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"We are all creative beings."

  Shakti Gawain, Meditations, Part 1

Expressing Your Creativity

Many people think they’re not creative. I hear this all the time in my workshops; people say to me, "I’m not creative." I don’t believe it. I’ve found from working with many people that, after we get through our limited ideas and our blocks and our fears, we are all creative beings. I don’t know what more proof we need of our creativity than to look at our lives and realize that, on a metaphysical level, we have created them. Granted, they’re not perfect, but they are nevertheless a powerful manifestation of our creativity. We need to acknowledge how incredible our lives really are and therefore how incredible we are. We have all created an enormous amount of powerful, interesting, even amazing experiences and people in our lives. And those are all mirrors of our creativity.

We create our own reality every moment, whether or not we’re conscious of it. If we’re not conscious, we create it out of habit and old patterns. As we become more and more conscious, we are more able to create what we truly desire.

I find that the idea that we are not creative usually comes from some type of early programming or conditioning that we’ve received. Somebody along the way told us we weren’t creative, and we believed it. Or maybe we got so much criticism or disapproval or not enough encouragement and support to express our natural creativity, that we came to the conclusion that we weren’t creative.

Many people tend to equate creativity with only certain types of expression. We all know that art or dance or music are creative, for example, but we don’t necessarily think that running a business is creative, or running a home is creative, or that being a parent is creative. And yet, when you think about it, what could be more creative than raising children? That is the ultimate creative act. To create another human being and to learn how to support that human being in expressing his or her creativity is probably the ultimate challenge. Cooking is creative. Many of our recreational activities, and even the little things that we do all the time, are very creative. But because they come easily to us and they’re natural, we don’t usually think of them as being creative.

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