THE CREATIVE PERSONALITY
Creative individuals can be found in every field. The artists interviewed for this book revealed what creative
people are like, why they create and how they themselves evolve from their work. They generally lead full lives,
share themselves with others , find nourishment in family, friends, the workplace and community, and value their
connection to humankind and Earth. They are responsible people who use their innovative gifts in many areas
of life. Most artists work alone in "the silence", setting time aside to be in The Zone regularly, because they un-
derstand the importance of that inner, magical connection. They often express gratitude for the privilege of
creating their arts and for living on Earth in these currently "interesting" times.
Two hundred artists were asked, "What have you learned from your creative activities beyond 'how to do it:?
The answers varied more than for any other question. The more practical-minded learned how to market their
work and gain incomes. Other responses ranged from designing body armor for law officers, designing furni-
ture, using money earned from art sales to travel, visit art museums and galleries and purchase art books and
videos to broaden understanding, or to write or illustrate books.
Others gained self-discipline, timing and the ability to craft with limited materials and a strong desire. An ath-
lete reaped greater self-esteem and a teacher-coach discovered how he had to use time and hard work to
bring new concepts into reality. He recognized the need to "plan every step, then redo, redo and redo". After
testing and re-evaluating, he adjusted any portions that weren't working well.
Creative individuals have many creative outlets, an active social life and frequently share artfulness with each
other. It was surprising how many were concerned with children's need for the arts. Many did volunteer work
wit h youngsters, particularly grandchildren, teaching them to draw and paint and thereby learning from both
their own descendants and from other young students.
Phrases heard included: "Crossing over and back with the methods and ideas used to teach and coach
school children and my own children, I could help them to become the best they could be." One used the
knowledge gained about children to later write an d illustrate children's books ."Giving myself time to get to
know and understand others", was imperative for many. "I found I could follow other people's directions, and
still express my individuality."
Creative people exhibit their male and female natures in equal amounts, having integrated both left and
right brains. Creative men are manly, yet nurturing, compassionate and intuitive. Creative women are girly, but
independent, take responsibility when necessary and usually lead their peer groups. Both genders seek in-
creased complexity, rather than choosing the paths of least resistance. It's how they learn.
Creative persons are childlike, but never "childish". They stay in touch with their inspirational sources for long
periods. One evolved artist exclaimed, "I don't have to do it all by myself; I ask for help from higher powers,
and I get it!" Many artists knowingly, or unknowingly, channel their artworks from higher sources. Many of this
writer's own paintings were channeled.
Learning to feel good about expressing their individuality without receiving open appreciation was a big less-
on for some: "We may not be perfect, but we must keep striving toward higher levels anyway." Many repeat-
edly tried to create works they thought they couldn't a chieve until there was no more reason to fear or be
jealous of others. Overcoming envy and fear released them from the tensions of the productive process.
Innovative individuals are alert to their emotions and often follow feelings more than logic. Excitement and ecs-
asy are common for socially-minded artists. When passion flows freely, Universe reciprocates with surpr-
ising moves and fantastic outcomes. Unique experiences included caring for a grandchild and being "the
brush" that helped her respond positively; feeling fulfillment and joy through acting as a creator. Bliss blossoms
from being able to offer beauty, compassion, honesty, kindness, understanding or assistance to the downfallen.
"Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
By Rev. Dr. Marilyn La Croix