Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Creative Maturity

When a person knows the rules of creativity and has developed his or her mind to great levels of creative competency, the person becomes fully developed and thus, has reached creative maturity.

Creativity is the ability to figure out a better way to solve or attempt to problems. It is a mental process which results in an action that tests a possible solution. It is our creative mind that sets us apart from the animal kingdom and has given us the technology to improve our lives and make collective human progress. Creative people are inspired to think and work nearly every day on creating, they are not waiting for such “Aha” moment, but proactively stimulate the new energy of fresh thinking and improve their creative maturity via continuous practices.

Manage the ego well to refine one’s commitment to creativity: Creativity is the ability to figure out the better ways to do things, but not for winning a small battle of ego. A positive and humble attitude in the creative process to redefine, reinvent, and re-innovate one’s commitment to creativity is key. Creativity is nurtured in a beginner’s mindset with humility. The humility comes from being humble and admitting that you don't have all of the answers, thus, leads you to keep discovering. Be confident and humble at the same time. It is a balance between what you know and not letting what you know hinder you in the discovery of innovative solutions. By managing the ego well, you can empty your mind of how things are "usually" solved, practice deep listening skills, understand the circumstance profoundly, make room for others to discover their own insights; or give room for their perspectives to emerge in order to figure out creative solutions. You can also apply techniques of seeing things from a different perspective: Think upside down, inside out, think small, think big, etc, for creative problem-solving. Humility allows one to understand oneself, understand others, strike the balance of being confident and being humble. Listening to others' input with the humility to accept it may be useful to facilitate deep empathy which, in turn, nurture design thinking and creativity.

Emotional brilliance nurtures creativity: It’s normal for being a human with all the emotions vibrating. Actually, there is a full emotional cycle behind creativity. Self-awareness is the key to understanding the trigger to the emotions. Each emotion, helps you evolve, if managed well, stimulates creativity. Creativity is the high-level thinking. To avoid the trap of emotional turbulence or individual perception, you have to really dig beneath the superficial layer, understand the trigger to the emotions and manage them effectively. Intuition and idea generation can be in mind which is free of turbulence and has the knack of achieving emotional brilliance which is most easily accessed through your higher mind, meditation, mental exercises, and the subconsciousness. Now with conscious thinking, tools, and techniques, even emotion can be managed more scientifically to foster creativity. Creative maturity is simply having the ability to live comfortably with contradictory thoughts, express things creatively but persuasively,  and tap creative potential seemly effortlessly. It is the phase that creativity becomes a decent flow, not just a few “Aha” moments only.

Collective creativity: Being creative is to "think outside the box" for ideas and solutions. But the creative spark does not always originate solely in the individual. Creativity can manifest in a collective environment to reach a high level of creative maturity. In that manner, you could say there is more collective creativity happening everywhere than many stops to realize. Collective creativity is not just a mere cumulation of the creative inputs of those involves; it is also not only the synchronization of their individual inputs to make something that no one individual would achieve. It builds up a momentum that draws creative contributions from the participants that they did not previously conceive or understood they were capable of. While the individual contributions provide the 'building block" of creativity, it is the collective consensus on what to do with them that is exciting, and push creativity to a higher level. By manifesting creativity from an individual endeavor to a team activity and a collective effort, which has its own dynamic and in a state of constant flux, the horizon of creativity is expanded and the collective creative potential can be unleashed to reach the next level of creative maturity.

Creativity has many forms and manifestations. Maturity means you are fully developed in some way to fulfilling a role or function. A fruit or vegetable is mature when it is ripe — ready for consumption. Creative maturity is a state we want to reach. Study Benjamin's Franklin's 13 virtues for insight in attitude toward success in the creative process: Humility, Silence, Justice, Temperance, Cleanliness, Moderation, Frugality, Industry, Tranquility, Order, Sincerity, Chastity & Resolution. When a person knows the rules of creativity and has developed his or her mind to great levels of creative competency, the person becomes fully developed and thus, has reached creative maturity.


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