The Untapped Creative Treasure
According to experts, most members of the adult population only use about 10% or less of their brain during their lifetime. This clearly shows that a whole lot of our creative potential goes unused & gets rusted while we live on. Why is that the case? Why is it that we cannot hold on to the reigns of imagination that we were full of as kids? The answer is quite simple; we fall prey to ‘reality’. As soon as we enter our adult life – start working, paying taxes, paying for utilities, making medical bill payments, making repayment of loans to banks – we start to believe & become almost 100% convinced that this is how life really is and that the shackles of such a life will never break; it must continue in the same manner.
Well let me tell you something my dear readers, creativity & imagination ALWAYS remain within us. It is us who lock it away in some corner of our head and never bother to check up on it. If we were to truly realize what imagination can do for your creativity, we would never ever let go off the creative being inside of us. It might become a mellow existence but it would always be there with us, “breathing” and “alive” inside of the God gifted brains of ours.
What imagination can do for your creativity?
Imagination & creativity share a very intimate relationship and their correlation is just like that of a stick-shift car’s mechanism; the car cannot function without the clutch & the gas pedal working in harmony; you change the gears only when you time the push & the pull to precision. Take a trip down memory lane and try to recall all the things you wanted to do or thought about as children. We would just put on a bed sheet over our back and imagine ourselves to be Superman, Batman, a Warlock or some other heroic movie & story character. Our imagination would let us spend fresh nights in our tree houses where the mere tree house would become our fortress & small action figures would become the guards protecting us from some evil force. Sigh, such innocent & wonderful were those days when we thought anything was possible with the blink of an eye.
Among adults, take the example of all the various inventions that have taken place in this world. Thomas Edison imagined the concept of electricity & converted it into a reality that has now benefitted numerous generations that followed him. Alexander Graham-bell believed it was possible to communicate across oceans & brought about the phone for the world to use.
Nowadays that very same imaginative concept of his slides out of our pockets when we pull out our cell phones. Think about the bicycle. Had it not been invented we would not have mega events like the Tour de France that fascinates thousands of enthusiastic fans each year. So you see my friends, this is what imagination can do for your creativity. I understand that as we go through life and get caught in varying vicious circles, we lose touch with our imagination & creativity. But there are ways to re-stimulate the same abilities. How? Read on my dear friend!
5 Amazing Techniques for Improving Creativity
- When was your imagination at its peak? More than likely you will say, “When I was 8 year old” or some other childhood age. So what you want to do is spend more time with & among children. Even if you don’t have anything to say to them, it’s alright. Just sit amongst them and listen to their innocent thoughts. Simply hearing them talk and recalling their words later on will start to remove the curtain which now veils your own creativity membrane.
- Get back in touch with yourself. What were the hobbies or interests you enjoyed as a child? Was it music, drawing, reading, painting… what? Or perhaps even writing. Picking up an activity which does not fall within the precincts of actions we know as “work” will pump life into the dormant creativity cells inside our heads that went to sleep quite a while back.
- Go for evening walks. The purpose of your walk will be like an assignment. What you need to do is keep your eyes & ears open and sharp. See all that you can and hear all that you can. Then once you return home, pull out a piece of paper & pen and rewrite all that you can remember. Try real hard to use descriptive words. Reading will play a key role in the sense that it will improve your vocabulary. A good vocab is a critical element of a healthy creative mind because it lets you express yourself in various manner & ways.
- Drawing helps. You don’t have to be Picasso; just simply draw whatever comes to your mind. This same exercise can also work with writing; you don’t have to be Sydney Sheldon – just start writing; maybe perhaps about how you spent your day or about what part you would have liked to be different about the day you just spent.
- Watch movies. They definitely make us think beyond the obvious. Also, pull out old photographs & pictures that you might have with you; this is an exercise. Look at the picture for 10 – 15 seconds and then flip it over so that you cannot see it any more. After that, write down everything you remember seeing in the picture. Repeat the same exercise with the same picture and this time around write down more things that you did not observe the first time around.
Inspirational Quotes to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
Various renowned authors & artists have had their share of thoughts & quotations about how they utilize their creativity or where they get it from. I have compiled a small list for the craving mind.
- It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland)
- I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. (Michelangelo)
- My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around! (Dr. Seuss)
- A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942)
- Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one’s face. (James D. Finley)
- I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. (Theodore Geisel)