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Release Your Inner Creativity: An Adult’s Manual

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“There’s no secret. Only you and your environment. That really is the whole trick. To allow yourself the time, patience and desire to revel in your own creative energy field.”

Creativity. What exactly is it? Where does it come from? Is it diving inspiration? Or does a synapse go off in some part of our left-brain hemisphere that essentially says, “Aha!”

Humans, as a species are naturally curious, driven, and innovative. But what happens as we become adults and matriculate into the greater world? Take on careers, families, and responsibilities. Life seems to become—for lack of a better word—humdrum. The quirky ideas, inspirations, and insights we had as children or young adolescents gets downgraded and filed back into the nether regions of our grey matter and we just seem to accept it as the way things ought to be. Does it REALLY have to be this way? I say emphatically, “No!” and “Know!”

Society for all its good intentions really likes to pigeon hole humans into rote classifications. It’s just easier and makes the most sense. Thinking outside of the box and non-comforming makes everything a bit messy. So, that’s what we do mostly as responsible adults. We conform. We forget about what it was that made us get up every morning when we were in school and made us excited. We forget that as children we would play all day long and create these worlds where anything seemed possible! Where our dreams and lives of the future were only limited by our imaginations.

I distinctly remember that as a boy of 12 or 13, my friend and I would spend countless hours creating elaborate adventures that took place in a backyard or side alley. In retrospect, I remember feeling so exhilarated from our creative exploits. I think from time to time, what happened to that feeling of ‘unstoppability’. Was my need to grow up and be responsible a by-product of age or maturity? Or did I just get the cue from society and step into line?

As a creative coach today, a lot of my adult students come to me desperately wanting to escape this wall or box that they have built around themselves. Many of them hold onto this idea that it is so crucial to keep this mature mask on when in public. And, I say in some respects we do have many different personas and masks that we must present in the greater world. However, the real problem lies in many adults wearing their public masks and personas so often that it is who they become. They get lost in a role and then that same role loses them. The real them. The person they were as a child or young adolescent.

Creative play for adults is just as important as it is for children. The same socialization skills and interactions that are learned by a child are very much the same among adults. In many of my classes, workshops and seminars, I spend a great deal of the first few classes trying to deconstruct people’s ideas about the rules of being a responsible adult and teach them to recognize the creative creature that is begging to break free. Once people recognize that expressing and or tapping into a creative force or energy (one I feel that every single human being has the capabilty to do) is within their grasp they simply need to just take a hold of it and let it do its thing!

It’s amazing the clarity that comes to a person once they grab hold of their creative ‘mojo’. I’ve had many students tell me that they feel like they can create or conquer anything. People feel a true sense of inspiration and purpose. I, myself, when tapping into my creative juices can feel this sense of child-like wonder and a sense of freedom that I CAN create my own world!

But, how does one feel this creativity? What’s the secret? The magic potion? All of my students always seem to wait with baited breath when this question comes up in a class or workshop. I always smile and simply say, “There’s no secret. Only you and your environment. That really is the whole trick. To allow yourself the time, patience and desire to revel in your own creative energy field.”

Creative exercises that we do in my classes help with this. But, the real trick is your own environment. What is going on around you? Who are you socializing with? What is that little voice in your head telling you every minute of the day? Once these items are addressed, you can dip into you energy reserves any second of any day.

Some don’t believe it when I tell them that place, objects, and people all have negative energy. If you are not able to recognize the negativity of a place or building or apt or person, then you may be falling victim to your environment and social circles—and be experiencing creative-energy blocks.

Taking stock and learning what it is that feeds your soul and lifts you up, will allow you the wisdom to change a negative environment or social situation, in turn helping you tap into a wealth of creative ‘mojo’!

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This is a cross-post from Ezine Articles.

Trevor Owen Weaver writes at Play & Profundity, http://www.playandprofundity.com. You may email him at: trevor@playandprofundity.com

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“There’s no secret. Only you and your environment. That really is the whole trick. To allow yourself the time, patience and desire to revel in your own creative energy field.”

Creativity. What exactly is it? Where does it come from? Is it diving…