• Bianca Vinther

Where does creativity come from?

The secret to unlocking your creativity in art and

staying inspired


What is the source of your creativity?


Lake and mountains mirroring in the water of the lake

You must have asked yourself this question many times before. If you haven’t found an answer to it yet, you might need to read this blog post. Because understanding the root of creativity is key to unlocking your creative potential and staying inspired for the long run.

Creativity in a nutshell


There’s an infinite capacity for creation planted in you. Remember the acorn inside the oak tree?


The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird sleeps in the egg (…).” (James Allen)

Creativity is a seed you can grow to its full potential. It is a spring of unlimited possibilities. Creativity is your capacity to make art, i.e., to transform empirical reality into something different, unique, and meaningful. And what’s so extraordinary, splendidly luminous, and mind-opening as the word possibility?


Can we measure creativity? No, we can’t. A seed is what it is – nothing more and nothing less than a seed. Can we measure the seed’s potential before it unfolds? Can we know which possibilities it contains before it grows? We know it’s there, and that’s all we need to know. The outcome is in the actual creation process, which precedes any assessment or measurable result.


The root of creativity


The question “Where does this precious seed called creativity come from?” has a double answer: creativity comes from the mind and heart. It’s up to you. You’ve got the choice. Paradoxical? Maybe. As life itself.


If you choose to channel creativity through your mind, then you’re bound to hit a wall at some time. The wall can be, for instance, a lack of inspiration or a creative block – a challenging reality of the anxious part of the mind and of its spinning thoughts. The undisputed truth is that the mind is an incredibly powerful but limited machine. You can’t rely on it fully.


If you choose the heart as a vehicle, then you’ll explode your creativity. Because the heart is your creative Self, the inexhaustible source of everything, the channel that leads you to what you may call God, universal creative energy, or pure energy of life.


The heart can see through and beyond the limits of your physical sight. It can give you a vision of something that is not perceivable by your visual sense. To me, the ultimate source of artistic creativity is the heart. Without the slightest doubt.


Make art with your heart, not with your mind.


Young man in meditation posture, closed eyes, hand in front of his heart

This is indeed the next logical question: how can you connect to your heart? In other words, how can you reach the ultimate source of your creativity?


I know a precious piece of advice from the Eastern Christian monks that says: descend the mind into your heart. This is more than just a metaphorical expression. It is a practice that can bring the spirit into the chest, the siege of the vital organ called the heart. And the good news is that you don’t have to be a monk to be able to bring the mind into your heart. It works with laymen like you and me, too. It can work with every human being, really. Adopt this practice and stick to it.


One sees clearly only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eye.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Now let me dwell a bit longer on the relationship between creativity, mind, and heart and describe their mechanism shortly.


When creativity is caught up in the net of your mind, the inner critic wakes sooner or later up along with a plethora of ghosts, fears, and illusions. Artist block pops up. A lack of inspiration follows suit. And the process turns into a loop because the movement of the thoughts is generally repetitive.


Dwelling in your mind induces you to act as a controller. But the more you try to control your creative acts, the tougher your resistance grows. And so, you’re caught in a vicious circle. Does this sound familiar to you? As for myself, I’ve been there many times, and I’ve struggled for a long time to find a solution or an exit. One day I abandoned the struggle and opened my heart. Yes, I simply chose an opening instead of an ending. I embraced the world of possibilities and tamed my mind.


If you choose to follow the path of your heart, you can set your creativity free. Your expression becomes less judgmental and more spontaneous, intuitive, and personal. You grow more creative and confident. And you start developing an attitude of allowing creative energy to unfold rather than wanting it to move in a specific direction or forcing it towards a measurable goal.


You’re not in control of your creative process any longer. You go with the creative flow, and you give artistic creativity space to unfold. You’re a “Mitmacher” now (translated verbatim from German, a “comaker”). Furthermore, you have a different understanding of your mind and a closer relationship with your heart and our source of creativity. Because you’ve broken the illusion, and you’ve discovered a powerful way to create art – the way of your heart.


It’s like embracing the immensity of the ocean and plunging into its deep waters rather than watching its surface from a distance through a narrow window, isn’t it?


Turn inward. Live from your heart, not from your mind.

Wonder, find, transform, enjoy. Then offer in return.


Make art with your heart. Always.


Thank you for reading till the end.

 

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Recognise your pointlessness, and keep creating!


From Germany with love,


Bianca Vinther

 

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Curious about the way of your heart? Read my upcoming blog post entitled "How to create art with your heart: a 5-step daily ritual."


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