A is for Aha, Ha ha and Ahh, three dimensions of creative intelligence. The creativity theorist Arthur Koestler gave us these. Aha is a sense of insight, when we move beyond what we formerly knew: the Yes! Eureka! I get it! moment. Ha-ha is our sense of the absurd, the way we laugh when opposites combine, waking us out of our usual, singular way of seeing. Ahhh is the peace and freedom we feel when we sense our interbeing with others, with something beyond ourselves.
B. Begin with being – Be. Just. Where. You. Are.
C. Can. “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
D. Dimensions of Mind. You have three: 1. Surface (Ego) Mind. 2. Deep (Emotional/Imaginative) Mind. 3. Beyond (Inspirational) Mind. Your creative intelligence encompasses all three dimensions.
E. Enthusiasm. (Literal translation from ancient greek: “the creator within”) Find your enthusiasms so creativity can commence.
F. Fear: the best way beyond it is through it.
G. Gather for growth. “People are like earth. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.” Plato.
H. Hurry is rarely necessary. Creation takes its own sweet time. Slow down, you’re movin’ too fast… life is lovely, all is groovy.
I. Imagination is not some sort of icing on the cake of life. It’s the oven in which it’s baked.
J. Just as it should be. That’s how life is. Even when it doesn’t feel that way to our surface minds.
K. Knowledge has been overrated. As has information. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein.
L. Look after your ideas. Nurture and protect them. “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown.” — Charles Brower
M. Meditate. In your own silence is your own true freedom and your own creative power. (Try: Inspiration Meditation, especially devised to foster creative flow.)
N. Never take a nap without a notebook.
O. Open up. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pierce
P. Pain is inevitable as long as you identify with your surface, ego mind. Go deeper. Go beyond.
Q. Questions are the hallmark of creative intelligence.
R. Recognise your resistance. Observe the many clever ways in which your surface mind resists what is good for you. To judge this resistance, to try to control or banish it, just strengthens it by adding thought to thought. Recognising it is enough to dissolve it.
S. Self-care (good food, exercise, sleep, meditation, FREE writing) will keep you steady, give you what the Buddhists call solidity. “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Flaubert.
T. Timetable. Know, roughly, what you’re doing when. Deviate if necessary.
U. Unique. Be that — by being all that you are.
V. Virtuoso. What they will call you when surface, deep and beyond mind are integrated in you.
W. Wisdom. Another word for love. An unloving deed is creatively unintelligent — for the doer as well as the done-to.
X. Experiment to exceed your expectations.
Y. Yes to life, whatever it’s sending: that’s the (creative) spirit.
Z. Z-z-z-z. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” Leonardo da Vinci