a matter of synthesizing disparate thoughts. This means learning new things, exploring new places, and then allowing time for you to daydream and ponder. It's also helpful to keep a journal, notebook, or sketchbook where you can jot down your ideas. Doodle, make mind maps or do some free writing. See what you can create from a variety of sources.
- Listen to your intuition. You know those hunches and gut feelings? Heed them. By following your intuition, you're affirming that your subconscious thoughts and feelings are important. Since they are at the seat of imagination, your creativity enhance.
- Capture your dreams. Pay attention to the dreams you have each night. They are a wonderful source of spiritual messages from your inner self. Keep a dream journal. When you receive compelling images or creative ideas, do something with them. Follow through, and you'll receive even more dream inspiration.