“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

~ Tina Turner ~

Igniting the creative flame within requires us to let go of the known and venture into the unknown.

Learning to let go is one of the greatest secrets of living a fully creative life.

I have chosen to let everything go more than once in my life.  I have let go of things that were bringing me down and I have also had to let go of things that were comfortable.  During this process I discovered that it is far easier for me to let go of things that I am unhappy about than that those that I am comfortable with.  I also discovered that letting go of the things that I was most comfortable with altered my life the most.

I think what keeps us distracted from our creativity the most is our fear of change.

One our biggest misconceptions of letting go is that change will cause chaos.

You need to understand that change is just change.

The first step in recovering your creativity is to accept change. So many people I know fight change tooth and nail. They fight to keep accumulated material goods, they fight to stay in an unhealthy relationship, heck they just fight all the time and ironically most don’t even remember what they’re fighting about after a while.

This misuse of your energy extinguishes your creative energy and  flame within. This struggle against change is the biggest creativity killer and if you’re looking for the true cause of chaos it would be resistance to change and personal evolution.

To ignite the flame of creativity within you, you will first need to let go. You need to embrace change and seek out the new. This sometimes requires us to let go of old ways of thinking. We will also need to adjust the way we look at people and situations. I often speak of finding peace in relationship to our creativity. Not only must we find a peaceful place to be creative in, but we also must be at peace with ourselves and the person we are becoming.

Creativity is volatile and it is contagious. One spark in the right conditions and creativity blossoms and grows. Creativity spreads to others with ease.

It is up to each of us to foster the creativity within us. Remember creativity doesn’t happen by itself.  No one is born creative. It needs careful care and several ingredients.

First we need to let go.

Secondly we need to accept and embrace external and internal change.

Last but not least we need to be generous and giving.

When all three things are achieved then the flame within will ignite.