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Your Elusive Creative Genius Later on everything changed. Humans became the center and creativity was thought to come solely from them. This was a big mistake, because letting people believe they are the source is too much responsibility and it distorts their fragile egos. This puts the creative minds under too much pressure. At least once in their life, every creative mind will create something so successful that they will be very praised for it. However, the next day or never after, the individual may not experience similar feelings. This may be very hard to accept especially in the creative world. The individual will feel like any other person, an aging mortal. Consequently, the person will be very worried because he believes that he will not have a similar experience again, because he does not believe that these extraordinary feelings or ideas came from within him. One can imagine that this experience was given to him by an imaginary power to cultivate and then to pass on to others. This belief will lessen the anxiety of the person. Elizabeth Gilbert tells us just to do our job. If the elusive creative genius decides to assist us, then fantastic, if not we must just do our job anyhow. Creativity and Suffering Over the past years, their has been a big death count of creative minds. Many people believe, that this enormous suicide rate, is due to the fact that these artists have been undone by their gifts.
(See example # 1, next). Idea: Why not think of it the way that the Greek and Romans thought of it? Why not believe that you are being assisted by some unseen source?
(See example #2, next) Artists can sometimes find themselves in a situation where they seem to be afraid of their own work and creations.
"Why are they afraid?", you ask. Writers and other creative minds fall into depression or mental instability because they believe they have already peaked in their field of work. They are forever bound to the thought that once their work achieves ultimate success they will never be able to top that again. Example #1 Norman Miller, a renown writer, states that each book he writes kills him a little more than the precedent. Example #2: The famous american poet, Ruth Stone, would hear a poem rushing towards her and she would run home to write it down. However, the poem sometimes escaped and went to look for another poet. At other times, Ruth would almost miss the poem and she would catch it by the tail and bring it back towards her so she could write it down. Brainstorming Then came the Renaissance... Artists and Failure To avoid such situations, the creative minds need a Protective Psychological Construct.
It will allow them to put distance between them and their creations.
In other words, it will protect them from the results of their work. From the beginning to the end... Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how, from the beginning to the end of their careers, creative minds are judged about their success, past creations and latest creations. Creativity and suffering People tend to link creativity and suffering, and believe that attempting to take action in the creative process will only lead to anguish and pain. Dangerous paths... The artists, authors and other creative minds that tend to think that creativity will lead to misery, end up walking down a dark and dangerous path of depression and sorrow. We need a solution !!! How is it possible to be a creative genius and not fall into that pit of despair? How can we save the artists of today and avoid that dangerous path? Solutions in the past?! Certain solutions to this issue, between creative minds and their work, can be found in the past. Elizabeth Gilbert researched other societies, in older times, to help these creative people. Greece, Rome and Creativity In ancient Greece and Rome, creativity was not thought to be derived from people. In fact, they believed that divine attendant spirits would give artists their ideas and aid them in their work. Rome: Rome referred to these attendant spirits as Geniuses. However, they were not considered to be particularly clever, despite their name. They are entities that live in the walls of workplaces and assist the artists. Greece: The greek called the spirits Daemons. They spoke wisdom to the creative minds from afar and offered them advice about their work. Socrates, the classical greek philosopher, believed that he had a Daemon. Example: Protection: These attendant spirits shielded the authors and artists from their work. For example, If the work of art is too brilliant, the fact that the creator was assisted by the Genius prevents narcissism, since he can not take all the credit for what he made. On the other hand, if the work failed, it was not entirely the artist's fault since the spirit failed as well. Relation Between Source and Artist Creative people have to be able to relate with the external force so they do not lose their minds. At some times, the unseen force may be a hindrance and may cause the artist more trouble than it would do good. In those cases it would be better that the artist rid himself of it for a while. Their must be a sort of collaboration between the external force and the artist.
(See example #3 , next) Example #3: The musician, Tom Waits, was a tormented artist, who always wanted to control his creative impulses. One day he heard a melody coming out of nowhere . However, he was unable to write it down because he was driving. So he looked up at the sky and expelled the music from his mind by telling it to come back at a more convenient time.
Elizabeth Gilbert also spoke with this unidentifiable source when she was Writing the book, "Eat, Pray, Love". She told it that if it didn't want to help her, it didn't matter because she was just dooing her job. In Conclusion... link Need a hand? Yes please... Thought so. attendant spirit creative mind