“Fear is not real.
The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future.
It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.
That is near insanity.
Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.”
~ Will Smith, After Earth
“It’s now very important for me to know,
If I’m choosing from my ego or choosing from my soul.
For the seeds I now sow with heartfelt intention,
Will grow and blossom beyond all expectation.”
Mantra taken from Tom Lescher of New Paradigm Astrology
Whether we openly admit it or not – to ourselves or others – we care about others opinions. It is a human trait in-bedded into our very psyche, since an early age; from school to the big wide “grown-up” (debatable) world of business politics.
However, I want to tap in to your creative selves and forget about everyone else for a while.
I want to introduce you to Holistic Creativity.
The real key to creating anything is to just let yourself go, removing self constraints and release control over your mind.
And in order to obtain holistic creativity you need to experiment, find out what you love to create. Whether it be dancing, painting, drawing, needlework, flower arranging, prose, poetry; even keeping a diary to record your thoughts and feelings is a medium of creativity.
Whatever you choose to create, try not to over think the process or hold the belief that you need to create perfection – especially if it is your first creative experience. Just open your heart and immerse yourself in your creation. Feel every output, every stroke, tap, line, shape, movement, flow……….use it as your therapy, your meditation, your relaxation and just let everything just happen.
Enjoy creating, believe in your creation, love your creation, feel your creation, be a part of your creation and be proud of what you have achieved.
Perhaps, to begin with, you may feel a little nervous about sharing your holistic creation, so it is important to give yourself praise and encouragement, as if you are the teacher looking at a pupils work with pride and awe. And once you have gained confidence you can reveal your achievements to your world.
However, the real objective here is not to make others happy but to make you happy, enrich your holistic well-being and to release any limits you may have set upon yourself. Your creation should provide you with insight, escapism from the world around you and help you to reconnect and harmonise you with the magical depths of the subconscious you.
Holistic creativity is a very personal thing, it gives you the opportunity to reflect and grow your own personal preferences and is an extension of your inner most personality. To coin a rather brutal phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, but it really does not matter if people warm or run from your creation. For example, I like the artist Jackson Pollock, whilst others may see it as childlike squiggle destroying an expensive canvas. Yet I like it. I cannot tell you exactly why I like it, I just do.
In addition, holistic creativity does not require any sense or logic. However, it can provide a deep reflection, or image, of how you view yourself and the world around you. The path of life is ever turning, changing and redirecting and with holistic creativity you can really chart your emotional map through life.
But for now, set rhyme and reason aside, and just use your creative activity to retreat into a world that is happy, warm and welcoming, allowing yourself to take patient baby steps, as you watch your craft evolve and change with your emotions, experiences and skill.
I will leave you with this inspiring quote by the American author, Paul Auster:
The real aim of art is not to create beautiful objects: it’s a method of reflection, a means of understanding the universe and finding one’s place in it
~ Paul Auster
This quote from GoalHabits.com feels rather apt today.
It’s funny how the media and public opinion sometimes mistake confidence as arrogance.
But the way I see it is this:
If you are passionate about what you do, love every minute, believe in yourself and want to tell the world how happy you are, then you are truly living life to its full potential.