I recently had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Dr Suvrat Bhargave, a presenter on Hay House Radio on the subject of Creativity. Dr Bhargave is a renowned and respected educator, speaker, and board certified psychiatrist, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. His practice is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and he is a regular speaker nationally in the US on a broad range of topics related to personal growth, effective parenting, relationship satisfaction and mental health. Dr Bhargave completed his residency training and specialty fellowship from Duke University, North Carolina.
On his radio show “A Moment of Insight”, Dr B (as he is affectionately called by his patients) recently discussed how an if an individual can discover their five unique gifts, that they will be utilising their strengths and creativity. I wanted to find out more about Dr B’s ideas on how people can discover and then live their gifts, so thanks Dr B for answering these questions- I think we’re all going to have a moment of insight!
Q. Do you think everyone is creative?
A. “I do believe that creativity is a force that can be accessed by each of us, much like intuition or love. Unfortunately, as is the case with action-reaction pairs, there are forces that oppose each of these energies. For example, love is often opposed by fear, and, similarly, creativity is most challenged by doubt. What could I possibly have to say? Is my voice valuable enough? Will I be heard? Creativity is a force of expression, and every voice matters.”
Q. What is Creativity?
A. “I also believe that we confine this expansive force with narrow definitions. The traditional arts- dancing, painting, sculpting, singing- are beautiful vehicles of expression, but what about the perspective of a mechanic, who in his zone sees the design of the engine before him and then weaves in his work. Or what about the poetry of numbers a mathematician pens? Or the arrangement of ingredients that results in the masterpiece of a heartfelt meal? People are quick to dismiss their creative potential without considering the daily ways in which they may be exhibiting that very ability.”
Q. Why is it important for us to discover our 5 unique gifts?
A. “The path to tapping into all the energies of the Universe is through authenticity. We taint creativity, intuition, love, or any of the positive forces when we dilute ourselves for others or for perceived expectations. On the other hand, we are most aligned with all the possibilities of the Universe when we can be true to who we are. Who we are includes the 5 Gifts. I believe that we are all God’s children and that He sends each of us into the world with innate gifts. Qualities and characteristics that are inherent and steadfast despite what has happened in our lives or who is around us in any given moment. People are often able to list quickly their qualities that are negative or need fixing, but I encourage people to write down their unique list of Gifts.”
Q. How can we find out what those Gifts actually are?
A. “I would give yourself a deadline of a few days to come up with your list- and don’t consult others- you are exploring yourself, not the perceptions of others. Once the list is made, I advise that it be carried around or placed in a spot that is viewed throughout the day- at least until it can be recited readily without having to be referenced. The point is to have a conscious, balanced awareness of who you are.”
Q. So, your list may look something like this: “My 5 Unique Gifts Are: 1. My creativity 2. My compassion 3. My ability to play the piano 4. My heightened intuition 5. My quirky sense of humour. How then, does one go about utilising these gifts?
A.”Once you are aware of your 5 Unique Gifts, you should set out to make the most of these. After all, you certainly don’t want to waste your God-given talents! Surround yourself with activities, opportunities, and interactions that make the most of your characteristics.Use your gifts to better understand the roles and purposes of your life. For example, if one of your gifts is Creativity- then go through your day looking for ways to deliberately utilise this quality- and remember again not to confine the definition of this.”
Q. Can you have more than 5 Gifts on your list?
A. “You can absolutely add onto the list of Gifts as you discover more about who you are and what you have to offer. You’ll see that the more authentic you are in the understanding of yourself and the more that you honour who you are, the energies and the possibilites of the Universe will flow towards you.”
To find out more about Dr. B, visit his website at drbhargave.com. What are your 5 Unique Gifts? I’d love to hear from you!