Creative Life

I’m reposting this by request and dedicating it to my new students…


Creativity occurs in the present moment. Living creatively, your life becomes a work of art – a consciously crafted movement of positive energy in which you are guided by feelings of positive inspiration rather than impulses motivated by the desire to negate feelings of inadequacy. Acting in the present is – by definition – acting creatively. Without the baggage of the past, your full human potential is available.

You have been told many times that you do not measure up, that you are somehow deficient, that you lack some necessary qualities without which you cannot succeed. This conditioning has become so much a part of your self-image that you do not think to question it. Instead, you find evidence all around you to prove your flawed nature. Everywhere you assess others to be better and more successful than yourself.
Advertisers strive to inculcate further negative self-image messages in order to create desire for products. You are led to believe you are not beautiful enough, not strong enough, and not well enough to be happy without possessing the things that are marketed to you. You fall prey to these messages because you feel insecure and have come to identify with a flawed self-image.
But you are not who you think you are. You are not a flawed creature filled with self-doubt and shaped by many thousands of negative messages. That is not a person – it is a fictional identity. It exists because you have succumbed to it and believe it to be a description of your essential self.



With practice, the space of silent witnessing awareness within you becomes a familiar experience in your life. With practice, you become more able to easily experience your inner self as a place apart from the welter of the world and the tightly-wound thoughts spinning endlessly within you.This inner sanctuary is available anytime you need the strength and power that comes from being clear and feeling centered, focused, and calm. From this sense of your truest self, arises a wellspring of creativity which serves you well for the rest of your life. *

Image: “Creative Life” by Tullio DeSantis, altered ink drawing, 2012
YouTube video: “Instant Relaxation”




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5 responses to “Creative Life

  1. Alexandra

    I really enjoyed reading this piece of work that you have on your blog. It helped me understand that not everyone is perfect and everyone has flaws, including myself, but it’s okay. Many times I feel that people lack confidence of doing what they want or acting how they want because of the fear of other people judging them. I think that it shouldn’t be that way. Over all I really enjoyed the piece of work that you included with the writing, along with the meditation video. I’m thinking of meditating more often after watching that video, it helped me relax a lot!

  2. Abigail Melendez

    I find this interesting because it makes me wonder if I’m such a perfectionist of my own device, or if it’s because I’ve succumbed to the messages I’ve been fed about myself. I want to try to meditate for a few minutes every day to release stress and find some peace within my inner self.

  3. Bertha C.Rodriguez

    This painting depicts creativity. As I look at it, seems to be a picture of a baby while it is still being formed in its mother’s stomach. It reminds me of the un born fetus developing in the utters, If one looks hard enough, one can almost see the baby being formed.

  4. Zachary Miller

    The points made about people thinking they are not strong enough, or smart enough, or even have the looks they need to in order to be happy describe many people i have met, personally when i look at myself I always have these thoughts, when i look at myself and think I am not good looking I think about how unimportant looks are to me and how pointless they really are, when I think I am not smart enough I remind myself that can be smarter as long as i try to be, when I think i am not strong enough I remind myself of everything I have survived in my life and everything I have done, I quit cigarettes in a mater of minutes when a Marine recruiter told me to, I survived for months when everyday I just wanted to end it all, I am stronger than anyone knows and much stronger than I ever show, everyone is much stronger than they realize its just a matter of realizing that you are in control, that your mind can overcome anything even if your body cannot.

  5. Christine

    Peace. Tranquility. Serenity. The words that come to my mind when I saw this art piece. While I love black and white pieces, there is something so luscious and enticing when the eye views color. Especially colors as marvelous as these. Rich and luminescent, but gentle and forgiving on the eye. I see ocean colors, sky colors, green, blue, purple, golden yellow colors. Art that sooths my soul when I look at it, that takes me to a place of Serenity, that speaks calm — that is beautiful. A beautiful state of mind.

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