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What is this great power? We know what it feels like when we are in the midst of it––when we are flying high and feeling indestructible. But how can we bring forth this great power when we want it, when we need it? How can we be patient when it doesn’t seem to exist? Before we dive into its consistencies and inconsistencies, let us define the word.

The dictionary tells us, creativity is the ability to use the imagination to develop new and original ideas or things . . . Creativity has been attributed to chance, accident, and serendipity.  It has been associated with genius, mental illness, and humor. Some say it is a trait we are born with; others say it can be taught with the application of simple techniques.


Is creativity an accident? Is it serendipitous? Is it a stroke of genius that we stumble upon from time to time? Or is it something intrinsic to our very nature?


We watch a great dancer pivot from one pirouette to another and wonder how in heaven’s name she can make it look so easy. We see an actor move seamlessly from one emotion to another, take on another persons’ persona and lose himself totally in the character. We see artists, musicians, and businesspeople prosper exponentially in their chosen fields, excelling without seeming to exert an ounce of struggle, as if their innate gift had surfaced from lifetimes of practice.


We know what this power feels like when it is present, because there is a sense of deep peace, boundlessness. The ego disappears, and we become one with an unwavering firmness and flexibility. We are “in the zone.”  Everything flows. In perfect balance, we become the steady flame in a windless space.

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