My belief is that we are all gifted with creative energy and a creative spirit that came with our creation. What we have a choice over is what we do with that creative energy.
I spent the first half of my life investing my creative energy into making excuses about why I couldn’t be creative, and I got to be right, and pretty unhappy. The paradox is that I was actually incredibly creative in undermining my own creative spirit. But I would argue that I wasn’t creative.
For the last two decades of my life, I have been in “creative recovery.” I have taken the energy I was investing in fear and excuses and gradually invested it in creative expression instead. Eleven books, hundreds of talks, dozens of programmes later, I now love to create and no longer value my excuses so much. I have become more of a willing collaborator with inspiration. Being creative makes me happy.
I believe that inspiration exists now, and is always looking for willing collaborators. I think inspiration knows what abilities and gifts we have, and it knows better than we do, what forces, faculties, abilities and talents there are right now lying dormant with in us. It wants us to awaken to what is within us, and to who we truly are.
When we are become truly inspired, it is like we are impregnated by the divine. Ideas grow inside us. There is an energetic womb inside us where ideas gestate and incubate. Then we are called to birth them in to the world. Some of us have been pregnant for way too long time though! The gestation time becomes too long. We are walking around with all these unbirthed projects inside us. We weigh ourselves down. We deprive the world of what we have to contribute. There is a hole where our creative gifts should be.
It can feel safer to keep them in our womb than share them and fear the rejection, or them falling flat, or we find we were fooling ourselves. But I think what we don’t share may die within us, or even poison us. Our unlived life manifests in difficult ways – illness, lethargy, frustration, lack of vitality, cynicism. In my case, even suicidal thoughts. Our unlived life wants to be lived in some way. So if it can’t come out in a “straight” way it will come out in some “crooked” way.
So I encourage you to find and share your creative gifts. You need to and the world is blessed by your gifts.