"Spontaneous creativity is an affirmation of our deepest nature." ~ Richard Moss
If you are feeling stuck in inertia, depression, dullness, it helpful a spontaneous creativity practice every day for your self- expression to come alive and find it's own living, eloquent language.
Often people say to me, "I do not think I have much to express. I do not know if I have an authentic self. I do not think I have much inside of me." I always say, "Begin expressing yourself. Intend to express yourself spontaneously. See what comes out. Your creativity will show something about your deeper self."
Even 30 days of committed creativity will always tell you something new and often startlingly fresh about yourself.
I often feel frustrated, resistant, and confused when something new wants to come into my life. So I practice wearing a creative question in my body. I ask myself, "What am I trying to express right now?"
I might live this question through a dedicated journal. In this way, I might take 15 minutes a day to draw a mandala, or focus inward and write intuitively. Over time a larger themes emerge. Throughout the coming days and weeks and even years, my vague subconscious rumblings become a clearer, living language.
"Only in spontaneity can we be who we truly are." ~ John Mclaughlin
Your Body Knows the Next Step in your Life
Answers are always inherent in our questions. There is always a new growth edge that we are often barely aware of that we can learn to tune into. When we sense into the "edges" of our inner experiences through spontaneous art making and new information is revealed.
With determined questioning the answers will come spontaneously. Synchronistic words will arise within or without. Life events might offer a clue. Or creative imagery may form into an honest, original living language. Life both inside and outside of you will come forward and speak to you because you have asked it to - because you have intended to express yourself, and because you have made the effort to sense beyond your regular, everyday thought habits.
Following Signs, Symbols and Inklings
Years ago when I was contemplating moving to Vancouver from the rural mountain town I lived I was ruminating on how people found it difficult to be spontaneous in their lives and in their creativity. Our social mask does not want to be spontaneous.
I was teaching spontaneous painting at the time and I was aware of how most people simply could not face a blank sheet of paper and express spontaneously from the depths of their souls unless they had the willingness that is cultivated from doing a lot of inner psychological, emotional and spiritual self-reflection.
It is challenging to let go of control and let the repressed parts of ourselves have a voice. As I was driving down the highway I got the inner message, "Teach collage!" Because the insight came in out of the blue, I felt surprised into obeying the directive. I had never tried making a spontaneous collage. Collage had not interested me before. So, I took it seriously and began to explore the idea.
Living the Creation
When I tried spontaneous collage, I loved it. My spontaneous collages flowed together with ease. As they poured out of me, I began see all aspects of my unconscious mind in intriguing imagery and bright color.
Over the next many years I made hundreds of collages that helped me to know myself more profoundly. Because of our varied, negative and positive experiences, we all have many parts of our personality that would love be properly seen, heard and integrated.
Our accepted personality aspects are out front and visible as part of our social presentation. The many other parts of self are much more hidden or rejected inside that will show themselves through spontaneous words and imagery.
Because I have explored the deeper meaning of imagery through my creative practices, I have also come to understand my waking and sleeping life as a living collage. When imagery becomes our "second language," we can learn how to the "read the meaning" and behind all of our life events more deeply.
Because imagery is the language of the soul, it is much more whole and all-encompassing in its depth than verbal language. It is the same with dreams. Dreams are the expression of many aspects of our psyche. Our dreams will collage together a drama that reflects how the many parts of our personality are interacting, and are often conflicted. The collage of our dreams will also depict our core conflict between our psyche and soul.
Whether we "read" the collage of our day or our night, the journey to healing, authenticity and wholeness is simply to integrate, love and accept all parts of ourselves. When we do, our outer conflicts lesson, we feel less judgment towards other people, and the areas of life that have felt stuck and blocked begin moving forward again.
Overcoming Creative Doubt
"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
Whenever you bring something new into creation it will likely be accompanied by doubt and dark misgivings. We may invalidate our creative ideas and might feel there is not much support for them in the world because we do not see anyone else doing it.
As creative visionaries we live into our larger visions, and play our part in bringing something new and possibly not yet accepted into life.
Each one of us is a smaller movement within a larger creative process. What we vision through our own hearts is what we are meant to offer to life, even if it takes a lifetime of our best energy to create it. Larger growth movements take time but can begin now.
For example, I often shared with my studio colleagues that we were part of the larger movement of "art as a form of healing" as it is trying to establish itself in our collective consciousness. We are all part of a larger movement.
The process of creating new creative forms requires complete inner alignment with it. We have to come to believe in what we are creating so much, it no longer matters whether it is validated or positively reflected in the world.
Our creative vision can be our life guiding principle. It may take years to realize our creative vision because it calls upon us to round out all the areas of our character which would rather stay small, separate, hurting and hidden for fear of not belonging.
"Imagine a time when we meet ourselves, with elation at the door, and invite ourselves in to become reacquainted with this 'stranger' who has loved you all your life.”
- Derek Walcott - Poet
I often say that we all have creative inklings. We can choose to follow them and when you do:
Life in all of its color and variety will speak to you if you ask it to because you have intended to express yourself, and because you have made the effort to create. Just begin creating everyday, and your outer life will express itself to back to you, through you, and all around you.
Expressive art is spontaneous art. Using the principle of synchronicity, spontaneous creation tells you exactly what you need to know for your growth in this moment.
Creation without pre-planning clears out unconscious psychological patterns we are unaware of and opens us to creative possibilities outside of our ordinary mind.
Spontaneous imagery is often "wider" than words and it can invite our deeper, more intuitive wisdom to pour forth into our practical, everyday world.
For many years now my website has served as a portal to explore spontaneous creative practices, especially as they support the expression and healing of emotional pain. Visit HERE.