You may be, without even realizing it.
We tend to think of creativity as the domain of artists and, indeed, those who’ve devoted their lives to the creative process have cultivated not only the craft of their chosen medium, but also their access to — and alignment with — the creative energy of the Universe.
But artists don’t hold exclusive rights to this energy — it’s available to all of us. And chances are, you’re accessing it more often than you realize: when you made dinner last night, when you chose the outfit you’re wearing right now, when you wrote that email to your co-worker.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not saying that your bologna sandwich is equivalent to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, but the impulse to create each of them came from the same source.
We tend to write off the more mundane, day-to-day expressions of our creativity and, for the most part, they aren’t masterpieces that will shape the course of history.
But they are creative acts nonetheless.
Think of the satisfaction you experience when the dinner you prepared turns out well and nourishes you and your family, or when you put together that new outfit using pieces of your wardrobe you’ve had for years but never thought to combine, or when the email you crafted succinctly conveyed a message to your co-worker and motivated her to take action.
Most of us weren’t destined to be great artists, but that doesn’t mean we should dismiss the dozens of creative acts we complete over the course of a day.
The Veda — along with most other wisdom traditions — tells us that the force of creation is one of the most powerful and primary forces in the Universe. To observe this force in our own daily actions is the first step in aligning ourselves with this energy — something great artists do, either intentionally or spontaneously — and the more we align ourselves with this energy, the more easily we are able to access it and experience its flow.
In fact, putting our awareness on our daily acts of creativity is to put our awareness on the pulse of Nature that drives the Universe, and to live a creation-dominant life.
Another time-tested method of cultivating a creation-dominant life is through a daily meditation practice. In meditation, we have the experience of establishing ourselves in the place within that is the source of our creativity. And, having established ourselves in that place, we become conduits for the delivery of that creative force into the world.
What examples of your own daily creativity have you been ignoring or dismissing? Look around — chances are there are many right in front of you.
Your choice to live a creation-dominant life is as simple as 1. acknowledging your expressions of creativity, regardless of their magnitude, 2. stepping into your power as a conduit of creative energy, and 3. using that energy to create the life you actually want to live.