“I’m so sorry. I am truly at fault here,” I say to imagination and creativity.
Creativity, and it’s biggest player, Imagination, has spent lifetimes being dismissed, discredited, and at best, something you do when you’ve got everything else done, even though our creative mind is as much a part of our lives as breathing. Would we give breathing so little recognition for it’s value? Creativity could even use a new word to help people to pay attention. You know how ‘God’ – a tiny three letter word- can evoke so many stories, so much controversy, so much doubt, so much questioning and so much yearning, that some people have trouble, or might even step right away from, defining and engaging with what God is for them. Sometimes I think God needs a new term. Like, “Universe” or “GOM – (Grand Old Magic)”
Ya, creativity is like that, needing something new. It’s even easier to not define creativity… all the systems already did that for you- usually with a final touch suggesting creativity is a nice hobby and imagination is for kids. Eek!
But what is really scary for me is that I’ve played a role in keeping creativity and imagination in their ‘place’ in the general thinking of the world. This is not true of how I’ve interacted with the process of creativity and imagination on a personal level, nor is it entirely true of how I include it in coaching personal clients….and yes, I know, it’s obvious that I care about creativity and imagination, but damn, I haven’t shared exactly how powerful, how magical, how therapeutic, how impossible becomes possible, how spiritual and how magical things can be when the creative thinking and doing and being processes get the time and space they deserve. And magical. Did I mention magical?
I know this stuff. Yet, knowing what I know, I’ve been resistant to share it all, because a lot of people will think I’m crazy.
“Really, Janet? You think that’s been getting in your way?” asks some part of me. Yes, I think I’ve been letting that get in the way.
I’m going to change that.
After all, mystical tall ships saved my life, faeries got me through grief, and a leprechaun changed the direction of my entire career.
They deserve better than they’ve been getting.