Awakening your creativity (exercise)

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Many of the exercises presented here on the blog were focused mainly on premise that we already have creative ideas going on,  and we just need a little nudge to keep us forward and invoke some new ideas. Now, I do get often asked, what about when we don’t feel that we are creative beings, when we need courage and motivation to first discover creative side of us? Well, today I have two little exercise to propose for those grey and uncreative days, when you don’t simple know where to start. I suggest: start simply, from the most basic things:

What makes you smile?

What makes you angry?

What are you curious about?

Who would you like to be?

Write a poem answering these questions – treat them like a little poetry prompts, with that difference that you don’t have to share them with anyone, they are only for your eyes, for your own journey to awakening creativity. You can actually start your own creativity journal where you can daily reflect on your ideas, feelings, experiences, circumstances; how any of these factors influence your creative power you certainly have residing within you. It just needs to be properly initiated and directed.

For the next exercise I want you to think of certain words like:

creativity

passion

purpose

inner voice

stillness

and try to picture in your mind, metaphorically, what kind of living being each word could be? What kind of associations does it bring? Is it an animal, plant, flower, tree, insect, child, another person, describe everything in detail, write a poem about it. It will help you reconnect with your creative force to more vividly sense what it means for you to be alive, creative – where to search for your passions and purpose.

Besides brainstorming exercises I will continue also to post these little nudges for you to instill this creative conversation with yourself that will help you achieve your goals in any creative arena of your life.

Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
The structure of thy future. Do not grope
Among the shadows of old sins, but let
Thine own soul’s light shine on the path of hope
And dissipate the darkness. Waste no tears
Upon the blotted record of lost years,
But turn the leaf, and smile, oh! smile, to see
The fair white pages that remain for thee.

Prate not of thy repentance. But believe
The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow.
That which the unpreaching spirit can achieve,
The grand and all creative forces know;
They will assist and strengthen as the light
Lifts up the acorn to the oak-tree’s height.
Thou hast but to resolve, and lo! God’s whole
Great universe shall fortify thy soul.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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