As a true creative, you are a brave warrior. Your courage, just like your creativity is not an option. It’s an essential part of who your are. You feel creativity throughout your whole being, experiencing it as a source of energy that has to be expressed. This eternal wish to create becomes your life energy behind your courage. You show up and act courageously in order to manifest the art that is important to you.
Creativity and courage are intimately connected in a synergic relationship: creativity feeds your courage and your courage brings your creativity to life. Courage takes your dreams from wish and fantasy and transforms them into reality. Courage makes your art reality.
Yes, creativity requires courage. As the French artist Henri Matisse says, “another word for creativity is courage.” It takes courage to express the things you are passionate about and to transcend the limits of your comfort zone or the limits of your irrational fears. It takes courage to put your creativity out into the world – to open yourself up to be be valued, loved, and appreciated and, at the same time, to potentially be criticized, rejected, and devalued. Yes, it takes courage to push yourself through fears, insecurities, anxieties, and life challenges. And, it takes courage to stay true to what you are to create what you believe in.
Are you connecting to your courage?
Now, I would like to invite you to take a moment of self-reflection. What comes to your mind about your courage? Do you feel it? Do you wonder if you have courage? Does it help you be the creative that you want to be? Do you wonder what you could be if you had more courage?
Sometimes courage can be obscured by fears, self-doubts, and anxieties of painful early experiences of you daring to show up – which you may or may not be aware of. Perhaps no one encouraged you, as a child, to take on a challenges so you can find your courage. Or perhaps fear was instilled in you, right when you dared to take on a challenge. Or, it could be that you just took on your parents’ struggles around courage. As kids, we can take on both the good and the bad parts of the adults we love and need the most, without our awareness or consent.
Normal fears that took you to a painful emotional place as a child can hold you now hostage as an adult. These unhealed experiences of the past can turn your normal and everyday fears into unhealthy fears that control you. Fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of being shamed… they are all normal fears that can interfere with your creativity when they are turned from normal into paralyzing fears, freezing instead of energizing your creativity.
Yes, you can find comfort in your fears, connect with your courage, and reclaim your creativity.
Courage is not something you have or you don’t have. Courage is an energy that you can connect with when you find comfort in your fears, insecurities, or anxieties. When you tap into your fears and allow them to fuel you rather than paralyze you, you are finding and using your courage. When you realize you can use your fears in the service of connecting to your courage, you reclaim your creativity.
You just need to trust that you can bear your fears while you move through your fears when you need to. The good news is that the trusting comes through the doing. Every time you push through your challenges they become opportunities for growth, healing, and accomplishments.
If you feel you can’t connect to your courage and your fears are too much for you to bear on your own, there is help. Psychotherapy is very effective, not only in healing paralyzing fears, but also inspiring and supporting you in your journey of taking on and overcoming the right challenges – challenges that are aligned with who you are.
You really do have the courage you need within you. The courage to asserting your human right to live and bloom fully through expressing your creativity. The courage of telling the story of who you with your whole heart and choosing to manifest life over fears.
Mihaela Ivan Hotz, Psy.D., LMFT
9300 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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