I’ve always found creativity to be a deeply important to the individual and the collective, though, sadly, it’s significance goes quite unacknowledged in society today. Think about it, in Kindergarten it’s tolerated. We paint and play and exercise our imaginations. And then, “more important” things take priority: our math, science, reading, writing…
Mind you, I’m not trying to make the point that these topics are not important, but rather that creativity (and the continued growth of it) should be our equal focus!
A few years ago, I stumbled upon a wonderful video with my husband and it stuck with us both. We’ve shared it numerous times with professors, friends, family, and Facebook. In this video a man named Sir Ken Robinson, a truly talented public speaker, talks on just this subject and makes the point that “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.”
Are we too late to make the necessary changes and save humanity? Why, we are never too late! And so, to do my part in spreading this message, once again I share this inspiring video (though I’m sure it won’t be the last time)! Prepare yourself to be delighted, this man is a joy to listen to and before you know it you will be sharing it with your loved ones too! 🙂
I love the point he makes about how, prior to Industrialism, we had no public education system, and so, when it was built, it was that approach that motivated educators and gave them their focus. Hence the left brain emphasis in the existing system. And so we hear, don’t do art, you’ll never be an artist; don’t do dance, you’ll never make a living that way. What if our divine gifts don’t fit in the boxes we have created as “acceptable?” What if they can’t be so easily labeled? Should we not have a choice, to express our souls in the way that is most natural to ourselves? YES!
This brings me to my personal path…as a kid I was always drawn to the creative. I loved to draw, paint, create! I loved choir and music class. I adored drama class. I was told I excelled in these things. But, those around me who loved me, and had my best interest in mind, kindly told me to pursue something else for financial security and do these things, as a hobby on the side.
My heart ached when I was told this. I had such a drive, a passionate, tenacious urge to pursue these things. I knew, that given my fervor, there was nothing I couldn’t do! Wasn’t that the conflicting message I always got? “The American Dream,” you can do anything you set your mind to, and “reach for the stars!?” But, these passions took a temporary back seat whilst I found myself and the confidence to say, I can do whatever I set my sites on!
And here I am, pursuing my dreams. But lately…a childlike urge has risen again within me and I am feeling strongly guided to pursue my own artistic vision. Someone may even be considering changing their college major… 😉
I still exercise my creativity daily! I write poetry, paint, draw, build and design. Lately my
doodles have a common thread…energy. In class I will find myself doodling my instructor, or a fellow classmate as I listen to the lecture. Before I know it, without this focus, I find myself drawing from a psychic perspective. Sometimes this means a Guide for this person steps forward and I doodle their image too, or I find myself including their aura in the art work, or the energy I see around them. This has inspired me to pursue this on a larger scale and for my own interests.
Then, I did some research…since May 2008 a new art movement has been founded by five artists across the globe. It is called the Energy Art Movement! I was floored to find that there were others, being intuitively guided into the same form of art, as I was!
That’s the thing…intuition flourishes in a creative environment, but the Ego, king of the left brain, makes this intuitive development difficult when we become to focused on the analytical.
Artwork from this movement is what has been displayed throughout this post! I hope you enjoyed it! This new movement that inspires me to pursue my own artistic endeavors and I hope it sparks some inspiration in you as well! Don’t be surprised to see my name on a list of members on http://www.energyartmovement.org/ in the near future! Visit this website for more beautiful artwork in this movement!
Also, for more information on Sir Ken Robinson, visit his website http://sirkenrobinson.com!