Nature and issue of mind in creativity


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There are three issues that arise as a result of the nature of mind that affects our creativity. They are:

  • Mind is a creative living process

  • Mind only knows the past.

  • Mind does not feel. Mind only integrates and interprets what is perceived by our body and/or our being.

A creative living process: Mind arises from an ongoing creative/creation process greater than itself. It is a creative living process which will always be changing as part of this process. As this process unfolds the experience mind continually recreating itself based on the experiences it has. Our mind is always changing by what we experience for every experience we have changes how we view the world. Either our experience reinforce what we believe about life and we believe it more strongly or it slowly dispels beliefs that are no longer valid or effective. We are always changing. We are always entering the unknown each moment we live for we donít know what the next moment will bring. Yet whether we realize it or not, by establishing patterns and habits our mind works to control our world to minimize what the unknown brings to us.

Mind only knows the past: Mind only knows the past and what it has experienced. Yet any truly creative effort brings into existence either some thing, or some experience, not previously experienced, or one that is significantly different from the past. As such, mind cannot guide us into the unknown of a creative effort. Our mind, what we think, believe, and remember, is of limited value. The best mind can do is explore, construct experiments, and discover what it doesn't know about what we desire to create. Then, as we obtain the minimum set of experiences and/or understanding about what we want to create, the mind can take what it has found to manifest what we desire. To obtain the minimum set of experiences to know through mind what we need to do to create what you desire, we use our intuitive guidance.

Intuitive guidance arises from the flow of energy we sense and that flow of energy is characterized by mind as an intuitive insight. Intuitive guidance tells you the direction you need to go to either (1) align with the flow of energy that is manifesting, or will manifest, the desired object or experience; and/or (2) the direction you need to go to gain the minimum set of experiences to understand and/or experience the manifesting form. Mind characterizes the energy we sense either as an image or a thought. That thought or image will no necessarily be correct. It will only be the best characterization our mind can give based on our past experiences. Until we obtain that minimum set of requisite experience about the energy we sense, we will not characterize it properly.

From a creativity perspective, mind, when used properly, recognizes the need to explore the intuitive insight to determine the accuracy of the insight. Equally as important, the mind can move us towards, or into, the flow of energy to explore the nature of the flow and whether what it senses is flowing into an experience that serves or doesnít serve us. Used improperly, mind simply overlays the past into the energy that is sensed so that the energy is not felt and experienced for what it is but is molded to fit the past. In doing so, the awareness as to whether we are being served or not is lost. When the mind continually overlays the past onto what one senses a habit is formed and conscious control over oneís creative powers is lost. If a response pattern to avoid feeling is overlaid to not feel and/or feel good, the possibility of a thinking addiction develops. That is, we think in order not to feel and escape from what we feel.

Mind does not feel: Mind only integrates and interprets what is perceived by our body and/or our being. The memories mind holds carry no energy of themselves. We give them energy by how and what we think and believe about the experiences which give rise to those memories and how attached we are to what we think and believe about them. We have to look to our bodies to tell us what we are sensing and feeling.

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