Creativity

Creativity takes courage. — Henri Matisse

Matisse

Work. Keep digging your well. Water is there somewhere.
— Rumi

Everybody is Creative

Humans are beings that love, flow and are creative.

Humans are beings that love, flow and are creative

Humans are beings that love, flow and are creative. Creativity simply means enjoying, celebrating and loving whatsoever you do. Whatever it is you are being. Creativity is simply loving what you are being.

Our nature is intrinsically creative

Our nature is intrinsically creative. We are also from the physical universe which is itself basically creative and playful.

Nobody is uncreative

Nobody is uncreative – each of us has individuality. If you feel you are uncreative, you can simply let that idea go. If you believe you are uncreative, then you will be. You will block your naturally creative state, which is a being that loves, flows and is creative. So if you are feeling uncreative, focus your attention on being what it is you truly love. It will never lead you astray.

Take action on the things that excite you

When you act on that excitement you will be on your purpose. You’ll be on your path. You will be on track for the changes that are sure to come as you turn some corner somewhere going forward.

This weeks excitement leads you onwards to next weeks

Excitement is present when you are on your most profound inner path. It means that you are on your track, not someone elses' path of possibilities. So this weeks excitement leads you onwards to next weeks excitement and next year’s.

There are potentially many ways or paths that lie before each of us

There are potentially many ways or paths that lie before each of us. Some paths are probable today. Some ways will only come into their timing next week.

Action will complete the manifestation of what you are imagining, what you are feeling, thinking and seeing

Act on it. Be it. Move it. Follow it. This is the energetic activity that will complete the manifestation of what you are imagining, what you are feeling, thinking and seeing.

The most exciting thing has a powerful tendency to do itself.

The most exciting thing has a powerful tendency to do itself. It is so easy that it is effortless.

Our creativity allows us many possibilities. Follow and act on the exciting ones. Don’t bother to follow your boredom. Not even for money!

Maya Angelou

You can't use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have. 

All great artists draw from the same resource

All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike.

Daring to dare

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.

We are all created creative

We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.

Can't do is like don't care. Neither of them have a home. Maya Angelou


Creativity from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is considered the world's leading researcher on positive psychology. 

The study of happiness and creativity

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has devoted his life to studying what makes people truly happy. He is noted for his work in the study of happiness and creativity, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic.

People described that their work simply flowed out of them without much effort

In Csikszentmihalyi's studies, people described their 'flow states' as those instances when their work simply flowed out of them without much effort. These were their optimal states of performance.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. When we are involved in creativity, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life.

Creative, productive, and in a state of flow

Csikszentmihalyi found that people were happiest when they were their most creative, productive, and in a state of flow. This flow occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.

People were happiest when they were their most creative, productive, and in a state of flow. This flow occurs when your skill level and the challenge at hand are equal.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.

You cannot reconcile creativeness with technical achievement

You cannot reconcile creativeness with technical achievement. You may be perfect in playing the piano, and not be creative. You may be able to handle color, to put paint on canvas most cleverly, and not be a creative painter...having lost the song, we pursue the singer. We learn from the singer the technique of song, but there is no song; and I say the song is essential, the joy of singing is essential. 

When the joy is there, the technique can be built up from nothing

When the joy is there, the technique can be built up from nothing; you will invent your own technique, you won't have to study elocution or style. When you have, you see, and the very seeing of beauty is an art.

You can only be afraid of what you think you know. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

Osho

You have to find out what you can do and what you cannot do. Everybody cannot do everything!

People have a very limited idea of what being creative is

People have a very limited idea of what being creative is — playing the guitar or the flute or writing poetry — so people go on writing rubbish in the name of poetry. You have to find out what you can do and what you cannot do. Everybody cannot do everything! You have to search and find your destiny. You have to grope in the dark, I know.

Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular

Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular – with painting, poetry, dancing, singing. It has nothing to do with anything in particular.

Anything can be creative – you bring that quality to the activity. Activity itself is neither creative nor uncreative. You can paint in an uncreative way. You can sing in an uncreative way. You can clean the floor in a creative way. You can cook in a creative way.

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things. Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine.

This has been taught to everybody. Very few people are accepted as creative: A few painters, a few poets – one in a million. This is foolish! 

Every human being is a born creator

Every human being is a born creator. Watch children and you will see: all children are creative. By and by, we destroy their creativity. By and by, we force wrong beliefs on them. By and by, we distract them. By and by, we make them more and more economical and political and ambitious.

A creative person is always in the present

When we are looking ahead, when we are thinking, we fall into living in the future. When ambition enters, creativity disappears – because an ambitious man cannot be creative, because an ambitious man cannot love any activity for its own sake. While he is painting he is looking ahead; he is thinking, 'When am I going to get a Nobel Prize?' When he is writing a novel, he is looking ahead. He is always in the future – and a creative person is always in the present.

Nobody is uncreative

Nobody is uncreative – not even trees, not even rocks. People who have known trees and loved trees, know that each tree creates its own space, each rock creates its own space. It is like nobody else's space. If you become sensitive, if you become capable of understanding, through empathy, you will be tremendously benefited. You will see each tree is creative in its own way; no other tree is like that, each tree is unique; each tree has individuality, each rock has individuality. Trees are not just trees, they are people. Rocks are not just rocks, they are people. Go and sit by the side of a rock – watch it lovingly, touch it lovingly, feel it lovingly.

Every individual has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed

Each man comes into this world with a specific destiny: he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally, you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.

Humans are a potentiality for a thousand and one things

Humans are unpredictable, always unfolding, a potentiality for a thousand and one things. Doors open, alternatives are always present at each step – and we have to choose, you have to feel. But if you love your life you will be able to find. Do it joyfully, lovingly, without being purely economical, and you're being creative. Creativity is our attitude, inner approach, and quality we bring to the activity we are doing.

Share whatsoever you can!

Share whatsoever you can! And remember, I am not making any distinction between small things and great things. If you can smile whole-heartedly, hold somebody’s hand and smile, then it is a creative act, a great creative act. Just embrace somebody to your heart and you are creative. Just look with loving eyes at somebody…just a loving look can change the whole world of a person.


Do it joyfully, lovingly, without being purely economical, and you're being creative. Creativity is our attitude, inner approach, and quality we bring to the activity we are doing. — Osho

Rumi

Be grateful for your life, every detail of it, and your face will come to shine like a sun, and everyone who sees it will be made glad and peaceful.

Everyone has been made for some particular work

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

Everything in the universe is within you

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.

If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me

When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.

Run from what’s comfortable

Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.

Don’t listen for what you already know

Clean out your ears, don’t listen for what you already know.

Take someone who doesn’t keep score

Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.

Let yourself be silently drawn ...

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. — Rumi

Alan Watts

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. 

The meaning of life is just to be alive

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

The root of the matter is the way in which we feel and conceive ourselves

The root of the matter is the way in which we feel and conceive ourselves as human beings, our sensation of being alive, of individual existence and identity. We suffer from a hallucination, from a false and distorted sensation of our own existence as living organisms.

Most of us have the sensation that "I myself" is a separate center of feeling and action

Most of us have the sensation that "I myself" is a separate center of feeling and action, living inside and bounded by the physical body—a center which "confronts" an "external" world of people and things, making contact through the senses with a universe both alien and strange. Everyday figures of speech reflect this illusion. "I came into this world." "You must face reality." "The conquest of nature."

This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors

This feeling of being lonely and very temporary visitors in the universe is in flat contradiction to everything known about man (and all other living organisms) in the sciences.

We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples."

We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples."

Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.

Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things

Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons.

If you say that money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time: You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is, in order to go on doing things you don’t like doing — which is stupid! — Alan Watts

Trust

You are intersecting with the people and events
that tell you where life is going for you.

Excitement is creative energy on the move

Excitement is creative energy on the move. What you are excited about is on its way. Follow your excitement because what excites you the most is where you can win effortlessly.

Trust that you are where you are supposed to be

Trust that you are where you are supposed to be. You are intersecting with the people and events that tell you where life is going for you.

The ingredients are all in the mixer

The ingredients are all in the mixer. You can get any number of things happening, but only a couple of them will fit your easy natural self. Anything that you have to push into place will likely turn out to be a poor fit.

Life is not just about creativity, it is creativity from bottom to top.

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