1. Everyone is creative in their own way and their expression of that can contribute greatly to their well-being
2. No one form of being creative is better than any other. Artistic creativity is just one form
3. Creativity can be cultivated with optimal conditions facilitated by coaching, skill-building and dedicated practice
4. Being creative using mindful visual art methods provides ways for enriching the brain and training creative thinking
5. Creativity is not helped by striving - the harder you try the more elusive creative flow can become
6. Creative thinking is fostered by different meditative art methods as fresh possibilities require new input
7. It is not possible to be worried at the same time as being truly immersed in creative processes
8. Almost everyone is capable of having some kind of flow experience
9. A creative practice helps you learn to see, which in turn can upgrade observation skills, awareness and visionary capability
10. Being immersed in the calm, grounded flow of creativity can help with navigating change, long-term difficulty or crises.
Wendell Berry, renowned American poet and essayist, has been a great inspiration for my work. He addresses the assumption, held by many, that science will provide solutions to all the world's problems and mysteries. Realising the considerable value of the arts, he writes:
"To deal with the problems, which after all are inescapable, of living with limited intelligence in a limited world, I suggest that we may have to remove some of the emphasis we have lately placed on science and technology and have a new look at the arts; artists achieve elaborations of pattern, of sustaining relationships of parts with one another and with the whole, that may be astonishingly complex."
©Suzanne Moss PhD, edited 2017