Fascinated by paradoxes
Of late I have read a few books touching on creativity and on spirituality. The latest two are by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “Creativity” and Eckhart Tolle, “A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”.
The former talks about creativity as something that emerges when critical conditions have been met. The three key ones are a/ knowledge of a domain or a narrower field b/ the system or network of the ‘decision’ makers within that domain and c/ the person pursuing something within the field in a focused manner.
The latter speaks about the means we all have in our hands to fulfil our life’s purpose by three critical ways to deal with what comes our way a/ acceptance, if you cannot do anything about it why run the incessant mind/thought tapes about it and cause oneself grief b/ enjoy what you do and hence bring value to those around that endeavor c/ enthusiasm for something that you enjoy and where you also have a longer term purpose, a vision of what you try to do.
Interestingly the latter is a broader means for everyone to feel like that we can be creative for own good. And this to me seems to be the message in the interviews in the creativity book too. However the author has in my opinion translated the output towards a stricter procedural view than need be on how possible creative outputs come about…. But if we all could be creative in our own way, would we all be happier people?