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Orna Ross : Conventional Intelligence versus Creative Intelligence

Conventional Intelligence versus Creative Intelligence

By Orna Ross

Creative intelligence is not just something we bring to literature, art and music. Each and every moment of our lives can be met with a conscious creativity.

The holistic nature of creative Intelligence can be best understood by comparing it to the conventional intelligence that has traditionally been prized by our culture.

This conventional intelligence is mental, rational and analytical; creative intelligence is all that but also imaginative, inventive and innovative.

  • Conventional intelligence observes the world from a separate stance. Creative intelligence connects observer and observed.
  • Conventional intelligence aims to categorise, critique and control. Creative intelligence aims to open, explore and allow.
  • Conventional intelligence is rooted in the material (ego centered). Creative intelligence is rooted in the spiritual (soul centred).
  • Conventional intelligence sees "failure" as failure. Creative intelligence sees "failure" as a learning opportunity.
  • Conventional intelligence apprehends life as a random and ultimately meaningless series of events ("S**t happens!") Creative intelligence apprehends life unfolding in purposeful pattern. ("Shift happens!")
  • Conventional intelligence consumes art, writing and music as entertainment. Creative intelligence creates art, writing and music as expression.
  • Conventional intelligence expresses itself through thoughts, concepts and ideas. Creative intelligence expresses itself through thoughts, concepts and ideas but also through feelings, emotions, imaginings and intuitions.
  • Conventional intelligence fears death as annihilation. Creative intelligence views death as a new blank page, the ultimate open moment. •

© 2009 Orna Ross. All rights reserved.

Orna RossOrna Ross is an Irish novelist and creative nonfiction writer. She has taught creative principles, writing and freewriting to many disparate groups — from addicts in recovery to MA students and has facilitated creative and publishing success for many writing students. More »

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