Creativity’s gift

“Creativity can never be indifferent.

Creativity cares – because creativity is love.

Creativity is the function of love and care.

Creativity cannot be indifferent. If you are indifferent, by and by all your creativity will disappear.

Creativity needs passion, aliveness, energy.

Creativity needs that you should remain a flow, an intense, passionate flow…” Osho

I always considered myself as a creative person. (You can read here and here my previous posts about my creativity interest)

I am not the most creative person that I know, but I do have a great deal of creativity approach to whatever I set my mind to do, a great deal of imagination, 3D thinking, sometimes poping up ideas like a warmed up popcorn, being able to see the big picture and perspective of something while not giving rest if a tiny detail is not perfect as I want it in my work…so I keep searching for new and new creative approaches to satisfy my initial idea, taking all the time needed to make the idea at its best level, at least in my opinion.

And after reading this article I started to understand myself, I find myself in each and every single trait mentioned in the articles below. 

From the article :The Creative Personality: Ten paradoxical traits of the creative personality

Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfillment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living.

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. Most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the result of creativity.

What makes us different from apes–our language, values, artistic expression, scientific understanding, and technology–is the result of individual ingenuity that was recognized, rewarded, and transmitted through learning.

When we’re creative, we feel we are living more fully than during the rest of life. The excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab comes dose to the ideal fulfillment we all hope to get from life, and so rarely do.

Perhaps only sex, sports, music, and religious ecstasy–even when these experiences remain fleeting and leave no trace–provide a profound sense of being part of an entity greater than ourselves.

But creativity also leaves an outcome that adds to the richness and complexity of the future.

I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things.

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.’

If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an “individual,” each of them is a “multitude.”

So I’m not simple, I’m complex…
now my current search and attraction for simplicity seems to be a Fata Morgana, something that I will never achieve…but then again, I don’t back up, never say never, my mind is set, locked and determined on this objective and at least I can invest all effort into it and see where it leads. As I read through these articles, there are high chances that I’ll breed a new contradictory trait :))) complexity in some moments while plain simplicity in anothers!! :)))) 

From the article Understanding Creative People:

More than ever before, our world needs people who are alive and inspired, who have new visions, new ideas for implementing them, and new energy. However, as much as corporations, classrooms, and clinical centers say they want to support creativity, they usually end up stifling it.

For one thing, creative people are often misunderstood as undisciplined, or misdiagnosed as having a personality disorder, when in fact they are absolutely healthy within a creative norm, and capable of brilliant work when recognized, nurtured, and supported in developing their expressive capacities.

From the article The complexity of the creative personality:

 Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi includes descriptions of the multiple characteristics of creative people.

In a post of hers, Juliet Bruce, Ph.D. notes that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high-ee) wrote, “If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.”

“Like the color white that includes all colors, they tend to bring together the entire range of human possibilities within themselves. Creativity allows for paradox, light, shadow, inconsistency, even chaos –and creative people experience both extremes with equal intensity.”

Here are a few qualities he lists, as Bruce summarizes:

  • A great deal of physical energy alternating with a great need for quiet and rest.
  • Highly sexual, yet often celibate, especially when working.
  • Smart and naïve at the same time. A mix of wisdom and childishness. Emotional immaturity along with the deepest insights.
  • Convergent (rational, left brain, sound judgment) and divergent (intuitive, right brain, visionary) thinking…
  • Both extroverted and introverted, needing people and solitude equally.
  • Humble and proud, both painfully self-doubting and wildly self-confident.
  • May defy gender stereotypes, and are likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but those of the other as well. A kind of psychic androgyny.
  • Can be rebellious and independent on one hand, and traditional and conservative on the other.
  • A natural openness and sensitivity that often exposes them to extreme suffering and pain, yet also to a great deal of enjoyment. Despair alternates with bliss, despair when they aren’t working, and bliss when they are.

The most important quality among creative people, says Csikszentmilhalyi, is the ability to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake.

All these  traits are explained in detail in this article

I literally cannot argue with any of these traits, I’ve seen them in me many times and probably friends around me as well. The more creative you are, the more you display these traits…and I know people more creative than me or better said more focused on creative areas than me and they are even more fitted to this research.

The final sentence it’s also true for me, I do appreciate so much the current moment, the process of creation instead of the objective of creation, I’m enjoying it to the maximum, I’m giving my best for that moment to be developed into a lovely creation for my taste and I’m really enjoying it, that’s why I love the projects that I get myself into, because I choose only those that fit my personality and need for creation.

Plus I know generally that  in life a moment it’s never the same in the future even if you would recreate it to the best of your abilities….a moment it’s there to enjoy it then and there, with no extra added weights from the past or the future, and creative moods are sometimes so precious and so enjoyable that anything else added would just ruin these moods. Instead of ruining these precious moments, I always choose to live the moment and make it as creative and wonderful as possible.