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How to Be Creative

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Every once in a while you read something you really wish you had written.  Perusing Hugh MacLeod’s post on creativity over my morning coffee today, I had that feeling.  He touches on many of the boundaries we all face as we try to hone in bringing something original to the proverbial table.

Reminds me of that quote by Marianne Williamson,

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?”  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world…”

Creativity in essence is seeing something differently than everyone else does.  It’s not shrinking from the voice inside that insists on bringing your unique perspective into the mix.  Nothing more, nothing less than yourself.  Maybe that’s why it’s such a vulnerable process – because creativity is a glimpse of ourselves without the security of any facade.  It’s a look into that inner light that we all tightly guard.


Written by Spelman

05/11/2010 at 10:14 pm

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  1. Jennifer, thanks for the deeply moving and true Marianne Williamson quote, which I had heard sometime in the distant past but without knowing whose it was.

    Dial Parrott

    05/13/2010 at 8:12 am

  2. This is the great point ! Not to be afraid of what we can be ! Trying to cultivate our garden…
    It’s not easy, I think sometimes we need impluse from the outside. This is what I’m looking for into litterature and Art.
    Thank you for talking about it !

    Tailleur d'Images

    05/27/2010 at 10:33 am

  3. Very well spoken Jennifer!
    Thank you, and keep on blogging.


    05/31/2010 at 5:55 pm

    • Well I guess I am not so good at blogging. So here comes “the moderation”: To me creativity is the transformation of impressions from the outside world by .. reaching inside, (somehow an unsconsious act.) This is the easy part. Picture taken. To really finish this process is much more difficult for me – because it means I have to trust my innermost feeling and ignore the fear of doing something too daring by pouring out my very personal little (sic) statements/pictures out into the world, and perhaps bother or bore someone by doing so. Being naked, just myself. Vulnerable, as you said.

      Carla, Germany


      06/06/2010 at 8:17 pm

  4. i recently read that quote somewhere else, and was so affected by it. how true it is!

    this is such an incredibly cool photo!


    06/20/2010 at 3:56 pm

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