Monday, June 23, 2008

Wats this creative crap?? I'll take you inside!

First of all, let's remember that although we use the word "creative thrust", it is not something you can put in the drawers of your house or sell in a bottle- it is a nominalisation, and that means it was taken from a verb which describes an activity and frozen into this nebulous noun.The verb literally means "to create".In essence, this means "to make something", and that's our first stop on re-defining creativity.

1. You can't be "creative" unless you are DOING SOMETHING - CREATIVELY.
This is really important to understand because the word is so terribly misused all the time.Being creative is something THAT YOU DO when you engage in the act of MAKING SOME THING.

2. CREATE SOME THING with a purpose is what it means to be creative.
That's another place where people really lose it on this topic.
That could be some thing that solves a problem, has an effect on society or on reality in some way, or on yourself.
3. In order to be creative, you do NOT have to "invent something new"
Creativity and innovation are TWO SEPARATE TOPICS, that's very important to understand.A lot of people mistakenly think that when they explore their creativity, they WILL have to come up with something no-one, out of all the billions upon billions of people on this planet in all the hundreds of thousands of years of human history has EVER thought of.That's NOT creativity! Creativity is when a little kiddo works out for themselves how to get at a toy on a high shelf with a stick.Happens to virtually EVERY kid, it is THEIR CREATIVITY, their marvellous experience and their REWARD.

Opening the Doors To Creativity

The No. 1 obstacle to creativity and flow is FEAR.

Art and engineering Solutions & Creativity
Instead of asking, "What's wrong with me?" and painting the answer in words or colours or structures or circuits, over and over again, we might ask instead, "Give me something that will heal me ..." and wait for the mind to present something. Jus wait and I m sure u'll get something.
That is THE most extraordinary moment of turning away from old stuck "pain screaming" and beginning on a whole new exploration of the processes of creativity, and the PURPOSES of creativity.

What questions would YOU ask of your own creativity?
What contributions would YOU like to make to the world, what legacy would you like to leave in pictures, sounds, in systems and structures that YOU CREATED?

"Give me something that will make the people who see/hear/touch/use this feel ..."
Feel what?
Happier? More hopeful? Less sad? Less angry?
But as an artist, architect or an engineer, this is up to you.
You can CHOOSE to choose differently. If you want people to feel even worse than they already do, disgusted, more angry, more desperate, that TOO is in YOUR POWER .

Creativity Explored
It is EASY to ask ourselves a question and receive the answer, as easy as it is for me to say to you, "Remember a time when you saw a dramatic sky that was like a symphony or a flamboyant dance? What did it look like? What were the colours? Tell me about it ..." - AND FOR YOU TO ANSWER MY QUESTION, as best you can.
Do this every day and your vision become richer, deeper, more satisfying, every more astonishing, ever more wonderful.
In the process of this active use of your creativity, you will LEARN about your creativity. You will learn how it works, become more comfortable and assured as you begin to really UNDERSTAND how you create the answers to your questions, and you remain absolutely IN CONTROL of these processes of creativity, all the way.
YOU choose where to take this; YOU are in charge through the questions you ask before the stream begins the answer.

Long live CREATIVITY and its everchanging forms..>>
Cheers :)
Anurag

2 comments:

SavvyD said...

Wonderful!! And soooo true. We all have to be driven to creat. Some people just aren't. Sometimes I'm creating by working on my blog, sometimes by singing. I wouldn't know what to do with myself without these outlets.

Attila said...

very educative post. but u seem to be busy for a long time. hope u return soon and keep this going..