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Issue: February 2016 Newsletter
The Energy Behind Creativity

By Caroline Carey
My own journey with creativity began at a very young age. My mother was an artist. She won a scholarship to go to Art College. But her father said she had to ‘get a proper job’ so she became a secretary, had children and settled into being a house-wife and mother.... but her creativity could not help but spill out into the home, into our lives and into everything she did, from gardening to running a tea room, to her own occasional opportunities at painting classes, her creativity came out in the way she decorated the dinner table and wrote beautiful letters to her friends. She was a very creative being AND she loved to dance!

So although my mother had wanted us all to ‘also’ have proper jobs, she still encouraged us to be creative. So my brother, sister and myself truly are, in our different ways. But however much my mother understood creativity herself, she had no warning as to the amount of creativity a child had the need to express. I was one of those tantrum babies that needed to ‘express a lot!’ And I did. Daily tantrums were the normal routine and my poor mother in her exasperation would regularly lock me in my room without much to do but stand and scream! 

Is that anything to do with creativity, we might ask? I believe it is in a particular form.


It seems to me to be the nature of many tantrum babies; they need to find a channel for that ‘high creative energy’ as early on as possible. They need an outlet to support all the energy they carry. These children are often some of the new leaders of our society if supported well enough, one of their gifts being the ability to play within the fine veils of present and future, knowing outcomes before they have happened, which is frightening for a young child! This is one of their true callings, but sadly they are too often drugged, wounded or shut behind doors.


I myself had a highly creative baby/child who grew with her tantrums that I had no idea at the time how to deal with. But we talked about it, she drew pictures about it and write it all down in ways that helped her to see what was happening. She danced and spent a lot of time playing outside. Sometimes it was such hard work but as she has grown, into a fine young woman, I can see how it has sculpted her into the strong and resilient person she is.

We as parents become aware that our children think differently and prefer to do things by themselves, not particularly interested in getting good exam results, or of pleasing others. Teachers can have difficulty understanding this as the child begins to daydream more and enter into those other worlds that do not fit into the traditional classroom, they can have many conflicting thoughts and opinions that are simply not allowed or taken seriously. If the child shows great talent in the arts, it can often be excused, but being highly creative does not only mean being good in the art room!

It can also mean the child needs to be encouraged to dance more, to sing, to be expressive in many forms. 


I find the best way for me and others I have worked with, is to learn through creativity, the best way for me to express anything is by being creative and the creative ways of movement is the body at its most creative expression. School had no notion of this I found, and my school days did not come to much. It was not until later, having created six children, taken them through years of home educating, dabbling occasionally in school and watching them grow into their creativity as careers, am I now able to share myself with as much creativity as possible, in the fields of, well.... Movement Medicine, ecstatic dance, publishing books, writing poetry, sewing, making masks as well as other items of theatrical wonder, producing films, acting in them, telling stories and sharing all of this with a wide variety of people. 

My work has to include being creative. Making artwork alongside our therapeutic processes means we have visual representatives of our process, not necessarily ‘good art’ but ‘our art,’ so there is always a reminder of what we are experiencing. We grow with that reminder, allowing it to steer us on the right course, showing us who we are and what we are capable of. It’s something to look back on every day, something to learn from and a tool to help us stay on the right track.

If you are interested in learning in this way, I invite you to view a short film that my Husband Ben made for my website.

If we haven’t yet met, here is an opportunity, and I look forward to sharing more in the physical soon J


Caroline x


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