Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Get Your Creativity Cooking

Creativity is not always at hand when we need it most. This is especially true when we are cooking up a transition in our lives. Sometimes we need to try to be extra creative, so we can get some new ideas that set us on our way.

The secret to being creative is trying to simply "be". Being isn't easy. It takes time. This time includes practice, persistence and above all, patience.

Here are six "be" concepts which can be done or not done. These ideas are in no particular order.

  1. Be still
  2. Be moving around
  3. Be aware of your senses
  4. Be willing to temporarily close out some of our senses
  5. Be in a different environment
  6. Be in our normal environment by just hanging in there with a different frame of mind

Let's think of creativity as a salad for those in the Northern hemisphere, and a soup, for those in the Southern hemisphere. It takes a few good ingredients to make a soup or salad special. Try a mixture of the ideas from numbers 1 - 6.

Let me know if you cook up any new ideas. You will be well on your way to preparing something good before long.

1 comment:

Fred said...

It's ironic that I read Terry's post on states of being because recently I had a saying from a fortune cookie that was so valuable that I blew it up on the copying machine and taped it up in my work cubicle. It says: "Good things come to those who wait. Be patient". I think this is a paraphrase of Terry's first salad "be ingredient" of "be still". It's hard to be patient and to be still in our modern culture because we are overstimulated by the media that seems to think the average attention span is 2 seconds by the constantly changing scenes, by our food laden with taste enhancers like MSG, and in our constantly changing work, family and economic environment. Since creativity subtly ushers forth from our deep intuitive wellsprings, it is easily blocked by this overstimulation. Being still and patient allows your creative channel to open up and permit Aha! juices to flow. That's why I think reading is such a valuable activity. It teaches us patience, to be still, and to feed our own inner voice with creative material as we "rewrite" the authors text into our own framework of experience and language. Reading helps to give us the bearing to be calm amidst the change so we can find our way spiritually speaking. Thanks to Terry for getting us thinking about such pertinent topics for our hectic changing times!