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Guidepost #6 : Cultivating Creativity

Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | July 12, 2012 | 10:00 am

Utah has got to be the craft capitol of the world. Everyone sees something and knows that they can make it cheaper than buying it. So what if you spend 10 hours looking for that perfect pink bead, you saved a dollar. One of my gifts is recognizing patterns. When women start feeling that “push” as I call it to do something and don’t quite know what that is, they will often turn into craft mode first. Actually whenever they are feeling a bit out of sorts this will happen as well. What does craft mode do? It turns on that right side of our brain, that intuitive creative side and gives that ole left linear side a break.
I have an engineering background (for over 20 years). Yes, I am only 26. I started young. As I started on my intuitive quest, I went through the craft stage. As I hit some of the later stages of seeking, I could almost feel when I would switch back and forth from the left side of my brain to the right. Sometimes it would and does get pretty uncomfortable.
My oldest daughter has this great, logical, linear mind. She is also brilliantly creative and artistic. Loves to cook and create. She has two books in the works. She’s only 15. I used to wonder at her seemingly seamless left/right brain access. After some of my intuitive endeavors, I had an epiphany. I am like that. I am a whole brainer. At some point I just decided to make the right side be quiet and spent lots and lots of time with the left programming robots and the like. Well when the right side came back online (or just got loud) it came back with a vengeance.
I used to write a lot. In 6th grade there was this stormy, rainy day (just like today) and our teacher gave us a creative writing assignment. The words came out of me in a torrent of flow. I wrote about the weather and marveled at its magnificence. Well my teacher read it out loud. None of the kids got it (although she did). They had a look on their faces that said “What the hell is she talking about”. Even then I was a really deep thinker and it definitely showed up in this assignment. I was embarrassed. I really don’t think I wrote again after that. I have never been able to keep a journal for more than a day or two. Could that be why it took so much to get me to start blogging? Was that one event what was getting in my way? Well, now the torrent is unleashed. I have started blogging. Llook what you have started. Now it won’t stop. My little hot pink netbook that I use for writing seems to beckon to me every time I walk by. Somehow this opened a flood gate.
Brene Brown, in her book The Gifts of Imperfection, sums up what she learned about creativity from the world of Wholehearted living and loving :
1) “I’m not very creative” doesn’t work. There’s no such thing as creative and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t just disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment or fear.
2) The only unique contribution that we will ever make in this world will be born out of our creativity.
3) If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, draw, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild an engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing – it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re creating, we’re cultivating meaning.
I am feeling creative. Looks like I am going to go dance in the rain and then cook dinner tonight. My husband will be shocked (about the dinner part that is).

Article by: Ronda Devereaux

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2 responses to “Guidepost #6 : Cultivating Creativity”

  1. Cheri says:

    Nice post. While you consider yourself a “whole brainer”, for a long, long time in my life, I considered myself a “no brainer”. This is because much of the left-side skill-set eludes me (could never get the hang of the ‘basic’ left-brain domain: math and science), and I spent a lot of my youth believing the “I’m not creative” line, so didn’t give much credence to my right-side, either. So, I effectively eliminated and denigrated both sides of my brain, leaving me with–well, not much.

    It was only as I matured that I recognized the logical, problem-solving skills that I actually possessed, which translated into a decent head for business as well as everyday life. But, more important–at least to me–was the recognition of my creative side. I’ve always written, photographed, sang. But because these endeavors were primarily private, and because I couldn’t draw, or perform, I didn’t consider what I did “creating”. I’m glad that I learned better.

    Sorry for the lengthy reply, but thanks for the reminder on the importance of keeping creativity alive.

    • Thanks for the reply. It is a great reminder that we are not only hard on ourselves about the physical ( ie. body image, wrinkles and such) but the non physical as well. We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others that we don’t recognize our innate gifts and talents as the brilliance that they really are. Shine brightly my dear….

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