If you've ever taken a class in drawing, painting or pottery, and despite your best effort, couldn't make the final result look anything like the model shown, you may have thought, "I don't have a creative bone in my body." According to scientists, who for the past 20 years have put the elusive subject of creativity through the rigors of research, you'd be wrong.
After watching The Mystery of Picasso directed by Henri-George Clouzot, I was struck by the fact that Picasso frequently changed his art in the process of creating it. The movie shows Picasso's passion by allowing the viewer to watch him make every stroke. One painting, On the Beach No. 1, was changed by Picasso countless numbers of times. I watched him as he colored over a previously created face in order to make a new face.
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Write What You See
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Reflect and Write
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The Nine Modern Day Muses
Creating an epic poem is a deep dive into the unknown. You never know, when you begin, how it will all end... not for sure. Characters are slippery things, and hard to manage. They will twist away from your tight grip and run wild, if you let them. (And I strongly encourage you to let them!) Let them surprise you, thrill you, and lead you along strange lonely roads.
Art of the Song
Isn't this a lesson that we have to learn again and again, that every "objective opinion" is an assertion of idiosyncratic personality and not anything like the truth? In our culture of winning and losing, the criticism we receive is that much more painful because we ourselves are rankers. The poet Theodore Roethke once ran into the house of a fellow poet and exclaimed, "I believe that right now I am the number one poet in America, you are number two, and Robert Lowell is number three!"
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The human being is creative, the same way a rose has a fragrance. We are made this way, and there is no way anyone is not creative. The only thing that can stop us from accessing our creativity is fear — fear of failure, fear of our own limitations, of comparisons, of success, and the list goes on.
Creativity is intelligent and trustworthy. We see it in every mountain, tree or bird. It doesn't need improvement by us. This is why I paint. If I had to work really hard to have the perfect painting, to give the world an important message or please someone who might want to buy my work, I would never do it, but since painting for me is a process, I have the whole journey of discovering from moment to moment what is needed.
One of the ways I like to look at creativity is that it's a reflection of the universe reflected back into the universe through us, like through a mirror. And I think a mirror is a very useful metaphor in several ways. A mirror does not have to try to reflect, that's what it does. In that sense, I don't believe that we have to try to create. I think we are creators. We can't help it, we have the ability to get in our own way to stop the creation and I think that that's what most of us do a lot of the time.
As a writer of songs, stories, essays, and someday, maybe, a novel, I want to share a bit of wisdom with you that took my breath away. More
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Creativity is a force that can bring light into the darkest corners. The sun in its brilliance casts light from a single point forming shadows as it moves toward nightfall. But the light of the creative process illuminates us from within, turning us into beacons throwing light in all directions. With this light we can find solutions to the issues that seem insurmountable and confuse us with their complexity.
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What is creativity? The dictionary defines creativity as “to make or bring into existence something new.” You've probably heard of right- and left-brain theory. That is, the right hemisphere of the brain is the intuitive, abstract thinking part of the brain, while the left hemisphere is the seat of rational, logical thought.
Why is creativity important to you? Being able to tell stories or sing songs or play an instrument or being able to do magic tricks were highly prized talents in my family. It didn't matter if you 'mastered' them, being able to share a gift like that put you front and center — and when it comes down to it I really liked the attention. In point — I was a guitarist for over 30 years.
The Writing Life
When we're concrete about our writing time, it alleviates that thin constant feeling of anxiety that writers have.
Inner Voices of Creativity
When I made this SoulCollage® card for my personal deck, I knew exactly what I was creating. This card symbolizes that part of me who is laden with questions about my validity and self-worth. This "doubting Thomas" part of me surfaces pretty much regularly during any creative work that I do.
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Imposter syndrome commonly appears as the voice that says, "Who do you think you are?" This voice of self-doubt and deprecation haunts multitudes.
If you don't believe that you can be creatively fulfilled, well, it doesn't really matter what productivity tools I give you, does it?
Healing abandonment involves summoning your creative energy. Your task is to create positive gains from adversity, growth in the place of woundedness.
To be fully engaged in an activity means to be present in this moment and in what you are doing right now. It also means to be completely content in that experience.
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