e each have a natural drive to create and some of us are more connected to this than others. We need to create in order to meet satisfy our self-expression and identify with one of the most unique parts of who we truly are. When this is unfulfilled we can feel lost or that something is missing in our lives. We may not feel like a whole person. What we create is not important. It could be writing, drawing, painting, photography, gardening, singing or designing. What is important is that we are bringing something into form from nothing.
Right brain It is commonly known, at a very basic level, that when we are creative we are using the right hemisphere of our brain – the imaginative as opposed to its left counterpart the logical, analytical functioning side. It is ideal to achieve a balance between our, ”doing” mind (left) and our “being” mind (right). Many of us are more familiar with one being predominant. If we are more of a logical thinker it may be harder to reach and connect with our creative nature and it may feel rather uncomfortable to access, and perhaps feeling resistance to create. In resisting we are cutting off part of our very basic nature and denying a very special aspect of ourselves to shine, or at the very least glimmer.
Inner child, a psychological phenomenon is our connection with our own or others’ childhood experiences and as we are aware children are naturally connected to their creative side. Our inner child itself is a mix of many different qualities, traits and emotions. For the purpose of creating we will focus on that side of our inner child. A useful method for revealing our more creative side is to remember back to what we loved to do as a child. Children will naturally gravitate towards what they love doing, you included. It is a big pointer towards underlying creative skills that may be raw but that we can gain much fulfilment from.
Perfectionism is what may stand in our way of creating. When we build something from scratch sometimes we can expect this to be at a marketable standard. This can hold us back from further developing our skills and using our creative talents. Certainly, is possible to take a course or build on our experience to perfect our creations and perhaps this may lead to making a career out of what we love. This is not what our initial aim is – as this would be putting the cart before the horse, so to speak. It puts us under pressure and this takes away from the love of what we are doing. The passion will shine through if we connect with this and use that energy in making our creations.
Emotions Raw creativity is linked to our emotional selves. Many of us are aware that art (as an example) is a way of expressing how we feel, and in doing so it can be an emotional release and one method of expressing our emotional selves, if verbalising is difficult or not heard. Therefore, in connecting with our deeper creative selves we have the capacity to reach emotions that may not be otherwise accessible. We may find inspiration within these realms or perhaps unresolved emotional issues that have lain dormant may readily release as tears, anger or laughter. Of course, if this becomes too much it is wise to seek the support of a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist. Generally, though this can be a very therapeutic experience if it occurs and should be welcomed rather than resisted.
Our creativity is unique. There is something inside everyone that through creative expression gives meaning and purpose to our lives and in more cases than not the lives of others. Perhaps we need to be brave and persistent to allow it to emerge, resting in the knowledge that it is in there waiting to found.