Archives for December, 2010

Consciousness

Creativity Is Ultimately Sexual

The title comes from an article by entrepreneur and coach (and sometime performer) Suzanne Falter-Barns, who quotes what Deepak Chopra said in a lecture she attended:
"Creativity is ultimately sexual - I'm sorry -- but it is!"
Other people agree.

Writer Eve Ensler has commented that she believes “sexuality is the greatest gift we’ve been given.

"Its energy is the basis of creativity, love, ambition, desire, life. Sexuality has gotten all these bad raps...
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Creative Thinking

Does School Support Your Creative Growth?

Einstein was expelled from school for “undermining the authority of his teachers and being a disruptive influence.”

"Montessori taught me the joy of ’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you." Game designer Will Wright

In her article Accessing Genius, creativity coach Sharon Good declares, "It has become clear to us that much of our genius is squashed at an early age. School curriculums are standardized in the interest...
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Creative Thinking

Philip Pullman on Creative Inspiration: Write to Please Yourself

Author Philip Pullman notes that he has "published nearly twenty books, mostly of the sort that are read by children."

But we adults can certainly enjoy the richness of his stories - one of them was made into a favorite movie of mine: The Golden Compass.

In a Q&A interview on his site, he also addresses a number of questions about his life and work as a writer - giving perspectives that can be meaningful to any creative...
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Identity

Idina Menzel on Embracing Your Uniqueness

Actor and singer Idina Menzel has performed on stage as Elphaba in 'Wicked' and in many movies and TV series, including "Glee."

Like many other talented performers, she feels she was "born to do this" and started working professionally in her teens, doing weddings and other things in high school, "while everyone else was having keg parties.

"I just felt destined to do it and really committed and driven; it was something that just felt right all my...
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Identity

Creative But Insecure

Over the years of reading biographies and interviews with many highly talented and creative people, it has often struck me how many of them talk about being self-critical and having poor self-esteem.

For example, writer Larry Kane commented about his bio Lennon Revealed: “People would be surprised at how insecure John Lennon was, and his lack of self esteem. Throughout his life, even during the height of Beatle mania, he had poor self esteem, even...
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Consciousness

Can Hypnosis Enhance Creativity?

Our quality of consciousness - including attitudes such as perfectionism and self-criticism - can have a deep impact on creative energy and expression. A number of therapists and others think hypnosis can help creative people improve thinking and awareness.

In his article Writers Thrive On Anxiety, hypno-psychotherapist Dr. Bryan Knight declares that hypnosis can help writers in a number of ways – and be helpful for other creative people as well, of course.

He says it...
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Creative Thinking

Creativity Higher with Bipolar?

Research and historical studies show there are high rates of bipolar disorder among people in the arts, including visual artists, musicians, poets and writers.

"We don't know why this is the case, but there may be something about the gene for creativity that runs not only in those types of professions but in bipolar as well," said Dr. Lori Altshuler of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program.

From the article: Bipolar Explorer, by Hilary MacGregor...
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Creative Thinking

Taking Care of Your Creative Self

Creative expression involves our whole being, so taking care of ourselves emotionally, spiritually and physically is part of being a healthy and thriving creative person.

Musician Henry Rollins commented about being a performer and staying healthy while doing road tours with his Rollins Band: “Eating well is becoming easier on the road as more places are health conscious. Gyms are easy to find anywhere there’s electricity and traffic."

But, he added, “Time is the hard part. I do...
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