Can I create ... ?

Every creative endeavour begins with a quest(ion).

Creators use the word ‘create’ in so many questions,

Paradoxically, the word ‘create’ in these questions is the pathway to answers.

Have you heard people referring to this statement…
“The Way of Creativity”?

You may have read it as a title of a book or a blog.

This is because creativity is a pathway that is followed for every project, every dinner cooked, every post written, every conversation, every clothing choice. More so, it is a state of being… a way of life.

It takes us from Island A (no dinner) to Island B (yummy dinner), much like a boat.

But, creativity itself is often overlooked when we gravitate to the feelings of our grumbling tummy and to the vision of the awesome meal we’d like to see in front of us.

1+1=love, two things together make something new

The word ‘create’ is a key to our answers.

For example, heading into the Master of Sustainability and Social Change, I had only one real question I wanted to answer. It was…

Can we create a better world, or not?

I did what most Creators do when we have a “Can I create…?” question.

I began with trying to define the outcome, the Island B that sits inside the three dots… what a better world might be.

It took me two years to draw two triangles to illustrate my interpretation of it. No joke!

I looked at my question again.

I had completely overlooked the word ‘create’.

Can we create a better world?

I began learning about creativity, and as my world became better, I realised, the word ‘create’ was the key to my answer. 

When a Creator asks:

How do I create…?
When can I create…?
Where can I create…?
What do I need to create…?
Who do I need to create…?
Where do I get the resources to create…?
Why would I even try to create…?
Should I create…?
Is it… possible if I create…?,

we focus upon the outcome or the result, the Island B that sits on top of the three dots at the end of the question.

In my example it was ‘a better world’, but we can use any example…

a painting, a business, a new home, a healthier relationship, a new team, a social movement, a book, a documentary, a program to teach, a school, justice and fairness… lots of things!

So, we turn our attention to learning about the outcome itself, the Island B:
What is a good painting?
What house will pass by-laws?
What type of relationship is healthy?
What size team do I need?
What kind of book do I write?
What is a documentary really?

After all, we are more likely to succeed in the creation of an outcome if we learn about it.

These questions tend to leave us focused on the word ‘What’… on the outcome itself.

Then we tend to turn our attention to learning about how it is we should go about it.
How do I compose the painting?
How do I build the house?
How do I imagine what a healthy relationship looks like?
How do I form the team?
How do I write the book?
How do I film the documentary?

These questions tend leave us focused on the word ‘How’

and we might believe the answer to be “with hard work” or “with time” or “with help” or “I’ll hand the ‘how’ over to the universe because I’ve heard the ‘how isn’t up to me”.

Yet, we still we tend to overlook the biggest word in our question…
the creative word.

How do I create…?

How do I compose the painting,
How do I build the house?
How do I imagine a healthy relationship looks like?
How do I form a team?
How do I write the book?
How do I film the documentary?

Any question we have with the word ‘create’ or any creativity concepts in it, has an answer in that word!

How do I create a painting? Compose it… pull its elements together.
When can I create a painting? In my Zen time before my kids wake up.
Where can I create a painting? In my sacred shed with windows open.
What do I need to create a painting? Art materials I love to work with.
Who do I need to create my painting? Just me and my inspiration.
Where do I get the materials to create my painting? My local arts store (resources).
Why would I even try to create a painting? It will allow me to express something I find difficult to put into words.
Should I create a painting? My intuition is telling me to go for it!
Is … possible if I create…? Is helping someone possible if I create my painting? Anything is possible.

Another way of showing how important ‘create’ is in our questions, is to put creativity’s capabilities and practices into them.

‘Create’ is a verb that includes capabilities such as intuition, trust, groundedness, alignment, virtue, reproduction, expression, flow, synchronicity, focus, freedom, balance, design, possibility, resourcefulness, ideation, insight, harmony, project(ion), illustration, choice, synthesis, and vision,

and practices such as motivation, discipline and realisation.

When asking a ‘create’ question, we might ask:

What does my intuition say about…?
Do I trust in…?
Can I ground … into my daytimes, my routine?
Do I align with…?
Does … represent a virtue of mine?
Can I reproduce something to reform it into…?
What does … need to express?
Can I envision…?
Am I motivated to…?

 

And lastly, the heart of creativity is love.

Pop the word ‘love’ in with ‘create’ and see if inspiration, dedication, and motivation transpire!

What painting would I love to create?
What business would I love to create?
What home would I love to create?
What relationship would I love to create?
What new team would I love to create?
What social movement would I love to create?
What book would I love to create?
What documentary would I love to create?
What program would I love to create?

 

Can we create a better world?

 

The key lies in the word ‘create’.

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