In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), balanced energy (Qi) is thought to be a critical component maintaining health and wellness. According to TCM, Qi stagnation is one of the main correlates of disease and illness. In another field of study, Thomas Hübl, a modern day integral mystic, discusses the concept of completing the “loop of full expression” and how this helps clear the energy system of stagnant energy. Hübl says that we all have certain impulses and a unique inner expression that longs to be fully expressed in order to complete our soul’s mission in this lifetime. Hübl quotes Lao Tzu’s words from the Tao Te Ching on this matter, saying “express yourself completely then keep quiet”. Both of these center around the movement of energy; as an antidote to stagnation.
So, how is creative expression interconnected with health & happiness and how can we bring creative expression more fully into our daily lives? First off, I would like to share with you my definition of creativity as I think there is a lot of misconception about what creativity is and isn’t. Creativity is making something from (seemingly) nothing at all. It is the art of opening, allowing, deep listening and allowing energy to flow freely in and around out of the body. Creativity is energy, vitality, life force. Creativity is expansion and contraction. Creativity is anything that stems from inspiration, longing, imagination, and spontaneity. It is a cathartic dynamic process.
So what are some of the ways that we can move energy, express ourselves fully and bring more creativity into our daily lives as adults? How can we nurture the spark that we once had as a young child so that can bring more vitality and happiness into our lives?
Here are a few easy ways to start:
- Acknowledge that you ARE a creative being and that there are many ways to express creativity
- Explore the activities that put you into a “flow state” (sense of losing yourself in an activity or give you a sense of timelessness)
- Give yourself permission to be expressive and creative
- Track your energy levels before and after you do something fun, playful or creative and consider that this may be correlated to your overall sense of well-being
Three Powerful First steps towards a more creatively charged life
Some key aspects that I cover in my http://www.emilymaylewis.com/creativitycoaching/ work with my clients:
1. Cultivate a deep listening practice
2. Create your creative life vision statement
3. Cultivate a creative growth mindset (approach your day to day challenges from a place of curiosity and possibility, rather than pessimism and frustration)