I was always uncomfortable with the idea that human beings could be reduced to the simple concept of ‘consumers’. Sure, we consume food, water, information and other resources throughout our lives, but are the economists right? – Is this really what defines us?
A more apt descriptor of the essence of the human race is as creators. Our nature to consume is merely to provide fuel for our creative process.
We don’t define the sun as a consumer of Helium. We define the sun by its ability to create light…
We are all capable of wonderful, unique creation. We are each compelled to create and we deny this compulsion to our detriment. If we are creatively stifled in work and home we quickly find ourselves in sadness and depression. If we feel creatively inspired…we feel joyous, permeated by a divine force… compelled to create, and then compelled to share our creations.
Our creative drive will seek to manifest itself in whatever environment we place ourselves in. If we are placed in an environment seeking to create machines of war, we will indeed be responsible for such horrific instruments of death… If we are in an environment that supports creating solutions to cure disease, we will indeed help create these solutions!
The greatest limitation to our own creativity is often ourselves.
Our inner critic, well versed in scathing criticism after years of faithful service, is quick to pounce on any creative sparks, these brief pregnant moments of pure inspiration. “You’ll never be able to do that”, “What are you thinking!”, “It must have been done before” or even simply “That’s a stupid idea!” The funny thing is, our inner critic manifests as a direct reflection of our creative essence, coming up with an infinite assortment of insults and put-downs to discourage our creative urges! Allowing the critic to speak and then moving on regardless is an essential skill one must cultivate if you are to truly realise your creative talents.
Exercising this power over your inner dialogue is crucial, as ultimately, all our creations begin and end with ourselves. How we choose to create ourselves, through our thoughts, choices and actions, will determine what we are capable of creating. So many of your unique creative gifts are still waiting inside you. Waiting for you to become the extraordinary person you can be, to then create the magnificent creations that you can create.
The world waits patiently…
How does your innate creativity manifest in your life now? What do you hope to create within yourself? How do you deal with your inner critic? What is your creative dream?