22-09 Creative

“Every human has four endowments
– self awareness, conscience,
independent will, and creative imagination.
These give us the
ultimate human freedom…
The power to choose,
to respond, to change.”

— Stephen Covey

“The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct
acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays
with the objects it loves.”

— Carl Jung

“To live a creative life,
we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

— Joseph Chilton Pearce

This week’s MotW encourages us to live a creative life. By creativity we mean going beyond the intellect, to play, to experiment, to explore, to use our imagination. Let go of the idea of creativity meaning we have to be artists (although that would be grand), it means being creative in all aspects of our lives.

The beauty of embracing creativity is that the more we use it the more we have and the more expansive it gets. The problems of our world today (especially this week) require us to go beyond the ”box”. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, we cannot solve our problems from the same place they were created.

When it comes to being creative, it requires us to let go of judgement, to be present in the moment to let ideas flow first (a brain dump if you will) then sort them out. We can also use our dream time to let our subconscious creatively process the issue(s) at hand.

A fun creative exercise is to purposely make a bad piece of art (music, writing, recipe, etc), even go so far as to use your non-dominant hand. Another is to journal without stopping using your non-dominant hand. To take it even further, pull out something to color ( MandalastoColor.com ), put your crayons or color pencils nearby, blindfold yourself, and then color away.

Any activity that can get us out of our heads while also letting go of it having to be ”good” can help. In other words…just play for the fun of it. That’s where our creative spirits love to empower us the most.

Sending Love and Light to the people and country of Ukraine 💙💛💙💛💙💛

Blessings,

Maureen
The Mandala Lady

btw…after phase 1 ( w/ watercolor crayons)

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