The Joy of Creative Self-Expression
Being creative is not just about being artistic, although it can be the particular skill or talent through which we express ourselves. Being creative is not just about achieving the creation of a thing, although it is the end result. Being creative is about expressing the self; externalising what is inside of us; bringing our essence into the world; incarnating, again and again; never the same. Just as we need to keep breathing to stay alive, we need to keep self-expressing in order to be alive as individual beings.
Self-expression becomes blocked when feelings have been suppressed; they remain internalised where they affect our behaviour, our thoughts and our interpretations. And what is internalised becomes part of the subconscious. Difficult and painful feelings have no way of being released and block other more enjoyable feelings as well. Suppressed feelings become subconscious patterns that govern thoughts and behaviour, making us behave and feel the same way over and over again, blocking creativity.
It is then that we can become depressed; feeling disconnected, dissatisfied, empty and joyless. Our feelings have stopped moving freely which stops the body moving freely. And then our essence or spirit cannot find, within our being, a channel to express itself through. It is like everything stops, keeping you exactly where you least want to be. To come out of this, is to move again, in our feelings, in our body and in our spirit.