Creativity and Empowerment

Both our sense of empowerment and our sense of our creativity arise from a connection with the self — and both have a forward-facing aspect as well, as we experience the many ways in which the world responds to us, our initiatives and our creative ideas. 

When we engage our creativity, we connect to something important inside of ourselves. As we cultivate that connection, we increase our sense of personal power.

And in parallel, our sense of empowerment can help us tough it out in our creative endeavors, especially when we need to go against the grain in the realization of our visions.

We have a very personal relationship with both creativity and empowerment — which is not to say that we do both of them well, all the time. But they certainly cut to the heart of who we are. There’s also a sense of initiative, or agency, embedded in both: in acting on them, we change our environment.

Perhaps the height of empowerment is what Abraham Maslow famously called “self-actualization,” the human drive to develop ourselves into our full selves, and live life from that perspective, as much as possible. Maslow saw a connection between creativity and empowerment. During a time when creativity was often studied in the lives of great artists and scientists, Maslow became interested in what he called “self-actualizing creativity,” which he considered to be “synonymous with…essential humanness.” According to this view, whether making a poem or a soup, a creative life becomes an empowered one.

references: Maslow, A. H. (1968) Towards a Psychology of Being.
photo credit: Lincolian (Brian)