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Creativity, Uncertainty and Possibility

When you're new to something, Rick Rubin enlightened us, you bring an ignorance that can be highly innovative. The usefulness of experts is indisputable but when you need a breakthrough freshness of insight is a priority. Indeed, so much of what we know somehow stands in the way of developing new perspectives. In a sense, we're at all times hostages to our mental models. And only by becoming familiar with them and aware of them can we learn how to see things from a new angle.  Sometimes we may need to impose constraints on our projects in order to channel our creative energy. At other times, we may be asked to do exactly the opposite: drop the limitations, un-scope and acknowledge the importance of exploring something totally new, even if we don't know where this would lead us to. Unchartered territories obviously don't come with maps. They do, however, come with the promise of allowing us to be the first to map them while navigating them based on our inner compass.  Ne
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What I've learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic

Arrogant belonging: declare that you ARE, claim your place in the world. Liberate yourself from the desire to necessarily help others/be of service through your creativity; just make stuff for its own sake, for your own sake. If you love something, persevere. If you love something, believe it loves you back. Regain your curiosity, cultivate your inquisitiveness. Follow each clue, no matter how mundane. Chase every reference. Explore every spark of interest, no matter how fleeting it might be. (Your) Art matters and simultaneously it doesn't matter at all. State it out loud: I am an artist/writer/poet/creator. Rejection is not a valid reason to quit, neither is the lack of audience. Inspiration and ideas seek you to manifest them. Show it you are ready and capable of doing that. Be ready, show up, do. Make commitment to the doing, not to the outcome. As artists, we all need some support and reassurance when we feel our creative muse is slightly less present. Here is an often updated

Exercises in creative absurdity

In his book Syntactic Structures (1957) Noam Chomsky used the example below in support of his hypothesis that the grammatical correctness of a sentence does not necessarily make it semantically meaningful. From a purely technical point of view, he might have had a point. From a creative point of view, however, I believe he was wrong.  Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. - Noam Chomsky The line between the portions of reality one references and what is possible to express verbally seems to dissolve when one begins playing with incompatible notions. It is in this interplay that the richness of language is fully revealed and original new perspectives arise. In this post I'm sharing my own linguistic experiments inspired by Chomsky's example. If play can be found at the center of everything we hold dear and call Life, then exploring the language universe and its freshness can add an extra layer of fun to existence. So here are my quietly rebellious tryouts in creative absurdity.

A Change of Feeling...and Perspective

What if you'd release all fear. What would it feel like to be free from any anxiety?  What would life taste like if you’d have the courage to experience it through the lens of joy and wholeness and laughter? Immersed in a permanent state of complete satisfaction and fulfillment. Endless gratitude and appreciation. Only seeing good in everything. Seeing every situation as an opportunity to expand on your happiness and freedom.  What would it be like to be free of envy and jealousy towards those who are/ have / are capable of doing exactly what you dream of? To not punish them in your thoughts but to wish them well? What if the comfort zone was exactly the place to grow because it gives you the safety you need in order to strengthen your wings before you learn to fly?  What if the world did not need to be fixed or improved or saved but just loved and appreciated. Left alone in peace and quiet. The planet was here long before we came around so it definitely does not need to be correct

Transcending Circumstances

Until you find new ways of seeing and thinking, you will keep perpetuating your current circumstance by recreating the old patterns over and over again. If you want change, find new ways of seeing, new ways of believing a desired and envisioned future in. Everything transforms into the perspective from which it is viewed. Once you find it, it will help you transcend your current circumstance. You can already, right this moment, transcend your current reality mentally. Bypass it and assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled.  How does that feel? Constancy, commitment, perseverance, focus, patience, path, purpose, clarity… Clarity of intent. Clarity of vision. Patiently cultivate them. Allow time to help them shape you. More inspiration for creative rebels and thinkers can be found at https://bit.ly/2Zra8GI

Unchained

Somewhere in the now distant mid 20 th century, the philosopher Erich Fromm stated that our greatest task as human beings is to continue giving birth to ourselves throughout our lives. To allow ourselves to be fully born time and time again long after our entry into the physical world, he claims, is to know the true meaning of freedom. We say we want freedom but we shy away from the responsibility of making choices. We’re forever avoiding being fully born by seeking refuge and excuses in comparing ourselves to others, in amusing ourselves to death, in demanding solutions from politicians, or simply allowing work to swallow us completely. We want to live by design yet we secretly hope to be told what to do, always seeking for recipes and formulae for happiness. "The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the ''social worker''-judge." - Michel Foucault We say we wish to b

The Bookshelf Poem

The Artist's way is to Show your work and Start with why or  A more beautiful question. The art of noticing invites you to embrace Paradoxical thinking, and  Stillness is the key to practising Essentialism: prioritizing your life around what truly matters. If you think like a futurist,  A 4-hour work week is enough, Especially if you could master fifty proven ways to be persuasive. Changing on the job will guide you to a new working identity. All transformation is a question of willingness and Mindset. Compile your own little book of talent And cultivate a new growth mindset.  Gamestorming can be your path towards learning by Leading from an emerging future with other Rebels at work. Cause rebels are the very salt of the earth They never eat alone, nor do they think about what others do. They are the business model generation with a Value proposition design for the  New business model "You". -- The bookshelf poem was written according to the rules below. It is a playful a