I have a theory of Misplaced Creativity. This theory stipulates that when we don’t listen to our heart’s desire, in other words our truest creative self, and when we fail to indulge our creativity, we misplace it. We fail to fulfill a part of ourselves that wants to be born - that wants to be generated, and in doing so we look to fill that void of creation with other things.
When we stifle our creativity, we miss out on the satisfaction of being “fed” by our creativity.
When we don’t feed ourselves creatively, we remain “hungry”.
We try to satiate this hunger by other means - like eating actual food in unhealthy ways (guilty), by shopping beyond need (guilty), consuming media - especially social media in compulsive or excessive ways (guilty).
When we stifle our creativity, a generative mode, we wrongly switch into a consumer mode. This is not to say that we should sometimes be in a consumer mode, but our default mode should be generative. This means that most of the time, we should be asking: “What do I get to make?” and “What do I have to offer?” and not: “What do I get?” and “What is mine?” and “Is that all?”
It is while we are in generative mode that we literally shape and give meaning to our lives. When we misplace our creativity, we can become alienated from worlds and from ourselves. It's then that it’s best to look into our hearts and ask "what wants to be born?"
What is your heart’s desire?
PS Having troube answering that question, more on how to locate your heart’s desire to come in a future post!
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Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.