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Tom Evans : The Cascade of Creativity

The Cascade of Creativity

This is a sample chapter from The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments by Tom Evans.

If you were introduced to the idea of the atom at school, in all probability, you would have been told the atom had a nucleus with electrons revolving around it — much like our Sun and its orbiting planets.

If you continued further study, this would have been replaced as a model by one where the nucleus and its components and the orbiting electrons were really waves of potential and probability — not particles at all.

The particle model emerged in the 19th century only to be replaced by the wave model in the 20th century. In the 21st century, the main advancement will be the integration of consciousness into both models.

Modern day students can of course be introduced to all models and see them in context in just a few short years. This then allows the next wave of understanding to be introduced by a new generation with new perspectives and new light bulb moments.

Even with an understanding of the quantum world, I still prefer to envisage the atomic model as a world of particles — as I am sure perhaps secretly so do many physicists. Indeed many advances in modern day chemistry were achieved using this mode. It still has many uses.

Similarly, well before the periodic table of the elements was discovered, the world was thought to consist of four (or five) elements — namely Ether, Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Traditional Chinese medicine, and other forms of complementary therapies, still use it as one of their fundamental bases.

As a young scientist, inducted to the atomic model, like many I treated the notion there might only be Four Elements with some derision. Latterly however, I've found it has a real practical use — certainly in the context of light bulb moments.

Cascade of CreativityFrom the perspective of grounding light bulb moments, using the Four Element model works really well. As you can see, the Four Elements map into four worlds — namely the Archetypal World, the Creative World, the Formative World and the Physical World.

The Archetypal World is the plane of ideas and the source of light bulb moments. The element of Fire relates to the raw energy trapped within the universal mind-stuff that we tap into and unleash.

The Creative World is the plane of patterns where thoughts crystallize. It's associated with the element of Water as this represents the fluidity of thought. It's just an idea we haven't yet formulated but we are working on.

The Formative World is the plane of processes. This is where we test an idea and work out how we might apply. The element Air here denotes that the breath is what drives our thinking processes. Without it there is no interaction.

Lastly the Physical World is represented obviously by the element of the Earth which in turn means physical matter. Here our ideas become real and grounded.

Again, I emphasize this model is just a metaphor but what it points towards is a process whereby our light bulb moments can be grounded into reality.

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