Archives for Intuition
In an article, Suzanne Falter-Barns quotes Deepak Chopra: "Creativity is ultimately sexual - I'm sorry -- but it is!" Falter-Barns comments, "I couldn't agree more. I'd always had this sense that self-expression, passion and the stirrings of your soul were intertwined." The field of "energy medicine" claims to understand and help people understand and make use of subtle energy, including chakras or energy centers.
"A good artist lets their intuition lead them wherever it wants." - Lao-Tzu Do you use intuition in your creative explorations? Or other parts of your life? Many creative people declare intuition is a valuable, even essential, part of making choices for creative work.
Psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD is perhaps the leading expert on high sensitivity, or more technically, sensory processing sensitivity. She explains that the trait includes a higher level of empathy: “Highly sensitive individuals are those born with a tendency to notice more in their environment and deeply reflect on everything before acting, as compared to those who notice less and act quickly and impulsively. As a result, sensitive people, both children and adults, tend to be empathic, smart, intuitive, creative, careful, and conscientious…”
"My psyche's fight, my whole life, has been the head against the heart." According to PersonalityPage.com, a website "about Psychological Type, created by the view from the shoulders of Carl G. Jung, and the work of Isabel Briggs Myers, creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)", the INTJ type is "Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging (Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Thinking)." Jodie Foster is among many people on lists of the various Myers-Briggs personality types, such as the page Famous INTJs. She has commented, "I can basically put my emotions aside and go headfirst, but it's something I have to watch, because sometimes I don't know how I feel about things... Until years later," she says, and laughs.
[Continued from Part 1.] "Before the dance of inspiration and perspiration can begin, there must be some raw material, some spark of inciting energy." From the book The Soul of Creativity: Insights into the Creative Process by Tona Pearce Myers. Actor Rose McGowan relates an experience that may be common for many creative people: being inspired by seeing someone else's artwork or other form of creative expression: "After saving my allowance for ten years, I flew to Paris when I was 15 years old. When I visited the Musée Rodin, I was profoundly inspired by the story and the pain of Camille Claudel. Her diminutive sculptures — much smaller in stature to Rodin's — led me to become an artist."
"Imagination...discovers the real." Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was a daughter of poet Lord Byron, and worked with polymath Charles Babbage, who called her The Enchantress of Numbers. The computer language ADA was named after her, in recognition of her work that helped originate software and computers. Ada Lovelace talked about her passions for creative imagination and math: "Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently ... It is that which feels & discovers what is, the REAL which we see not, which exists not for our senses.
"Creativity is at the edge of chaos." Psychologist Robert Bilder Creative thinking involves dual and often opposing qualities such as convergence and divergence, control and abandon, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty. A symposium last year brought together researchers from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior with eminent Buddhist scholars for a "two-hour conversation about their distinctive yet complementary understandings of compassion, creativity, mental flexibility and attention, as well as the role mindfulness meditation may play in cultivating these qualities."
Lucid dreaming is the experience of being aware that you are dreaming, and even being able to control the dream. In her post Inception's Dream Science: Fact or Fiction? dream researcher Deirdre Barrett writes about Christopher Nolan's 2010 film and some of its premises about dreams. Barrett says "It is possible to influence your dreams by a technique psychologists call 'dream incubation.' Breakthrough dreams - where a writer dreams the plot of a novel or a scientist dreams a formula or someone just has a major insight about their personal life - these can happen spontaneously, but you greatly increase their probability by specific requests of your dreaming mind." She describes dream incubation in detail in her book "The Committee of Sleep", and summarizes the technique: "If you want to dream about a particular person, or topic or problem, you should think about the topic once you are in bed, and form an image of that topic--because dreams are so very visual--and let it be the last thing in your mind before falling asleep." The movie "Inception" does not really show the behavior of experienced lucid dreamers in her research, she says; for example, characters in the movie "continued to laboriously climb a cliff with a rope even once they knew it was a dream."
Do we need to invest exceptional levels of time and attention in becoming experts before we can make significant creative contributions? One of the key ideas of author Malcolm Gladwell is that “outliers” on the upper end of intelligence, ability and achievement have engaged in about 10,000 concentrated hours of practice and study in a specific knowledge area. From my post Outliers and developing exceptional abilities. Malcolm Gladwell is author of Outliers: The Story of Success. But a new article by entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain, the founder of World Innovation Institute (among other credits) writes that while this may be "an interesting thesis" and perhaps true earlier, it may not apply "in today’s world of growing exponential technologies."
Getting flashes of creative insight or inspiration can solve real problems. But be wary of thinking you have to wait for them to be creative. Psychologist R. Keith Sawyer says creativity researchers refer to "the three Bs—for the bathtub, the bed and the bus—places where ideas have famously and suddenly emerged." The photo shows an un-corrected Hubble telescope image at the left, next to an image at the right made with corrected optics. Sawyer explained in a magazine article that in 1990 a team of NASA scientists "was trying to fix the distorted lenses in the Hubble telescope, which was already in orbit. An expert in optics suggested that tiny inversely distorted mirrors could correct the images, but nobody could figure out how to fit them into the hard-to-reach space inside.