Or is it?
I love having the time, no - I love making the time, hmm - I love ALLOWING myself the time to create.
I give myself permission to express myself because otherwise I feel like I may spill out of my edges in a much less pleasant and relaxing manner than if I accept that this is a requirement for me.
I am also someone who loves to learn. At the moment I’m studying Quantum Physics and Human Design. I need to understand why we operate the way we do and why. Why different people behave the way they do and are drawn to a variety of situations, people and circumstances. This is something I will never stop doing because there are infinite answers, theories and belief systems. What works for one person may not work for another. It is discerning this which makes me a good coach/mentor; I can see the bigger picture and which path will take you where you want to go and guide you in that direction with self enquiry, creativity and faith in your ability to get there. If I can get to here from some of the emotional, physical and material depths I’ve been to, you can get to anywhere. Trust me!
Somewhere along the line we have been given the message that to be creative is not a valuable way to spend our time. We feel guilty for spending our time in this way. Unless we are going to make it make money for us (my creativity can make me money, but that is not the only reason I do it). Making it only about the money removes the pleasure in the purpose which is passion. Passion for what we do which is an extension of who we are. And with that the acceptance of ourselves - which we have probably been denying all along to a degree.
Over the summer, especially after being out of action for nearly three weeks with covid. I took a step back, I decided that my creativity is the most valuable thing I have. I don’t have to define myself by one thing either. And neither do you. If I choose to, I can remove the parts of my psyche that I no longer need - using black oil paint, applied minimally to canvas, reverently, late at night, in silence.
At the same time I can create beautiful colourful canvases, designed to uplift, inspire positivity and mental and emotional wellbeing. Like this one I’ve just finished which uses an iridescent heart and a burst of opalite crystals. The heart and the colours are there to uplift and promote love, and the opalite is said to allow those who use it to understand how to go with the flow. It casts out negativity with its positive and warm energy. Opalite is also known to put heavy hearts at ease and helps you see life with optimism and curiosity. And if you aren’t someone who believes in such things, it is a really pretty, iridescent and beautiful stone which catches the lights and twinkles at you and its prettiness will make you feel happy.
So to sit using these beautiful materials while listening to podcasts and masterclasses on all the things which are interesting to me has got to be the best use of my time that there is.
So is it a superfluous activity or not?
Let’s break it down:
Superfluous - unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.
Super - meaning very good or pleasant
Fluous - although not actually a word in English it is the required or sufficient amount; without excess. (from fluere: to flow, in Indo-European roots)
To flow - you see. To me creativity is all about flow.
So now we have gone from unnecessary to good, pleasant flow.
If that isn’t a reason to get your paints out then what is?
If you still need a bit of a nudge, why don’t you join me for the next Attentive Art Night?
9.00pm UK time on Friday 24th September. Join HERE.
It is a free creative social event on Zoom or Messenger where we all bring an activity, spend five minutes saying hi and getting inspired and after about 45 minutes in silence (you can make as much noise as you want, we will just all be on mute while we work) you can get in the flow and allow yourself the time to be creative. After that there is time to show your work - only if you want to. What a wonderful way to spend an hour - and it is free!
So why not turn up, make the time and get superfluous?
You can put your name down HERE. Hope to see you there
Have a great week,