The Spark of Creativity


Devin Clark-Memler


Maya Angelou tells us that: You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

So what sparks creativity?  Where does it come from?  Where does it hide? Why do some people seem to have such an abundance of creativity, while others claim they have none?  Are we born with it?  Or does it come from some unseen source?

My son, Devin, is probably the most creative person I know.  Honestly, he continuously amazes me.  He can play beautiful music, he can draw phenomenally well, and his photography is absolutely mind-blowing!  (Visit his website DCM Photography to see for yourself.)

Devin Clark-Memer

Devin seems to see more and hear more than most other people I know, and he seems to see things differently than most too.

For example, In the picture below, I only saw a teacup, but Devin saw beyond the cup:

Devin Clark-Memler

I’m left wondering – where does this creativity come from?

Amy Tan poses a few ideas of where creativity hides:

In the nature area, we look at whether or not we are innately equipped with something, perhaps in our brains, some abnormal chromosome that causes this muse-like effect. And some people would say that we’re born with it in some other means. And others, like my mother, would say that I get my material from past lives. Some people would also say that creativitymay be a function of some other neurological quirk –van Gogh syndrome — that you have a little bit of, you know, psychosis, or depression.

Devin isn’t psychotic or depressed, and doesn’t seem to be overally abnormal (but that begs the question, what is normal?)

So these ideas that Ms. Tan offers don’t satisfy me.  It seems so much bigger than that to me. She comes a lot closer when she continues:

“. . . quantum mechanics, which I really don’t understand, but I’m still gonna use it as the process for explaining . . .  there’s a lot of unknown, and you often don’t know what it is . . .  but things come together in a kind of synergy . . . and ambiguity . . . and I would link that to something called the cosmological constant . . . you don’t know what is operating, but something is operating there.”

That’s much more satisfying to me.  Indescribable, ambiguous, an uncertainty of what exactly is behind it all.  Because to me, creativity is a bit like magic, unknown and huge and exciting.  And I truly believe we can all access our own creativity, we just have to get out of our own way and pay attention to things, to the space between things, sort of let go, listen quietly to the very small voice within, let things get out of focus for a minute so we can allow the fuzzy bits to come into focus.  Hard to put into words, ambiguous and hard to describe.  Perhaps beyond description.



I’d love to hear about your sparks of creativity. Please let me know what inspires you to create.

And as always, thank you for taking the time to visit, I appreciate it.




Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

– Margaret Mead

I am humbled and honored to have been nominated by Rev Dani Lynn for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Dany’s Blog “Life is Your Piece of Art” is inspiring and wonderful. I recommend a visit to her site!

Here are the requirements for this award:

1. Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.

2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.

Seven things about me:

  1. I was born and raised in Northern California and imigrated to New Zealand 20 years ago.
  2. My family is the most important thing in my life and I love my gorgeous sons Lukas and Devin, my husband Jeff, my sister Karin and my neice Chelsea.
  3. I absolutely love my work – facilitating workshops with my dear friend Deb through our business Figjam Workshops. ( )
  4. I have recently completed my book A Woman’s Guide to Transformation and am currently looking for the perfect agent and publisher.
  5. I totally believe in the 7 Tools of Transformation that I write about in my book and I try to use the tools on a daily basis. (
  6. I believe we are all creative beings and are all capable of changing what we want to change (read or listen to any of the recent talks on Neuroplasticity)
  7. I absolutely believe that Happiness is a choice we can all make on a daily basis!

It was hard to narrow down my list to only 15 bloggers to nominate because I enjoy so many of the blogs I have been following.  I have chosen these 15 blogs because they inspire me:

Vinyl Record Face

Smirk Pretty

Of Love and Creation

Paradoxical Wisdom

Quelling the QLC

Tuesday Morning 10AM

How it Turned Out

Known is a drop Unknown is an ocean

365 to 30

Be fearful of  Mediocrity

Mountain Top Journals

Between Fear and Love

You were born to succeed

Inside Out Cafe

20 Years from Today

Thank you again Dani for nominating me.  And may we all keep writing and inspiring, because as Margaret Mead reminds us:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”