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The Importance of spontaneous creativity in one's everyday life!
These thoughts occurred to me, in relation to me describing, how spontaneous creativity happens, or occurs to me in a meeting about creativity I attended.The hub was inspired by a conversation I had with a fellow attendee, named Carl. It was stimulated, in relation to my comments, about an idea coming to me spontaneously, “out of the blue” through my fingers to my guitar strings. I think that what happened to Carl with his “spontaneous” religious “awakening”. They both were inspirations.
Carl implied that it was like something outside of, himself, caused his “awakening i.e. God.”
We all have what I call “reserve intelligence and memory”. This is our “background” intelligence and memory, the genetic intelligence and memory that keeps us alive, so we don’t have to intentionally pay attention to keep the processes of our bodies functioning, so we don’t disintegrate and die and continue to live.
So when Carl was a “diehard” believing Christian studying the Bible, trying to understand who this amazing “person” named Jesus was. The information he was studying was going into his reserve memory and intelligence and being processed. His reserve intelligence and memory was putting “two and two” together in the background so to speak. And when it was all put together and came to a “boiling” point. It erupted and spilled over into his conscious awareness like a “bolt from the blue!”
Now he could “see” where before he couldn’t see! Before all he could see was “darkness” now he could see “light”. As Carl put it “I once was blind but now I see!”
Whether this intelligence, is only in in the body or outside of the body, or both. I’m not sure. But that’s how I think it basically works.
Looking at a vacant piece of land
So if I looked at Ian’s “vacant piece of land”. I wouldn’t necessarily have to intentionally have “something” in mind, an “A before going to B” is the way I think he put it. But I think that’s because he’s been conditioned, like many of us, to only trust a systematic approach to doing things. Nothing, is wrong with that, per se. It’s just limited and leaves out the complimentary, other aspect of mind and intelligence. The Yin to the Yang aspect of the mind and intelligence. The non-systematic, spontaneous, creative, aspect of the mind and intelligence.
So if I looked at Ian’s vacant lot. A “spontaneous “image or idea of a dwelling could spontaneously come to mind, without me, intentionally having to go from A to B to C etc, etc ad infinitum.
Possible or impossible
I’m not saying that anything is intrinsically wrong with that method. It’s definitely proved its worth throughout time. But so has the “leaping” from the “darkness” into the “light” in one fell swoop, proved its worth throughout history as well.
Many new ideas, innovations and inventions, were once deemed impossible by our cultural status quo thinkers, who influence what we should considers possible, impossible or even reasonable to consider possible or impossible.
If you could bring Alexander Graham Bell back to life and show him a cellphone. He’d be like “What’s the hell is this thing. This isn’t a telephone” “Where’s the wires and the crank!”
But now we take wireless telephony for granted. It’s just an everyday occurrence, nothing special or out of the ordinary.
I’m kind of rambling, but my point is this. That many of our life changing innovations were a break from what came before them. There was a leap of some one’s mind from A to Z in the perception of the problem or issue to be solved or improved.
There are two complementary aspects of mind and intelligence.
We been more or less taught to treat one of them like an unwanted stepchild. And I think you now know which one that is and was.
As I pointed out in this regard.
Our bodies (us) are the result of and maintained by an amazing “grand symphony” of intelligence, memory and coordination of millions of intelligent cellular entities. And that we take this amazing process for granted and take no special notice of it, but we couldn’t exist one second without it!
Since this post is about, inspiration, I’ll leave you with this tidbit about inspiration.
Here’s what the “online etymology dictionary says about the inspiration”
(Inspiration: c.1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion "inhaling, breathing in; inspiration," from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare "inspire, inflame, blow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Literal sense "act of inhaling" attested in English from 1560s. Meaning "one who inspires others" is attested by 1867.)
Here’s how inspiration relates to “spirit”
(Spirit: mid-13c., "animating or vital principle in man and animals," from Anglo-French spirit, Old French espirit "spirit, soul" (12c., Modern French esprit) and directly from Latin spiritus "a breathing (respiration, and of the wind), breath; breath of a god," hence "inspiration; breath of life," hence "life;")
So we could say that inspiration is “breathing in spirit or god”.
Thanks for listening!