"When you begin to act on your creativity, what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world. "
That quote from the book “Claiming Your Creative Self: True Stories from the Everyday Lives of Women" by Eileen M. Clegg is a reminder that creativity is an exploration of our psyche, our inner selves - that it isn't just about being identified as an “artist" producing a “work of art. "
In “The Woman's Book of Creativity" author C Diane Ealy, Ph. D. [pictured] notes she's been listening to women talk about their creative process for years. “I am always amazed by how many of them describe wonderfully rich experiences with their creativity and then tell me they don't see themselves as being creative!, " she writes.
"These women dismiss, discount, and rob themselves of their most powerful aspect, the characteristic which defines who they uniquely are as individuals - their creativity. So if it does nothing else I want this book to help you validate your creative process. "
Creativity can show up in many of the ways we live life. Riane Eisler noted in “Sacred Pleasure" that while this capacity for creativity varies from person to person, “it can be developed - or hindered. . . The creativity we invest in our day-to-day lives is often the most extraordinary since. . . it can give far more meaning, and even sanctity, to our lives. "
One of the keys to more fully accessing and using creativity is attitude. “We lock ourselves into paradigms and box ourselves in, " notes Roko Sherry Chayat, abbot of the Syracuse Zen Center in New York. “Creativity comes when we view our situations in a fresh way. "
Jodie Foster (in an interview we did about her film “Contact") said she appreciated the story's interest in scientific creativity: “The greatest scientific discoveries were all made by young people, who were able to say ‘Well you know, damn it, two plus two equals five because why not?’ They are at that time in their lives where they want to risk. "
According to a number of researchers and writers, girls often have had their creativity dismissed and those “free impulses" discouraged.
Dr. Ealy notes in her book that repressing creativity can lead a girl to “become very conforming, to lack confidence in her thinking, and to be overly dependent on others for decision-making. . . The adult who isn't expressing her creativity is falling short of her potential. Inwardly she feels this, experiencing a vague sense of dissatisfaction intruding into everything she does. "
Creativity can flourish more when it is part of your whole being as a person, in the flow of life, and not just a “segment" you do when you “get the time. "
A list by Moondance magazine ("The Ten Commandments of Creative Women") includes some advice to help encourage creativity: “You will honor your creativity by nurturing it. . . You will allow yourself to take creative risks. . . You will allow yourself and your art to be a work in progress. "
Douglas Eby writes about psychological and social aspects of creative expression and achievement. His site has a wide range of articles, interviews, quotes and other material to inform and inspire: Talent Development Resources http://talentdevelop.com/