[success] Life is creation. Self and circumstances are the raw material. ~ Dorothy M. Richardson [/success]
Have you ever thought that you weren’t all that creative? Or worse, had someone tell you, you’re so not creative?
My brother used to tell me I couldn’t sing, my sister said a garden gnome had more rhythm than I did, so I shouldn’t bother to dance and the art teacher mentioned on more than one occasion, that people’s hands and arms weren’t usually twice the size of their bodies. Funny, she didn’t see me as a budding Picasso. Maybe I should have made the eyes bigger instead of the hands.
I began to suffer from CSCDCP syndrome. Okay, I made that up, but having accepted that I couldn’t sing, couldn’t dance, couldn’t paint worth a lick, and basically couldn’t do anything that I deemed ‘creative’, I called it CSCDCP for short, and it was my super duper professional opinion that it was a totally real condition, and should probably be in a medical dictionary.
This was of course before my awakening took place. No, this wasn’t a bright light, voice in the sky kind of awakening, more a little flickering candle flame awakening, reminding me that within every one of us is the most ginormous creative power. Got news for everyone…you are creative…by birth.
The world will hypnotize you if you let it. That was part of my flickering awakening.
We’re all hypnotized to some degree or another, I kid you not. Every idea we’ve accepted as true, every thought we repeat to ourselves, every feeling we consistently feel…wham, hypnosis has taken place.
Think of what a hypnotist does for a minute. When an athlete is capable of lifting say four hundred pounds (can people actually do that?) and a hypnotist tells him he can’t lift a book from a table, he hasn’t made the strong man weak, he merely persuaded his subconscious mind that he couldn’t do it, and so that uber strong athlete couldn’t lift a book from a table. Our subconscious rules the roost folks.
What if we hypnotized ourselves with the idea that we are amazingly powerful, and superbly confident. What if those who felt they weren’t good enough, or pretty enough, or clever enough, or creative enough, began to use self-hypnosis to believe something different about themselves. We already persuade ourselves every day about every thing. We’re just going to tell ourselves a different story.
These beliefs that we’re not enough, or as I thought, not creative, are false beliefs and it’s time to wake up to the fact that you’re more than enough. More than enough to be happy, more than enough to live a truly blessed life. Within you lie unexplored gifts and talents, hidden from view because of the roadblocks your subconscious has thrown in your way.
Well they’re really our roadblocks, because we thought the thoughts and felt the feelings and our subconscious just says okay. Our negative and false beliefs prevent us from accessing the creative spirit of change that lies within us all, regardless of what it is that we desire.
[success] Whenever inner speech and desire are in conflict inner speech invariably wins. Because inner speech objectifies itself, it is easy to see that if it matches desire, desire will be objectively realized. ~ Neville[/success]
So if we have any habits of negative inner conversations they must be replaced. If you’re to experience yourself as the amazing person you are then that inner conversation that tells you otherwise has to go.
The easiest way to eliminate a habit we don’t like is to replace it with another, better one and habits work for us when we apply them daily. What we say to ourselves is just a habit, not the truth, yet it’s a habit that uses the law of consciousness against us if its negative and if our inner conversations are positive then it obviously works towards our happier, better life.
We might have been hypnotized by those old habits of thought, but the good news is that these habits are powerless once we take back control of our thinking. It might take up to ninety days or more, if the habit is deeply ingrained, but no matter, every day that we are more in control of our inner conversation, we’re heading along the path to de-hypnotizing ourselves.
Change those negative ideas you have about you or others, don’t accept what your mind says about you…unless of course its brilliant. Weed out those fearful, unlovely thoughts, they’re really not helpful at all and certainly won’t take you towards the fulfillment of all your desires.
After all, our consciousness produces our reality and our consciousness consists of what we’re thinking, feeling, believing, accepting or reacting to – so let’s be smart and keep it focused on the loveliest things we can imagine. I know we can do it.
Begin to question your beliefs:
Why do I believe I’m not………..
Why do I believe I can’t………….
Is it possible I’m wrong in this belief?
Would I believe the same thing about someone else, or is it just me?
Why should I keep believing this as if it were true?
Can I let go of beliefs that don’t serve me well?
And then ask yourself can I change this belief? And the answer has to be a resounding YES YOU CAN.
The only thing we need do is convince our subconscious of the truth of that which we desire to see manifested, and we do it by generating new thoughts and feelings. If we would but stay in the mindset of feeling good and keep our attention focused on our manifested desire, then we are using our inbuilt creativity to produce abundance.
Two final things.
Don’t take it all too seriously.
Encourage one another.
We absolutely do, “already persuade ourselves every day about every thing.” Everything starts in the same place — our heads.
Now, telling ourselves that we can do a thing doesn’t mean we will be good at it, but it will make it easier for us to discover, for ourselves, whether we can do it or not. That’s infinitely better than leaving it for others to decide, I think.
I’ve been told that I can’t sing. I’ve been told that I can’t dance. Both, incidentally are true, but (and it’s a big but) I enjoy doing both, so I sing and dance. My singing may causes birds to shriek, but that’s their problem.
Back to your main point, I agree that we all have the capacity to be creative and that we have to give ourselves permission to explore and try new things, so that we can discover where our creativity lies.
I love the idea that your singing might make the birds shriek Ray. Now that gave me a good laugh and I think there are those in my world who might say the same thing. But like you, I don’t really care, singing feels good. The thing about not being so brilliant at everything seems to beg the question, compared to whom, don’t you think? 🙂
Yes, I am nodding, nodding, nodding (and not because I am falling asleep – that will be later).
The thing about people telling us we “can’t” is – we end up developing inhibitions and start believing we actually can’t. Mostly it is a screen that people pull across our abilities so we don’t see ourselves for the brilliant souls we can be. And then one day, we stumble on the screen by chance, tugging it, and get a glimpse into all that we are. And want to see more. Get a clearer view. It is the moment of awakening we all need to plunge right in, tearing that screen down forever.
I used to think I couldn’t dance (I still think I have two left feet). Yet I took classical dance classes for a while and did well. Then I quit because, well, the teacher got married and went away.
Decades ago, New Year party arrived and I refused to move my feet. So after wine o’clock, the music in my veins, I loosened up a bit and sang and danced. I had no memory of this the next morning. My best friend told me that it wasn’t that I “could not” dance. It was that I “would not”. Valuable lesson learned.
Now I believe everything is possible 😉
Hugs. Great read, as always. From your heart to mine.
So glad I wasn’t putting you to sleep Vidya. 🙂 Although sometimes I confess when I’m reading my own posts I can find myself yawning! You say this so well, I think you should write about it. I want to read your perspective. And I’m in love with the idea, it isn’t that you can’t it’s that you wouldn’t. Fierce. 🙂
Have you heard Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic”? from the album Xanadu? Please do.:-)
Now I’m going to go and have a listen, ‘cos I’m intrigued. 🙂
I had so many bad things happen to me and spoken to me as a child that I was ‘hypnotised’ as you describe here. I believed nothing good would ever happen.
It took me a long time to realise that I could replace all the negatives with positives. Your post has reminded me that it’s okay to give myself permission to be creative and do all the things I thought I couldn’t!
Wow Carolyn I think you’re amazing, being able to release all the ‘stuff’ you were told and come out the other end brand spanking new. Kudos to you kiddo. I love the title to your recent post too. 🙂
Excellent post as always Elle!
Thanks Jeanne, glad you liked it. 🙂
I had this exact experience in childhood. As kids, my younger brother and I always made handmade cards for special occasions (i.e. birthdays, mother’s day, etc.). We decided that I was the one who drew the prettier pictures (and, therefore, was the artist) and my brother was the one who made up better poems (and, therefore, was the writer). Whenever I made up poems, we both thought they were so bad that we fell over in hysterical laughter.
For the rest of my life I swore I couldn’t write creatively. Being in the business world, I could write great contracts and professional memos and emails, but creative stuff? Forget it.
Until I started writing later in life. I didn’t consider it to be “real” writing. I was simply writing to convey a message that would hopefully help others. I was speechless the first time that a writer who I admire mentioned that she thought I was a “good writer.” It was the first time I, or anyone else, had ever called me a writer.
It was at that moment that I realized I had pulled that creative curtain closed so early in life. That joy had been lying dormant in me all these years.
It’s so true that we limit or free ourselves based on our own beliefs. We’re all capable of so much more than we allow.
Paige how great for the rest of us that you continued to write, because now we all can see how creative you truly are. How many more of us need to de-hypnotize ourselves I wonder? 🙂
We do get stuck in our childhood beliefs don’t we. I always believed I was not good in math. So as the years went on, I never expected to do well. But I realize as an adult, I’m not as bad as I thought and can get along as well as anyone else in that area.
Very inspiring post – so important to shed those limiting beliefs.
Cathy, I had to laugh at your belief, because I remembered it as another one I had – but this time self imposed because I used to sit next to some girl who was a genius and naturally compared to her I was something of a math wuss. I’m happy that you woke up to the fact that you’re as good as everyone else when it comes to that old addition and subtraction stuff. 🙂
I was told i couldn’t draw when i was 12 and I wouldn’t be in the art class!
So much creativity is taken away from so many by others judgements. Brilliant piece of writing and yes we do all need to encourage one another
Now that confuses me Suzie, given that you are such a brilliant artist. I love your work. How on earth could anyone tell you, you were anything less than brilliant is beyond me. Truly glad you ignored them and painted anyhoo. 🙂
wonderful wonderful post sis. and it’s true, the world will hypnotize you. i truly wish there were more people like you and vidya and my sis kate…so many could be hypnotized to be positive and to feel confident.
Now you’re making me blush Vanita. 🙂
just being truthful sis. if everyone were to encourage everyone, we’d all be in a better place.