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Recognizing Your Creative Self

Recognizing Your Creative Self
Adapted from the works of
Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

There is so much beautiful art to appreciate. Paintings and images brighten our walls. Music of all types evoke our feelings. Books and movies tell moving stories. Creativity in all forms brings us joy, making the world a better place. Do you ever get the feeling that you are only a spectator of such creativity? That it is not within you? That you simply aren’t the ”creative type?” Look within yourself. Each and every one of us has the potential to be creative. Often we are already perfectly in touch with our creative selves, we just aren’t giving ourselves credit.

Creativity is a part of who we are, part of what makes us human. In today’s society, emphasis is put on limiting creativity in service to production. Deadlines, goals, appointments, and ”getting things done” are stressed. Yet these things serve our Lower Self. When we live only to get things done, fearing what will happen if we don’t, then we aren’t living our best life. And if we aren’t living our best life, we need to take another look at ourselves. We need to find our Higher Self.

The Higher Self is the dwelling place of all good things such as love, power, creativity, joy, satisfaction, and abundance.

Living through our Higher Selves, we can see that creativity is part of every day living. It is not something that only ”artists” can do. It is something we can all do if we open our hearts and minds to it.

Susan wrote in Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, ”There is a body of psychologists who believe in the existence of the Higher Self and the influence it can exert upon the individual. They have proposed that this Higher Self is capable of a high degree of sensitivity and attunement to a harmonious flow within the universe. It is the container of many sublime virtues – creativity, intuition, trust, love, joy, inspiration, aspiration, caring, giving – everything we, in our heart of hearts, would like to experience.”

So many of us seem to be searching for something outside ourselves to make our lives complete. We see artists living their lives through the Higher Self and believe that it is unattainable, something we can’t ever experience. We tell ourselves that we don’t have any talent. That we have no imagination. That artistry is something other people were born with. None of that is true.

Creativity is more than talent, and we’re all born with a connection to it. The Universe grants every person born the same access to the creative. We are all capable of imagination, originality and individuality. We are all innately creative. Most artists who make their living through their creativity will tell you that it takes a lot of hard work to create. They have to really believe in it and be willing to put in the practical hard work to achieve worthwhile art. That intricate soothing sonata was not born in a burst of effortless creative frenzy, but after years of study and practice. The award-winning writer doesn’t just sit down one day and write the perfect novel. It takes practice. Hours and hours of thinking, reading, first tries and second tries and sometimes dozens of tries, before that novel takes shape.

Maybe you’re not inclined to dedicate your life to making timeless pieces of art, but there is no reason that you can’t be in touch with your inner creativity. We’re willing to bet that you are far more in tune with the creative side of yourself than you know. Think about the times that you tweaked a recipe, adding a little something extra, to make a dish fabulous. Think about that time at work when you came up with a more efficient way of doing something that cut a lot of time out of your schedule. Or when you were in the store last week and found the perfect throw pillows to complement your couch and curtains.

There are so many ways each of us is creative in our everyday lives, yet we don’t recognize it for what it is. We think of it as ”just the way we are,” and it’s true, but it doesn’t mean that it’s any less special. By connecting to our Higher Self and the creativity that comes with it, we are fulfilling our purpose to live our lives fully opening our hearts and minds to all the bounty that is both external and internal.

Susan said it best when she wrote: ”Having experienced life from the vantage point of both the Lower Self and the Higher Self, my choice is the latter. I will do whatever it takes to open myself up more and more to a mind and heart filled with love, joy, creativity, satisfaction, and peace.”

Connect with your Higher Self. Use your imagination. Find your creativity. And finally, give yourself some credit.

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Can You Handle It?

YOU MAY NEVER KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS
Adapted from the works of
Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

So many of Susan’s favorite affirmations were based on trust – ”I Can Handle It!” and ”It’s All Happening Perfectly,” just to name two. They are about trusting ourselves and trusting that the Universe is working for us. As she wrote in End the Struggle and Dance With Life , ”What I do know is that our human minds are not capable of understanding the Grand Design. I don’t know the larger dimensions of the Universe that are beyond my grasp as an ordinary mortal. What I have been learning to do is simply trust.”

Trust is not about having the answers. It’s not about having the full story. It’s about faith. Susan’s spiritual path taught her that she needed to trust that there are reasons for everything that happens. ”I may never understand what those reasons are, but that is irrelevant. When trust is there, explanations are unnecessary. I have been humbled by the miracles I have seen all around me; I no longer have to know all the whys. I have accepted the fact that there is so much I don’t know. There is so much I will never know. So when your Lower Self asks ‘Why?,’ just say to it…

I don’t know, but I trust it’s all happening perfectly.
It’s all part of the Grand Design.

Trusting without evidence can be an incredibly difficult undertaking, especially when we consider how most of us are brought up and educated. In Western society, we are taught to think only logically. Intuition, or what our ”gut” tells us, is often dismissed as irrelevant.

As Susan wrote so eloquently, ”When we add intuitive thinking to logical thinking, we expand enormously our inherent capability of living life in an incredibly powerful manner. We realize that we have available to us much more wisdom and guidance than we thought we had. The logical mind draws on the teachings of the physical plane; the intuitive mind draws on the teachings of the Spiritual plane. When the two are combined, our resources for guiding us into the future are unlimited.”

In order to combine the two, we need to retrain ourselves to listen to our intuition. A good way to begin is to spend some time each morning in contemplation or meditation. If there is something bothering you or a decision you need to make, ask yourself out loud ”What should I do?” Contemplate it for a few minutes then go about your day. As the day progresses, be aware of any feelings you have, any inner messages that suddenly pop into your mind. This is your intuitive mind speaking to you. When you receive a message, do what it asks of you, follow the ”urge.”

Retraining the way we think is not something we will accomplish in a day or two. It takes time and dedication, just like any practice. In the beginning, you may hear nothing, but eventually you’ll begin to sense the guidance of your intuition coming through. It may not be what you want to hear, but it will feelright. Trust that. ”I have found that when I listen to my intuition,” wrote Susan, ”I am led to places that I would have never gone had I listened only to the logic of my rational mind. And the results have been magical.”

You may have problems you’re struggling with or questions you want answered. Questions will always come up; so don’t drive yourself crazy trying to find the answers. Some questions have no answer. It is the mistrust, the fear, that drives the Lower Self and makes us demand an answer. Yet when we give in to our Lower Selves, we miss out on all the blessings in our life. So when the Lower Self wants to know ”Why?,” simply tell it, ”Because.” No further explanation is needed. When we trust ourselves and the Grand Design, we are listening to our Higher Selves and able to perceive and embrace all the good around us. Maybe one day the answers will come, maybe they won’t. Susan reminds us that it ultimately doesn’t matter because…

When trust is there, your life works beautifully whether you know the answers or not.

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