Extraordinary Times and Creativity

Find your waySomeday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination. – Carl Jung

We are living at perhaps the most pivotal time in human history where the changes and challenges in the world are vast. Jean Houston, one of the founders of the human consciousness movement who has worked work with over 40 different cultures and in 100 different countries, has found there are “five different, huge shifts in our understanding of our human nature and the story of our time that are affecting everything we do today, and awakening to these shifts will help you cultivate your sense of compassion and of the infinite possibilities of this moment.”

She has identified the five main shifts to include: 1. Our understanding of who and what we are and what we need to become in order to be able to deal with the complexity of our time; 2. Human societies are in the process of re-patterning. Social constructs are dissolving and whole new stories are trying to emerge, such as the rise of women into a full partnership with men across the globe, and many others; 3. The way we conduct business and commerce is shifting and this impacts almost everything in our lives. 4. The rise and fusion of different cultures, moving towards a planetary civilization that values and accentuates the uniqueness of each culture while blending them together. Think of the great fusions of food and of music and of beliefs; 5. Whole new orders of spirituality are emerging that are not about religion. The new cosmologies are giving us a view of ourselves that we never had before. For the first time ever, we find that we don’t live in the universe, but that the universe lives in us.

When I read her five areas of shifts, I started thinking of the important role creativity can play in these shifting times. Everyone has creative abilities and they are not limited to just the arts. The ability to solve problems creatively can help us in every area of our life. And creativity is not the domain of just a few gifted individuals. Everyone is born with the same capacity to be creativity. It just needs to cultivated and encouraged.

Creative thinking and imagination can help us step out of habitual patterns of doing and seeing things and gives us access to new ways of a looking at a problem and finding solutions. It makes us more adaptable. Asking questions can open us to creative solutions.

Questions like “What would it take to change this situation? or What would it take to attract more clients to my business? or What would it take for me to find a new job? or How can I be more creative in my life? Then don’t try to figure out the answer with your conscious mind. Just let the question go and then start to pay attention to any hunches, synchronicities, or bright ideas that pop into your head. That’s part of how creativity works. Play with it and see.

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  1. Thank you for this wonderful post putting the recent cataclysmic history into some context and with a prescription for a positive resolution. Encouraging everyone’s creativity seems like the key to a world that works. <3 <3

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    suzanne Reply:

    You are most welcome. Thank you for recognizing how important creativity is at this time. It reminded me of the popular quote from Einstein, to paraphrase it, “the level of thinking that got us into this mess, won’t get us out of it”. A shift in consciousness is require. Creativity helps to expand us in that way. <3<3

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