Creativism is: the conscious application of the creative process to everything in life
A Creativist is: a person who applies the creative process to the art of living e.g. home, relationships, money, work, for greater health, wealth and happiness.
Creatives draw on creative processes, principles and practices to combine and transform materials – paint, music, stone, film, words – into works of art, that express their personal vision, and connect them to truth, beauty, other people and their own creative spirit.
Creativists draw on creative processes, principles and practices to combine and transform the material of daily life — breath, body, mind, spirit — into things and experiences that express our personal vision, that connect us to truth, beauty, other people and our own creative spirit.
Creativists know that the same process that creates one thing creates everything. We know we can create anything we truly want.
Anything? Yes, anything.
(But not everything. Not all at once, anyway.)
Where Did The Word Come From?
Back in 2008, when I started blogging about applying the creative process to life, I needed a word to distinguish this from creativity, which so many people associate with the arts. And to distinguish those of us who choose to live this way from creatives: writers, artists and inventors.
Not all creatives are creativists. Many leave the creative process at the studio door. (Here’s a short poem about that).
And not all creativists self-define as creatives. Though many find more song and story, art and play, coming into their lives when they start to live from creative principles.
Though creativism is a relatively new word, it has a long philosophical history.
A Creativist Is Not Creationist.
A creativist is not — absolutely, definitely, totally not — a creationist, a person who takes religious writings literally, who chooses against all evidence to believe that humans are descended from the rib of a man, summoned up out of nothing a few thousand years, ago by a thundering, male god to rule over the rest of creation.
Creativists are at the opposite end of the belief spectrum.
We understand that stories are signposts towards wisdom, human creations, never to be taken as literal truth.
- Choose to harness the power of the creative process, not out of conviction or faith, but because we’ve tested and verified this process in our own lives.
- Revel in the novelty, complexity and diversity of the universe, known and unknown.
- View personal freedom, within tolerance of others, as one of the highest human values.
- Welcome change as being what one of the first creativists on record (Heraclitus) described “the only constant”.
- Regularly experience the power of conscious creation in action.
- Know the creative process can be applied to anything we truly want to create.
A creativist is, quite simply, somebody who applies creative principles to life. And a proponent of creative living, in all its messy glory.
Though creativism is a relatively new word, the concepts that underwrite it have a long history, found in the ancient Taoism of the I Ching, in Mahayana Buddhism, in omega and integral philosophies, in transformational psychologies and as a strand — often suppressed — in most belief systems, including humanism.
You don’t need to know any of that to go creative, though.
And you don’t have to buy anybody else’s version of what it means, including mine. You just need to try it and see.
Going creative is a choice.
It’s a choice that the conventional world — and your own “con-mind” — doesn’t want you to take.
Convention prefers you to play safe, to avoid adventure and putting yourself out there, to opiate yourself with TV, pornified sex, drink or drugs, cheap romance and mindless consumerism.
Convention may dominate for you to the extent that you may prefer wanting, craving, wishing and listlessly sighing and mooning to creating.
Lots of people do.
The creativist way is different, and as the Creative Age gathers pace, more and more of us are going of the more travelled roads.
This way calls on you to discover what you most truly want, not what you’ve always done out of unquestioning habit, and probably not what you crave, wish, sigh and moon about either.
H= Be Honest, about what you want and where you’re at
O= Be Open, to new ways of thinking about life and to making change
W= Be Willing, to take courage in hand and take the next creative step
Warning: The creative process, once engaged, is powerful and sometimes powerfully disruptive. I’m not saying that for dramatic effect. While the process is always moving us towards satisfying our seven essential desires (the ones that lie beneath all the going and doing, the stuff and the fluff), it will also challenge our assumptions and call on us to change.
Going creative can be thrilling, scary and even disorienting and painful at times.
A creativist believes it’s worth all that, and more.
Not just because, actually, all ways of living are scary and disorienting and painful at times. But because to take the creativist way is to feel more alive. And to be more you.
Paradoxically — and to go creative is to take up residence in the land of paradox — once we go creative, once we give ourselves and our desires room for full expression, we find the individual sense melds into a deeper, wider, higher pattern.
A pattern that is always at play.
We come to realise that it’s not the things and experiences we create that count most but the sense of being in flow, of becoming a conduit for the creative spirit itself as it moves through us.
When that happens, we look around and find we’ve created all the wealth and well-being we’ll ever need.
If you’d like to know more, there is a book series and you can buy the first in the series by clicking the cover left. You can also join the Creativist Club.