I’ll bet you are.  Even if you don’t know it yet…
Creativity can be described as simply making something that didn’t exist before.
That could be a drawing something, planting a garden or making dinner.
You don’t have to be an artist or a writer, or an actor.  You can develop your creativity to express yourself in your own home and life.
creative artist

If you’ve never thought of yourself as creative, you’ll be happy to know that scientists have recently found that creativity is not a purely left or right brain function, but rather calls on different brain networks during different stages of the process.

In addition, studies have shown that creativity, while influenced by your family, is a skill we all inherently have, and one that can be fostered and taught.

The Creative Process
There are four recognized steps in the creative process.
Preparation
The first step is to “feed yourself.”  Fill up on information and inspiration.
Look at things that inspire you in magazines, books, museums, new cities, nature.  Talk with people.  Read books.
Allow your mind to run wild without constraints.  Quiet your rational mind, and come up with crazy impossible ideas.

Be unhinged, messy, and out of the box.

Come up with a wide range of thoughts.
Write them down.
You’ve got to put a lot in to get out something good.
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 Incubation
The second stage requires you take a mental break.  Just let go, and don’t actively think about anything.
Meditate, go for a run, take a hike, a shower, a nap… let the ideas simmer and arrange themselves in your subconscious into your ideas.  This part is where the magic happens.  There is not anything you need to do, or figure out.
 Illumination
The aha! moment, when all the stuff thats gone in has been rearranged behind the scenes and comes together forming a new creative insight.
Sometimes it seems like we’ve been “struck” by an idea, when really its been a process of unrelated subconscious ideas linking together to come to our thoughts in a flash.
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 Verification
This is the real life application of our brilliant and raw insight.  Think about your audience and craft a message to convey your new creation or idea or insight into a format that can be used and enjoyed by others.

Myths About Creativity

You’re born with it.
Science is finding that it is not predominantly one side of the brain that is responsible for creativity, but rather and interaction of many parts throughout the four stages.  Creativity is something you have to work at, and can be developed through practice.
You have to be alone to be creative.
Nope.  Creativity actually thrives in a collaborative environment.  Even if you are a solo artist, reach out and seek different opinions, ask advice.
Collaborate.  What a beautiful way to connect with other humans, to make something together.
People are “struck” with creative ideas.
For me, great ideas often come to me when I am running, or in the shower.  It seems like I just got “struck,” but in reality, I have just been in the “Incubator” stage where all my ideas were percolating, and I had a moment of something coming together.
The idea is the culmination of hard work and previous thoughts bubbling up in our mind.  It’s the result of showing up, and doing the work that ultimately allows the inspiration to form.
Only after your brain is packed, will new ideas begin to flow.
You have to be completely original.
Nothing is completely original.  Everything builds on what came before.  We create by recombining through the lens of our own experience and life story.  Many wonderful creative things have been made through copying (creating your version of something that has been done) transforming (take an existing idea and innovate or create a variation) and combining (put two or more existing ideas together in a way that has not been done before).

 

It’s easy to say “I’m not creative,” but the truth is, like anything in life, creativity is something that needs to be fostered and strengthened through practice.

 

If you hear a voice within you say,

‘You cannot paint,’

then by all means paint,

and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

Do you think of yourself as creative?  If not, do you want to?  I’d love to hear in the comments!


Kimberly is a home and lifestyle coach, helping women identify and realize their best home and life.  She has been featured in publications and podcasts, and is a Huffington Post contributor.  She believes our surroundings and relationships have a direct effect on how happy we are. If you want to learn more about how to live in alignment, raise your vibration and create your peaceful, happy home and life, click here to get weekly tips and more information on working with her.

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