As you learned from my previous blog, the ability to be creative is in you and me. I know you are still wondering where your creativity is and what it looks like for you. It took me a while to work out what creativity looked like for me, however every day I am pleasantly surprised by how it works for me. When I let the challenges of life go, my mind relaxes and before long I am at peace. Here in this tranquil place, I can tune into my environment and I may see something that I can use as a new idea for a story.
How does this happen?
There are six keys to creativity. Without these six keys, it’s not easy to tap into your creative frequency.
Each of these keys stand alone, but when we allow them to work together with the others they become a symphony that rises and falls in a way that is uniquely yours.
Let's go into further detail with these keys.
I met imagination at a very young age and I'm sure you did, too. As children we played games, sang songs, sometimes silly ones, we built sand castles and pretended there were battles being fought. These activities were the product of our imagination that was highly active in our childhood years, but somehow as adults with all the pressures of everyday life, our imagination takes a back seat. When imagination is engaged our senses are heightened and receptive to new experiences that we store in our brain for later recall. Imagination facilitates the building of new concepts.
My love of learning started on the first day of my first year at school. My teacher aroused my curiosity about learning and that curiosity is still with me. Thank you Mrs Young. Knowledge helps us to understand our world and ourselves. The more we find out about the outer world and our inner world, the more we find out about ourselves and how we fit into our world. Knowledge mixed with imagination broadens our thinking to include new concepts.
Attitude determines how we are going to act in a situation. We can have a positive or a negative attitude or anything in between. Our behaviour is often a consequence of the attitude we choose to have at any particular moment. A negative attitude tends to stop us moving forward, while a positive attitude opens the mind and allows new ideas to come. It’s okay to have an off day, we all have them but if we fall deep into negativity it can take a lot of effort to change our attitude. Sometimes we go backwards instead of forwards. That going backwards often blocks the creative frequency.
Habitat is where we were brought up or where we choose to live now. During my early school years I lived on the banks of the Noosa River in Queensland. Here my life was carefree, and under Mrs Young's guidance my imagination was able to expand in extraordinary ways. As an adult I've led a nomadic lifestyle that has brought me many experiences, good and bad, and these experiences have impacted my thought processes to the point of me sometimes being in a positive frame of mind and other times negative. When we are working creatively we use the experience of the past places we have lived or where we are living now to add to that area we are wishing to expand with our creativity.
Resources are the areas we can tap into to get information we need at any given time. One of your resources could be an older person if you are wanting to learn about history. A resource could be travelling to a foreign country to learn about the culture and its people. A library or the internet are great resources where you can increase your knowledge on a particular subject. It may be a place to find food for survival, it may be a person you can go to for information. Resources are readily available for that information or the start of a new idea or concept you may need to expand that new project.
Culture is the flavour of our existence. Culture is instilled in us from the day we are born. Just as our habitat shapes how we live from day to day, our thoughts are shaped by our beliefs of the culture we are born into. Someone who is born into a family who values education will have a different thought process to someone who was raised in a family where education wasn't a priority.
So as you can see from these keys, they are all different but essential to build an individual’s character and thought process. Depending on what they have experienced will determine their thinking and how they view the world. Within these keys are as many variations as there are people in the world that shape a person’s individuality and points to their unique creativity. That is why the only way the problems of our world are going to be resolved is by a collaborative effort of unique creative frequencies.
Successful people are in tune with their creative frequency. They are getting a strong signal from the heart that enables them to tap into each of these keys. Their thought processes are sharp and are on target to solve problems. So take hold of your creative frequency and use it every day to solve your problems at play, at work and in your relationships.
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