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Aug
22

Creativity is Inherently Human

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.
-Mary Daly

It may be that the only thing that separates humans from other animals is our ability to spontaneously develop thoughts and ideas that are completely original. We call this creativity.

It seems to come from nowhere, but it is a defining quality of God: the creator. Creativity is a gift from God and is evidence of the belief that God created us in His image.

Creativity and inspiration seem to go hand in hand, because to be creative is to be connected to your spirit which is connected to God. To be creative is to be like God which is the ultimate goal for a spiritual, inspired life.

In creativity, we have thoughts that are outside the realm of anything we have been taught or conditioned to understand. We produce ideas that lead to the creation of things never before conceived. We transcend our perceived limitations.

When creativity is missing from your life, or if you do not consider yourself a creative person, it may be that you have lost your connection to God or that you fail to recognize the creativity in yourself.

When Creativity is Lost…

We were all born creative, but most of us seem to lose the ability as we get older. It seems that the biggest difference between the creativity we had as a child and the creativity we try to manifest as adults is pressure and expectations. We expect our creativity to produce something useful, practical, marketable, or at least, something to brag about.

Creativity, like life, is not successful when focusing on the destination. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says in his book, Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling, “The purpose of dancing is to enjoy the dance, not to end up at a particular spot on the dance floor.” With dancing, like any creative endeavor, when you focus on the “results” of the dance, your movements will be mechanical and awkward. But, when you focus on the moment and enjoy the creative energy within you, your movements are sincere, enjoyable and beautiful.

Creativity For This Website – A Personal Perspective

This website was an unfinished idea for several months before I had finally decided to launch it. The challenge I faced was the questions I tried to answer about the outcome: How many visitors will I get? Will people like the design? Will they like what I have to say? Will I find the time to post every day? Finally, I came to the conclusion that this was something I wanted to do for myself. It was something I knew I would enjoy, and with no expectations, I launched the site.

Yes, I have ambitious hopes. At the very least, I hope to help at least one person find more inspiration and purpose in his or her life. That’s a hope I am confident I can fulfill, and I can’t imagine a more rewarding outcome. With other expectations swept aside, design ideas keep coming, words flow through me effortlessly, and most of all, I am ecstatic to see this creation come alive! I truly feel the power of God working through me as I create.

Daily Action – Follow Your Creative Interest

Take some time today to focus on some creative action that interests you. Pray or meditate over it if you desire. It could be writing, drawing, music, painting, landscaping, a video, graphic design, make-up, Legos, a sand castle, a structure made of used toner cartridges… whatever you want. Privately, create something simple but unique. Focus on the enjoyment of the creation. Let your ideas flow, even if they seem odd. Allow yourself to laugh and get excited.

When you’ve done enough, marvel at your creation, no matter how odd or useless it may or may not be. Then, if you can, come up with a creative way to destroy what you’ve created. With that outcome in mind, you may find it easier to let go of any expectations that could impede the creative process.

Have fun!

Bonus: Post a comment describing your creative experience.

About the author

Danny

I am Danny Kohn, writer and designer for this site and owner, software engineer and consultant for Inspirations Software Design. My three greatest passions in life are sharing time with my family, software design and sharing inspiration with others. I have the incredible privilege of being able to spend a significant amount of time every day doing each of those three things. I am a single father of Tristen, our 6 year old son. It has been such an incredible joy to watch him grow up and learn so much. Everything he does and says overwhelms me with adoration. We have a wonderful evening ritual of reading books together in a beanbag chair. Nearly every night, we have a laughing attack together. I smile and giggle constantly in his presence and feel truly inspired.

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  1. Tracey says:

    Well, I’ve never posted a comment before on anyone’s website, so here goes.
    One creative experience I enjoy is to mow the lawn in some pattern. Where the rest of my family will just keep going in circles until the grass is cut, I like to cut diagonally in one direction one time, then the other diagonal the next. And although we have a very small yard, it gives the illusion of more space depending on how I cut.

  2. Danny says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience Tracey. This is a really great example of how we can use creativity in our every day tasks. Creativity doesn’t have to be limited to conventional artistic activities. We can practice it in just about everything we do.

  1. Nico says:

    Nico

    Just wanted to drop a note to let you know what a great site you have. It is a great resource and a great place to drop by.

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