Creativity is a freedom one allows oneself to engage in, or not. Most often, what blocks that energy is fear. Fear of failure, of not measuring up in one way or another, fear of succeeding and then having to deal with all the changes that success might entail (like stepping on someone else’s toes). Fear of putting in all that time and effort and not having it go anywhere, or fall flat on its face.
Creativity is an energy flow, built into the system. It has many purposes, but the main one is that of healing the individual psyche, allowing it to grow and become something other than it was. And, like that other energy flow anger, it is meant to bring about movement, action.
When seen for what it is and its purpose, engaging with it does not bring about failure. It brings about success. That’s a rather bold statement, isn’t it?
No matter the outcome of the creative endeavor, the action and movement that results will bring about change because it allows the individual to learn something about him/herself, and the environment in which that person exists. It does that because it moves the individual outside of the limiting box of his/her comfort zone. Allows them to see, explore, and even discover other possibilities.
I watch American Idol. At the present moment, that means watching all these hopefuls audition, try out and compete for a place on that stage. Some of them shouldn’t be there and have little or no talent. But, when they are rejected, does that mean they have failed? I don’t think so.
It means they had a dream and believed in it and acted on it. Think about that for a moment, and the courage it must take to do just that. Those rejected hopefuls are much further along the line of their own evolvement than those of us who simply sit and watch whatever quality of performance they might be capable of giving. I would wager that there are at least ten similar individuals sitting at home wishing they only had the guts to do the same. That is not failure.
Growth and development means learning what one can and can not do. If the chosen trajectory is not working, then one must change the aim. But that will never occur unless one first makes the movement to find out if the aim is true to begin with. If one never engages the tools, takes the shot, one will never know, let alone succeed. Fear is never a good reason for not making the attempt.
Creativity is a process of exploration. As such, that means that not all of our efforts will bring about the desired outcome. Some are always destined to fall short. But, instead of thinking in terms of failure and giving up, we need to open ourselves up to other possibilities. What went wrong and can I correct that reality? If I can’t, what have I learned about the process and, more important, my own person and what it is I’m attempting to accomplish? Is there another means of accomplishing my end goal and desire?
The only way of finding out the answers to those questions is to continue to engage in that Creative energy which gives us the fuel to move in whatever direction we choose. If we choose to use that energy to become just another couch potato, eating our way through another ten pounds of junk food, then we are still discovering something about our own person.
We have the ability (freedom) to block ourselves from further movement, by gaining ten pounds and slowing down all of our actions. And again, that is not necessarily a failure on our part. There is a periodic need to slow ourselves down so that we can actually think about where we truly are at versus where we would like to be, and what we need and might want to do next. One of the first things we might want to do is to use that creative energy to cook a nutritious and attractive meal aimed at getting us off that couch and back into the flow of our inherent Creative energy.
Every freedom has inherent responsibilities attached to it. If Creative freedom is the energy to express ourselves in whatever form we choose, making change and growth possible, then one of the major responsibilities is to move on that energy flow. And by the way, thinking is not movement, it is only the first baby step in the process that leads to any further action. Thinking methodically through the process can swiftly become just another route to couch potato existence. I know, I’m rather good at that tangent.
There is an endless array of creative paths we can explore, untold and numerous ways to engage in this particular freedom. And, as is true with any freedom, ultimately the choice remains always with the individual. The exploration of why one chooses not to thus engage is a creative process all in itself, and one well worth engaging in.
Who knows? One might discover that the only thing keeping one on that couch (with one hand grasping a bag of chips, while the other is unwrapping a candy bar), is simply something someone said when one was eight years old. If it is, you will not be surprised at the smear of chocolate you later find on that brand new shirt.
One could always use ones creative energies to invent a new recipe for chocolate that doesn’t melt but still tastes like heaven. The rest of us periodic couch potatoes might even move to get up and applaud such a wonderful invention. Ah, the smell and taste of success. One of us might be so overcome with joy that he/she might break out in song. Then decide to audition for American Idol. Now wouldn’t that be a good story?