The creation myth

Human brain

It is a myth that creative people are born with their talents: gifts froe God or nature. Creative genius is, in fact latent within many of us without our realizing. But how far do we need to travel to find the path to creativity? For many people a long way. In our everyday lives, we have to perform many acts out of habit to survive, like opening the door shaving getting dressed walking to work and so on. If this were not the case, we would in all probability become mentally unhinged. So strongly ingrained are our habits though this varies from person to person that sometimes when a conscious effort is made to be creative automatic response takes over. We may try for example to walk to work following a different route but end up on our usual path. By then it is too late to go back and change our minds. Another day perhaps. The same applies to all other areas of our lives. When we are solving problems for example we may seek different answers but often as not find ourselves walking along the same well-trodden paths.
So, for many people their actions and behaviour are set in immovable blocks their minds clogged with the cholesterol of habitual actions preventing them from operation freely and thereby stifling creation. Unfortunately mankind’s very struggle for survival has become a tyranny the obsessive desire to give order to the world is a case in point. Witness people’s attitude to time social customs and the panoply of rules and regulations by which the human mind is now circumscribed.
The groundwork for keeping creative ability in check begins at school. School later university and then work tech us to regulate our lives imposing a continuous process of restrictions, which is increasing exponentially with the advancement of technology. Is it surprising then that creative ability appears to be so rare? It is trapped in the prison that we have erected. Yet, even here in this hostile environment, the foundations for creativity are being laid; because setting off on the creative path is also party about using rules and regulations. Such limitations are needed so that once they are learnt, they can be broken.
The truly creative mind if often seen as totally free and unfettered. But a better image is of a mind, which can be free when it wants and one that recognizes that rules and regulations are parameters or barriers to be raised and dropped again at will. An example of how the human mind can be trained to be creative might help here. People’s minds are just tense muscles that need to be freed up and the potential unlocked. One strategy is to erect artificial barriers or hurdles in solving a problem. As a form of stimulation, the participants in the task can be forbidden to use particular solutions or to follow certain lines of thought to solve a problem. In this way they are obliged to explore unfamiliar territory, which may lead to some starting discoveries. Unfortunately ,the difficulty in this exercise and with creation itself, is convincing people that creation is possible shrouded as it is in so much myth and legend. There is also an element of fear involved, however subliminal as deviating from the safety of one’s own thought patterns is very much akin to madness. But, open Pandora’s box and a whole new world unfolds before your very eyes.
Lifting barriers into place also plays a major part in helping the mind to control ideas rather than letting them collide at random. Parameters act as containers for ideas and thus help the mind to fix of them. When the mind is thinking laterally and two ideas from different areas of the brain come or are brought together, they from a new idea, just like atoms floating around and then forming a molecule. Once the idea has been formed, it needs to be contained or it will fly away, so fleeting is its passage. The mind needs to hold it in place for a time so that it can recognize it or call on it again. And then the parameters can act as channels along which the ideas can flow, developing and expanding. When the mind has brought the idea to fruition by thinking it through to its final conclusion, the parameters can be brought down and the idea allowed to float off and come in contact with other ideas.

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