Everybody is Creative
When thinking about the theme of creativity this week, the first thing I thought of was this poem by Rumi:
Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world.
The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.
Every wonderful sight will vanish; every sweet word will fade,
But do not be disheartened,
The source they come from is eternal, growing,
Branching out, giving new life and new joy.
Why do you weep?
The source is within you
And this whole world is springing up from it.
Reading this poem really throws into question what we mean by creativity. Most people think of it in relation to art or writing, but in reality I think this is too narrow a definition. Creative life force flows through all of us, and all of the decisions and choices that we make every day help to co-create the world in which we all live. Life itself is a creative endeavour. We create our families, our careers, our friendships. We create our home environments. To some extent, we even create our thoughts and our moods. Most of us don’t think about these acts as actively creative ones. We rob ourselves of this power and then in many ways we rob ourselves of feeling the joy of creation in our everyday lives.
As adults we often don’t have the same capacity for play that children have. Children spend a lot of their time making up elaborate games, drawing beautiful pictures and generally joyfully indulging their creativity without embarrassment or shame. As we grow up we feel that we need to be more serious about everything. We worry so much about not being good enough, about doing things the right way, or making everything perfect. Some of us can no longer connect to the simple joy and pleasure of creation just for the sake of it. Imagine if we were able to rediscover this joy, but not only in relation to art or making up games, but in relation to life itself. If we could manage to take real joy in the simple daily acts of creation that we all undertake.
One way to do this is to get in touch with our capacity for love. To see how creative love can make us we only have to look at our most precious personal relationships. Have you ever surprised your loved one with a thoughtful gift, a delicious meal or a generous favour? When we are able to love ourselves and feel love for those around us, then we take real joy in creating a loving world for us all to live in, in trying to make those around us happy.
Creative life force is present in all of us, it unites all of us, and all of us are creative beings by our very nature. As Osho said, ‘To be creative means to be in love with life’.