Creativity Revealed – A Review

 

I just finished reading “Creativity Revealed: Discovering the Source of Inspiration” by Scott Jeffrey. I found the book to be a delightful journey through the creative process and an inspiration for me.

Scott divides the book into two sections. The first section gives us a tremendously helpful perspective on creativity. Scott draws from science, philosophy, psychology, and religion to give us not only a history lesson on creativity but also an opportunity to see how creativity in our culture has changed. He looks at both the Old World and New World of thought and creative process. I warn you, this may seem a bit daunting, but hang on as you read, it’s worth it.

The second half of the book dives us into what Scott calls “Uncovering the Creative Impulse”. In this section he clearly identifies the four creative archetypes (Student, Wanderer, Light, Scientist) and helps us realize that all four are necessary for creativity (he also helps us understand that it’s certainly not a linear process). He also begins to help us with extremely practical thoughts to help us not only be more creative but also to guard the creative spirit in all of us. He also spends some time helping us understand that our ego can limit our creativity by keeping us locked into our own perspectives, thoughts and judgements.

Here are some quotes:

  • “Smart businesses are now moving toward a highly flexible project team infrastructure where individual responsibilities rotate based on the needs of a particular project.” [This] systems approach to business – where a team operates in an organic fashion with less rigidity and fragmentation – is a natural corporate evolution to help keep up with an increasingly complex, dynamic world.”
  • “By staying flexible in your perspective, you open yourself to discovering a vastly different world that’s right under your nose.”
  • “Discovery often means simply the uncovering of something which has always been there but was hidden from the eye by the blinkers of habit.”
  • “Becoming aware of the mind’s dualistic (my position or the opposite) proclivity, we begin to notice a continuum of possibilities instead of an either-or scenario.”
  • “Herein lies a notable challenge for today’s Creative Professional: we lack the time and attention to thoroughly prepare ourselves for creative inspiration.
  • “Left unchecked the ego locks us into the endless cycle of cravings, wants, and desires. It is the primary block to assessing creativity or channeling the creative impulse.
  • “The ego is unnecessarily aligned in a counterproductive manner. The survival of self thrives on being busy.
  • “Management-by-crisis, guided by the demands of the moment, is how most of us operate. By living in reaction to the conditions present in our environment, we live at the mercy of our environment.
  • “With willingness to grow, we can flow with the events of life, always seeking Higher Ground. We can avoid rigidity and fragmented thinking because we know that when we are inflexible, our problems become insurmountable and our personal and professional growth is limited.”

I highly recommend Scott’s book. It has helped me and inspired me to seek more opportunities to be creative.

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