People with a high state of consciousness are not frozen into inaction by terror brought about through disasters. They immediately make a plan to turn the negative energy to advantage. At this level of creative imagination, Soul is in a condition of survival. The lesson of the worlds of matter is to develop Soul’s ability to ride the crests of life. This is vairag, detached love. —Harold Klemp, The Language of Soul
What is creative energy? In essence it’s the force that compels us to conceive of and execute something that didn’t previously exist. It’s not just something we use to create a piece of art, sculpture, literature, or music. It’s something that every one of us manifests every time we solve a problem or make the best of a difficult situation. It exists within every one of us. Some of us are just better at manifesting it than others.
When we encounter problems in life, we are actually the recipients of a gift: the opportunity to use our creative energy. That’s the “detached love” that Harold Klemp is talking about in the quote above. In this case, “detached” has to do with the fact that this gift we are given has absolutely no strings attached to it. We do not have to earn it. It is given freely. We can accept it or not. When a problem comes up, we do have the choice to try to avoid it or avoid dealing with it, but the problem never really goes away until we face it and come to some solution using our creative energy. This is a gift that keeps on giving, because the more creative energy we use, the more we have.
There are ways we can ignite our creative energy even before we actually need it, and we can do this consciously. When we work consciously like this, it’s the same as re-charging the batter on your smartphone. You know that you have to recharge the battery every so often, and that you have to do it before you need the energy. Sure, it’s possible to plug in your phone somewhere when you run out, if you need to, but everyone knows it’s much better to do this before you need to, and to do it regularly.
So how do you ignite your spark of creative energy? Dave Gray has drawn a cute diagram at left that illustrates some of the ways. Some of the ways pictured are not as positive as one might wish (fear of failure, deadlines, boredom, obstacles), but with the right attitude, these can all be triggers for our creative energy. Others are not only positive, but they are things you can do regularly: listening to music, getting enough rest, watching children at play, looking out the window (and perhaps doing a bit of daydreaming), having a good conversation, and going for a walk. Some of the things Gray mentioned are actually qualities within us that we can harness to spark creative energy: curiosity, desire, passion, and appreciation or gratitude. I’m not all that sure coffee actually sparks creative energy. Sometimes it just keeps us awake, when perhaps we might be better off getting some sleep. It also fosters the idea that we can get our creative energy from something outside of ourselves. However, if you think of drinking coffee as something pleasurable that leads to a feeling of well-being, then, OK, I’ll bite. Coffee’s not all bad.
A lady named Nikki, who runs a service called Task Guardian, has given a number of good ideas for sparking creative energy on her site. I have listed some of them here, and expanded on Nikki’s ideas.
Do something you haven’t done since childhood. You may wish to watch an old favorite movie, visit a special place from your childhood, or do something you haven’t done in many years, such as finger painting or fooling around with modeling clay.
Sit at a different seat than you normally do in church, at conference meetings, at school (if possible), in the cafeteria, or in your office (if possible).
Start a journal. It could be a journal of daily activities, a journal of observations or insights, or a gratitude journal in which you write down what you are grateful for each day.
Go for a long drive, for no reason, and without any particular destination in mind.
Speak to someone you see everyday, but normally don’t say anything to. Make an effort to get to know this person.
Make changes in your daily routine. Take a different route to work. Have lunch at a different place. Add a new routine to your exercise regimen or substitute a new one for an exercise you are tired of. Wear a color you don’t normally wear.
Listen to music that excites you, calms you down, uplifts you, or triggers daydreams. Listen quietly, hum along, or dance to the music.
Get outside and commune with nature. Walk, jog, hike, bike, or ride a horse. Paint or sketch, if you like. Play in the sand, or make a mud pie with some kids.
Read up about the lives of successful people in any area of life. How did they solve their problems?
Paint, even if you’re not a skilled painter. If you ARE a painter, try a different medium.
Volunteer at a school, hospital, nursing home, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, battered women’s shelter, baby shelter, or after school program for kids.
Take up a sport or other physical activity.
Travel somewhere you’ve never been before and have an adventure.
Call a friend you haven’t talked to for an extended period of time, and catch up on his or her life.
Start a new hobby or learn a new skill. For example, take up knitting, or if you already know how to knit, learn a new stitch or a new technique. Take your hobby to a new level. If you try something new, try to at least finish one project, even if you never have anything to do with it again. (I don’t know why, but this has worked for me several times. I’ll take up a cross-stitch project and work until I’m totally sick of it, but at least I finish the project. Like magic, some big change in my life comes about right after I finish. Who knows why this happens…?)
Unplug and step away from technology. This means your computer, your phone, your tablet or iPad, your e-reader, your iPod or CD player, and your TV or radio. It can be for an hour, a day, a week, or a weekend.
Lose yourself in a novel. If you can, take a day off and just read it straight through.
Join a local networking group, form relationships. Meetup.com is a great place to go for this. You can find groups that are helpful in business, for social outlets or for getting together with people who are like-minded (spiritual groups or political groups).
Take a short-term class for adults that might be offered by a local junior college, a neighborhood rec center, or public library. You could learn cooking, painting, calligraphy, public speaking, or any number of other things.
Create a motivational quote board, pin at least 1 quote per day. Or start a collage of pictures that express qualities you would like to manifest in your life.
Perform a random act of kindness at least once a day for a week or a month. It should be random, but it could be planned or unplanned. Do it just for love, without any strings attached, and ideally unobserved by anyone.
Join a message board forum related to your career field or a field of interest, and get plugged in to a community of like-minded individuals.
If possible, take a short vacation. If you don’t want to go anywhere have a stay-cation where you are at home, but refrain from doing any work. 🙂