• Dr. Jill Bakke

A Question for You

I have a question for you.

Are you creative? I hope the answer is a resounding “YES!"

There are no limits to creativeness. It’s not just for artists or scientists or entrepreneurs. We are creative whether we want to be or not. Creativity is when we put the stamp of our self on something, be it the dinner we put on the table, the way we style our hair, or whatever we do.

However, what we may need to increase that creativity is to accept the fact we are creative and develop some of those skills we already have. It is also important to get to know our real self, not the self our parents and society have made us. The most creative individuals express their specific individuality in what they create.

There is a marvelous book LEARNING BY HEART: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit by Corita Kent and Jan Steward. In it, the authors write:

"To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is to fit together and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating--whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day." (p.4)

“There is an energy in the creative process that belongs in the league of those energies which can uplift, unify, and harmonize all of us." (p.5) and finally:

"The artist is not a special kind of man, but every man is a special kind of artist." (Meister Eckhart quoted on page 11.)

I began my Facebook page and my book The Magic Theater: Your Personal Journal to talk about journaling and its value. That book was created to help you learn about yourself, to see yourself as you are and to know if those pieces fit or were formed by your parents and society. It is your essential self, the real person, that creates the most unusual and intriguing combinations.

Your journal can also be used to help you become more creative. The Magic Theater contains some suggestions in this regard, and in the coming weeks I will offer some ideas in regard to this on my Magic Theater Facebook page.

In closing, I want to end this long blog with a comment on ”seeing” from Corita Kent's book. She rightfully points out we are use to looking at things but not seeing them. She starts her students out looking at shadows and drawing them. Then on page 21 is her assignment, which I call my "suggestion."


"Take something in nature--two dandelions--and look at them for five minutes, listing how they are different from each other. Take two leaves from the same tree and do the same thing. Take two peas from the same pod and do the same thing. Nothing is the same. Everything is itself and one of a kind.

After doing this for a week, look back at these pairs of things again and make a new list. You will find more differences because you have been exercising your powers of observation.

Genius is looking at things in an unhabitual way.

Work in areas where you are unsure, in places you've not been before."

If you are interested in creativity stop by and follow The Magic Theater on Facebook There is a list of quotes in one blog and an entry with the names of some great books on creativity in another. And from time to time I will be adding exercises or suggestions you may find fun to explore.

Thanks for reading. As always, your comments are welcome.

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