Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite
and enemy: the sense of order imposed by the disciplined adult intelligence.
Norman Podhoretz

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, I will answer you:
I am here to live out loud.
Emile Zola

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has thought.
Albert Einstein

As you are aware, more and more attention is now being given from the discilines of psychology, physiology, gerontology and the arts, to name just a few, to the potential power of creativity to significantly ease the challenges of life and moreover, enhance every aspect of our lives.

The word Wisdom (Hochma) in Jewish mysticism helps me to conceptualize creatiity. Wisdom encompasses the realm of innovation, creativity, and the bursting forth of new ideas and forms.

Accordingly, participation in the arts, being creative, in any way you define it, stimulates the senses, evokes emotions, develops the imagination and adds a flow and presence to our lives like nothing else. We can be radically awakened through creativity no matter how lost we might feel. Feeling creative empowers us to develop our full potential and extends our inner resources to withstand difficulties whenever they appear.

Creativity can be described as a flame that heats the human spirit and kindles our desire for inner growth and self-expression.

Virtually every form of artistic expression provides optimal utilization of the benefits of simultaneous brain involvement--integrating left and right brain capacities. Additionally being creative synthesizes and intensifies the mind/body/spirit connection par excellence.

Being creative thus has benefits reaching from the social, getting us out, to the spiritual, effectively enhancing meaning and purpose, and covering all aspects of our lives in-between.

Creativity is the key to an examined and empowered life. Being actively connected to ourselves and our communities, we are enabled to communicate effectively within and between generations, making sense of and reconciling life experiences, understanding and celebrating the present, and creating a legacy for the future. Creativity also allows us to experiment without fear of failing - to be challenged - and to succeed in learning new skills and discovering latent ones.

A flame/spirit/inspiration connects purposeful and positive living with the process of creative activity. Additionally being creative synthesizes and intensifies the mind/body/spirit connection in a dynamic way.
When we are engaged in creative action, the conscious mind and the unconscious mind are engaged, often simultaneously. Thus to recognize that, in varying degrees we can employ these great forces of the mind to help liberate our creative potentials.

Creativity increases with the doing. The unconscious (and the conscious) informs the work, the experience, thus the unconscious during the creative act has the potential to bring your inner issues to the surface - to consciousness and then through creativity you are able to work through them, possibly resolving many repressed inner conflicts and barriers.

Sensory memories of creative people are generally very strong. Scenes from childhood can be vividly recalled. Subtle distinctions of touch or taste are possible. What you notice, what you bring into closer focus-whether it be a tree, an insect, the way our friend moves her hands, the noises a child makes while playing - triggers in you a response. The response is not a duplicate of what you see, hear, taste, smell or touch; it is a reaction to it and reinvention of it.

The gift of your perception, which can recreate what you see, is both vital and compelling. Encourage it to be active, call it out, and let it enrich your life.

Experience what is possible when we let go and open our sense to sound, singing, music and joy.