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Creativity as a Spiritual Practice

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Creativity is. . . seeing something that doesn’t exist already.  You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.

Michele Shea

I woke this morning with a burning question on my mind.  Is creativity a spiritual practice? 

What do you think?  I say, yes, creativity is a spiritual practice.  Were it not for creation, the universe would not exist, humanity would not exist, for that matter you and I would not exist.  Let’s explore some methods/acts of creativity.

Ever notice how time seems to disappear when you are involved in creation.  This happens to me everytime I am emersed in a creative activity such as drawing, carpentry or writing, I become lost in my creation.  It is as if I am in a semi-meditative state and my connection with source is profound.

These are the moments when I am in co-creation with my Higher Self.  My Creative Self.  The spirit within me seeks manifestion through creative activity.  What is your method of creative expression?  Whatever it is–just be open to it. 

For some people , it may be creating a business plan, drawing a picture, stringing beads to create jewlery or cooking a gourmet meal.  Whatever it is, when you feel the tug to create make time for it.  Do not deny it.  It is your opportunity to connect with your source.

When you allow yourself to be lost in creation, you enter a semi-meditative state and there are several benefits for you.  Look at the roles of the left and right brains:

  • The Left Brain: the verbal, logical and  analytical portion of your brain. This side of the brain is responsible for the three R’s: reading, writing and arithmatic.  
  • The Right Brain: non-verbal and is highly visual, intuitive and perceptual.  This side of the brain is responsible for our creativity.

Left Brain Activities

If you are like the vast majority of the people in the world you probably spend a great deal of your time doing left brain activities.  Take for instance, family responsibilities; balancing the check books, organizing children’s schedules, creating menus and preparing meals, etc.  You are deeply involved in rote and mundane tasks that of which do not require any creativity.  These are tasks you do daily without thought.  It is almost like driving a car, you don’t think twice about the task of driving to your destination and before you know it, you have arrived.  You probably do not take the time to enjoy the scenery.  Whenever I take a moment to “smell the daisies” I discover so many wonderful things along the route that I hadn’t noticed in the past.  Does this happen to you?  Imagine how much you are missing in life with the sequential routines that we partake in everyday.     

Right Brain Activity

A few years ago, I surprisingly gave into my Creative-Self, which sought to manifest that which wanted to be birthed.  I say surprisingly because I had denied that part of myself when I became a mother and entered the workforce.  As a child, I was drawn to creating with my hands.  I loved drawing.  I can remember drawing all the Disney characters before I was 12 years old.  The drawings were quite good, too.  So good that my mother asked if I had traced them.  I was not amused and was very disappointed that she did not have faith in my drawing abilities.  I asked her to watch as I drawed a picture of Fred Flintstone, when I was done she was convinced that I was not a “poser”, I borrowed that word from my children.  

In early 2005, I had a strong urge to remodel my kitchen.  I had never done any major carpentry work in my life, although I had a strong affinity for carpentry since way back in high school when I made a small bench for my mother for Mother’s Day. 

Never one to back down from a challenge, I decided to do the work myself, well the work that did not require a license, such as electrical and plumbing, for that I hired contractors.

I spent a lot of time at Lowes and HomeDepot, sometimes I had to take three or four trips in one day.  It took me three months to complete the project.  Once I got going, it was as if time stopped.  I became totally immersed in the project.  I gave the project my full attention and discipline.  It was a form of meditation.  I gave the project my attention, applied skill and hard work.  Take a look at the end result:

Before Pictures

After Pictures

I am very proud of the results of the kitchen remodel project.  I ripped down walls and installed and refaced cabinets.  The task was difficult at times, but most of all it was gratifying.  I emerged from this project more connected with my Creative-Self and a more spiritual clarity than ever before.

Are you being urged to undertake a project?  Are you denying your creatitivity?  Make the decision to creatively explore your God-given talents and share it with the world.  Who knows the next Picaso or Microsoft Windows can be waiting to be birthed through you.  Take time out to “smell the daisies”.

Much love and creativity *muah*

Ms. Motiv8lips01

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