How often have we heard someone say “I just don’t have it in me to make music… decorate tastefully, paint, or draw anything more than a stick figure? I’ve tried and it all just turns out blah”. Creativity may be defined as the use of imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of artistic work. Creativity is also regarded as inventiveness, imagination, innovation, originality and even more.
Science has shown that individuals who are more left hemisphere dominant prefer established, information based problem solving by logically looking at the parts of things and is controlled regarding their feelings. Those who have dominance of the right hemisphere problem solve with hunches, looking for patterns and configurations. They tend to be spontaneous and free with their feelings. And while each of us has a leaning in a specific direction, all of us can embrace segments of the less dominant part of our brain by simply choosing to involve ourselves with activities characteristic of our dominant brain. Being a novice again, feeling as if we are on uncertain ground, and having an uncertainly that we can do things another way is all a part of new learning, and we all need that experience repeatedly to keep our brains sharp as we go through life.
George Bernard Shaw said, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”. These words struck me as so perfectly aligned with our Science of Mind teachings. As we embrace springtime in the Northern hemisphere of the planet, I invite you to focus your attention on the magnificent creations we see about us in nature. Trees which were barren now have partially unfurling leaves, flowers of all colors are about us, and there is a newness and freshness throughout. Don’t let yourself miss this divine message. And know that you too have creativity within and must, yes, must allow it to unfurl.