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Did you ever play Laser Quest? Two teams; You wear a vest with lights and carry a laser gun; If you get 'shot', your gun is disabled for quite a few very tense seconds! The team who makes the most 'hits' on their opposing team wins. I played that game with my colleagues from work. It's amazing how a whole group of bored down-trodden office workers can become children again.
We were also given creative challenges at Christmas gatherings. For example, create the most original gingerbread house that symbolized all the company values. Well, there were tee-pees, bridges, lights and even a Taj Mahal in the creations.
Then there was the year that each team had to write, produce and perform a song or a dance or a play. After many busy lunch hours and late nights, the resulting performances were astonishing.
Our creativity never dies. When we were children we allowed our creative side to express, but it became stifled as we entered school and for many of us, it has hardly ever surfaced again.
I believe that there is a flow of energy that runs through us and our surroundings. When we are open to that energy, every sensation we perceive sets off a cascading set of associations and feelings, and we can draw on this rich inner experience to inspire and create.
It is this constant free-flowing energy that keeps us feeling vibrant and alive. Whenever you feel lethargic, it is because you are disconnected from that creative flow. (Notice how children who are playing never get tired.) The question is: "How do you re-connect to that energy flow again?"
A wonderfully creative friend of mine, Adrienne Gabriel, is writing a book that will help you do just that. The book describes a 28-day program that invites you to carry out specifically-targeted playful and creative exercises. This is a truly transformational book - and fun too! I will announce the publication of her book as soon as it is available.
But in the meantime, what are some things you can do to reawaken your creativity and re-establish that flow of energy?
Change of scene
When I was in my twenties, going through the "falling-in-love and breaking-up" stage of my life, I used poetry as a way to vent my joys and sorrows. Here is one I wrote in April of 1976...
The last hour,
to drift in to oblivion.
My last smile,
Will it be remembered?
Our last day,
as night falls softly.
I'll never be a poet in the literal sense, but these poems helped me to experience all of my feelings deeply; and somehow, even the sad experiences became beautifully transformed. I felt richer for the experience and more alive.
So write, draw, dance, sculpt - whatever medium draws you.
Why do any of this? Why is play and creativity important?
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." --- George Bernard Shaw
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