“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things – ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.” — Carl Ally
Creative is a way of life. Whatever form it is, innovation is the very essence of our world, is it the lifeblood of who I am.
To be a visionary, you have to be willing to be re-born everyday as exhausting it sometimes may be, you have to prepare to be puzzled, to accept conflict and tension, to concentrate and think outside any limitation, you have to feel a sense of self in order to scratch any kind of imaginative surface entirely, just remember the chief enemy of creativity is good sense…
Accept that behind all creation is silence. Silence is the essential condition, the vital ingredient for all creation and all that is created. It is a power in its own right. The artist starts with a blank canvas – silence. The composer places it between and behind the notes. The very ground of your being, out of which comes all your thoughts, is silence. The way to silence is through meditation.
When you arrive in your own silence you will know true freedom and real power. Stop, take a minute, and listen to the silence within you today. Then be aware of what disturbs your inner silence. It could be negative thoughts, memories, sensations. And when you are aware, you will know what is draining your creative power, and you will know what needs to change, and that change is 100% on the inside and 100% in your surroundings! Creativity can exhaust you as much as it can liberate you, discovering that ‘happy’ medium will reveal your masterpieces.
bLANk’s Rustic Mixed Roasted Baby Carrots and Sea Salt Beetroot, Quinoa Salad with Coconut, Lime Zest and Chilli, Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon – Makes 1 – Approximately 30 Minutes
1 Atlantic Salmon (Skin on 250g) – 1 Bunch of Baby Carrots – 1 Whole Beetroot – Sea Salt – 1 tsp Olive Oil – 1 Bunch of Asparagus Spears – Handful of Rocket/Spinach Leaves - 1 tbsp Desiccated Coconut – 1/2 tbsp Lime Zest – Chilli Flakes – 1 tbsp Coconut Oil – 1/2 Cup Quinoa – 1 Spring Onion – 1/4 Red Onion – 2 tbsp Mixed Seeds and Crushed Nuts – 1 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds – 1 tbsp Currants – 1 Squeeze of Lemon – 1 tsp Coriander Seeds – 1 Bunch of Mixed Herbs
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Roughly cut the beetroot, keeping the skin on and place on a baking tray with the carrots (unpeeled). Drizzle with olive oil and salt and toss. Put them in the oven and turn them over every now and then! (The secret to self caramelised roast vegetables is to forget about them for a while!)
2. Heat a pan and add the coconut oil. In a bowl, coat the salmon with the lime zest, desiccated coconut and chilli. Once the pan is hot, add the salmon and cook until it it changes to a faint pink.
3. In a saucepan, add 1.5 cups of boiling water. Once it is at the boil, add the quinoa. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, in another pan, add the coriander seeds and mixed nuts and seeds to lightly toast. Finely chop the mixed herbs and add the cooked quinoa, seeds/nuts, herbs, pomegranate, currants, lemon juice and spring onion into a bowl and mix together.
4. When the vegetables have been roasted (Toss with spinach leaves or rocket), the salmon cooked and the quinoa salad prepared, either combine them all together to serve of plate them separately! *Left overs put in a jar and enjoy it the next day!
Typically, the connotation attached to the word ‘creative’ instantly makes us think art, and colour, design and imagination. Truth is, creativity is in everyone, just in different forms, different mediums of expressions, creativity governs us really. And in that, each type of person’s creative flair is communicated contrarily.
“Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.” — Frank Goble
Creativity may not always be the obvious.
It may sit behind something; it may not necessarily be noticeable but every second we are creating. We conjure thoughts, we generate movement, we mentally invent all the time. Whether we physically create and manifest the ideas separates those who see themselves as creative to those who say “they don’t have a creative bone in their body”.
In the realisation that creativity is not only drawing or visual masterpieces, understanding life is a creative, you have every power to be just as innovative as some of the great artistic geniuses of our time. To love is to be creative, even the urge to destroy is a creative impulse. When we think about changing something we take creativity into practical hands.
“Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things . . . Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.” – Osho
With everything, there are obviously different levels of creativity and aptitude in regards to being creative, but I think it would be an injustice for someone to say to himself or herself that they are not creative because they instantly shoot down any chance they have at expressing themselves.
You don’t have to just be able to pick up a pencil and draw a picture perfect piece, or design the perfect interior or even know what colours go well, to be creative you just have to be in love with life! You can be creative if you love life enough that you want to enhance it’s beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance.
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook
“The highest prize we can receive for creative work is the joy of being creative. Creative effort spent for any other reason than the joy of being in that light filled space, love, whatever we want to call it, is lacking in integrity…” – Marianne Williamson
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen”, then they triple. Soon enough you have a whole farm full and then you have a problem…
I feel right now I have a problem…
I am a creative; I am a curious thinker and expressive designer. It is in my nature to constantly think laterally, vertically, diagonal, backwards and forwards. To constantly think…
That in itself can become quite the task but to then have persistent mental traffic of big and small ideas, in addition to my already complex way of thinking, can be overwhelming and sometimes exhausting.
We all have our own ways of consistently re-charging, something a creative thinker needs to do on a daily basis, but we need to acknowledge when we need that solid time where we escape from all work, for all routine, from everything that’s our daily lives and turn off the power and for me, two days is the power cord. Two days to switch it all up, to take all those files in my head of thousands and thousands of ideas and pick out what I will use next…
…is it possible to be too creative…no, never! It just has to be possible to acknowledge when you need to regroup! …this is all apart of it, this is all about discovering you, this is what the creative ‘journey’ reveals to us, it’s showing us ourselves.
Creativity is an endless web, an intrinsic universe for one’s self to explore possibilities that may inevitably happen or pass under the rug, either way, to be and allow yourself the power to be creative, you offer an opportunity to yourself to live in a deeper, more perplexed world of your own creation. It’s in that we create our story.
Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted, the greatest play isn’t written, the greatest poem is unsung.
…you can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Say to yourself, I am a creative.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
Simply simple – Live Healthy, Live bLANk
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