Distinguishing How We Use Our Creativity
All humans have a fixed design. This means that every person needs safety and security and wants to make a difference. Our personality (which is our social programming) moves our development forward even when we are unconscious of it. In Higher Alignment, these general adaptations to others are called parental imprinting, pretenses and defenses. They describe who we have been trained to be in order to survive and succeed.
Underneath this is our true creative nature. We express our creative impulses on three levels: our Mental Body Expression, our Secondary Expression and our Primary Expression. There are seven Creative Expressions that are expressed on each level: 1) Orchestrator; 2) Compassionate; 3) Implementer; 4) Inventor; 5) Investigator; 6) Visionary; and 7) Storyteller. So, when taken together in this 21-part series, we explore each of the seven Creative Expressions at all three levels (there are a total of 343 unique creative combinations). The goal of this series is to awaken our creative nature, so we can discover our creative gifts and ways of being that bring us joy.
What is different about the expression of our creativity in this series is that it is based upon challenging our beliefs (on the instinctive level), affirming our values (on the intellectual level) and accepting our creative greatness (on the intuitive level). This creative greatness is not based on our personality perspectives and has nothing to do with the ego. Instead, it is an affirmation that, as a creative being, we are here for a purpose. We want to be amazed by our internal design. We need to be able to reconfigure our lives so fulfillment is a natural experience. Discussions of the different types and levels of creativity provide a spectrum upon which we can place bets where to best invest ourselves. We each deserve to be seen for our contributions. This cannot occur until we see and accept our own gifts. Embodiment requires a full commitment to showing up, which can only happen if we wake up and engage our lives.
Mental Body Expression (Intent)
On the instinctive level, our creativity is expressed in our need to be safe. We need to create our own safety rather than being at the effect of others. Until we do this, we are caught in our fears and tend to hide out. The struggle is to awaken ourselves to the false ways of being that impact our desire to be in intimate relationships. Instead of using expectations, we need to find our inner beauty and challenge our beliefs, so they are better aligned with where we are going (and not where we have been before). Our mental body attempts to protect us until we realize the power of our creative nature. If we become closed down and withdrawn, it impacts us in the degree of crystallization and rigidity we feel. HA recommends being more aligned and present in our body so our life expression can connect to others in the world. When we can express the truth of our inner beauty, it allows us to use this energy to maximum effect.
Secondary Expression (Content)
On the intellectual level, our creativity is expressed in the need to feel secure. We attempt to create our security by being able to tell our truth under adverse circumstances. This is how we individuate ourselves. Instead of being defined by others in a co-dependent way, we need to escape the attraction of opposite defense styles and create harmony in our communications. Our secondary expression is all about security and success. Some of us become over-attached to desires, which prompts us to inappropriately compete with others. If we accept compromise over creativity, our security is always threatened. The paradox of this is that we need to discover the creative values that provide purpose, rather than choosing outworn principles or patterns. We do this by getting in touch with our authentic values. We only grow when we are willing to challenge the illusion of certainty. Each secondary creative expression has three basic values that help to reorder our lives so they make sense to us.
Primary Expression (Context)
On the intuitive level, our creativity is expressed in our passionate engagement of meaningful activity. This means we stop trying to figure things out and are willing to jump into circumstances beyond our control. It also means we are finding the inner virtues of our primary creative expression that awaken our joy. These inner guides become the base of our inspiration about how we wish to contribute. The more we become committed to being our primary expression, the greater our ability to align all aspects of ourselves to our self-defined mission. This is the process of centralizing creativity, where our primary energy supersedes all others. In these classes, we discuss how to make this unique commitment to ourselves. It is about living our life with joy and an appreciation of all we have been given. It allows us to assume authorship for the way our life is turning out. Until we find this internal meaning (or compass) and acknowledge its wholeness in transforming our creative being, we have not yet reached our potential.