“I’m just not creative… I wasn’t born with any creative talent… I’m not right-brained enough…” How many times have we heard or said these types of statements?
Most people seem to think creativity is a blessing bestowed upon a lucky few who have an innate ability to create beautiful drawings; dance with the light feet of Astaire; write engrossing fiction; or have the voice of an angel (ah, Charlotte Church)!
But, I’m just not buying it! I’m not saying that the truly great creative people are not hugely talented, incredibly able and immersed in their craft. What I am saying is we are all creative, but we unlearn it.
When we are kids, we are fearless – we produce ‘artworks’ by the dozen expecting all of them to go on the fridge in a proud parental display! We ask questions, we write stories, we put on plays, we sing, we dance – but somewhere along the line, our fear of being judged gets stronger than the joy we take from the activities and suddenly, it only becomes a worthwhile activity if we are ‘good at it’; can achieve praise for it; or even earn money for selling it! Unless those conditions are met, we decide it’s a pointless activity, we’re not creative, put the crayons away and focus on that spreadsheet – like a grown-ass woman!!!!
So, you see, being creative purely for the sake of it, without any expectation of praise, compensation or accolade requires us to be vulnerable – even with ourselves.
We have become so tied up with the need for all our outcomes to be excellent or “why bother?” that we can’t bear to produce something less than perfect – even if we are the only people who will ever see it!
The Sacral Chakra is the second Chakra – one up from the Root or Base Chakra – and is just below your belly button. It resonates with the warm orange of the setting sun and is the source of all our creative energy – even our sexuality. There are all kinds of ‘drives to create’, right?!
I meet lots of people who consider themselves to be a ‘creative wasteland’, who have energy blockages, inconsistencies or issues in this area. What’s unclear is whether they are not creative because their Sacral Chakra is blocked… or that their Sacral Chakra is blocked because they don’t honour and indulge their creativity – it doesn’t really matter! Whichever came first (chicken or egg?!), activating and soothing the energy in this Chakra can unleash all kinds of creativity we never knew we had; help us to find joy in creative activities; and encourage us to feel the enthusiasm of childhood again.
The Sacral Chakra is also the seat of our joy, enthusiasm, and desire. I don’t believe this is an accident – joy, enthusiasm, getting ‘lost’ in an activity – are so often tied up with our creativity.
As is our ability to be vulnerable. Which I believe is the key!
If we can find the courage to do something to the best of our ability and still understand it is totally crap and not.. well… give a crap? That is true creative freedom!
Here’s a list of some of the things I think are creative:
Singing, dancing, drawing, painting, creative writing, performing, ‘all the craft things’ – yada, yada – all the usual stuff, but what about…
So, you see – we’re all creative – or at least have the capacity to be! It doesn’t have to be about who can draw the most lifelike version of your dog in charcoals!
If you feel you would like to connect more with your creativity and support your Sacral Chakra, you can try the following simple tools:
So, do your Sacral Chakra a favour and connect with your creativity, you’ll feel better for it and you might even discover (or rediscover!) an activity you love!
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