“Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up." - Pablo Picasso
Children are naturally creative. They paint, draw, sing, dance, make up stories, and express their imaginations in endless ways. Children are also the most amazing, magical and important products of our creation. It is our responsibility to raise them, protect them, nurture them, help them, and when necessary, get out of their way. At the same time, we are gifted with them as reminders of our own, possibly forgotten, creativity. They have not yet stopped themselves — as adults so often have — from believing in endless possibilities and fearlessly trying them out. So children and creativity go hand in hand.
There are many reasons why adults don’t attempt artistic activities. Maybe you fear failure or ridicule. Maybe you think it’s frivolous or a waste of time — time you could spend on other things, like making money, or trying to impress other people, or worrying. Maybe you just don’t know where to begin. If you hand children some brushes and paints, they will go to town doing whatever they feel like doing with them. Maybe they’ll produce masterpieces, and maybe they won’t. They don’t care. For them, it’s the experience of doing that is enough in itself. That is the essence of creativity: experiencing the process of creation, expressing yourself by moving something out of your mind and into the physical world.
It’s surprising how many people claim that they are not creative. They don’t work in the arts, or produce sculptures in their garage, or write fiction. They don’t sing, dance, act, rap, weave, or take artistic photos. They don’t design clothing, jewelry, or tattoos. They don’t write poetry or decorate cakes and it’s never occurred to them to build a replica of the White House out of sugar cubes or the Titanic out of matchsticks. They aren’t crafty. So they think they are not creative. Sound like you? Well, I have news for you: You are creating all the time, every day. The only question is what are you creating?
You are creating what you believe is possible, appropriate, and likely. You are creating what you hope and what you fear. You are creating problems and solutions.
You are creating your life.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming you for your life’s particular troubles. And I’m not saying there is any way to avoid encountering life’s difficult experiences or, in some cases, even extreme injustice or hardship. Freely flowing creative energy will not lift you out of reality and into some utopian existence. What it can do is help you solve problems, express yourself, and manifest in the world the best dreams and aspirations of your mind and heart. It can change the way you see whatever life puts in front of you as projects to deal with creatively rather than obstacles to stop you in your tracks. Creative energy breaks through stuck fears, doubts, and worries, to let in that childlike hope of endless possibilities, potential solutions, and new ways of seeing everything. So why not do everything possible to open up the energy of creativity to focus on creating the best life for yourself and those around you?
I once knew a young couple who had difficulty conceiving a child they wanted very much. After a time, during which they struggled through several bouts of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), they finally arranged to adopt infant twins. Suddenly, the wife found herself pregnant and was able to carry the child to term. They happily accepted their instant family of five, and went on to have another child. This is almost a cliche story illustrating the notion that when we stop worrying and feeling all kinds of tension around a problem, it often solves itself.
When energy is allowed to flow freely, creativity is not a struggle.
Creative expression requires craft and work, but the creative energy has to be released or all the craft and hard work in the world won’t amount to much. As a writer, I have often felt the words flow through me, rather than from me. No, I do not hear voices or channel the thoughts of an angel or spirit or any other person or entity. The words just come to me easily and flow from me easily. It’s a truly amazing feeling, when you just have to sit down and type, and not get up until the energy is finished with you. Whenever the writing has felt stuck or blocked, not flowing easily to me and through me, I have focused not on unsticking the words or ideas, but instead on releasing the flow of creative energy, on getting and keeping that moving by getting out of its way. It’s like gently shaking a tree and allowing the fruit to fall from it, rather than tugging on the fruit itself. We don’t make creativity happen, we let it happen.
If you really want to express yourself creatively, to make art or solve problems, but feel stuck or blocked in some way, it means that energy is not moving easily through you. Enhancements in the energetic area of Creativity and Children — which is in the center of the right-hand side of your home’s bagua — can help release energy for procreation, if that’s your concern, and also energize your childlike imagination, originality, innovation, and artistry in every way. The most powerful colors for the Creativity and Children part of your home are white and pastels. You can add these colors in wall paint, furniture, fabrics, artwork, lighting fixtures and any other way that’s appropriate for the room. Round and oval shapes, metals and stones also enhance this area. You can bring in symbols of creativity — art, music, books, etc. — through pictures, artwork or toys, and symbols of children through artwork done by children or depicting them, or images of families with children or babies. Make sure the area is decluttered and everything there is in good working order. When the energy can move freely through the part of your home associated with Creativity, you can’t help but become more creative in every area of your life.
First, examine your beliefs about creativity, then examine the Creativity and ChiLdren area of your home.
Do you remember any creative activities you enjoyed as a child? What kind of feedback did you receive about it? Were you encouraged or discouraged from continuing these activities?
What kind of creative activities do you engage in as a adult? What would you like to try if not for some impediment such as cost or fear of ridicule? Do you believe that creativity is for some people and not everyone? Or just not for you? Do you have supplies for creative pursuits — such as painting, drawing, writing, dance, woodworking, or baking — in your home, gathering dust? Find a way to rekindle your creative energy by taking classes or pursuing a creative hobby you once enjoyed.
Find the Creativity and Children area of your home. What room or rooms are there? Do they seem appropriate here? If not, can you change them? If you have children, can you place their rooms here? If you have a studio or room for creative work, such as writing or drawing, can you move it here?
Are there blockages in this energetic area? Closets stuffed with items you don’t need anymore? Dark colors or sad pictures? Declutter and replace dark colors with whites and pastels and sad pictures with ones showing happy children or families and images of creativity. Hang your children’s artwork here.
Are the Five Elements balanced, with an emphasis on Metal (stone, rocks, metals of all kinds, round and oval shapes)? Remember also that Fire (red and triangle shapes) melts Metal and Water (black and dark greens or blues, wavy or asymmetrical shapes) weakens Metal, so go easy on those.