By Jack Burns, via Natural Blaze
Dr. George Land and Beth Jarman were commissioned by NASA to help the space agency identify and develop creative talent. The two were tasked to research school children in an attempt to identify creative individuals from which the agency could pick to help with their many products. In a recent TED talk, Land described his team’s surprising findings on the education system which are nothing short of shocking.
It seems American schoolchildren lose their ability to think creatively over time. As students enter their educational journey, they retain most of their abilities to think creatively. In other words, children are born with creative genius. Employing a longitudinal study model, Land and Jarman studied 1,600 children at ages 5, 10, and 15. Continue reading Study Shows Kids are Born Creative Geniuses But the Education System Destroys Imagination
By Stacy Vajta, Wake Up World
A while back I started hearing this inner voice asking me to draw… to create more art. It was something that as a kid I did all the time. But somewhere along the way, I stopped creating art. It seemed like if it didn’t have a particular purpose, then what was the point?!
I did create process art to work through my emotional ups and downs, but art for the sake of just making art wasn’t really happening anymore. I got pencils and pens, but I still didn’t create much. I kept getting into this place of perfectionism. I would get frustrated because what I was making wouldn’t look exactly right or I didn’t know quite how to do it anymore. Continue reading Art, Creativity, and Your Manifesting Prowess
By Sarah van Gelder, Thanks to Wake Up World
Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power.
There are many consequences to the near daily barrage of lies, violence, bigotry, and vulgarity produced by the Trump administration. One impact: This atmosphere crowds out space for imagining and creating new possibilities.
So it was refreshing to hear that for Poka Laenui, radical imagination is not dead. His favorite thing to imagine: What his beloved Hawai’i will be like once it regains sovereignty. Continue reading We Need Radical Imagination
By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory
Life is a mixture of “highs” and “lows”. To know the grandest of experiences, you must be willing to “do the work” and push through the toughest challenges. For many people, this can be incredibly hard to do. That’s why Deni Waitley, the author of The Psychology of Winning, outlined 10 ways winners approach self-motivation.
Becoming motivated can take a lot of work, or none at all. It depends on your resistance to the idea of you achieving your goals. As you scroll through the list below, consider the blockages which might be preventing you from accepting the health and love you deserve. Then, do the work so your best life can be realized. Continue reading Need Motivation? 10 Genius Ways To Kickstart Your Creativity
By Dr. Kelly Neff, Wake Up World
“Once you master the instrument [of your art], then what are you going to paint? What is going to come out of that? What are you going to say?” -~ Amanda Sage
The creative process, that holy grail of the artistic life that so many of us are pursuing, the mystery and wonder of the inspirational force that runs through each of us, and the spiritual experience that comes from the surrender to the divine source of wisdom and knowledge that we all share. Making art is the most spiritual of experiences, yet it can become terrifying with time — because of the unlimited potential each of us possesses. Continue reading How to Enhance Your Creative Flow
By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel
I wrote the following “meditative writing” for the 260th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.
Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post (learn about subscribing with cash/check here).
Think seriously about why you enjoy writing, art, and music. What is it about creative work that seems to send your soul soaring? It’s as if some inherent quality in creative work connects you with a long-lost and forgotten part of yourself.
Have you ever been moved by an inspiring piece of literature or brought to tears by a piece of music? There’s a reason these things affect you the way they do.
Creativity connects you with the spiritual Self. Whether you create something or absorb what someone else has created, it can become a medium for you to connect with the Self and remember all you’d forgotten when you came to this planet.
Continue reading Art Is a Bridge (Meditative Writing)
Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time
The people who give the most, always take time to nourish their own gifts. Be energized to invest not only in your personal time but your many talents.
Taking care of yourself first, will enable you to provide blessings for others. Inner peace will follow because you are living with purpose for your own life and the lives of others.
By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel
Reposted from February 2016.
“You can build great wisdom and genius by spending time each day in grateful communion with your inner voice. What better way of creating a more fulfilling life than by mastering the art of tuning into your most inspired and ingenious self, your inner voice?
“This voice is your guide of all guides to a life of greatness. You cannot attune to this inspiring voice without living a more inspiring life. Genius, creativity, and a silent power emerge from your heart and mind the moment you do.” – Dr. John F. Demartini (source)
I decided to commit to writing because it opens me up to a wellspring of guidance and creativity.
For me, this makes it a powerful form of meditation. It becomes meditation when I open my mind and write from the heart, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it connects me with a higher consciousness. Some call this consciousness God; some call it the higher self; some interpret it as an inner voice.
Reggae legend Bob Marley said in one of his final interviews that everyone has an inner voice ‘talking’ to them and we should listen to it. Writing brings me in sync with this voice, and putting pen to paper gives it free reign to express itself. Continue reading Writing and the Inner Voice
By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution
Creativity is a much-neglected concept when talking about business success, or even success in general, but it shouldn’t be. One of the most beneficial qualities you can have, creativity makes you unique, allowing you to tap into so many unexplored areas of your subconscious, far away from societal influence.
Does our society approve of creativity? An arguable question, as the implicit message seems to be it will not help you get further in life. Since birth, you have been told what to do, and how to do it.
And while it’s easy to assume creativity should be reserved onlu for kids during unstructured playtime, with space to feed their imagination, it’s highly important, and highly beneficial, for people of all ages. In fact, research has shown that expressing your creativity alters brain chemistry and can boost physical and mental health. Continue reading 20 Famous Quotes On Creativity That Will Inspire You To Think Outside The Box
By Organic and Healthy, Thanks to Natural Blaze
In our modern lives, we all have some idea what success is supposed to look like.
Unfortunately, that often means creativity dies – because it doesn’t fit traditional models of success.
As a team of Madrid-based animators, Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez, would like to remind us, however, that isn’t how it has to be. Continue reading How Society Kills Your Creativity – In An Award Winning Pixar-Esque Short Film