What is The Wounded Creative Core?
We are born with the ability to create and access that inner wisdom of inspiration, our creative core. Institutions (schools, governments, etc.), cultures and religious dogma create conform and perform structures of behavior. These structures constrain the creative core through punishment. These punishments are designed to reinforce control over the individual and groups through the use of physical, emotional, mental, financial and spiritual violence.
The institutions put you in a box. The religious dogma may say that you can’t step outside of their moral box and love who you want without being condemned or worse. A culture or religion may define your life in terms of your gender. If you are a woman you may be expected to marry at age 16. Yet your heart yearns to become an astrophysicist. If you listen to your heart’s yearning, creative core, you may lose your family, your freedom and possibly your life. As a woman born in the early 1950’s it was determined that I had a specific set of options for a job; teacher, nurse or secretary. I was expected to get married and have children, in that order. When creativity was expressed it had to be confined to acceptable forms that adhered to the expectations of the institutions.
When the Creative Core is wounded a plethora of trauma is experienced. That trauma translates to rejection, feeling unwanted, fear of authority, fear of your parents, fear of being unloved, and more. These fears and feelings become emotional states and created patterns that become our identity. This wounding is also reflected in the wounding of the feminine and masculine aspects of who we are.
*The Wounded Creative Core is explored in more depth in the Remen Q book.
- Fear of my own creative abilities
- Fear of your sexuality
- Fear of your body
- Fear of rules
- Fear of breaking the rules
- Fear of authority
- Fear of standing up for what you believe
- Fear of feeling
- Fear of having your creativity seen
- Fear of having my creativity questioned
- Fear of being diminished
- Fear of judgment
- Fear of being forced to give up creative efforts
- Fear of not being able to defend my creativity
- Fear of not being able to follow through with my creative ideas
- Fear I am going the wrong way
- Fear of having my creativity destroyed
- Fear of having my ideas stolen
- Fear of being destroyed by criticism
- Fear of being shamed / humiliated for my creativity
- Fear of being ridiculed
- Fear of being vulnerable and open
- Fear of being seen