So you think you're not creative? Think about this, every day you speak
to others using a language that you learned as a child. Quite often
you create something new with your language by changing tones,
combinations of words, or even creating new words, and it happens
effortlessly. Your language also brings you new ideas from others.
We have been conviced to look at works of art as "creations" conceived
complete in the minds of humans with superior creativity called
"artists". If you suspect there's something very wrong with this,
Creative results in art, or anything else in life, are just patterns
that are generated from a process. Just like you speak your native
Repair is a necessary part of all patterns and process, and there is
much disgrace attached to mistakes these days. Mistake and repair are
the ONLY method we have of making progress. A rocket guidance system
works by correcting mistakes, and so does a human. No mistakes, no
You can't expect to cough up a flawless anything, much tinkering
is always required. Our cultural fear of mistakes leads to the
expectation of flawless works of art created in one grand flourish, and
the fear that "I'm just not creative enough" when you can't create
In anything creative that you do, it's just a long process of trial and
error, with observation and your intuition acting as a check and
Creativity in anything also comes from being in contact with your
Satisfaction cannot be reached solely by inner work. Much suffering has
come from the thought that the individual is completely self sufficient
and not dependent on their surroundings. India has been one example of
this, focusing on inner spiritual development to the exclusion of other
Patterns and their parts and pieces that bring pleasure, comfort, and
creativity to your life will balance and compliment each other.
Nature has recognizable patterns i.e. waves,the seasons, your genetic
code, but nature is never modular. Nature is full of almost similar
units, occuring over and over,but the details of the similar units are
never the same. Waves are broadly the same (a pattern) with no two
waves alike. This is why you are capable of creative and original
thought and action. The particular details built into your mind as
original equipment are completely original, and just sitting there
waiting for you to find them.
Just piling up parts and pieces will rarely form a pleasing pattern,
nor will random patterns compliment each other.The individual parts
have to be under some deeper regulation. Fortunately the "detector" for
the deeper regulation is built right into you as what you feel.
feelings = Intuition
Asking how something feels is not the same as asking for an opinion or
if something is in "good or "bad" taste.
Feeling requires heart, not brain.
You will find an unusual amount of agreement in peoples feelings, but
not in their opinions, thoughts, or tastes.
Example..how would you feel about living in a stainless steel box as
opposed to your home. Your thoughts and opinions might see benefit in
the efficiency of the stainless steel box, stainless steel boxes may be
considered to be cool and trendy, and easy to clean and maintain, but
anyone would feel horrible living there for any length of time.
Your real feelings can be very hard to reach. It takes effort to see
through the noise and chatter of your mind throwing up "opinions" and
"tastes", not to mention "peer pressure" and all the junk constantly
thrown at you by the media. It just takes some time and attention to
what you're working on while you wait for the brain chatter to
subside and you can have access to your real feelings.
It's not that the feeling isn't there or is unreliable. It just takes a
long immersion in the things you are working on to find out what
actually does feel better.
Our current trends to do everything faster and faster don't help. What
often seems a failure of long term vision, or ignoring lessons of
history, are just going too fast to hear what the heart is saying.
Finding those comfortable patterns in your environment provides the
counterbalance to stress and conflict. The comfort comes from
satisfying very basic human needs. Things like light, food,
Stress and conflict are a normal part of life, but if you can't
eventually resolve the stress you will exhaust yourself.
Individual humans, businesses and governments can overstep their
authority when they attempt to control too many parts of a pattern.
This control stuff is self defeating. It kills the possibilities for
creative change. Look at the internet, It's a good example of what
happens when you don't (or can't) control.
One of the more helpful things to zero in on your feelings is to
actually, physically, do something with the thing you're working on,
whether you "know what you're doing" or not. The only knowledge you
really need to start with would be if there are any safety issues to
watch out for. I'm no fan of Nike, but their "just do it" motto makes
If you find yourself getting so far into something that you're losing
track of time, congratulations!. You've gone over the wall into the
"flow" state, a heightened state of human consciousness where it seems
to be much easier to discover the things your feelings are leading you
Feeling and pattern recognition is like training a muscle, the more you
do it the easier it gets. The more you observe, the more you notice,
and the more quickly you know when you are on target.
the inventory of patterns in any combination of patterns keeps
changing, some drop out, some become rare, new ones appear.
Fortunately, improvements come via a piece here, and then a piece
there, so you never have to throw away the entire inventory. If all
patterns were linked and you had to improve them all when you improved
one it just wouldn't work.
So be patient with yourself, jump right in, focus intensely and take it
from the heart.
It's all just sitting there waiting for you.