It could be argued that humanity’s creative power is the primary ‘magic’ that sets us apart from any other living species on the Earth. It takes the form of inventions, business ideas, art, and even philosophical discussions around abstract ideas like the concept of asking, “Which way is ‘up’ in space?”. Our divine intellect and its ability to see something that doesn’t exist, then conceptualize a sequence of events that might bring it into existence is, in my opinion, the factor of our makeup that mirrors the very essence of the original Creator itself.
While most humans inherently understand that this creative capacity is what makes us ‘special’ in the world, far too few of us have ever really examined the creative mechanism itself. Our culture has generated normalcy where we believe that life is hard, shit happens to you, and then you die. The belief that the best thing you can do is keep your head down and minimize the pain of life is so pervasive in the world, it’s no wonder why so few people seem to MASTER life in all of its many forms. But if you want to actually master life, it stands to reason that you would first need to master the major principles upon which life is built… in this case… the principle of the creative process in the individual.
Intention as the First Step
If we are truly creators… and I would argue that the mere existence of inventions and culture are proof of this fact… I believe it would be a good idea for everyone to be trained on the creative process itself. Can you imagine what the world would look like if everyone had been trained on the creative process of human existence when they were in high school? Can you image what your life would look like if you understood HOW to create the life you WANT instead of being taught that you’ll rarely get what you desire?
While I could write an entire book about this process, I will forego the effort and point you to one of my very favorite books, The Creative Process in the Individual by Thomas Troward. He does an amazing job explaining the process of creation from start to finish, and I can’t recommend the book highly enough.
For my part, I just want to focus on what I believe to be the first step in becoming a CONSISTENTLY creative person in life, and to highlight the major tools I use to achieve this step.
Before you can create anything ON PURPOSE, you need a very simple, yet non-negotiable mechanism in place: INTENTION.
You may be thinking, “Well, duh.”, but I promise you, most people have never REALLY thought about how vital intention REALLY is. Most people mistake hope for intention, and as a result, their lives remain stuck.
For me, unpacking this word into its finer energies has helped me dissect the truth of where my life is going and how quickly I’m going to get there. Those finer energies center primarily around 3 smaller concepts that, in their own right, could be entire books in-of themselves.
Knowing What You Want
Intentionally creating anything requires the energy of desire. Desire is the thing that makes us get up in the morning and live. We desire security, so we get a job. We desire companionship, so we get married. We desire fun, so we go on vacation. We desire to not be hungry, so we eat lunch. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Desire is the root energy of human ‘movement’. Yet, most of our desires are generic and nebulous. This lack of specificity, in my belief, becomes the source for a constant low-grade sense of dissatisfaction with life as a whole. Sure, we have a good job, but it’s missing ‘something’. Great, we have a family, but it’s been years since the passion and romance of life has found its way into the house, much less the bedroom. You know the story…
The truth of the matter is, specificity is the key to intention, and being specific takes a lot of WORK. It’s just easier for us to complain in generalities than to take the time to drill down to what we TRULY want, or what is ACTUALLY bothering us. But if you want to start creating the life you want with intention, you will first need to figure out EXACTLY what you want to be added to your life, and EXACTLY what you want to be removed from it.
I think Barbara Sher’s books on the subject are some of the best resources I can point you to if this is an area where you feel especially stuck:
Being Aware of Where You’re Really At
Depending on the scenario, awareness may be a prerequisite to knowing exactly what it is that you want, but even if you’ve done the work to figure out your true desires, awareness will remain an absolute necessity throughout the entire journey from where you are to where you want to be.
Have you ever focused on a goal and achieved it, only to find out that you enjoyed the pursuit of that goal more than actually reaching the finish line of it? Ever lost your way in the course of life and found yourself in the middle of an existence that you didn’t even mean to build? These experiences are all too common in life, and the only way to wake up and bring back the intentionality of life is to bring your awareness to the front of your mind.
Awareness can be both a blessing and a curse for those who have big dreams, but I believe it is always a better alternative to letting life happen to you while being asleep at the wheel.
If you want to be fully aware of your life so that you don’t fall asleep at the wheel, but you’re also afraid of being constantly engaged with the negative things you currently find yourself dealing with, may I recommend The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Both of these books will show you how to become fully aware of your current state while
The Moment of Decision AND The One After That
So let’s say that you know what you REALLY want, and you’re aware of where you REALLY are in life… Why are you still stuck?
While many people THINK they know what they want and that they are aware, I would argue that most of those people haven’t actually taken the time to fully process those first two energetic realities. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say you have FULLY processed those things… Why are you still living the life you don’t really want to be living?
There is a moment that those energies will need to inspire
The moment of decision is arguably the scariest moment in the process of change and is where HOPE is most often confused with ‘intention’. You think you’ve made a decision to move towards your goal, when in fact you’ve made a decision to keep doing the same things and hoping for that goal to magically find its way into your life.
The initial moment of decision (for REAL) is usually accompanied by a significant shift in action, and as scary as that can be, it will be followed by more and more moments of decision, and correspondingly more and more shifts in action. Moments where you can chose to turn back. Moments where you’ll have to change course to overcome a challenge you didn’t anticipate. Moments where you’ll have to figure out if you still even want your original goal. Etc. Etc. Etc. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
The Power of Decision by Raymond Charles is one of the most influential books in my life and has been a classic in the New Thought Movement for years. If you want to know how to make better decisions with more confidence and wisdom, you need to read this book.
If you want to change your life and/or become more emotionally and spiritually mature, there are two ways to accomplish it – the school of hard knocks, or being intentional with yourself. Sure, your life could change once in a while with some serendipitous event that doesn’t make things ‘worse’ and you didn’t plan for, but let’s be honest, how often has that happened for you to this point? By and large, the changes that come into your life that are any good are usually ones that YOU created on purpose. And the changes you didn’t mean to create, well… we all know how those usually turn out.
So, the moral of the story is… if you want a better life, create it on PURPOSE. Figure out exactly what you want. Become fully aware of where you’re really at with it (be honest with yourself). Decide to truly pursue what you want. All of these energies combined is what I would call ‘INTENTIONALITY’, and intentionality is the key to being a creator.