Connecting with Creativity
The theme of creativity has been swirling around in my awareness for several months now. It started as a question which kept popping up: “Where did my creativity go?”.
I had been feeling frustrated at not finding the time to do creative things. And then I realised: it flows through many aspects of my life every day, and it’s part of who I am. It was the connection with it that I was not quite ‘getting’ for a while.
If a word resonates with you, it can be interesting to look up the dictionary. Dictionary.com defines creativity as:
“1. the state or quality of being creative.
2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination
3. the process by which one utilises creative ability”
And when I looked up ‘creative’ I found words like “quality”, “power”, “originality”, “expression”, “imaginative”.
I believe that creativity can be a way of living as well as a state of being in-the-moment, creating something. This has blossomed in the last 4 days on a workshop with Stephen Gilligan PhD, a psychologist and psychotherapist who studied with Milton Erickson (among others), and is an expert in hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and generative trance as ways to access the unconscious mind and generate solutions.
From the start of the programme we were learning how to deeply connect with our centre, dropping awareness into the body (the 'somatic mind') to learn in ways that are “before and beyond words”.
We experienced creativity as a conversation between opposites, things like happiness and sadness, courage and fear, stay or go. When we can acknowledge and welcome both we enter a place of generativity where new learning and solutions can emerge.
Stephen described creative living in terms of asking and holding a question, rather than seeking or striving to find an answer, putting the mind into a deeper place (somatically) and not over-thinking in your head.
It was fascinating learning about principles of Aikido, a Japanese martial art which roughly translates as ‘harmonising with life force’, in a way that goes with the flow of what’s happening. Some of the Japanese characters for each part were familiar, from my interest in Reiki and Ikigai.
Stephen spoke about the chasm between how you're being in any moment and how you want to be (ideally) as one of the most significant aspects of how you can live creatively and maintain wellbeing. He also encouraged us to "Learn to come back without drama or punishment".
Today, back in my day-to-day life, there is a quality and resonance to my experiences that I am committed to staying connected with. Now that this way of connecting with creativity has fully opened up in my awareness, I believe it will be significant going forward.
This developed into workshops which have been well-received with different audiences including the Association for Coaching in Edinburgh and the Global NLP Summit where I facilitated a session recently with Carolyn Murray. Comments included that it opens the mind to what creativity can do for coaches and their clients, how significant mindfulness can be for opening the mind, and "it was a truly unique experience filled wit reflection, expression, and unlocking our inner writers".
I’d love you to experience this for yourself with you. Whether you think you are creative or not, I believe you can connect with
it in your own way. And there are more opportunities coming up soon with Writing workshops to help you find your flow.
If the theme of creativity interests you and you would like to know how it can benefit you or your team, please get in touch for a chat.
You may also like to take a look ay my book 'Roots for Growth', which became a long-term and fulfilling writing project.