Updated: Jun 23, 2022
© Copyright 2022 Artwork by Cordi Neckermann
I believe the need to create is deeply embedded in our DNA. As cavemen and cavewomen, we had to create and invent to survive. We had to design and develop tools, find ways to communicate with each other, keep ourselves fed, warm, sheltered and most of all, loved. Our basic needs haven’t really changed since then! Now ,things are just a bit more complicated and fancy. Apartments and houses instead of caves, texting instead of speaking, doing online shopping instead of hunting and gathering and using Instagram and TikTok instead of cave painting.
in reality, our creativity gets zapped by having too much comfort and conformity. There is still the desire and need to create and express ourselves, so it can’t be good to suppress it. I don’t suppose for a minute that our ancestors would have been worried if their cave painting, songs or dances weren't good enough or if they were able to generate more likes or followers. They just delved deep within themselves and ran with their creativity to record and celebrate life, tell a story and to fulfil the burning need to create and express themselves.
I love author Jean M. Auel’s description of the art process in the stone-age. She writes, “Art was as much in the activity as in the results. Works of art were not just the finished product, but the thought, the action, the process that created them.”
The process of creating is just as important as the result. Nowadays, we tend to be very much outcome-oriented and tend to forget about the enjoyment that lies in the process. At some point, we humans must have decided that it is better to leave dancing, singing and creating art to the people with special talents, so we now watch/ buy the experience, rather than do it ourselves. We are meant to be creative and expressive in every possible way. If we were not born to create and invent, the human race would not have survived.
You have to tap into your creative power to turn a negative into something positive, to understand the lesson learned, rather than just see a disaster unfolding. In order to embrace unexpected solutions instead of focusing on one chosen outcome, we have to 'dance' with all possible opportunities and take action. Why scroll on your phone looking at photos of other people's happy lives, when you can be the creator of your own destiny and be living your own happy life. Sometimes, the answer is right there in front of you ;-) Why strive to look like someone else when our own uniqueness sparkles much brighter?
Motivation and Inspiration, the new power couple
Cave people were a lot more primitive than we are today, but they were master survivors, otherwise we wouldn’t be here today. Their survival power was incredible and ultimately came down to creativity and motivation. In order to fully stand in our creative power and either express ourselves through it, or create for a purpose, we need to feel both inspired and motivated. Having sufficient motivation can sometimes be an issue, but inspiration is what helps us to actually get started. Some people believe inspiration is given to us by the gods or is delivered by some muse. I believe it already sits inside us and all we have to do is choose to let it out.
The misconception that all forms of art are better left to experts is not really a great foundation for unleashing inspiration. When reconnecting to our creative power, we need to let go of our sense of perfection and reclaim the confidence in our own ability to create. Be comfortable with being imperfect and love whatever comes out of you. Treasure whatever we express on the page, on the dance floor, or even when singing in the shower and fall in love with the process.
I hope my little blog inspired you to find and love that artist, dancer, singer or writer in you a little bit more and you feel inspired to spend some quality time with your creative self.
Dancing and yoga are my favourite ways to unleash inspiration to draw and create. There is nothing more enjoyable for me than motivating others to get creative through moving, meditating or drawing. I love sharing these three passions of mine with others and making new friends along the way.
LOVE - DO - HAPPY