This is what I think
“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.”
CREATIVITY AT ITS BEST
CREATING! What a beautiful word! In what way does it impact you?
Innovation, imagination, originality, inventiveness, inspiration, resourcefulness, vision, or artistry can be combined to spew out a creation to view or consume.
Making something from nothing is spectacular, in my opinion.
Do you ever wonder where your creative juices come from, or how it begins?
What actually triggers the creative flow?
My old belief of sitting and waiting for the mushy gushy creative juice to slather my gray matter within my head; then, presto changeo think something profound will slap me in the face is unrealistic.
However, I do believe in allowing my thoughts to rest enough to arouse a meaningful idea.
EXTERNAL STIMULUS CAN AID IN THE PROCESS
Creativity comes from an act of engaging our five senses in the world around us. Which means, you have to be doing something in order to create.
When adding imagination to the equation of creating; there is no limitation.
Recently, while at work, I met with a problem. By trade, I am a High Voltage Specialist. We encounter many odd circumstances. A thought occurred, when I could not diagnose an issue. Unable to provide a solution within a reasonable amount of time, I became frustrated.
In that very moment of tension, and being stuck, I realized, I must eventually come up with a solution to solve my problem.
Then, another realization occurred during my self-awareness moment. Over the years, when meeting problems. I have discovered, how I have trained my mind to automatically trouble shoot an issue. I immediately try to fix.
The problem with that method is you can’t force a solution to happen instantaneously, no matter how hard you try.
You may need to come up with other creative ways to find your answer or get the result you desire.
For this work situation it entailed, collaborating with our engineers, researching information, talking and bouncing ideas off of one another until we could move forward with an action.
The same thing happens when I’m writing. I can be ebbing my ever flowen little heart out — when, BAM! Everything comes to a screeching halt. Why did my creative muse on the loose stop working? Is he a Union muse who went looking for his steward for being overworked under unfair thought practice law? Or, wander off to grab a coffee and rest a bit?
HALT! WHO GOES THERE?
I believe in this halted moment we enter into another dynamic of thought, which I will call a “Creative Twilight Zone.”
It is in this state of discomfort we have to work hard at figuring out different ways to fulfill a result.
Becoming creative can show up in many forms.
Stress-induced is one way, not my preferred method. If you have a deadline to make, you think of ways to finish whatever it is that needs finishing under pressure.
Enjoying nature by engaging your sight upon a beautiful sunrise or sunset; Savoring the moment and perhaps taking a picture of it to create a painting from the moment at a later date.
Some people can look at a junk pile of metal and create the most beautiful art.
Maybe you would enjoy a salivating succulent steak to the point of uncontrollable weeping from its tasty flavor and beautiful garnishing. Yup, I’m passionate about food.
There is no limit to what you can create or imagine. Everyone has a unique view of the world around them. It doesn’t even have to be right in anyway, just enjoyable.
It doesn’t matter what task you are doing. Being creative requires discomfort from your self-limiting perception to think and expand beyond your comfort levels. The more we feed our minds with quality resources, the better we enhance our possibilities of endless discoveries.
Creativity is about working in emotional tension, making mistakes, feeling disorganized, looking foolish and being able to get beyond it without allowing yourself to become bogged down with what other people think.
One of many struggles I have is multitasking. I struggle with this. I cannot multitask, I can only focus on one thing at a time. If I become distracted, I waste about fifteen to twenty-five minutes of time or more getting my flow or rhythm back. It’s hard enough just to start a task, once the momentum begins I become annoyed by distractions.
PERMISSION TO MESS UP
Getting stuck and making mistakes is where the magic begins. It forces you to think of a solution or a way to move forward; this is where personal and mental growth occurs, in the discomfort state. You push yourself to get creative. You draw on all your accumulated knowledge over your lifespan. You feed on the discoveries of others who have been in your shoes.
From the tension of aimlessly searching for an answer, we hope we can fabricate a solution or a work of art. It can be frustrating, but how else can you make progress? I don’t think you can just wait thoughtlessly for an answer to fall from the sky. Hitting the wall forces you to research, collaborate with others or whatever it takes to find your solution. Your efforts also reward you in the way of broadening and expanding your knowledge base. Not a bad side effect for doing the work, now is it?
HOW MY CREATIVE MIND OPERATES
Many years ago, while attending my entire K-12 levels of school. I would be called out for daydreaming in the classroom by my teachers; as if I were doing something wrong. Early on in my childhood, I realized, if I relaxed my thinking enough, I could retain the information that was taught to me, better. Sadly, in the eyes of my teachers, my daydreaming ended up on my report card as a complaint to my parents; forcing me to become a closet daydreamer. I was shamed into believing my way of thinking was a disorder.
Over the course of my working and personal life, I have relied heavily on my daydreaming to solve problems. I would drift away, or, make it a point to remove myself from others so I could go off alone and think. I’ve come to recognize my disorder as a skill, calling it, “strategic daydreaming.”
I’m happy I never believed my authoritative figures for labeling my daydreaming as a dysfunctional trait.
I engage my strategic daydreaming through sitting or lying down with my eyes open, which may look like a faraway stare, or I’m not paying attention to you.
Other times, I close my eyes and visually walk through every step of what I am trying to accomplish. For example, if I am building something, I’d imagine every step I would physically take in great detail, right down to picking up a hammer and pounding a nail into wood. It’s like watching myself work outside my body. Can anyone relate? I’m creating and acting out a scene in my mind’s eye. I’m very visual.
When I write or read, I visualize details and dwell on them for a time.
My life revolves around this practice daily. When I visualize my thoughts; work or play tends to flow better.
I believe we should aspire to create daily. Creativity nourishes the soul!
Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll share some claps.
So, in the meantime, stay wordy my friends, John
This is how I define and approach creativity.
Have others placed a label on you for the way you create?
How about you? Are you willing to share your technique or natural ability with me? I’m curious to know?
“Feeding our minds with intentional goodness to allow free flowing ideas to appear into something gracefully beautiful for all to see, is creative art.”
~ John C. Gyorki