Perhaps the greatest myth about creativity is the idea that it’s a rare gift or genetic endowment possessed by only a few. We see an original painting, feel moved to our core by a piece of music, or read about an incredible scientific discovery and mistakenly conclude that some people are born with creative talent while others are not. In reality, each of us is infinitely creative.
In our essential state we are pure consciousness. We are an inseparable part of the field of pure potentiality, which is the ultimate source of every idea, creative act, and everything we see in the physical universe. In every moment we are using our intentions, thoughts, and attention to create the world around us.
Given our inherent creativity, what stops us from fully expressing and harnessing our creative potential? The greatest obstacle is certainty. When we’re certain that we already know all the answers, we’ve convinced ourselves of our limitations, and we are sure of what is and is not possible, we prevent the birth of new possibilities. Sometimes experts or authorities are the most vulnerable to the trap of certainty. Consider these pronouncements by experts past:
In 1962 Decca Records turned down the Beatles after an audition, declaring, “We don’t like their sound and guitar groups are on their way out.”
In the 1970s Hewlett-Packard and Atari Corp. rejected Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s ideas for the world’s first personal computer. Jobs and Wozniak went on to found Apple Computers − the fastest-growing company in U.S. business history.
Author J.K. Rowling was turned down by editors at twelve publishing companies before her first Harry Potter manuscript was finally accepted by Bloomsbury Publishing.
As Deepak observes in his classic bestseller The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, extraordinary events, ideas, and coincidences come into our lives every day. If we are mired in conditioned thought patterns and beliefs, we can’t recognize and take advantage of these opportunities. We only see them in hindsight. Instead of rigidly clinging to the familiar, embrace the unknown. When you have a new feeling, an uplifting thought, an insight you’ve never acted upon, allow the possibility to emerge. Learn more about harnessing your creativity at SynchroDestiny.
To tap into our deepest potential and creative reservoirs, another extremely valuable tool is the practice of meditation. When we meditate, we access the pure consciousness that is the source of all creative inspiration. We go beyond our internal dialogue and repetitive thoughts into the refreshing silence and stillness of pure awareness. With a regular, twice-daily practice of meditation, we gain more and more access to the field of pure potential and spontaneously receive creative thoughts.
As you meditate and cultivate inner stillness, you will be able to act from a place of calm, centered awareness. The combination of stillness and dynamic movement will allow you to create whatever you want. As you venture into the field of all possibilities, keep in mind that feeling uncertain is a sign that you are moving in the right direction – towards greater freedom and expansion.
You may also find it helpful to find inspiration from other pioneers of the unknown. Watch movies, read books about creative people, and immerse yourself in their inspiring stories, remembering that you, too, possess everything necessary to live a creative, fulfilling life. In the words of Julia Child – the renowned master chef who was 37 when she began her culinary career at the Cordon Bleu in Paris: “Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun!”