Category: Creativity

Using Dreams and Reveries for Creativity

Dreams Freud called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious.”  Robert Louis Stevenson (c. 1887) called the dream state “that small theatre of the brain which we keep brightly lighted all night long, after the jets are down, and darkness … read more

Not Fearing Fear

  “Man was born free and is now everywhere in chains.”—Jean Jacques Rousseau   “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President, on the Great Depression of the 1930’s   “Fear is the mind-killer.”—Frank … read more

Creativity: Swami Kriyananda

For this method of concentration. I am deeply indebted to Swami Kriyananda, aka Donald Walters.  He shares its impact: “Often I have found, by meditation-induced concentration, that I can accomplish in an afternoon what others have required days or even … read more

Creativity: Amabile’s Componential Model

Amabile’s Componential Model identifies a set of “dispositional, cognitive, and social factors” interacting to produce various degrees of creativity: “Domain-Relevant Skills,” “Creativity-Relevant Skills,” and “Task Motivation” (pp. 82-83, 77).    A “dispositional” factor would have to do with your temperament:  for … read more

Creativity is a Process.

You may have seen it listed as 4, 5, or 6 steps. The usual description is of 5 stages: Preparation. The creator becomes immersed in the formulas and rules of the craft.  Often quoted is Pasteur’s dictum: “Chance favors the prepared … read more

Creativity: A Gift from the Gods?

Many artists feel that their products are a gift from something greater than themselves.  The ancients spoke of the Daemon, the creator’s genius or Muse, the supernatural entity that allowed him to access higher realms and translate their eternal truths … read more