Inner peace improves creativity.

Based on my experience as a creative person, inner peace takes us to a different place that improves our ability to come up with fresh ideas.

Brainstorming Is Not Creativity

I have nothing against brainstorming – either by yourself or with others. But here’s the thing: brainstorming is often about what we already know.

When we get together with others we each take what we know and pool it with everyone else’s knowledge and come up with an idea or strategy. This is great up to a point and in increasingly complex institutional environments can be very useful – after all, there is too much for any one person to know.

When we brainstorm we mostly rehash what we know. Unfortunately, it is usually linear, left brained activity meant to enhance the status quo.

Brainstorming, then, can be limited in what it considers as potential ideas. It may be limited to what exists and what others will accept.

So is it creativity?

What Is Creativity?According to one online dictionary, creativity is:

  • the state or quality of being creative
  • the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.;
  •  originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts. the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.

What is key in the definition is the word, imagination. Imagination is a right brained activity. It claims the connections that we cannot make any other way. It offers us the unknown for our progress in solving a problem or developing something new.

Is Imagination Endangered?

Left brained mental processes have dominated human culture in the West for centuries. They are an outgrowth of the scientific method which is evidence based and relies on the material world.

Imagination is elusive. It is energy based and connected to the universal field, the source of all intelligence in the universe.

Science developed as an antidote to superstition. It does not respect the spiritual, psychic and energetic realms, although that is beginning to change a little. The discredited realms of modern life are also the home of the imagination, which we find cute and interesting in children, not adults.

The Universal Field And Creativity

The universal field is an important support of human life. It is the emptiness and silence of oneness where those wild ideas of the imagination come from. It is, therefore, a great resource for our creative endeavors.

Here’s the rub.

You cannot force it.

You have to be open to it.

Creative ideas require that we are receptive to them or they cannot make their way to us because we have closed ourselves off to them. Receptivity is a feminine quality and one that is discredited in modern culture. Therefore many are often not receptive to new ideas and it is not just an individual problem it is also a societal problem.

Those who are in touch with their imaginations, their creativity and the universal field may find themselves isolated and have difficulty communicating their ideas and gaining acceptance for them. How many people are really open to and in touch with the universal field?

Inner Peace And Creativity

Creative challenges aside, the universal field is our source for creative support. Interestingly, we learn to move into its stillness through meditation. Yes, the same meditation that helps us find inner peace.  Meditation helps us let go of the petty difficulties of everyday life. It helps us become more comfortable with silence than the drama of everyday life.

In doing so, we quiet the mental chatter that distracts us from our creative source and allow ourselves to receive new information. We open ourselves to new possibilities simply by being open to the universal silence. Meditation helps us find inner peace and in doing so also helps us find and embrace our creative potential.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.


  1. Elizabeth Scala on September 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Great article, Maria.

    I did not think of brainstorming in that way before. See… you’ve already helped me to be/think/see more creatively!

    I do agree that much of our Western world is science-based, very focused on doing, a masculine energy. I myself ‘was’ that way and work daily to embrace balancing and allowing my total self to open up.

    Thank you for a beautifully written piece. I am glad to hear that meditation is one way to tap into creative energy, as I practice almost daily.

    Have a healthy week!

    • Maria on September 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      How nice to hear from you. I love meditation for opening to creative silence and hope you will experience silence in that way. Western logic can be very limiting and we are all conditioned to align with it so it’s an adjustment to move into more holistic ways of processing and experiencing.

      I hope you are well,

  2. alice on January 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I also enjoy silence and meditation. I think this Universal field is basicly the same thing what Buddhist call Unborn Buddhamind. And abot the creativity- its true that Western society needs more creativity, not the same old patterns, but maybe there is just not enough silence available to create something new 🙂

    • Maria Hill on January 28, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Hi Alice,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insights. I think you are right about the Universal Field. It is wonderful to tap into. I find it soothing and full of lots of great ideas and information. It is better than Google! I think that our current system is on its last legs and we are tiptoeing towards a world of greater sharing and opening gradually toward more creativity. Unfortunately as long as people are enslaved to the current system, it is hard to break out. I have great optimism about the future. You might want to check out this site:

      Stay in touch,

  3. Judith on July 21, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    I have discovered that Right-Brain-style brainstorming is energy channeling that opens portals not not always considered. It depends a lot on who is doing the process and I agree that it requires openness on the part of both parties.