Want to Tap Your Creativity Like a Maple Tree….Here Some Suggestions that May Help

“It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self.”
Scott Barry Kaufman, Psychologist at New York University as quoted in the Huffington Post article 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently.

There is a common theme that emerges from individuals who witness the outcomes or products of creativity.  A number of individuals we have talked with over the years seem to think that it is something that they can’t access usually displayed in statements like “You are just creative, I am not a creative type.”  Some of this thinking is due to the belief or misunderstanding that being creative or producing anything inspired by the creative process has to appear in a certain packaging.

This is one of the prevailing misunderstandings about living a wildly creative life.  In fact, one does not need to produce an opus magnum in order to gain validation of their creative merits.  Throwing out any preconceived vision of what the outcome or packaging will be as a result of engaging with your creativity is a step in the right direction.  But there are other markers of creativity and as science makes inroads to studying creativity, something more complex emerges as presented in the Huffington Post piece by Carolyn Gregoire,  18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently,

Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways.    Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.”

beingcreativeWhile the process of creativity in our brains is complex, there are some things that individuals can do to feed or nurture their creativity.  In the piece that Gregoire presents, there is value in going through the list to see if there are things that you allow yourself to do during the course of your busy day or week to allow the garden of your wild creativity to flourish.

Do you allow yourself to daydream?  Are you embracing the passions that call to you?  Do you allow time to just escape?  While these are the outlined traits of the highly creative, it does not mean that you can’t adopt some of these habits into your life.


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