Liz Huston

Liz Huston is a modern mixed media artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her art borders on the symbolic and the surrealist, creating an esoteric narrative that hints at a logic far beyond the average and mundane.

Use your creativity or it will use you

Meditation is a topic I write and talk about quite often. Probably because it is integral to a life that is balanced and happy, for me at least. I find that with a consistent practice of meditation (and I stress the word 'practice' because I still feel I'm not quite *that* good at it, but I practice anyway...but I digress).
With a regular meditation practice, the benefits flow into my life through every channel; my art deepens, emotions feel more manageable, the rough patches of life are somehow more smooth, my head is clear, and sometimes, when I'm just quiet enough, tremendous wisdom comes through.

Today, an insight bubbled up after my morning meditation that I felt was worth sharing. It was a simple sentence, but the truth of it ripples out in many directions.

 

The insight was simply, "Use your creativity or it will use you".

 

That might mean something different to me than it does to you. For me, it's simple. If I'm not using my creative impulses to make art, those creative impulses need an outlet, and they will wreak all kinds of havoc in my life if not channeled properly. This can be disagreements, drama, accidents, all manner of things. All of which are, well, unpleasant, to say the least.

I think the point is that like a daily quota of meditative time, there must be, for the artist, a daily quota of studio time. Regularly tended to, the art will flourish.

 

If you're reading this, chances are you are an artist, a creative person in any discipline.

My question to you is this:
Are you giving your creativity a regular outlet?
A committed time and place, daily, in which your own creativity can express itself?
And if not, why not?
Are you using your creativity to get out of your creative work?
Can you see how that untapped creative energy is making trouble in order to express itself?
If so, just notice it. Take a deep breath, right now, and make a small commitment to yourself and your creativity. Even 20 minutes a day to start...

I promise, I am doing the same, and will say that it's not easy to devote a window of time, every single day to one's art. Even when, as is my case, the art is the day job! It's still hard. Life is demanding. Schedules, commitments, loved ones pull our attention in other directions - but I promise, giving your art that time on a regular, consistent basis, will reap tremendous rewards. Just try it.

Let me know how it goes!

Happy creating!