Honoring Creativity

Have you ever bought a gift for someone you strongly wish the gift was for you? I did this last year. I bought my sister a paint set. For some unknown reason the desire to buy my own paint set started to grow in me. The call to create was starting to build.

Honoring this dream, I purchased a paint set and let it sit for a couple months before getting the courage to open it. Since I am the type to learn before jumping in, I watched videos from various creative sources such as YouTube, Craftsy, and Creativebug. Then with my new found knowledge I was ready to begin.

Swirling the paint across the paper is fun; however, the desire to do more than paint started to appear. Honoring that dream, I joined a virtual writing group. This group spoke to my heart about having weekly training, and a community to go with that training.

My creative adventure was beginning. In April 2020 my creativity took a deeper plunge into my life. I discovered the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This is a 12-week course that you can do yourself or in a group. I choose to do the book by myself. 

Some of the assignments for the weeks are turn off the tv, write about your creativity when you were young, or what would your dream job be. 

The most impactful part of the journey and book was the deeper connection with a spiritual path. She starts out her book saying, “For most of us, the idea that the creator encourages creativity is a radical thought. We tend to think, or at least fear, that creative dreams are egotistical, something that God wouldn’t approve for us. After all, our creative artist is an inner youngster and prone to childish thinking. If our mom or dad expressed doubt or disapproval for our creative dreams, we may project that same attitude onto a parental god. This thinking must be undone.”

Wow! I never thought that creativity could be a gift from God, or that I am not honoring Him or myself if I am hiding from my creative dreams. I am also not honoring me as well.

The process of learning to leap into my creativity has been a slow one, but each day, I am learning to honor this dream of creativity. 

What creative dreams do you have? 

Have a blessed day! Remember…you are loved!

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