Creative Spirituality Reflection

1. How do you define spirituality?

I have a difficult time defining spirituality because I don’t believe there is a set definition. Spirituality is something recognized on an individual level, therefore it means something different to everyone. For me, spirituality is something we find through self-exploration. It is one’s search for themselves in order to find meaning of themselves and the world around them. It is the development of meanings and values by which people live. In exploring yourself, one’s inner life is developed and you are able create connections with yourself and the world. I believe that through all of this, a person’s wisdom, insights, consciousness, and tolerance will be heightened.

2. Does spirituality differ from religion?

In my opinion, spirituality is completely different from religion. Spirituality is the search for yourself and for meaning through your own terms. Religion is the search for yourself and meaning through God’s terms. Religion is more of an organized system of practices and beliefs designed to bring a person closer to God. While religion is something that happens internally, it is extremely external as well. Community is a huge focus when it comes to religion, whereas spirituality is more about the self. A big difference is that spirituality stems from experience. Religion is something that is easier to be picked up since it stems in acceptance and belief.

3. How do you define creativity?

Creativity is the process of making something new or unique. A huge part of creativity is the ability to use your imagination and think outside the box. To be creative, the idea doesn’t necessarily have to be a new one. You can create something that has already been done, the creativity lies in how you make it your own. By moving past the traditional, or the norm, you are able to put your own spin on it and make something creative.

4. What is the source of creativity?

There are many different sources through which creativity comes about. For some people, creativity comes naturally. The right side of their brain is dominant. It seems to be a basic instinct for some, they just have an urge to take control and create something. I believe that experience has a lot to do with creativity as well as the environment in which you have these experiences. Children who are able to explore their surroundings and let their imaginations run wild are able to nurture this creativity. Children who are forced to follow strict guidelines all the time are not nurturing the creative parts of the brain, and probably won’t know how to be as creative.

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~ by mccaule2 on May 12, 2010.

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