Notice what happens when you listen to your inner knowing and what happens when you don't. Consciously listen and follow through with action when you are aware of the thoughts, feelings and images that pop in, and see what happens.
Both imagination and wonder can be nurtured by stories from our childhood, by fairy tales, by books, dramas, and musical performances -- in short, by exposure to the great and the beautiful in any form.
Creative people all share five key cognitive processes that are consistent across culture, hierarchy and situational circumstance. Let's take a look at the primary aspects of this critical bent of mind.
Ron Erickson is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the high technology, telecommunications, micro-computer, and digital media industries. Mr. Erickson is also the founder of Visualant, Inc.
After all, imagination and creativity can change the world. Edward de Bono gave a lecture to my class two years ago and warned us that the only problem with the world was that we stopped thinking and were looking for answers only via search engines.
Alas, my bloodshot eyes remind me that not everyone is teachable. I've long since figured out a way to game the system -- and stay up notwithstanding the siren call of "goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere."
A crucial issue was how to project the number of prisoners in 10-15 years. As it turns out, there was a simple algorithm for that: What percentage of 10 and 11-year-olds currently cannot read? "And certainly couldn't read for pleasure," he added.
There's the intoxicating flame of creating, of feeling inspiration hit you. And then there's the equally heady, very different feeling of watching someone you've inspired -- a child, a student -- catch fire himself. Sometimes the two come together.
Each of us desperately hopes, in some dark secret corner of our hearts, that there really is such a thing as second sight or voodoo magic. This isn't only because we love to be entertained, but because we long to be transported into other worlds.
Mystery books are great, but I'm talking about the unknown when I start a book or see a movie. I don't need to see a trailer before a movie to sell me on it. Likewise, I don't need to read a review or summary before I start reading a new book. Just a taste will do.
Imagination takes energy. Perhaps this is why adults are often less imaginative than children; with all of the work and responsibility that adults have to deal with, it's sometimes difficult to find time to be creative. Not to mention it's downright exhausting.
Even momentarily concentrating on healthy solutions rewires psychological patterns to receive and share healthy sexual love in the present. Here are three meditations with the themes of inhibition, sexual safety, and imagination for you to ponder and practice this week.
Now that I've actually read Sheryl Sandberg's richly rewarding book Lean In, I can't help but observe my own daily behavior differently. My field, my work and my life are radically different from Sandberg's, yet I cringed with recognition at so many of her anecdotes and examples.