A key part of our happiness is to be creative. Creativity and happiness seem to go together. Why? I believe it’s because we were designed in this fashion.
But it’s even more than that. If our creativity is self-absorbed, the outcome will not be happiness. Our quest must be to create for the benefit others. And in that, we benefit ourselves.
A recent commencement address at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts went viral. English teacher David McCullough Jr. said, “Selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.” Counter-intuitive, but happiness is that way.
We each have unique ways to add value … even multiply value. We then reap blessing and happiness as we sow value.
How can we experience an increased flow of creativity?
Intuition is a fountain of creativity and happiness
If we cultivate and steward our intuitive side, we will see creativity released. I recently dusted off Leonard Sweet’s Aqua Church again. He has a favorite ten list for maximizing intuition in our lives I found inspiring:
- Listen to music, especially unfamiliar pieces.
- Get physical exercise, an essential part of the creative process.
- Mix metaphors and match up opposites. (This stimulates creativity.)
- Use a variety of materials to build models and mock-ups.
- Acquire dream skills and sleep learning. (Meditate before bed. What are our dreams trying to tell us?)
- Cultivate a “listening logic,” a logic which hears both words and the feelings which lie behind the words.
- Develop “anticipatory consonance with nature.” (Still working with this, but I think it’s not relying merely on induction and rationalism. We begin to sense and harmonize with the wisdom built into creation.)
- Read poetry aloud, and linger over every word until it sinks into the soul.
- Practice extended seasons of prayer and fasting.
- Stay away from people who are wave jammers.
Intuition is a fountain of creativity. And that well or fountain can be primed and maximized. If we neglect it, our creative capacity will slow to a trickle and may even stop.
What 2 or 3 things will you activate to stimulate your intuition, creativity, and happiness?