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Jean Houston
January 21 2013

Jean Houston

Ph.D.

Category:  Guest Bloggers

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Thoughts on Creativity

When we look at the lives of great creative souls - we find that they feel themselves to be hooked up to, guided, incarnated by or allied by a power that is beyond or deep within themselves.This power is felt as an inner spirit, a vision, an inward voice,an invisible life's companion, and can be formidable motivation for a quest for truth. There is a mystery here that verges on the paranormal, and shakes hands with the infinite.

The people of the break through, the ones who change our perception of reality because of the power of their own unique perceptions differ from most of us, I believe, largely in degree not in kind.We all have something of the same capacities that they have but theirs is taken to a degree of development that most of us consider more mythic than real. We all have capacities for vision, for motivation, for absorption, for courage, for facing constant defeat, for stick-to-it-ness, but most of the time we have it with one of these qualities singularly, rarely together. With the highly creative person as with the social artist, it is their degree of vision joined to talent joined to motivation, joined to absorption in the quest, joined to formidable courage in the midst of the bleakest and most disempowering circumstance, joined to a leaping at opportunity when it comes by, a sense of their own kairos and a willingness to go the distance with it--this is what makes for brilliance, for radical creativity, for formidable social artistry and yes, even,
sometimes, for genius. It also means that they and you move out of mere humanity and into myth.

Genius is tied up with genesis, with generation, with creation in it's finest form. Genius may even mimic Creation, may be the micro lens of the Creator entering into human experience for a while.

It is never solitary, cut off, or insular though it may appear to others to be just that. It is resonant with stores of information felt as personal. It is love in its most emphatic aspect, passion in its most blatant form. Above all it is the dissolution of the membranes of the local self and absorption, communion, identity even with Reality itself. It is this capacity for communion that is the greatest of all hidden talents, the ability to be changed by the process of deep perception, contemplation into the nature of things.

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  • And this creativity happens in every discipline there is. Someone who is able to be totally absorbed or immersed in that what he/she is doing, whether it is science, sports, art, philosophy, or you name it, will receive some energetic power you cannot see. It is like the wind, you feel it is there, but you cannot see it. Maybe this is mystic but nowadays with the Internet giving us all kinds of explanations it becomes more clear what it really IS... And that it is available for everyone..

    YourSoul // 2013-01-21 10:53:24 // //
  • This energy is also called: direct experience. We react on it with a creative response. Our response is in a way always creative because that is the way in which Nature works. We managed to mess it all up by talking too much about it :)

    YourSoul // 2013-01-21 11:15:40 // //

 

 

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  • I am a very positive, glass is half full type of person, always hoping for the best and most loving way to live and perceive, for all. As I read these words, I also think of how evil villans can also have this power, this creative genius and it is very very scarey!

    Athena // 2013-01-29 08:40:03 // //
  • Beautifully stated. May we all learn to tap into our creative energy in an effort to raise the vibration of the collective consciousness.

    SynchronEssence // 2013-01-29 06:42:33 // //
  • super

    Enver Halilovic // 2013-01-29 05:32:30 // //
  • if we mess it up because we talk about it, it`s only because some of us don`t know what we`re talking about ;)

    spiritsurfer // 2013-01-29 01:39:56 // //
  • Woo Hoo, you're doing great by your friends, thank you...

    Neville S Coward // 2013-01-29 01:08:42 // //
  • tht ws awesome read ..

    Malathi S Patil // 2013-01-28 22:35:48 // //
  • WoW!

    Melinda Ladner // 2013-01-28 22:01:48 // //
  • Mauricio Pacheco Federico Pacheco mae vea su mama!!

    Jose Daniel Rodríguez // 2013-01-28 20:47:18 // //
  • Important to meditate on

    Carla Jones // 2013-01-28 20:35:52 // //
  • I didn't read it yet but I was just pondering creativity today as I was sorting through a decade worth of my belongings and organizing my art supplies... My cats always want to be near me when I'm being creative... They must sense something :)

    Caroline Kligge // 2013-01-28 20:34:14 // //
  • So very insightful and IMHO accurate. Great read.

    Lois Kidder // 2013-01-28 20:32:06 // //
  • Triple Wow---this is so powerful, profound and a perfect description of those in my circle. Thank you your words are like beautiful poetry.

    P J Italiano // 2013-01-28 20:30:00 // //
  • Powerful and such great wisdom it is like poetry because you are so on the money

    PJ Italiano // 2013-01-28 20:27:54 // //
  • Just started her book "Wizard of Us" good stuff

    Janus Babstock // 2013-01-28 20:07:56 // //
  • Creativity is a wonderful tool to have it takes inspiration to embark on though and sometimes the inspiration is what I lack!!

    Redrooster // 2013-01-28 20:03:44 // //
  • Thank you

    Mariann Boda Toth // 2013-01-28 20:02:01 // //
  • very inspiring

    Mary Ann Gullo // 2013-01-28 19:59:44 // //
  • <3

    Karl Humphrey // 2013-01-28 19:59:14 // //
  • Thoughts on Creativity When we look at the lives of great creative souls - we find that they feel themselves to be hooked up to, guided, incarnated by or allied by a power that is beyond or deep within themselves. This power is felt as an inner spirit, a vision, an inward voice,an invisible life's companion, and can be formidable motivation for a quest for truth. There is a mystery here that verges on the paranormal, and shakes hands with the infinite. The people of the break through, the ones who change our perception of reality because of the power of their own unique perceptions differ from most of us, I believe, largely in degree not in kind.We all have something of the same capacities that they have but theirs is taken to a degree of development that most of us consider more mythic than real. We all have capacities for vision, for motivation, for absorption, for courage, for facing constant defeat, for stick-to-it-ness, but most of the time we have it with one of these qualities singularly, rarely together. With the highly creative person as with the social artist, it is their degree of vision joined to talent joined to motivation, joined to absorption in the quest, joined to formidable courage in the midst of the bleakest and most disempowering circumstance, joined to a leaping at opportunity when it comes by, a sense of their own kairos and a willingness to go the distance with it--this is what makes for brilliance, for radical creativity, for formidable social artistry and yes, even, sometimes, for genius. It also means that they and you move out of mere humanity and into myth. Genius is tied up with genesis, with generation, with creation in it's finest form. Genius may even mimic Creation, may be the micro lens of the Creator entering into human experience for a while. It is never solitary, cut off, or insular though it may appear to others to be just that. It is resonant with stores of information felt as personal. It is love in its most emphatic aspect, passion in its most blatant form. Above all it is the dissolution of the membranes of the local self and absorption, communion, identity even with Reality itself. It is this capacity for communion that is the greatest of all hidden talents, the ability to be changed by the process of deep perception, contemplation into the nature of things. https://www.deepakchopra.com/blog/view/1035/thoughts_on_creativity

    Karl Humphrey // 2013-01-28 19:58:46 // //
  • such a great commentary on the polysynthetic nature of creativity and genius

    Jason Klein // 2013-01-28 19:58:12 // //
  • Your so awesome!

    Sharon Lippert // 2013-01-28 19:53:42 // //
  • And collectively, those who have strengths in different fields produce progress and those quantum leaps on a human scale, n`est-ce pas? Dr. Houston, I admire your ability to express a truth in a way that all audiences (okay, those who are literate and with internet access - but we can share a vision to spread that, too) can take something away from. I found myself reading this post slowly. I have been very ill, and I am careful as to what I use my energy for. As I did so, I could see, suddenly, as if I had multiple perspectives, as multiple people from disparate disciplines. I enjoyed your linguistic root references. Beautiful prose. I clicked on your paragraph of a biography, and noted you are known for your humor, among several other qualities. If you read your blog comments, I do have a few anecdotes from working on robotic limbs at a research program during my one free summer of medical school. We had to get together nanotech people, several engineering types (each with distinct personality types - Jung would have loved to analyze this group!), surgeons of more than one kind, chemists, competitive research student lackeys burning for initiation, etc. I was the only person with any cell biology background. I found this experience quite humorous and enlightening. Feel free to email me and perhaps that might add some new material to your arsenal. Names, places, and dates protected, of course!

    Zanna // 2013-01-28 14:39:11 // //
  • So many kinds of creativity. Doesn`t it also imply a faith that anything can be shaped into anything else? As if the creative mind is in touch with its creation, even before it was created. I`d definitely support the view of the first paragraph. In fact, I`d go as far as calling creativity an Angelic state of mind. In the sence that it watches over the creative process more than it is sucked up by it.

    Sailing on Dreams // 2013-01-28 14:22:16 // //
  • WOW!! Just yesterday, I wrote a post for my blog entitled "Because I can" and my point was very closely related to what she has shared here. I also went in and revised some of my personal profile and the blog-page`s profile description to catch up to the "new-day" relevance. I LOVE when you`re "wavelength" is validated by others in their own personal experience...it really cinches up tightly the ties that bind us all as one. Thank you Ms. Houston.

    rainamaye // 2013-01-25 10:30:32 // //
  • Mentioning Kundalini Energy may bring forth another dimension towards this interesting topic.

    niargo4MARS // 2013-01-25 01:15:02 // //
  • Vision, talent, motivation, courage, opportunity, - `kairos,` the brilliance of creativity, artistry and genius, - is to move from the shadows of mere humanity into myth.

    streetsearch // 2013-01-25 01:14:44 // //
  • Thank you for sharing your gift of insight, intelligence and sheer esoteric verbiage. Your words were healing for my soul, freedom for my spirit, and nourishment to my body which in turn caused me to unlock the potential and desire that I have to create. I desire to write for the purpose of inspiring, healing, motivating and informing others; my wish to the Universe to the Creator is to fulfill this desire. To write with intention and purpose and create change that is constant. Shalom

    @write4yu // 2013-01-25 01:14:12 // //
  • Mentioning Kundalini Energy may bring forth another dimension towards this interesting topic.

    niargo4MARS // 2013-01-25 01:13:44 // //
  • And so when you experience this energy; this direct experience, no one miracle is too small or too large, as in Nature itself. Nature`s perfection in its smallness and its vastness. Many thanks x

    Dianne // 2013-01-24 00:25:56 // //
  • This energy is also called: direct experience. We react on it with a creative response. Our response is in a way always creative because that is the way in which Nature works. We managed to mess it all up by talking too much about it :)

    YourSoul // 2013-01-21 11:15:40 // //
  • And this creativity happens in every discipline there is. Someone who is able to be totally absorbed or immersed in that what he/she is doing, whether it is science, sports, art, philosophy, or you name it, will receive some energetic power you cannot see. It is like the wind, you feel it is there, but you cannot see it. Maybe this is mystic but nowadays with the Internet giving us all kinds of explanations it becomes more clear what it really IS... And that it is available for everyone..

    YourSoul // 2013-01-21 10:53:24 // //