Creativity is the Soul of Our Being

mixed media collage

mixed media collage

Creativity is the Soul of Our Being

“Creativity is in the soul of our being and our highest form of living.
It is the presence within all of us that relentlessly longs for expression.”
– Suzanne Kyra

I saw this wonderful quote by Suzanne Kyra at the beginning of an awesome blog post by Pamela Thompson on her site, Creative Living Community on the value of tapping into your creativity. She has some awesome tips and I encourage you to check it out. You can read her blog post here. I was delighted to find it, I was looking for a quote to finish this mixed media collage I had been working on for a while.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you have heard me talk about how important creativity is. I think that tapping into our creative spirit is crucial for our business success. My blog may seem a little mixed up and you might wonder why their are so many disparate topics represented here. To me these diverse topics are not disconnected, they are representative of the whole of who I am: gypsy, poet, artist, marketing and relationship expert, and adoring mom who puts family before all else.

Creativity is innate within each of us and I find it incredibly sad that creativity has been equated with Art (with a capital A.) We are all brilliantly innovative in our own way and there are myriad expressions of creativity without which we would not have refrigerators, espresso makers or Picasso.

I buried my love of making art for decades, channeling my creativity into my last business as a magazine published. I would gifts for family at the holidays and make new holiday decorations for my home but I realized that I confined my creative expression to a few certain times of the year. Now I realize that for me, creativity is a spiritual calling – making art, writing and reading are all forms of personal growth, exploration and expression.

In his book, The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin talks about how we all need to see our work as art. I love this book and the shift in perception that Seth Godin is asking us to make. He reminds us that all work, done well, is art and that when we treat our work with this reverence, creativity has space to flourish. Allowing my creativity to flourish by making time for it has had a tremendous impact on my business and on clarifying the work I want to do in the world. Who says that marketing plans aren’t spiritual and creative?

Creativity is the Soul of Your Being

I ask you to consider for yourself:

  • where does creativity reside?
  • how does creativity show up in your life?
  • how does creativity impact your work?
  • where would you love to be more creative?

I am seeing in women around the world a longing to create, to make something beautiful. That may take the form of art, like the mixed media piece pictured at the top of this post, or it could be your garden, dinner table, invitations t your 3 year old’s birthday party…

, that creativity lives inside of you, perhaps lost and forgotten, buried under years of disbelief and criticism but it is there. As Suzanne Kyra says, creativity “relentlessly longs for expression.”

In her article, Pamela Thompson poses the following question: “Are there any creative pursuits you did as a child but haven’t done for years? If so, what are they?

I love this question and am wondering what your response is? Share your feedback in the comments below.

 

 

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  1. Amy Bovaird on September 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I really love it that art can be anything. I admire women who have an attractive, well-laid out kitchen, for example. It makes cooking seem fun but efficient. As a teacher, I loved having even my adult ESL students create books with stories and essays. That was art. My dad created a limousine business from antique vehicles. He had a knack for drawing people into yesteryear … at the current moment in time. I do think we all have some wonderful, creative artistic form of expression in us … even if we don’t call it art.

    • minette on September 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

      I love your examples Amy, these are great. Especially love the story about your Dad, hope you have some great photos.

  2. Judy - Pedagogical Artist on September 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Creativity, Minette, is indeed a way of thinking, a way of being – not simply the ability to draw or sculpt. I am extremely creative. In fact, when asked to describe me in one word, it is often the one that comes to mind. The sad thing is that many people are afraid to follow their creativity because they have experienced time and time again, that people don’t get it!

    Seth Godin – my hero/mentor. Will definitely check out his book. Funny, he always seems to get into my head knowing exactly what’s on my mind. Indeed! Work well done – coming from the heart, coming to live with passion is and ART. That is precisely why I refer to myself as a Pedagogical Artist – even though there are many who don’t get it! HUGS <3

  3. Pamela Thompson on September 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for your great post Minette! Creativity is so important to us all and as you say has for too long been linked to being an artist. I will definitely check out Seth Godin’s book. Sounds fascinating. Isn’t it interesting how a change in perception can make so much difference! Keep on creating!

  4. Sheila Callaham on September 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Minette, I really appreciate your post! For starters, I love that you took what resonated in Pam’s post from last week and let it filter through you in a new and different way Both posts are wonderfully insightful and inspiring. Secondly, once again I feel connected with you because surely I am a gypsy too! I grew up never quite fitting in — even amongst my family. What was I doing back then? Writing poetry and talking to trees! I’m still writing, though in a different way, and you can bet I’m still talking to trees! Big hug!

  5. Peg Jones on September 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I had spent most of my life thinking I wasn’t creative because I couldn’t draw. and still can’t in my opinion. Then found out my opinion was jaded by what i thought others said and felt about my drawing. So i never developed it.. then found out creativity is all about what we share from our heart in our own style… and that there are different ways we can be creative.. So i started with crafts, and with working with wood then flowers.. in different ways. being a teacher of preschoolers for 35 years … was a challenge but thank goodness for printers with enlarge capacity and templates to trace.. and asking for assistance.. sometimes it was done in a very complicated way but it got thejob done. haha so after years of writing lessonplans ieps creative writing has come into my world and painting and use the two together.. t had to debunk my previous views and just go with it… and i am happy with what i create through my writing and painting….
    Half of what we think is usually not true
    and the phrase that wayne dyer speak so often..
    Don’t die with the music in you earlier this week i wrote about this too with the emphasis of letting what is in your out to share with others. and i am running classes on this in day hab programs and with the elderly too… We are all creative… no matter what the past tapes ond supposed limitations we think or were told we have..
    so watch out for me blog post on this …. cost i lost on laptop earlier this week and have to start over… guess i still have to write .. thank your for your post..

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