How To Stimulate and Expand Your Creativity Without Opiates and Narcotics
Why Are Some More Creative Than Others?
How can I be more creative? How do I even get to be more creative in my life? If you, like me, have ever looked for ways to be even more creative, wanted to have higher levels of creativity at work or at play then you've come to the right place!
Recently the question was posed, "Do opiates and narcotics really help you expand your creativity???" My answer will always be no! The rest of this article will not deal with why not, rather look at ways to naturally expand your creativity.
All the creativity you need is already in you. You do not need to put a chemical into your body that messes with your already perfect brain chemistry to be more creative.
To enhance your creativity naturally, make sure you are crystal clear on your purpose, that it is in line with good, ethical principles, and that you are connected to your higher power, who ever that may be.
Next step is to start allowing your creativity to come out and flow.
Now let's looks at how to do that!
Wayne Dyer's The Power of Intention
NOTE: Wayne Dyer's book will help you connect to YOUR higher power and begin a journey of Co-creating your reality. You will learn so much about yourself, who you are and how to unleash your own personal creativity and connect with your senior partner. Read this.
Connect To Your Purpose
Your creativity will be stimulated when you are connected and fully aware of your purpose. When there is no doubt about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid." -Basil King
What are you doing anyway? Where are you? What IS your purpose?
At the most basic, primitive, level, you will be "on purpose" when you are in service to others. That's the start of creativity. Getting in tune with, "how can I be of service to others" will get you in tune with your purpose and there by enable you to let the creativity flow.
Robin Williams LOVES to make other people laugh. You think he's on purpose? You think he's creative? Is he in service to others? What about Miles Davis? How's that for creativity? That guy CHANGED music as we know it. Was he on purpose? Was he in service? You bet! How does Steven King keep cranking out these books? Purpose, service and creativity all in one!
Any of these guys ever use drugs and alcohol? Every one of them. Interesting how much more creative they all are when (and are now) sober. Miles has passed, but I know for sure he's still creating!
It's also interesting how so many resort to drugs to stimulate creativity. How many have we lost prematurely because of that? Because what? That they lost site of their purpose perhaps? There's a list a mile long. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, to name a few.
Who do you know in your own life that you admire for their creativity? Think about that person. What's their purpose? Are they aware of it?
Hey! Could this translate into business and sales?
Do you believe that your product, service and company is the BEST AND ONLY solution for your clients? If your purpose is truly to help others you better believe that or go find something else to sell.
Bottom line here... artist or business - your true purpose is to be in service to others and when you are certain about what you are doing, when you have conviction that you're doing the right thing and know this is it, the creativity will expand, flow and people will see it in you and admire that.
Read this to get a handle on what Success is all about
Now that you're on purpose how do you create success? Wait, I though we were talking about living ethically. We are. Let's define success first!
For the remainder of this article, let's define success as: the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
Notice, there is no reference to money, property or fame.
Once you're on purpose, you must then realize that you have an ETHICAL duty, an obligation and YES a responsibility to reach success.
Combining success, purpose and responsibility, what do we get?
We fulfill our purpose, which is based on being in service to others. Once you have this awareness, you then have a responsibility... Response Ability. The ability to respond. A choice. You have a choice to make now. Being ethical means you chose to do the right thing. What is the right thing to do? Be in service to others! Exactly! Good job!
So, getting back to success is now (especially if you're reading this for the first time) your ethical duty, obligation and responsibility.
This little wake up call was brought to me (and now you) by Grant Cardone.
So the point is what? First, get on purpose. Then the second thing to do to stimulate creativity is to know that achieving your purpose is an ethical issue now.
Connect To Your Higher Power (whoever that may be)
Be humble enough to admit that perhaps you can't hack this one all alone and that you'll need some help. There's a book out there by Wayne Dyer called The Power of Intention. The sub-title of this book is Learning To Co-Create Your World Your Way.
Remember earlier, "Be Bold And Mighty Forces Will Come To Your Aid?" Who do you think that mighty force will be?
You decide for yourself. Be it God, Buddha, Krishnah, Bill... Your higher power is your higher power. That's not the point. The point is going to be that you are in co-creation. You have a partner in your creativity.
Phew! That's a relief! Right? You don't have to go it alone. You've got some help here.
Think of your higher power as a river. Creativity is water. You are a damn. You can hold the river up and block the flow with drugs and booze OR you can open up the flow and generate massive amounts of power. Hover Dam generates 4.2 Billion Kilowatts of energy. What if that was your creativity?
The following quote goes to Goethe, but there are arguments against who actually said it. I say, for the purpose of the discussion, it doesn't matter who, it's more about what is being said. Commit to your purpose, recognize success in your purpose is your ethical duty, obligation and responsibility and low and behold...
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
The Artist's Way
How Do I Get To Carnigie Hall?
You know the joke right?
Creativity can also be classified as a skill. In order to be creative you've got to be creative. Can you build muscle by going to the gym only when you feel like it? Of course not.
One book called The Artist's Way will show you multiple ways to unleash the creative force within with out having to resort to drugs and alcohol.
Julia Cameron who wroth the book, struggled with but eventually stopped the drugs and alcohol, and then started to teach what became known as creative unblocking, which led her to publish the book based on her teachings, The Artist's Way. In this book, she tells us creativity is an authentic spiritual path.
You must commit to doing something creative daily. After all it is your purpose. To be of and in service to others and since it is your duty now, you must perfect your craft what ever that craft may be.
All professionals practice. Period.
So the fundamental elements here are:
- Connect to your purpose
- Live ethically
- Connect to your higher power
- Practice creativity
Commit to living these four tips daily and incorporating them into your life you will not have to resort to drugs and alcohol to be creative. Besides, it's not real and you're interrupting the true flow of creative energy.