Being Creative

I have been following a process internally for the last 3 weeks to be creative. Sharing it everyone so that we can have a conversation and improve it such that it scales for everyone. Creative tendencies are still seen as a stroke of luck of pure genius! I think its a science yet to be discovered. So, we can have schools of creativity! Schools that can teach you to be creative in general 😉 Would love to do a PhD in this field and possibly start a ‘Department of Creativity’ 😉

Here is the simple 3 step process:

  1. Keep your conscious mind blank or empty or silent (one step process for happiness! enjoy the silence!)
  2. Do something new
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2

At a fundamental level lot of people find that keeping the mind blank is difficult. Suggestions to make that a process – write down thoughts that come to your mind in paper and assure your self that you will think about it later 🙂 Possibly use technology (mobile?) if you cannot have paper and pen always! Better if you can read Getting things Done by David Allen

Next, when we keep our conscious mind blank (which I do naturally!), we are very sensitive to emotions. Especially destruction emotions. The book by Daniel Goleman – Destructive Emotions helps to give you an insight a lot! A quick summary – the three core ‘poisons’ from a destructive point of view are anger, craving and delusion!

On the delusion angle, basically  ego, the book by Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth gives you an insight.

The first week, I was doing this actively. Now, I am passively in this state without any effort and I am experiencing pure bliss 🙂 Filled with energy in terms of mind, body and spirit! Is this awakeing or nirvana or the buddha moment? You feel very child like with lot of empathy.

Just thought will blog it into Ether and see what people think! This is true spirituality with no religion. A process to be creative in all aspects i.e. love, curiosity and strength (my model of life – some time to be blogged later! already did that!! LoCuSt Theory) Have a good day all!

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Published by: vinu

My life - BREESY! :-) :D Beautiful Random Enjoyable Eventful Simple Yellow Places I have lived (chronological): (country) (- state) (-- city) India - (Orissa) -- Cuttack (2yrs) -- Bhubaneshwar (3yrs) - (Maharastra) -- Bombay/Mumbai (8 + 1 yrs) - (TamilNadu) -- Madras/Chennai (6 yrs) - (Pondicherry) (1 yr) United States - (California) -- Berkeley (3 yrs) Education : IIT Madras 02, UC Berkeley 05 Work Experience: Mechanical Engineer at FORD Motor Company, India; Management Trainee at Datamatics Technologies Ltd.; Wireless Programmer at TeleCommunication Systems Inc. Passions (currently as of Dec 2005): Family, Media (visual / audio), Mobile Systems, Internet, Design Interests: Music, Movies, Photography, Enjoying nature, Playing Violin, Graphics, Business / Entrepreneurship / Managments, Spirituality, Design, Technology, Mobile / Wireless

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6 thoughts on “Being Creative”

  1. Yes you can teach creativity, but point two should be about doing something you love… a creative person is essentially a very passionate person, who is very clear on what he will not do… and focusses himself on stuff he loves!

  2. I can only agree with the last point, the one where you say a creative
    person does only what he loves. My view is, creativity does not
    necessarily come in a calm silent mind, atleast its not a
    prerequisite. It is a form of subliminal expression of the background
    noise that’s always present in the unconscious mind & out of which the
    conscious mind actively tries to make a ‘melody’. The people who learn
    to channelize this noise (latent energy) end up to be the most
    creative people. If the conscious is kept silent there is no noise.
    There can be no melody without that. Lets take the example of one of
    the greatest painter ever, Van Gogh. He was mentally ill, had a lot of
    hallucinatory experiences during his life ( extreme kind of mental
    noise) these are clearly depicted in many of his creations with
    psychedelic color patterns. His creativity was a result of his brains
    attempt to do away with that noise (a defense mechanism described by
    Sigmond freud as sublimation). Creativity unlike logic comes from a
    very different part of the brain. It is def influenced a lot by
    emotion. But it doesn’t necessarily require a calm mind.

  3. Hey Vinu,

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like it’s working well for you. Having spent a lot of time thinking about and studying creativity I think it depends very much on what your intended outcome for creativity may be. In most of the recent places I’ve read by people who study creativity, in not just the artistic realm, I think most people report a much more mundane development of creative ideas characterised more by hard work, persistence, immersion, and then perhaps a small amount of the ‘mind blank’ state you talk of when maybe people go for a walk. Often, in very creative companies, creative ideas are the result of interactions between people playing around with a problem or situation they’ve been thinking about deeply. For instance, the step to do something new is generally best directed towards some aim rather than picked out at random. If you’ve been working on something hard then your ‘new thing’ will likely be aligned in that direction.

    I think your references make a lot of sense, it’s great that it’s leading you to interesting things, and I think it really depends on what your intention is for what sort of creative process you may want to follow also.

    Just some thoughts. Jono

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