“Creativity is a means of personal growth, self-understanding, change, and rehabilitation.” – Cathy A. Malchiodi, ATR, LPCC
When I tell people what I do and mention that I am all about incorporating the Creative Process as a vehicle for change, many people find it necessary to self-deprecate: “I’m not good at art”, “I don’t have a Creative bone in me”, “I still draw stick figures”, and so on. However, creative thinking is not limited to making art.
In science and academia, the jury is still out on whether everyone is built with an innate Creativity, or whether it’s a rare gift that only some are born with. I believe that EVERYONE is born with some level of Creativity, and like all things, it requires love and nurture to flourish. As they say, ‘use it or lose it’!
Easier said than done, I know. But supporting your Creative Energy can become easier with time and practice if you can be remain mindful of some of the following *:
1. Have a “permissive” attitude – Creativity flourishes where there are no judgments, preconceptions, or biases.
2. Lack fear or concern about what others might think – Creativity flourishes when we have an inner sense of knowing what is right for ourselves, not when we rely on the praise or judgments of others.
3. Let go of self-criticism – Creativity flourishes when we let go of the inner voices that prevent us from creating, and instead allow ourselves the freedom to experiment and explore.
4. Accept that there is no right or wrong answer – Creativity flourishes when we set aside rules and treat our perceived errors with respect, because out of these often come new insights.
5. Develop an intention and a passion – When we work intently and passionately at something, it unlocks the Creative Process. Commit to the process and Trust that it will unfold exactly as it should.
For any readers who are serious about getting their Creativity on, try out my Monthly Creative Experiential Newsletter. It’s a great opportunity to unlock the door to your unconscious once a month; a chance at personal growth and self-understanding. The beauty is, there are no grades, no judgments, you are always welcomed and encouraged to share but by no means do you have to. It is an amazing opportunity to show yourself some Self-love, and it does not require more than a couple of hours per month. That’s not a lot to ask of yourself, now is it?
* From the book The Art Therapy Sourcebook by Cathy A. Malchiodi, ATR, LPCC