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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Creating Creativity

Ho hum, what to write about today? Lets pick a topic out of the hat… creativity, that’s a good one, especially when I’m trying to be. Creativity-the capacity to create. What does the word bring to mind-waves of negative emotion and images of a failed art class (oh me creative? no never), or the thrill and excitement of seeing a finished solution to a problem? I have news for you, you are creative whether you like it or not. Have you ever made anything, doesn’t matter how small or big? How about cooking a meal, that’s an act of creation, making something out of something else? Ever made an excuse-well that’s creative avoidance.

Theologically, should you happen to believe in God, if we are made in the image of God, and as He is a creator then we bear that attribute inside us.

How do you release this creativity then? Part of the solution is realising that you are a creative engine, you are a vessel purposed to create; be it ideas, images, things, chicken soup. The second step would probably involve setting a problem in front of you. Not the negative, self-defeating type, but a problem involving something you want, value and eagerly anticipate. Hold the picture of what you desire in your mind and watch your brain kick into overdrive to create solutions. Another idea would be to regularly engage in activity that requires creation; painting, writing, dance, pottery- it can be anything. Start small and use that success to propel you forward.

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