Saturday, April 4, 2015

Many Shades of Creativity

We are able to see creativity's effects, feel its inspiration, and use it in a myriad of ways.

Human CREATIVITY is perhaps far more advanced than what can be achieved by a machine so far. Our thoughts, emotions, "gut-feel," "intuition," "insight," and many more complex aspects of our consciousness and awareness greatly enhance our learning and thinking creatively. There are many shades of creativity:

The important aspect of creativity is seeing things in new ways and putting old things together: Creativity is the synthesis of what you know, what you suppose and what you feel, expressed in some way. That can be a solution to a problem, a shared vision or even a stronger emotional connection.

Creativity is both innate, and a skill: Everyone has it, but some can really develop it to be something breathtaking so creativity at its inception is a very intimate personal pursuit. Craft and skill are the means to achieve that. Finally, what happens to the object of that creation, - whether it is trashed or applauded is a different matter altogether. That is where the issue of risk-taking comes in.

Creativity is the risk, expressed through intuition and skill: It requires time to grow and ruminate. And is certainly not isolated from other types of thinking. Perhaps it's a bit delicate. Because it can often be strange or different when it appears risk and creativity are that a person needs to be able to try new things, be daring, bold.

Creativity is a result of living in your intuitive space: It is an action or a reaction to the world, from that place, it has no fear or traditions. It's not only about trying to "think outside the box," but an intuitive expression and alternative path that takes you wherever it needs to go, without boundaries. The fear or uneasiness is only the ego getting in the way. On the broadest level, creativity is embodied in the act of creating a self, or Self, through narrative, or the creation of a Self Story, and this is the most fundamental creative effort we make.

Most creativity theories, see creativity as a process through which the individual finds a relationship with the environment. For psychoanalysis, this is a neurotic function; for humanistic psychology, it is a sign of health. With this wide divergence, the only seemingly obvious conclusion is that the substance and source of creativity still elude discovery. We are able to see creativity's effects, feel its inspiration, and use it in a myriad of ways. All these psychologies see creativity as an encounter with, and merging of divergent information, but disagree about the source of that information and the procedure through which it is processed.

Is there a link between creativity and authenticity? As if standing in a hall of mirrors, we reflect creativity back upon itself and speculate upon its nature never knowing which image is real and which the reflection. It seems creativity reflects itself without revealing its true nature. Each reflection is different in its own environment, yet isomorphic of the others. We "create" metaphors that describe, and theories to explain the acts by which metaphors and theories are themselves brought into being.

Creativity + Positivity is a powerful combination to push the human world forward.


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