Does loving what you do attract creativity? In the book, A Life You Love by Amy Tangerine she starts out talking about how to “craft a life that you love” and “Crafting the Soul”. She asks the question “what is it that we love?” She then presents this quote from Howard Thurman who was an influential African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because the world needs people who have come alive”.
What a great introduction into discussions about creativity. We just know already in our hearts that creativity is close by when we are doing the things that we like.
Finding a way to break through to the subconscious is part of how we open ourselves to new ideas. This part of our thinking responds to emotions, feelings, and thinks in pictures. They work together to tell the conscious what to do.
Later in her books she asks “Does this activity feed my soul”? She also discusses the role of thoughts and feelings saying that they fuel ones actions. The conclusion is obvious. We need to find ways to think good thoughts and have good feelings.
Loving what you do, being in touch with your thoughts and feelings, and then connecting with things that are new requires some work. We need to search for new input into our thinking. We overcome weaknesses in a very similar way by changing how the subconscious sees things. Feeding it new information.
Leonardo da Vinci said that artists are” links in a chain”. They build on what they find. What they add then that becomes something that the next artist can continue to build on. Creativity is what is added.
Fiction can be somewhat like this. Ordinary plots become science fiction when one of the characters becomes an alien. A historical book becomes fiction when one of the characters does something in the book that was not done in real life. It is what you add to what is there that is the creativity.
You must feed the subconscious mind because it drives the conscious mind. The old question of the two wolves is relevant here. Think of two wolves. One is evil and is full of anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. It is full of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. Which one of the wolves will go through your life with you? The answer is the one you feed.
Think of your subconscious as the wolf. The good wolf has time to be creative. The good wolf is receptive to new ideas. The good wolf loves life. It loves your craft. You need to feed the good wolf new ideas. Feed it good influences.
The subconscious responds well to visual input. It thinks in pictures. It responds well to what you write down. Keep a journal of each day. Write down what you want to accomplish. Read everything you can get your hands on. Read about the subjects where you want to add your creativity. Read what you enjoy. Reading is key. Pictures help. They stimulate ideas.
Creativity is the result of connections. Connect the events in your life, and the books, and the visual input you get. The result is that you then add something of your own.
Connected Events Matter.