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Creativity in the Therapeutic Setting

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Why is it so important to keep creativity vibrant and alive? Creativity is not only about activities such as drawing, painting, graphics, writing etc.: it's also about creative solutions, intuition, understanding of others, empathy. These qualities bring out generosity, abundance, awareness of others, self-realisation. 'Creativity' is the process of imagining something, and then the act of brining such thing into the 'physical plan'. It can be a thought or feeling expressed in words or colours or sound: it still starts in our emotional/mental body, through external/internal stimulus.

Empathy develops through more or less the same process: we try to 'imagine' how the other person may feel through imagining to be that person in that situation. Communication and listening are also creative processes: if we really want to 'hear' what the other person is saying, on many levels, we have to 'interpret' the signals that are coming to us, 'interpret' that reality. Likewise, we need empathy to communicate effectively, using words and concepts the other person can relate to. It's a process of discovery.

The truth is, if you want to succeed as a therapist, you have to be creative, because there are many unexpected scenarios that may occur, and you have to be able to empathise with your patient. Be creative! Be yourself. Finding your true self and learning to love it, is one of the most important things you will ever do: the person who can love herself, can truly love and help another.

Creative energy may take many forms: on one hand we may have the artist, in whatever form of choice (dance, drawing, acting, music, singing, and so on). On the other hand, creative energy may be also expressed in a more 'technical' way. Think about an engineer who is building a bridge and has to take into account different variables, to build a solid construction; or the accountant, who organises data in a pre-determined way, but who is forced by the reality of a business to 'think out of the box', when the unexpected happens.

So there are different kinds of creative energies. Each individual is born with a different set of talents to be developed: and when ego takes second place - when something comes from the heart, whatever that is - the energy emanating from the individual fills the aura and makes it strong and vibrant, connecting the soul to its spiritual purpose.

Personally, I can say Reiki has played a fundamental role in kick-starting a process of re-discovery and has given me the strength to make dramatic changes in my life; such changes would have probably not happened without the support of Reiki energy and I would be a very different person today. Change, although we know that it's sometimes necessary, is also very scary when there are established patterns: such patterns are mainly subconscious, so there is a sense of safety with falling into what the individual knows, although the pattern itself may be destructive. This is why change is an experience that may generate anxiety. Reiki energy supports the individual in the process of change, energetically soothing the individual's emotions and through clearing/cleansing the body's energetic pathways. Reiki generates a deep sense of peace and connection, and that in itself give the individual grounding and courage.

The creative process connects the individual to the intuitive part of our being: if that can work in synergy with the rational part of our being, the individual is in 'balance'. So often we mistake the mind for the master, when in fact it should be a servant to our higher aspirations and nature: it all starts with a tiny, little thought. A therapist who can use intuition and rationality at the same time, is one who will get very good results!