CREATIVITY is a choice, not a talent

Your Creativity Wants To Be Expressed

Creativity Piano ProdigyI was born to exceptionally talented and creative parents.  My father played piano and organ and it was his gift of joy to the world.  He liked to drink and despite his upbringing as a rich socialite, he often went to dive bars where he could play and sing and have fun with more uninhibited people.  In an attempt to stop this behavior, my mother bought a very expensive and magnificent organ from a celebrity musician friend who was upgrading.  At first, Daddy loved it and played it with abandon for hours.  But soon, he was back in the dive bars, playing and drinking.  When Mama complained, he replied “You forgot to buy the audience!”  While Mama wasn’t pleased, as a performer herself, she understood completely.

When we hoard our talents and our creativity goes unexpressed – beyond our self enjoyment; when the flow is dammed up, it begins to slow down, to coagulate and congeal like blood.  It becomes stagnate.  I’m beginning to understand how that “holding back”; that “not giving” my own gifts has created stagnation in my own creative expression.

I went online to Dictionary.com to look up the words CREATE, CREATIVE and CREATIVITY.  Of the many definitions there, my favorites were:

  • The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns and relationships and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and interpretations.
  • Tending to stimulate the imagination.
  • Characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions.

Immediately after copying down these definitions, something else caught my eye.  Spirit offered me a grander vision and expression of what I was looking to define.  It took the form of a six year old girl named Emily Bear – a piano prodigy and prolific composer.  I spent about 30 minutes watching YouTube videos of this amazing little girl – playing, composing, talking and being a kid.  I also noticed how she (and her talents) were so beautifully supported by her family.  Her mother was asked “What do you want for your daughter’s future?”  Her reply was “I want her to be happy.  To have good values.  To have peace in her heart.  I want her to be a good adult.”  Wow!  Then I spent about two minutes mourning the idea that those words would never have occurred to my mother.  Then, I used FasterEFT to let that go.

I watched a few more videos, absolutely captivated.  When this little girl was asked about how she composes music; “Where does it come from?”  She smiled, shrugged her shoulders and said “It just comes out.”  In another video, she said “It’s as if I’m surrounded by… something.  I’m in my own sweet world.”  She likes Mozart because “I’m like him and he’s like me.”  And in one video, she introduces the song she wrote and is about to play:  “It’s called ‘Out Of Control’, just like me!”  Her skills are almost unbelievable – for an adult, let alone a six year old.  But I was especially struck by the “out of control” comment.  It illustrated to me something Deepak Chopra says in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – that when we get in touch with the innermost essence of our being, “It is fearless; it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge.  It is beneath no one, superior to no one and full of magic, mystery and enchantment.”  It is beyond “control”.  When we experience the True Self or what Chopra calls “self-referral”, we are completely free.  But the opposite of that is “object-referral”, where we are constantly controlled by our need for approval from others.  Being “object-referred” is to live our lives in constant fear; needing to control things; needing external power.

I’ve been mired in this fear-based thinking for most of my life.  I learned it from my parents and caregivers, TV, the culture I grew up in and a myriad of personal experiences.  Life happens and we assign meaning to it.  But in every moment, there is the opportunity to CREATE something new.  To defy and debunk the old thoughts, old patterns, old beliefs and old behaviors and to choose something new.  Choose to be CREATIVE – to use my imagination, to bend the rules, to transcend old ideas and relationships, to create meaningful new interpretations and forms.  To be ORIGINAL, authentic and fearless.  To let what is inside me “just come out” with the innocence and fearlessness of a loved and loving six year old.  I can choose this.  Or not.  I have the power to choose.  In fact, every thought I think and every move I make is a decision, a choice, whether I know it or not.  It’s time now to decide consciously, instead of unconsciously.  It is all Good.  And it is all unfolding perfectly.

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