Introduction to Creativity

Introduction to Creativity

Creativity is our ability to dream things up and make them happen. Peggy Taylor

The easy part of creativity for many of us is dreaming things up. I’ve been in so many groups where ideas fly forth, as we all get excited about what “could be”.

The hard part is making them happen.  Translating a dream into reality is difficult, not to mention frightening at times and overwhelming at others.  You have to be brave to try new things and fail. Being creative and unique can cause the crowd to cheer and swoon; it can also lead to being laughed at and excluded from the group. Yes, there is joy, beauty and play in creativity, but there is also insecurity, loneliness and self-doubt. Which means that this month is not just about imagination, artistry and self-expression, but also follows up from last month’s theme of courage.

Sometime we have a singular vision and create alone, whether that is an image with a camera or a carefully crafted poem.  But creativity also happens when people get together. New ideas come from the clash of debate. New art emerges only after inspiration from those who’ve gone before. Better forms of community are built on the back of those who have toiled and sacrificed long before we put ourselves on the line. Simply put, there are no creators without companions. The act of creation needs both the dreamers and the doers.

One secret to creative self-expression is staying connected to each other.  We need each other to be creative people – supporting one another, helping bring our creations forth, being inspired by others.  Maybe the most important question this month is not just “What do you want to create?” but also “Who are your partners?”

With gratitude for all our sources of creativity – those within us and those all around us – let us begin.



adapted from the Soul Matters introduction



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