Our Intellectual Mind Doesn’t CREATE
In the daily process of developing our life, generating ideas, material and proof, our tendency can be to try to “figure it all out” – to wrestle life questions to the ground, if you will, by using the logical left brain. We would like life to be less mysterious and more concrete, to make constructing a life predictable and manageable. We tell ourselves, life has a big structural component, where pre-planning is essential, we may feel our main resource is our intellect – and its ability to compare and contrast, analyze and critique, order and arrange.
While there is definitely a place for these capacities in the living and growing process, none of them are really “being.” They are about working with something that has already been “created” or “imagined” – ideas and visions that have come to us, at some point, which intrigued, inspired, and compelled us. These ideas need structuring and development with the intellectual mind, but this reliable “left brain” is just not set up to generate new material, new moments that grab us emotionally (and can grab others).
So what part of us is? I know what Mozart said about this: “When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer – it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best, and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not, nor can I force them…” I don’t think he was just talking about the initial inspiration for a project.
He was talking about the daily process by which life is lived… Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way says, “Life is about getting something down, not about thinking something up.” I agree. Receiving ideas, having the freedom for inspiration for growth, from wherever they come is the first and most important part of the life process. And I mean every kind of idea, every piece of wisdom, every day – whether it’s about our character, an emotion, our words, the human condition, our standing, our blessings. I suggest our top priority is to be a conduit for those flashes of insight that just come to us, and feel right – and keep the intellect in its rightful secondary position as a tool that can then work with these ideas, once we’ve received them. That is true creativity. That is living a life not planned. A free and inspired life.
Peace and Blessings