The essential element of life
Artistic, creative expression is an essential part of our nature. And yet, creativity is understood today as an envied gift of some privileged ones, until the rest of us live with the belief; „Oh, I am not creative, not good enough for art.”
This can be changed by realizing that creativity is not a privilege of some but the essential part of every human life. All we need to learn is how to connect to it and let it emerge into our everydays.
It is important to understand, that creativity can manifest in every action not only in the form of art. There is a creative way for how to speak, how to move, solve a problem, create a working tool, how to dress up and organize our practical life.
Today this ability is even more in need than ever before. In our consumer society we are encouraged mostly to play the role of the consumer and user only. But if we do so, it makes us more and more passive to express our originality and keeps us away from the feeling of being awake, present and alive.
Therefore JIAIDO supports everyone to become a creator, an inventor in any - and ultimately in all - aspects of life. Through practice of JIAIDO we are able to tap into the creative source and become independent, confident and versatile.
JIAIDO's effect on creativity
As Tai Sabaki and Ate relax the body, bring stillness to the mind, attention turns inside from the outside world and awareness starts to grow. JIAIDO by its movement meditation fosters the creative process by increasing the Ki flow, the intelligent life force in the body and strengthens the ability of prolonged concentration.
When body and mind become connected and harmonized, new ideas start to emerge. This is the reason why JIAIDO practitioners often report - only after few months of training - , that creative expression starts to arise in different forms. Inspiration and artistic skills appear unexpectedly, which were dormant all their lives.
Some start to play a music instrument, some write a book or poem, become active in culinary arts or paint a picture for the first time in their life.
Pure, egoless creativity can only spring from meditative stillness and presence and never from distress and destructive state of mind.
JIAIDO breaks down the habitual patterns of the conditioned mind, takes you out from the head, from the intellect and brings you to the heart where creation becomes always fresh, original and alive.
For expressing freely we need to be able to stop the judgements, competitiveness, expectations and instead, tune into the part of our consciousness where inspiration and intuition is to be found.
Creativity practices in JIAIDO
In JIAIDO the particular creativity practices are based on the same principles of: conscious movement, breathing and continuously maintained focus at the same time.
The act can be music, singing, free dancing, painting, writing or any other kind of self-expression.
Through these activities we evoke, enhance that open state, where there is no doubt, fear, and self-judgement to stop us.
Any form of art created in this way inspires, uplifts the spirit of all, and brings beauty, joy and bliss to the creator and to the viewer as well.
The object of the work, the end product, is secondary. The goal of JIAIDO with conscious creative activities is to become more present in our daily lives, to be connected to our true being and in its absolute to Life.
Any act performed with this intention, - besides providing beauty and joy to all - serves a higher purpose, becomes a spiritual practice, a tool for inner transformation.