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Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby partofit22 on Fri May 09, 2014 2:12 pm

Susan Moon - Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative - 38:28
http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/266/talk/7021/
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Re: Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat May 10, 2014 5:00 am

I must say, I like the nicely ambiguous title of Alan Watts' autobiography:

"In My Own Way".

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Re: Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat May 10, 2014 5:03 am

What I make is sawdust, shavings, and chips.

What's left behind is what people seem to value.

The sawdust, shavings, and chips I keep, and use in the garden in compost, and mulch.

What's left behind, I sell, or give away.

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Re: Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Sat May 10, 2014 4:19 pm

In my college studies I came across a nice saying that "learning is making something strange into something familiar, and creativity is making something familiar into something strange." Here "strange" means something different than what is already known.

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Re: Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby desert_woodworker on Sun May 11, 2014 1:13 am

Gregory,

Your reply reminds me of a poem I wrote for our sangha's Poetry and Art Journal here, THE BUDDHIST STEW, one year.

It was your, "making something familiar into something strange" that did it (a very nice notion of what creativity results in, I feel! Thanks).

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Why NASA Should Fund Poetry

Space-exploration
sends out familiar sensors
to unusual places.

Poetry...
sends out unusual sensors
to familiar places,

...and familiar sensors
to unusual places,

...and familiar sensors
to familiar places,

...and unusual sensors
to unusual places.

Four times the bang for the buck!

BANG!

--Joe (Oct., 2000)

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Gregory Wonderwheel wrote:In my college studies I came across a nice saying that "learning is making something strange into something familiar, and creativity is making something familiar into something strange.". Here "strange" means something different than what is already known.
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Re: Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Sun May 11, 2014 5:15 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:Why NASA Should Fund Poetry

Space-exploration
sends out familiar sensors
to unusual places.

Poetry...
sends out unusual sensors
to familiar places,

...and familiar sensors
to unusual places,

...and familiar sensors
to familiar places,

...and unusual sensors
to unusual places.

Four times the bang for the buck!

BANG!

--Joe (Oct., 2000)


LOL!
Nagarjuna takes over NASA!

Thanks

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Re: Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby desert_woodworker on Sun May 11, 2014 10:23 pm

Gregory,

I thought there might be other ways of filling-in that schema, and sure enough, there's yet more mileage to be gotten from it. But this is a new twist, since there's just one activity, but doing two things.

So, coincidentally, I heard a line today, spoken in a TED talk by someone working in advertizing, who gave a definition of "Marketing".

To him, Marketing is: "Making new things common, and making common things new."

--Joe

Gregory Wonderwheel wrote:In my college studies I came across a nice saying that "learning is making something strange into something familiar, and creativity is making something familiar into something strange."
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Re: Getting Out of Our Own Way to be Creative

Postby Guo Gu on Mon May 12, 2014 10:13 pm

one has to get out of one's own way (sort to say) in order to do anything. otherwise, life is not life.
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