Extract from: The Psychology of Creative Success
This book is coming soon, as part of the Go Creative! series.
“W. Beran Wolfe said it sagely in his classic How To Be Happy Though Human: “If we want to know what happiness is we must seek it not as if it were a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but among human beings who are living richly and fully…
“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.”
Sages, artists, and creativists have always known the truth of this and now science has added a biochemical explanation. Conscious creation causes us to secrete dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.
“Dopamine,” says Psychology Today “enables us not only to see rewards but to take action to move toward them.”
This is my experience and the experience of countless numbers of people I’ve worked with. I am a happy woman so long as there’s a poem to write, a photo to take, a book to edit, trip to arrange, a cause to further, a meal to make.
I now know that creativism can be practiced in any sphere or situation, from money to marriage, from launching a rocket ship to putting the children to bed.
And I’ve now seen it benefits people of both sexes, from many different countries, classes and creeds, and at every level of income.
I’ve seen lives so completely, and reliably, transformed that I now pass on these tools, tips and techniques whenever I can. ( Hence the Go Creative! book series, The Go Creative! Show and the online Creativist Club.)
I teach the same simple practices, over and again, without ever tiring of them, because my understanding of their profound potential continues to deepen.
It’s not just a personal quest, though. Each of us accessing our own creative power, making what we most truly want and making the changes in our lives that allow us to do so, is the best hope not just for each of us individually, but for collective humanity.
Only a creative leap can bring about the transformation we now need, to enable us to live in harmony with our planet and with each other.
This is not a utopian view but a considered analysis of human development to date. (More on this in Go Creative! It’s Your Native State).
For the first time in history, we have the necessary conditions: the knowledge of human psychology across time and place, the understanding of how our brains and bodies work and evolve; the networks and communication systems; and evolving democracy and post-capitalism taking root around the world.
Far from being an impossible pipe dream, more communitarianism and creativism in our world is, as you will read in this book, already happening on an unprecedented scale.
Making it more widespread, the majority experience, is part of our unfolding evolution. You and I can flow with this creativist tide and, in so doing, augment and amplify it.
It’s my hope that the books and other initiatives will help the creativist trickle reach full flow in our world.
It’s also my hope that this work-and-play-book will set the conditions for your creative success, however you define it.
When pursuing a big creative project, especially as a freelance, we need support, we need motivation and we need self-care.
Make sure you have people who can help you to connect daily with what you most want to create.
For good creative company, check out: The Alliance of Independent Authors and the upcoming Creativist Club”