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Being Creative in a Mad World: Looking

To be creative you must pay attention to the world around you. Creativity is born out of an interest in life and other people. Turn your gaze outward. Search out the telling detail, ready for the moment the mask drops and the truth is revealed. People watching is a favourite inspiration, but sometimes depressing. You… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Looking

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Being Creative in a Mad World: Rebelling

True creativity happens right on the edge of rebellion, on the edge of chaos. This is where life functions at its best: at a point of dynamic equilibrium. Always changing, always transforming into something else. It is impossible to be alive and avoid transformation. Life always seeks to renew and expand, spread out and master… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Rebelling

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Being Creative in a Mad World: Acting

To be creative you must act. Creativity is meaningless if it isn’t acted upon and made real. If you do nothing, you’ve got nothing. You become what you do. In the face of the immensity of the universe and overwhelmed by your own smallness, it’s easy to believe you are insignificant. You work to create… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Acting

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Being Creative in a Mad World: Encountering

Encountering means confronting life and yourself. This isn’t an aggressive confrontation with lots of bared teeth and frowning. It is non-demanding – more like an embrace. But not clinging, not a death grip. It’s about giving your creativity space to breathe, holding it in your mind and letting it be. You do without doing. In… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Encountering

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Being Creative in a Mad World: Committing

Committing to living creatively means you care. It’s an investment in yourself, in your future, in the process of creating, and in others. You are entangled with your inspiration and passions, like two quarks linked across time and space, pulsing with the dance of life. Failure to commit is a refusal to live consciously or… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Committing

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Being Creative in a Mad World: Doubting

If you are creative then you’re paying attention to the world around you and exploring your inner world looking for inspiration and passion. But the more you look, the more you will doubt. You can’t take anything at face value. You must penetrate the surface of life to find the truth. Like a good scientist,… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Doubting

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Being Creative in a Mad World: Meaning

What is the meaning of life? We all have our favourite answers to this question, but it’s a mistake to think meaning exists out there in the world somewhere, just waiting for you to discover it. Of course, you can take your sense of meaning from outside yourself, in family, career or accomplishment, but this… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Meaning

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Being Creative in a Mad World: Thinking

Creativity involves much thought. Most of the work of writing is thinking: questioning, investigating, exploring and researching, turning the idea round and round, interrogating it from every angle. There are many different ways to think, but if you want to be creative you must allow intuition and feeling to influence and guide your thoughts. Pure… Continue reading Being Creative in a Mad World: Thinking