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9 Ways of Cultivating Creativity

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I believe that Creativity and Spirituality are interconnected. By spirituality, I don’t mean religion, I’m referring to the human spirit, our Source, that place in us that feels connected to Life. Napoleon Hill calls it “Infinite Intelligence“. Deepak Chopra calls it “Pure Consciousness“. My friend Joshua Roman described it beautifully, “..that place in us that never ends.”. This beautiful place in us which cannot be accurately described by words, and can only be felt by the heart.

Being creative is simply relaxing into that place in you and connecting with this “Infinite Intelligence”. It is a gift in each of us, waiting to be discovered. We are all talented beings, because we all have access to the same infinite Source. We are all richly endowed, naturally.

When we act from a place of Creation, we are in a place of abundance, where there are no bounds. Limitations and scarcity only comes when we act from a place of Competition.

There is no such thing as Being more creative“, you ARE already a creative being. But, you can practice to become more in-tuned or aware of that creative energy surrounding you, all the time, of which you have unlimited access to.

Here are 9 practices I personally use to help me in ‘cultivating’ creativity.

Practice:

  • Being Relaxed – Take a moment to do something that makes you happy; that brings you joy; that you love; that centers you. Meditate, take a walk, go for a swim, read something that puts you in a good mood, journaling – writing down your thoughts (this can be so rewarding!).
  • Gratitude – Thinking about all things you are grateful for produces a positive energy flow and vibration. As you feel the love in your heart for all the wonderful blessings and gifts in your life, you will instantly relax and feel all warm-and-fuzzy inside. In that moment of warmth and love, you are open to creative energy.
  • Tickling Your Imagination – Imagination is highly visual. I’ve found it helpful to practice seeing vivid images with my eyes closed.
    • Try it. Close your eyes, and imagine that you are in a scene, any scene. Okay – pick your ideal scene, practice seeing the details of your environment in this scene. See the colors, the textures, touch something. What does it feel like? What do you hear? What do you smell? What is the temperature like? Etc.
  • Being In the Moment – Every outstanding musician or artist will tell you that when they are creating great music or art, there are no thoughts, they are completely in the moment, and experiencing flow. Athletes call this ‘being in the zone‘. You can practice present moment awareness by giving full attention to whatever you are doing: eating, washing dishes, making your bed, etc. Meditation helps tremendously. The book “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle is also highly recommended.

 

 

  • Being Inspired – Practice seeing beautiful things that moves you emotionally. Flip through a book containing thought provoking images, go to an art gallery, read something inspirational, talk to someone who calms you.
  • Drawing – This may sounds funny, but one of the effective ways to practice getting in touch with your creative side is to start drawing. Drawing forces you to see things differently. I highly recommend the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” and the workbook by Betty Edwards. This book was designed for people who has never drawn before. I first heard about this book from a psychology textbook. I have gained much from its insights.
  • Seeing Alternatives – Be curious. Practice asking yourself how to do something differently. When seeing the solution to a problem, ask yourself, “What are some alternative ways to doing this?“. Develop the mental attitude that “there is always another way” even when alternatives seem ‘impossible’.
  • Being Open – Never shut down any idea that comes your way, do not make judgments about it. Appreciate any idea that comes to you, even ones that seem “stupid” or “obvious”. This way, you encourage more creative ideas to surface from your being.
  • Think on Paper – With a bunch of loose paper (or notebook, I prefer loose paper so you don’t feel restricted that you have to keep the page ‘straight’ and organized.), start jotting ideas down. Write everything down that comes to your head: random words, phrases, ideas, thoughts… sometimes you might want to circle things and draw lines to connect ideas. When an inspiration hits, follow it. If you suddenly have a different idea, jot it down somewhere on the page or in a new page. This is how I construct blog articles. I start with ideas and points, sometimes really crappy points at the start, and once I fall into ‘flow‘, the article will take shape before my eyes .

When Do You Feel Most Creative? Do share with a comment.

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78 thoughts on 9 Ways of Cultivating Creativity

  1. Alexandra Steiglitz

    I try hard to follow the 9 rules. But I am stacked in the first already : I cannot find a thing that i like to do.
    Where can I find an answer? Thanks a lot

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    REPLY:

    The answers can only be found within You. In time, I’m sure you’ll find something.
    I recommend, reading “The Power of Now” by eckhart tolle.

    Tina

  2. Altering your mind with caffeine, drugs, alcohol helps you experience a different side of your mind.

    This is a great article!:)

  3. Love the article! :)

    Another great book is “The Artist’s Way”.

  4. The term Pure Consciousness was actually first introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Maharishi brought the experience of Pure Consciousness, which is also called Transcendental Consciousness, to millions of people in the world. Joshua is right when he says “it’s that place in us which never ends”. Never ends means: it’s unboundedness and this unboundedness is the reservoir of all creativity in everyone of us. It’s the home of Natural Law, which organizes everything in the whole universe with utmost perfection. So, what else is more desirable than this? I’m grateful to Maharishi that I experience it every day and I wish the day comes soon that you’ll have it too. You already have it deep within, but all you need is a simple technique to get to that source of creativity, that’s all.
    Jan

  5. Wade

    I second reading Drawing on the right side of the brain.

  6. What a wonderful blog post with so many truths! The one that is most meaningful for me today is the point on gratitude. I find when I am grateful for the support, abundance, and gifts I have in my life…I am more inspired and conscious about creating not only my art but also the life I want to lead.

    Thank you for a post I am bookmarking!

  7. I felt very creative when my best friend ws away,me being at hostel wid very few girls.i hd time 2 b myself.that time i drew a picture of my favourit actor which so alike.i think i just lived those moments fully.

  8. preethu

    supereb blog… i like it read as many times as i could… please list me some of inspirational books, i was likely reading positive mental attitude by nepolean hill. which inspires me a lot. i need books on creative visualization.

  9. Gobi

    Thanks for this wonderful website, really i like it, I don’t remember when last time draw anything with my assumptions that i can’t draw since I don’t have this God gift as they teach us that drawing is only gift you can’t able to learn it.
    From coming Saturday I will start sit down and draw anything.
    Thanks again & they said “you can take the horse to the water, but you can’t make him to drink” but I think I will drink from now.
    –sorry kindly forgive for any mistake since English is not my first language

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