Tap Into Your Creative Self, It Matters!

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday*, Brene Brown, PH.D., L.M.S.W. made a remarkable statement about unused creativity having a powerful negative impact on our quality of life. In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brene Brown shares what her research revealed, that creativity was one of the top ten attributes in people who live and love life, “whole-heartedly”.**

Are You Creative?

I wonder how many people would automatically reply “no!” when asked if they are creative? I never considered myself a creative person. I grew up believing creative people were artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and writers, like those we studied in school.

As a child I took ballet lessons but I danced to my own rhythm, not in line with the others. I took piano lessons but we moved 8 times by the time I was 10, so I was always starting over in the music book for beginners. I sang in the church choir and school chorus, but the music teacher said I sang off key and he had me stand next to a strong voice and sing softly. It’s safe to say that early on I knew I was not destined for the creative arts.

Are the “Creative Arts” the Definition of What it Means to Be Creative?

My answer is, I thought so! It wasn’t until I was 50 and training for spiritual direction that I discovered creativity is about “tuning in” to give expression to what’s in your heart. Whatever form creativity takes, it is giving voice to who you are, what you like, and what stirs your soul. It is a spiritual connection to what’s true for you.

Tapping Into Our Creativity

In the process of tapping into our creativity, we let go of what others think and listen to what feels right for us. We focus on creating an expression that most clearly represents what’s in our heart. The persistence toward getting it the way we want it, is the give and take of a deeper conversation with the Divine, that part of us that knows what’s true, knows when it feels right, knows when it makes our heart sing!

Defining Creativity

My definition of creativity is using our imagination to express something through our personal style. It can be anything that attracts our attention and stirs our heart. When we give expression to our unique perspective, to what’s true for us personally, we offer an expanded view for others.

By this definition, everyone is naturally creative. And it is evident in Oprah’s interview with Brene Brown that taking time to tap into our creative self, has proven vital to our health and well-being!

Questions for Circle Discussion

  1. When are you your most creative self?
  2. What form, or forms, does your creativity take?
  3. How do you stimulate your creativity?

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*Oprah and Brene Brown: Daring Greatly, Season 4, Episode 415, Aired on 03/24/2013, CCtv-pg, Own Super Soul Sunday.

** Brown, Brene. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Hazelden Publishing, Center City, Minnesota, 2010.

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©2021 Teresa Lampmann

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