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"As adults, the major block to our creativity is our inner critic, that part of us that internally criticizes what we do."

  Shakti Gawain, Meditations, Part 2

Start to think about the things you do that are enjoyable, that come naturally and easily to you, and see the creative aspect of those expressions, see how those are a truly important expression of your being. Try taking some risks. Do some new and different things that you find creative. Iíve noticed that a lot of people have the concept that theyíre too old to try something new, especially something "creative" -- if they didnít start it when they were children or very young people, they figure itís too late to do it now.

I always encourage people to fantasize, to think about creative things they would like to do. See if there is something you can do, a step you can take in the direction of those fantasies, even if they seem a bit far-fetched. Itís never too late.

We know that each of us is in essence a creative being, a spiritual being who comes into a physical form. That physical form is our first act of creation. We create a body to express our spirit. I know that a lot of us donít like our bodies and donít think theyíre the best creation we could have made, but our bodies, in fact, are in a constant state of creative change. As we are changing internally, our bodies, as the expression of our spirit, are also changing. So the more you come to know, acknowledge, and express your creative spirit, the more your spirit shows in your primary creative project -- your body.

Start to look at your body as your creation and see how it expresses your spirit. Observe the ways that you block yourself from expressing your spirit and see how that is reflected in your body. As you remove these blocks to your creative expression, your body will reflect that transformation.

As adults, the major block to our creativity is our inner critic, that part of us that internally criticizes what we do. We have standards of perfection incorporated from the world around us, ways that we think things should be done. We have a critic within who criticizes us when we are not doing things the way the critic feel they should be done. For most of us, this inner critic is what stops us from taking the kinds of risks that need to be taken to be creative.

Creativity requires experimentation. The fundamental principle of creativity is that you do something, you express something, you try something. And you must be willing to allow things to be expressed that are not particularly wonderful or perfect or just the way you think they should be expressed. You have to let the expressions flow. People who are creative are willing to make mistakes. Almost all successful persons say that they have had more failures than theyíve had successes. They have tried many things that have not always worked for them. Some have been very disappointing, but they have continued to take risks and try again.

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