Creativism is the adoption of creative principles and practices as a way of life, applying the creative process to everything.
I started to use the “creativist” term when I began my blog back in 2008, to distinguish this everyday application of the process from “creativity”, which most people associate with music, art and creative writing.
What is it that artists, writers and musicians do? They transform materials — paint, music, stone, film, words — into something new. Something that didn’t exist before, that expresses something deep and true and particular to them, that connects them to others.
A creativist does the same, takes this attitude, moment by moment, into daily life.
Creativists say: “There is a creative flow unfolding all the things and experiences in the world. I am part of that. The best way to live is to align with that flow, to ride the wave.”
Creativists also say: “I’m in charge, I am responsible for what unfolds in my life.”
And having recognized this, and been as true to ourselves as we can, we then let go, and see what arises.
We spend much time cultivating an internal, open space, so that our truest needs are what concern us. It is to these true wants that we give our time and life energy and we let the rest go.
A Creativist World
Just as good art transforms materials into the beauty of truth, the delight of wisdom, creativists pledge to create truth, beauty, wisdom and delight too.
In engaging with the material and spiritual challenges of their life and times, creativists work for a social structure that fosters growth and empowerment, yes, but within a context of creative containment and balance.
We believe in an economy that recognizes the individual and the collective; the male and the female, the material and the intangible.
A creativist acknowledges that the first need is to create these conditions within. Only then can we create them in the world.
Creativism, as a state of mind and a way of life, can lead us beyond consumerism.
The concept of creativism is the foundation of my Go Creative! books: that the same process that creates one thing creates everything.
And that this process can be applied to whatever we truly want to make.
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