We often think of creativity as something that only certain people are gifted with. In fact, we have special words for such people. We often call them brilliant, inspired, or ingenious. These words do signify a true insight. Creativity does spring forth from that part of our deeper being which is truly brilliant and infinitely intelligent. In turn, this deep-level intelligence then manifests to us as inspiration, changed perception, and insight.
The mistake, however, is to think that creativity is something that only special individuals possess. Our wisdom traditions tell us that creativity is a fundamental aspect of reality itself. It is not the special property of gifted individuals, but an intrinsic dynamic within each of us and within all of nature. Creativity is that process through which the universe continually expresses its infinite self. Creativity is ceaseless and inexhaustible. It is an innate part of who and what we are.
In truth, each of us is actually creating all the time. This is because the world we experience is arising from our own thoughts, beliefs, and intentions. It is stemming from our own consciousness. If we stay focused on our ego, we create experiences of separation, conflict, pain, and limitation. We also stay stuck in the same patterns – the same ways of thinking, acting, and perceiving.
On the other hand, if we identify with our deeper self we can create experiences that reflect harmony, joy, abundance, and innovation. We do this by letting go of the ego’s limited ways of operation. We open instead to our infinite being and its unlimited potential. This is normally the type of creativity we admire in others and that we strive for in ourselves. The good news is that we can move into this type of creativity by intentionally choosing to do so.
Practical Steps to Inspired Creativity
Here are some practical ways to cultivate inspired creativity in your life:
Teaching as a Creative Avenue
Teaching can be a highly creative process of self-expression and service. Creating ways to communicate your passion, skills, and knowledge to others can be exhilarating and deeply fulfilling.
At Chopra Center University, we have trained and certified more than 1,800 teachers worldwide and offer comprehensive teacher certification programs in Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle. If you feel that teaching or sharing with others about yoga, meditation, higher consciousness, or healthy living might be part of your own creative expression, then you may want to explore one of our teacher certification programs. If you’d like to learn more, then please visit Chopra Center University.