The potential for creativity resides within each and every one of us. It is part of our nature as human beings because it is inextricably linked to our five senses. By becoming aware of this link and how the creative process works, and then using this creative process to generate your own creative ideas, you will quickly see that you, too, can have a creative mind. My goal in writing this book is to illustrate the creative process in easy to understand terms, and to provide you with tools to use to get the creative juices flowing in your own life.
1. Believe In Yourself
The first step to having a creative mind is to believe that you possess the capability to be creative. Everyone possesses this capability, because it resides in your physical body in a link between your five senses and your brain. But if you haven’t been exposed to the creativity process, and if you haven’t learned methods for developing your creativity, you may feel that creativity is absent in your life. Knowing that you possess these seeds of creativity within you, and that they just need to be nurtured in order to blossom, should help reassure you that the goal of having a creative mind is within your reach.
2. Create Conscious Intent
This is the first Phase of the actual creative process. You have to want to be creative. An inkling of intent will do, you don’t have to go overboard here. If you have a particular problem or project in mind for which you would like a creative solution, focus your intent there. Your subconscious mind will take over this intent and start searching for new, creative ideas and solutions everywhere in the world you encounter on a daily basis. It will do this even while you are sleeping, and you may wake up with an “Ah ha!” moment!
3. Gather Your Memories
The second Phase in the creative process is important because it gives your creative mind a framework to build upon. Try to think of anything in your past experience, no matter how remote, that relates to your current project or interest in being creative. You would be surprised at how often pulling together old memories will trigger a spurt of creativity. A mere remembrance of a sight, sound, smell, or taste, as seen through the eyes of your memory, can open up the floodgates to new channels of ideas today.
4. Explore The World Around You
Third in the creativity process, the Exploration Phase is the one where you will spend most of your time, initially, as it is the Phase where you will generate most of your ideas. Enjoy yourself! And don’t limit yourself to the people, places and things you already know – get out there and experience something new. Aim for sensory overload.
5. Hydrate Yourself
Yes, there is a physical component to creativity! Drinking enough water, the recommended eight, 8-ounce, glasses per day, can be a key factor in maintaining your ability to be creative. Try this: can you pinch the skin on your forehead? If you can, you are definitely dehydrated. If you are already thirsty, you are dehydrated. You need to maintain a constant level of hydration throughout the day. Mayo Clinic research has shown that symptoms of even mild dehydration are dizziness, headache, tiredness and muscle weakness. How can you create if you are feeling that way? So keep yourself fully hydrated and keep those creative juices flowing!
Using meditation or any other type of mind-clearing ritual can be very helpful to the creative process, by freeing up your mind to create. The creative mind tends to get cluttered with “junk” – the kinds of things that cause worries and distractions and keep you from being able to create. It is important to do a periodic “mind dump” and start out with a nice, fresh slate of a brain that then has room for your best creative ideas. Early morning meditation gets you off to a good start and meditation right before bed gives your subconscious mind a fresh slate to work with while you sleep.
7. Surround Yourself With Creative People
Go to places where creative people are likely to be found. Seek out the arts community in your town and go there. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere, drinking in the sights and sounds. You will find cafes that offer open mic nights where poets read original works – attend one and talk to the poets. Support a live music venue. Attend an art showing and talk to the artist. Most creative people are happy to share their insights into creativity if you are respectful.
8. Go For A Walk
Be in the moment and pay attention to the sights and sounds around you. Absorb Nature with all of your senses. Notice the colors – which ones draw your eye? Do they bring up memories? What ideas pop into your head? It is a good idea to take a notebook or recording device with you to capture these creative thoughts before they slip away.
9. Look At Things From A Different Point Of View
Literally. Take your hands and make a square “window” with your fingers, so that you can only see a small portion of anything you are viewing. Now look through this window at your ordinary environment. See how everything looks different? Put the window off-center on an object or view and see how the abstract results give you a whole new perspective. Try looking at things through the window upside-down, too.
10. Turn Off The Television
Let the silence wash over you and deafen you until your ears open up again and you become aware of the little sounds in the stillness. Where do these sounds lead you in your imagination? Follow these threads of thought and visualize. Now make the visualization real to all of your senses, just as clearly as if you were seeing it on your TV screen. Don’t forget to capture these creative results!
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