So many of us ache for a life of creativity. We’re convinced lots of people have magic access to it and we’re just the unlucky losers that burped at the wrong time at birth and missed out on the special formula for personal satisfaction and success.
When we think that way, we’re in an incredible place of lack–a place where the object of our desire has since been reduced to a fickle love interest constantly toying with our emotions. We’d sell our souls to Satan’s evil brother for a rare day of pleasure with this love interest, even just a few hours, but there is no actual price to pay to acquire creativity because, ironically, creativity is free.
What may be news to many of you (until recently, it certainly was to me) is that there are those who say that creativity exists rather naturally in the human mind. Our minds do nothing but create… constantly… incessantly. Since we’re of the universe, we exhibit the behavior of the universe, which is to say that we are constantly expanding and/or collapsing at any given moment. We are constantly in motion, mentally and physically, in positive and negative directions–sometimes both directions at once–whether or not we’re aware of that fact. We are expanding and collapsing in our bodies and in our minds… constantly… incessantly. We can’t help it. Like everything else in the universe, it’s what we do.
When it comes to creativity, we may think we tap into it only when we’re “in the zone” but the fact is, being “in the zone” is just being in alignment with the expansive positive creative energy of the mind where the best forward-thinking creations form. And when we’re not there, we’re very often in that other darker place of the mind–in the debilitating negative creative energy where chain-reactive fearful thoughts and knee-jerk destructive reactions rule.
For good measure, I’ll even suggest there’s a third space where we may exist–let’s call it the neutral zone–where we’re in neither the positive nor the negative creativity energy. We‘re technically in motion, but are detached from ourselves, wasting precious time in a place where our minds are either numbed or frozen.
- Numbed: figuratively or literally, by the activities or substances we over-consume (drugs, sports, TV, internet, work) to avoid our fears. In effect, we’re purposely putting our own car in neutral. Though the engine‘s still running, nothing appears to be happening. In this neutral space, if the car happens to start rolling, it’ll be an uncontrolled ride likely to lead to a negative outcome.
- Frozen: Like deer stunned by our own headlights, we‘re so overwhelmed by the outcomes of our choices, we’ve gone beyond fear and are simply incapable of making a move in any direction. If we don’t move, if we don’t get out of our own way, the end result can be disastrous, even deadly.
- Technically, ‘neutral’ leans in the direction of negative if we allow ourselves to exist there for too long. Lots of people spend nearly their whole lives in ‘neutral,’ mostly by numbing themselves, accomplishing nothing of positive value, creating nothing positive and therefore over a lifetime, being part of the negative.
So, why all this talk of motion and direction, of positive, negative and neutral with regard to creativity? What does it all mean?
Well, I think it boils down to this: If our minds are for the most part constantly, incessantly creating in one direction or another, wouldn’t it be better to harness limitless positive expansion instead of the dark matter that ultimately leads us into black holes? The more we lean into the expansive positive, the less we succumb to the expansive negative. ALL IT TAKES to be convinced to lean into the infinite, expansive positive is COMPLETE awareness and acceptance that the infinite negative exists and is the undesired side effect of ignoring its existence.
Not choosing positive creative energy is by default the same as choosing negative creative energy.
Did you get that?!?!?
“NOT choosing POSITIVE” = “choosing NEGATIVE”
Until recently, I didn’t ever think of it this way. I didn’t have true awareness of the possibility that if I wasn’t part of positive creation, I very likely was part of negative creation. Ouch! That hurts.
And I know it’s true.
When I’m in my positive creativity, my husband digs being around me, my dog digs being around me. Hell, even I dig being around me.
When I’m in my negative creativity, obsessing, worrying, fearing about a future that is as unpredictable as a fickle love interest, neither the dog nor the husband wants to be around me. I stink up the place. I create absolutely nothing of value. The only thing I create is negativity in everyone around me. They mirror back what I’m dishing out. The negative feeds the negative, which feeds the negative, and so on, and so on. We all get pulled down. Like all negative energy in the universe, we all get sucked into a black hole.
Now that I’m aware, I realize that positive creativity is a constant, conscious choice we would be wise to nurture in ourselves. Defaulting to the equally powerful, but highly destructive, negative creativity is much too high a price to pay.
As for me, now that I know, I choose to move through the world more peacefully and purposely, more fully aligned with the universe in its positive creativity. I hope you’ll join me in that effort.
Peace and love always,
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