Joseph Campbell said, “The way of the artist and the way of the mystic are very much alike, except the mystic does not have a craft.” Creativity is not just a personal tool for our projects. It’s an alignment with a higher intelligence. The creative process allows us to have a conversation with Something greater [ Read more … ]
To view the world compassionately, we need the undeveloped capacities of our right cerebral hemisphere
To my mind, one of the most paradigm-changing statements of the 20th century was from Nobel laureate and neuroscientist Roger Sperry: There appears to be two modes of thinking, verbal and nonverbal, represented separately in left and right hemispheres, respectively. Our educational system, and science in general, tends to neglect the nonverbal form of intellect. [ Read more … ]
Breakthroughs happen when we open spaces we didn’t know existed.
Our world needs the artist’s cognitive capacities
The physicist Arthur Zajonc says that our culture needs the artist’s cognitive capacities. But what ARE those cognitive capacities? Perhaps those capacities include the artist’s willingness to be confused, welcoming any unlikely connection that shows up. Perhaps it’s his or her sensitivity to nuance and qualities of beauty that others miss. Perhaps artists are more [ Read more … ]
It’s medically proven that our brains make stuff up. Maybe trust the heart?
Our brains make stuff up. Confabulation is a medical term that refers to “the production or creation of false or erroneous memories without the intent to deceive.” (You could call it “honest lying.”) In other words, we humans can share false stories, genuinely believing they are true. from Confabulation: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals [ Read more … ]