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The Creative Power of Our Thoughts

The development of imagination and creativity lies in the awareness and organization of our thoughts and feelings. The truest answers for what we want come from our hearts. This means filtering through the critical chattering in our minds or the static of external voices, and seeking instead the voice of our heart that patiently waits to provide us with insight and answers.

Immersed in the social roles and expectations of work and relationships, we gradually develop a routine of “not noticing” the energy and power of our thoughts. It takes stillness and practice to pay attention and respond to what you yearn for through the clamor of others’ ideas. This initial shift in thinking—recognizing that there are significant inner promptings—pays big dividends. You can become clear about what is important to you.

An initial fear may arise as you engage in this process: “Will I choose wisely?” Remember that your deepest desires usually align with your highest values. As you experiment with creation—question with curiosity rather than judgment. You will find yourself relaxing more and more into a place of trust. Open to your dreams and you will receive insights, signals, and support that come in surprising ways—the universe will move in your direction.

We create our lives. We may not control all the circumstances, however, we can choose our thoughts and responses. We can alter negative thought patterns—habitual worries, criticisms, feelings of powerlessness, and fears. Awareness of how your thinking influences the course of your life increases your opportunity to choose. When you take responsibility for your own choices, you begin to transform your thinking.

What is Your Life Purpose?

Take a moment to create a life purpose statement. Broader than roles & job titles, a life purpose statement reveals who you are and what gets you excited. It focuses on contribution; uses gifts and talents; and is meaningful and enjoyable. Clayton Christensen suggests that “the type of person you want to become—what the purpose of your life is—is too important to leave to chance. It needs to be deliberately conceived, chosen, and managed.”

Even though there is great value in being comprehensive when you are creating what you want to happen in the future, it is easiest to remember a short phrase that encompasses the intent of your life purpose. This is broader than the single roles we will play as workers, parents, or community volunteers. For example, one person’s life purpose is “to create peace,” another is a pathfinder. I’m a lightseeker. One more: “to create laughter.” Your life purpose may be to be a healer, developer, listener, or creator, etc.

“My passion in life is to be a creative person—whether what I am creating is my art or my family.

Creativity is central to the meaning of my life.” —Anne Darby Parker, Photographer

Module 1.2 Activity: Life Purpose Statements