One of the things that i have been fascinated with for some time is the relationship we have with our creativity and the different ways in which this can be enhanced, or substantially inhibited. I have no idea why it interests and fascinates me so much, maybe it has something to do with growing up in a family environment in which creativity was not only an alien concept, but also a totally unused word.

I used to believe that creativity was something like an innate natural talent for languages or music, either you had it or you didn’t. If you were one of the unlucky ones that didn’t have it then tough luck, your creativity was going to be limited, and whatever you did try to produce would be nowhere near as good as those more fortunate ones that were blessed with the “creativity gene”.

What I now know is that creativity is inherent in each and every one of us. We each have our own particular inner Muse who needs to express herself in her own unique way through us. Naively, I used to think that creativity only expressed herself through fairly classic artistic endeavours such as music, art, the written word etc. That creativity was limited only to artistic pursuits.

However, creativity is capable of being expressed through each and every one of us, even if we don’t feel as if we have an artistic bone in our body. Maybe our particular way of being creative is through our parenting style, through teaching, starting new businesses or entrepreneurial interests, through cookery, decorating, gardening……. the list is endless. What is important is that each one of us has our own way of bringing the gifts of the Muse to fruition.

This powerful creative force that expresses itself uniquely in each and every one of us also has parallels in craniosacral therapy (CST). One of the core principles of CST is that Health (with a capital H) is an inherent force that expresses itself in a different way in each one of us.  This Health is nothing to do with our personal ego. It is much deeper and more primordial than this. It cannot be commanded, but what we can do is create the right environment in which it can begin to work its magic.

My current curiosity is around the relationship between creativity and inherent Health. Do they come from the same place? Are they in fact the same thing, only expressed differently? How can we channel our creativity for not only therapeutic purposes, but also in other ways that enhance our lives?

I’m certainly iScreen shot 2014-08-26 at 20.27.58nterested in your experiences and points of view around this. Let me know what you think in the comments box below.

If you are interested in some reading material around developing creativity, I can highly recommend Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, which is useful reading for anyone looking to express their creativity in life. I found it particularly interesting considering the inner blocks and anxieties that naturally arise in life as a therapist.