by TODAYSTAPPING on FEBRUARY 17, 2010
“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
Apparently, at age 5 we are creatively engaged about 98 times a day, laughing 113 times and asking 65 questions! Can you imagine? Or rather, how much can you imagine/remember living this way day after day? Probably not a lot since by the age of 44, we are down to only two creative tasks, 11 laughs and six questions a day. That will come as no surprise to anyone…
“If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
” I think the world really boils down to two types of people – those who see shapes in cloud formations, and those who just see clouds.” ~Danzae Pace
Most of us have been socialized into “putting away childish things” so that we could perform in the industrial world–still the basis of our modern education system is to make people good workers for others — though most educators don’t know that and feel a personal calling much higher than that. Every experience that causes us to doubt ourselves, to feel small, not good enough, not whatever enough, contributes to this putting away childish things, too.
How might your world be different if you had more access to your inner child? If you chose to listen to that spontaneous, unfettered, joyful, light-hearted part of you who can let herself/himself play and dream. And if, instead of being disconnected and uncomfortable, you have truly become best of friends, and have each other’s back, …how might that feel? …what then might be possible?
It is our inner child who thinks outside the box, since it is that part of us that lived here unfettered from boxes to begin with. We can shake out of the boxes, and do as we heal and recover more of our wholeness, but it is the child who knows about thinking not blocked by should’s and can’t’s and have to’s and more…
A British art therapist, Edward Adamson, asked a group of high school–aged children (already socialized to think of what they can’t do) to look at a brick and write down as many things they could imagine the brick being used for. Some children had no problem, jotting, with ease, a hundred ideas. Other children struggled, so he asked those children to close their eyes and imagine they were eccentric artists known for their creative flair. Once they had an image of themselves as innovative, artsy people, he asked them to open their eyes and again look at the brick and write down all the things that the brick could become. This time, the children overflowed with ideas. The difference was they now saw themselves as “artists.”
Try this one for yourself and see the difference it makes, even if you feel you get a fair amount of ideas the first time around. Align your belief about yourself to one that supports your creative self and just see what transpires!
Unlocking your creativity is easier than you think! I have created so far 2 really powerfulTapping Into the Field podcasts to help you do just that…and they are great!! You can get them here.