Creativity is something I’m passionate about. Not only because I love painting and colors more than anything else. It is also that I deeply believe in the power of creativity to help us make life better on a personal level and a worldly level. We NEED creativity. That is we need to use it, because we all already are creative beings. In this post I’ll list a number of advantages learning to use your creativity can bring you.
The word CREATING is mostly used meaning ‘making something new’. It doesn’t need to be art. You can for instance make a new dish, invent a tool or find a solution for a problem. Making something new asks us to use our imagination. Imagination is making an image in your head of something that doesn’t exist yet. Learning to use your imagination, which we all have just because we’re human, can bring you a lot of things in life. In a random order and by no means all inclusive I’ll give you a list of 14 advantages.
first and for all it gives more fun in life
it gives room for a playful attitude
can help us understand other people better
helps us develop problem solving capabilities
enhances self-knowledge because it allows us to see deeper in our own souls
no words needed: ‘one image can say more than a thousand words’
learns us that there is always more than one truth
learns us to discover our dreams
helps us to make our dreams come true
makes attentive for details
learns us to look very carefully
helps us develop an exploring attitude
learns us to be more mindful (=being attentive here and now without judging yourself or others)
learning all the above mentioned things leads us to more freedom
I know this list is much longer. So if you have any ideas for the numbers 15 to infinite, please let me know them.
This sentence arrived today in my mailbox. I like it a lot. What would the world look like if we would make art as an answer to our problems instead of thinking to much about them? Probably this would result in chaos, but it might become a very nice chaos, full of colors, shapes, music and dance.
Let's try this for a couple of days: every time you have even the slightest tendency to start thinking, grap a pencil, a piece of paper and start doodling. Or put on some music and sing along, no matter how much out of tune.
Today I started rereading 'Women Who Run With The Wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. In 1995 I made this painting while reading it for the first time. My art was never the same again after this painting especially the way I looked at it myself. I started to be more curious about what I made was telling me about myself. There was a deepening in my experience in making art. It also started my thinking about the meaning of creativity in the understanding of the mind in general and of the mind of my clients in special.
Anyway, maybe this is the most important painting I've ever made. I don't mean the most beautiful or the best but really the most important to me. Thank you very much Wild Woman and thank you Clarissa Pinkola Estés.