I was struggling with clarity.
Clarity around my business vision. Clarity around my voice. Clarity around creativity.
So I called a friend, Jana, who is also a gifted intuitive. She does readings for people: answering their questions by connecting with other “guides” through some process I don’t pretend to understand.
Jana did a reading for me on clarity.
The entire reading was powerful yet what really shook my soul was something she said about creativity.
In this reading, Jana described a woman standing in a town square, dirty, tattered clothes, mistreated. She asked if I knew who this woman was.
“Yes,” I replied.
And I knew immediately. I don’t know how. I just knew.
The woman was Creativity.
And our mistreatment: Asking her to prove herself.
Let me explain.
We have asked Creativity to prove itself by elevating it. By fabricating an ART WORLD that only ARTISTS belong to, and by deciding who is worthy enough to claim such an eminent title.
But everyone is an artist and everyone makes art.
We have asked Creativity to prove itself by deeming some people “CREATIVE GENIUSES.” And then encouraging these geniuses to create while we discourage everyone else.
But everyone has creative genius and everyone creates.
When we try to make ART as CREATIVE GENIUSES, we make work that is often stiff and awkward and heavy to hold. Because we complicate art and creativity. We decide, “I am not an artist. I am not creative.” And we believe that ART hangs on gallery walls and Creativity belongs to a select few.
That’s mistreating Creativity.
Elliot Eisner, Professor of Art at Stanford, said art is “literacy of the heart.” And writer Andre Gide said art is the act of “being faithful to that which exists within yourself.”
You don’t have to prove your art or creative genius. Art is simply you expressing you. While we can perfect our natural creative talents, anyone who is willing to listen to their heart and be honest with themselves, can make art.
Writes creative visionary Frederick Terral:
You may not be a Picasso or a Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn… more about yourself.
You don’t make art to have someone else decide whether or not it is worthy of a big, heavy word like ART. You make art because when you make stuff, something inside of you feels lighter, truer. You make art because the art is you and you longs to be expressed.
Some “experts” will tell you that creativity is when you make something new and useful. And they will tell you when it is good and when it is useful. Some experts will tell you that art expresses something important in beautiful ways.
Creativity is the act of expressing you. Art is the act of expressing you.
Only you and the thing waiting to reveal itself.
That is why you create. And that is how we honor Creativity.
So, as painter Andy Warhol commands, make art.
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.