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Creativity – have the courage to live your authentic life!

Creativity have the courage to live your authentic life

I’m often asked, “What is creativity?” In answering, I usually say that creativity is about making something tangible that is intangible, essentially taking something from inside us (a thought, emotion, memory, interpretation, etc.) and expressing it – ex-press in terms of pushing something outwards. In this sense creativity is to me related closely to the word emotion – e-motion, as in a movement outwards. A person without emotion cannot be creative.

Creativity is having the insight to mix up the colours as you see fit; it’s about having the courage to paint outside the lines …

And creativity is more than a paint-by-numbers manifestation of someone else’s idea. Without wishing to denigrate that past-time, I would not say it is creative. Creativity is having the insight to mix up the colours as you see fit; it’s about having the courage to paint outside the lines … and in this analogy, I hope you can see the broader picture that our approach to creativity also reflects our approach to life. Do you live life in a paint-by-numbers way, or do you have the courage and passion to occasionally (or often!) break the rules. Perhaps you are a total maverick and have ripped out the page laid out before you, turned it over thereby rejecting the set pattern to paint and have thrown yourself at the blank page of your life turning it into something totally unique, totally you!

Your creative work is like a microcosmic life experiment that you may or may not decide to upscale.

It is precisely because creativity isn’t just about creativity that so many creatives have to work through such fear and anxiety. Your creative work is like a microcosmic life experiment that you may or may not decide to upscale. It is not unusual for someone to come to coaching with the hopes of working on a creative project, only to take those things they learn about themselves and apply them to their lives in a liberating and creative way. This can also be reason enough for creative people to balk at even starting the work – you know that this is about more than pen to paper and paint on canvas!

The creative projects that we work on are mandalas of our lives and mirrors that reflect sometimes quite brutally the issues we are currently struggling with.

I have been known to describe creativity coaching as life coaching for creative people. And it is that. The creative projects that we work on are mandalas of our lives and mirrors that reflect sometimes quite brutally the issues we are currently struggling with. As a coach, I support and guide my clients through the ups and downs of creative expression, keeping their eye on the North Star of their authenticity; and by authenticity, I mean the true self that frolicks outside the boundaries of ‘should’ and ‘must’ to live a life of deep fulfilment and meaning.

The extent to which we devote ourselves to the creative craft dictates the extent to which we live, grow and heal.

This is not to say that we should judge coaching by how radical the life changes are that a client makes in the process. Not at all. The work is done on a microcosmic level and the seeds are sewn in the soul that may take years to unfold. And that’s okay. All creative work inspires life, growth and healing. The extent to which we devote ourselves to the creative craft dictates the extent to which we live, grow and heal.

If art is just art, like washing an armpit is washing an armpit, then why does any of it matter?

As a creative person, you know that art is about more than art, otherwise why would your reaction to a blockage, to procrastination or even to success create such emotional ripples throughout your life? Why should lack of creating be a source of anxiety or depression? If art is just art, like washing an armpit is washing an armpit, then why does any of it matter? Why might you allow the judgements and assumptions of others to influence your creative flow? Because it’s more than art, it’s life. Your creative acts are magical explorations of your larger life. The stakes are high … this is why it matters.

If you live life within the tracks of ordinariness, following the routine of the EveryDay, you may lose sight of the dream.

And this is also why guidance, mentorship and support are so vital. At the very least, you should mix with others in your creative niche, be they artists, writers, musicians or performers. If you live life within the tracks of ordinariness, following the routine of the EveryDay, you may lose sight of the dream. Mixing with creative others keeps your vibration high and your sights even higher so that the drudgery of the Ordinary never, or rarely, drags you down. In addition, you might want to find a teacher, or methods to refine your skills (courses, YouTube, forums, groups), which will keep your focus on that North Star. And of course, you might want to consider hiring a Creativity Coach, someone who knows the creative process, the hurdles and obstacles, the human-level difficulties that arise during this ritual act of working on the microcosm of your life!

©Mav Kühn 2016

 

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2 comments on “Creativity – have the courage to live your authentic life!

  1. Joleene Moody
    August 14, 2016

    I am SUCH a rule breaker. I used to care about staying “inside the lines,” but I don’t. I color what I want to color, and what I think will change people when they read my work.
    Thanks for the powerful post. xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mav Kühn
      August 15, 2016

      You’re a magnificent advocate for creativity, Joleene! Thanks for swinging by 🙂 xx

      Liked by 1 person

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