Why creativity and spirituality are basically synonyms

“The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself—something that’s in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.” — Tina Turner, rock musician

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I shared on Facebook and Twitter yesterday that the landing page for my new book is officially live. I’m super pumped about it.

It’s called Art & Soul, Reloaded and it’s about generating creative capital, something we’re all entitled to amass.

Here’s an excerpt:

If you’re like most people, you think of creativity as a private club, reserved like the corner table by the window for a talented few. You believe it’s passed out at birth to the Bachs, the Matisses, the Michael Jacksons of the world.

You, on the other hand, (sigh!) are fated to be a consumer of creativity, decorating your foyer with other people’s sculptures, spending your evenings watching other people’s visions on a 52-inch screen.

But the truth is all of us are creative. All of us are connected to a higher consciousness that allows us to see the glow so often blocked by the low-flying clouds.

All of us have the ability to innovate, solve baffling problems, even produce art.

It’s why we sing in the shower, write witticisms in the dirt on unwashed cars.

You were created in the image and the likeness of the Big Creative Kahuna. Whatever your thoughts about God (and I know, lots of us think of Him as a judgmental old toad who sits up in heaven salivating for the chance to mark down “naughty, naughty” in His big, black book), you can’t really deny that a good percentage of the world agree He’d probably include creative on His list of credentials.

Who else would bother to make every snowflake different? Every fingerprint on all 10 fingers of the world’s 6 billion people unique? Even bugs, the lowliest of species, have been given great creative consideration. In the beetle family alone, there are more than 300,000 varieties.

Just like the barber who passes his razors down to his son, the Dude, as I call God in my book E-Squared, passed the ability to create down to us. Just like the engineer who smiles when his son builds a bridge out of his blocks, the Dude smiles when we write poems.

Most of us can accept that being like God means being kind, compassionate, giving canned corn to people less fortunate. But could it possibly also mean making a sculpture? The Big Guy, more than anything else, expects us to create, to express, to be more like Him. It is not only our right to create, but our responsibility and eventual destiny.

When you buy a smart phone, it comes with a host of apps—a calendar, maps, a camera, a calculator. Human beings, like smartphones, are also bundled with certain “software.” We all come with the “app” to produce children, to think, to fall in love. Another program that’s installed in every one of us is the creativity package.

At this point, it may be like iMovie on my iPhone, dormant and unused. But just like the purple starred icon in the right-hand corner of my phone, your creativity package is available awaiting your click.

When my daughter, Tasman, was five, she asked me, “Mom, do all tadpoles grow into frogs?”

I was stumped for a minute. Some of them probably don’t. They get squished by a lawn mower, can’t find enough flies, or run up against some other tadpole deterrent. But this I could tell her without hesitation—every single tadpole is encoded with the ability to “be a frog.”

Might as well start ribbiting.

Click here to preorder and receive the audiobook free.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

22 Comments on “Why creativity and spirituality are basically synonyms

  1. This could not be released at a more perfect time! Thanks Pam. I have been wanting to start a small antique and re purposing all things old business. It has been a passion for years. I worked for over 15 years with young people with disabilities and my job was to help them develop a career path after high school. 8 years ago the program was eliminated. Since then I have been a caregiver for elderly parents and my grandchildren. I think God put me in the position to be available to my family. My Stepfather and Mother in law have since passed. My grandchildren are off to school now. Now I have this dream in front of me and I am excited and also scared. Can’t wait to read another book of yours! Wish me luck… Thanks for letting me share.

  2. Dear Pam, bought the book and entered the details to receive your free audio. Unfortunately there seems no way to get my download for free from HayHouse. They insist on putting another book into a basket for purchase. Deleting that ends the whole process. Can you help ? Best regards Wolfgang

  3. Hi, Pam, Thank you so much for this blog and email. I have read your book thank & Grow Rich. And I would like to interview you for my youtube channel. I interview authors on my youtube channel and experts. May I interview you? thank you so much Pam.

    Sincerely, Johnny Nguyen

  4. Hola Pam,

    I saw your prior mention regarding preordering for goodies and did so via Amazon but no goodies were forthcoming. I see below that you have a Hayhouse link – is that necessary for yon acquisition of said goodies?

    Merci

    h >

  5. Reblogged this on Blog focus op emoties and commented:
    Ik geloof niet in God zoals Pam doet, wel geloof ik in het bewust activeren van mijn creatieve ingebouwde app, zoals zij het benoemt, en in een oorzaak en gevolg gegeven wat mijn ervaringen betreft. Ik kan ook het lezen van haar boeken E2, E3 en Thank and Grow Rich aanbevelen als hartverwarmend en doelgericht.

  6. that was such a cool write up! thank you! Sharmila MenezesConcept Designer Candid CreationsYour concepts, createdBusiness & Technical DesignFacebook

  7. Hi Pam,

    I preordered your book in July – it’s on its way right now! I am so excited!! – but I never got the email with my free audiobook download. I just filled in the form again. Hope it works.

    Thanks!

    ________________________________

  8. I agree with this wholeheartedly. Thanks for sharing Pam! My post today is about creativity in case you have time to look? Have an imaginative day! Sam 🙂

  9. how come you correlate spirituality with creativity this freely? I understand the notion but what’s the essence of creativity and spirituality if the expression is justified in every way without a deeper teaching for aesthetics and possibly being wrong about one’s own creativity. As a creative worker, I had to humble myself many times realising that my creativity is only as good as my skill. Unlike spirituality, creativity can be learned and enhanced with relative ease, whereas spirituality is full of nasty traps that can lull you in a doctrine that will make you sell your family if you’re enough deep into it.

    But hey, those are just my thoughts.

    good luck with your book 🙂

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