Creativity: Optional Extra or Fundamental Requirement?

December 7, 2015

music-576989_250Creative awakening is one of the major benefits of applying the principles and practice of Conscious Writing. Exploring our relationship to creativity is one of the first steps.

Here I write about my own shift from seeing creativity as an ‘optional extra’ to realizing that it is a fundamental requirement for my happiness, health and well-being at every level.*

I paint, dance, build secret dens in the wood and immerse myself in other realms that enrich the creative freedom of my childhood.

I wake up and see with closed eyes, knowing I am elsewhere yet simultaneously still here. It’s effortless and joyful; a playful adventure of inner and outer.

Then I learn ‘how things are’. Grown-ups have serious work to do and creative play is an optional extra reserved for hobbies and weekends.

I become skilled at studying and working hard, yet retain the connection to my creative core through crimson hair and outrageous earrings worn with tailored suits.

I pour myself into my work, feel a deep sense of purpose and enjoy the fruits of external achievement. Yet by the time I reach the top of my chosen tree, I’m way beyond empty and my creative soul is starved from neglect while others have taken priority.

I’m given a chance to change or die.

The grace of transformation reveals that time and space for conscious and creative living are not ‘optional extras’ but fundamental requirements for me at every level.

Expressing the essence of who I am is the foundation of my creative impulse, and I choose Creation as the centre from which I and my life unfold.

Immense relief washes through me as my childhood joy gradually resurfaces, and I know that I have come home to my Self at last.

 

Q4U: What is your current relationship with creativity? How does this help or hinder your writing? In your ideal scenario, how would you like to feel about creativity – as a writer and in general? Please take a moment to share your comments below.

* This extract is taken from the ‘Personal Reflections’ section at the back of my book Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More (Hay House).

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© Julia McCutchen 2015. All Rights Reserved.

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Julia McCutchen is an intuitive mentor, the founder and creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW), and the author of Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More (Hay House). A former publisher of spiritual and personal development books, a life changing accident triggered a series of major quantum leaps in Julia’s spiritual awakening. Today her passion is to guide people to discover their true nature and express their true voice, on the page and in the world. Visit www.JuliaMcCutchen.com and www.iaccw.com, and for a FREE video series, visit http://bit.ly/ConsciousWritingVideos

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