Terminal Seriousness - Cure #1 Creativity

Karen McTackett By Karen McTackett, 21st Apr 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Are you Living on Purpose or going through the motion of expectation and perceived responsibility, like most of the world? The key to connecting to our true purpose is recovering our I-Am-Ness - that which we were born with, including creativity.

Where'd I Put that I-Am-Ness?

Do you remember who you were born to be? When we are born, we are born with our I-Am-Ness intact. We are:

* Creative
* Resilient
* Risk Taking
* Playful
* with a Sense of Humour
* Loving
* Intuitive
* Curious
* Spontaneous

Then, we learn to NOT be some, or even all, of these things. We learn our dysfunctions from those that love us most, who learned their dysfunctions from those that loved them most, who learned it from.... You get my point. Everyone was doing the best with what they had at the time, there is no-one to blame. And through this tribal cycle of dysfunction, we lost our I-Am-Ness.

Reconnecting to I-Am-Ness is where the real us lives. This is where our dreams become reality and where we give back to ourselves and to others. This is where we find our certainty, variety, significance, connection, growth, and contribution. This is where we begin Living on Purpose.

One Step Closer to I-Am-Ness

When was the last time you were Creative?

Creativity is a natural part of I-Am-Ness. A child can create a rocket ship from a cardboard box and can catapult themselves into space, exploring galaxies with their alien friends, solving unexpected problems like an asteroid heading their way, or the sudden appearance of a guinea pig that starts chewing up all the controls, or a flat tire, or, oh, no, we’ve run out of ice cream! And more than that, they don’t really even need the cardboard box.

Then we are told, it’s not a spaceship, you can’t explore galaxies, there are no aliens, there are no asteroids coming at you, there is no guinea pig, rocket ships don’t have tires and they don’t run on ice cream. And while we are at it, you shouldn’t be a dancer, you are NOT a princess, you’re not smart enough to be a doctor… Our big people, those that love us, are trying to keep us safe form hurt, disappointment, and judgement - it is the tribal cycle of dysfunction in action.

So, our creativity within I-Am-Ness becomes suppressed and we grow into a “responsible” adult, doing what we are “supposed to do”. Weren’t we always supposed to BE who we were born to be?

For some of us, we kept and nurtured the creative part of our I-Am-Ness or we were so deeply driven by creativity that we held on to it with an iron grip, perhaps through rebellion. For some of us, our big people still held their own creative I-Am-Ness and so, they never told us we couldn’t. The good news is, we are all naturally creative. Embraced, nurtured, or rejected, our creative I-Am-Ness is a part of all of us. We can all tap back into it, and in fact, we all should. The journey to I-Am-Ness is the journey to self and to our very reason for being.

Writing for I-Am-Ness

Writing is a fantastic example of connection to I-Am-Ness creativity, for to write, and to enjoy the process of writing and all that it involves, one must be creative as a basis and must tap into several areas of I-Am-Ness.

Have you heard the saying: "Everyone has a book in them?" Natural I-Am-Ness would argue that everyone has a thousand books in them. That’s not to say to everyone should be a writer. If you have no passion for it, please, find something you are passionate about and enjoy it. Getting clarity and focus on your talents and your passions are step one towards finding your true purpose. If it's writing, rock forth!

So what stops most people writing that book, or telling their story, or even writing their memoir. How many times have you heard, "I'd love to write a book, but...."

* I don't have time
* I don't know how
* I don't know where to start
* I can't
* I wouldn't be published
* I don't know what to include</ul>

I've heard the different versions of this many, many times. More than 50% of the time when I reveal I am an author, the response is, "I'd love to write a book, but..."

I wonder what would change if instead of asking a question that instantly presumes the "but" statement, you say, "Wow, that's cool. How did you do that?"

See, there is this misconception that writing is to be done alone. Some of the greatest writers in history flamed this fire with quotes about the loneliness of writing. Yes, the act of creating the words is a singular process in so much as it is your thoughts and your pen or computer. And yet, even the "loneliest" writer learned the craft from another, be it in person or through reading their works. No writer in history has ever, truly, done it alone!

When Writers Write

For many, what stops them is the not knowing how. Or worse, they don't know the questions to ask to find out how. And it is even so much more than that, it is the mindset, the lack of belief in self, the learned impulse to need to be "perfect" or to "get it right", the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of not completing.

Here's the trick to being a writer - at some point, you have to write. Like learning to drive, we don't jump in the car and can magically drive, change gears, use the pedals, use the indicator, check the mirrors. We learn, we practice, we model and replicate, we repeat, and eventually, we can do it all without thought, and then teach someone else. Writing is the same.

Of course, it is not as simple as typing a few words and, boom, you are an author! There is plot, characters, the external journey, the inner journey, genre, structure, length, audience, cover art, dedication, copyright, publication, marketing, book launch, book stores, online, hard-copy, soft-copy, e-copy, sales.... The beauty is, it can all be learned, or, if you in a position to do so, you can even pay someone else to do much of it for you.

So get out there, start creating, start Living on Purpose and Embrace your I-Am-Ness.

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