I have be consciously re-imagining my approach to creativity for the last several years. It's not a new belief that I dreamt up but rather a very intentional process of re-programming based around the concept of creative thinking.
Reformulating how I see my creativity is a two-fold concept:
1. A creative idea or action never begins with me nor am I solely responsible for it's outcome. Rather I open myself up so as to be an instrument of collaboration with universal consciousness.
2. In every moment, each human being is becoming the most perfect expression of their creative goodness. Without question. No matter the circumstance.
Like a flower that opens in response to the sun, our willingness to let go and be used by a greater force is all we need to access divine creative energy.
Simple, no? It feels like I get to be a passive participant in the process, waiting for creative magic to happen. Woohoo!! NOT!
The first step is opening up and making myself available. However, the second step, I've come to believe is the willingness to do what it takes to catch a fly ball.
I was never very good at baseball, and was seriously misplaced in the outfield. I would see a ball flying towards me and tense up. A moment of truth -- will I catch it or will I disappoint everyone and let it fall to the ground. I think most of the time I was too afraid to find out so the easiest solution was to miss them altogether. I self selected myself out of the game.
It was definitely an issue of trusting in my self-worth, and I've come to see catching fly balls as the perfect metaphor for taking responsibility for the creativity that comes to me. It's not enough just to be in the game waiting for a creative idea to fly towards me in the outfield, I need to be honing my skills, looking alert, and taking the necessary steps to develop trust in myself as an active participant in the process.
By affirming over and over again that in each moment I am the most perfect expression of creativity -- from burning the toast to brushing my teeth -- I remember to show up, learn to stick out my glove, and trust that this divine energy was meant for me.
I've been thinking about my process of re-programming because just the other day a friend shared this video of Elizabeth Gilbert, the writer of Eat, Pray, Love, speaking about the nature creativity. I was blown away by Elizabeth Gilbert's ability to see creativity as a force outside the body so as to reconcile it with our daily humdrum lives.
How does an Olympic ice skater go from landing a triple toe loop that everyone saw was lit with a divine energy to understanding who they are the next week when they fall on flat on their face? It's not just a question for artists and performers. It's a question for all humanity. By changing the way we think about creativity, we change our perception of ourselves and others.
Liberating ourselves from being the originator and honoring that in every moment we are showing up to be the most perfect expression of our creativity is a healing for our century.
P.S. Be sure to watch Elizabeth Gilbert's talk all the way through because some of the best parts come near the end :)