Principles of Getting Messy: Teaching and learning are courageous. They take us into unknown places with unknown outcomes. Being a learner (letting yourself get messy) is what encourages creative insight to happen. There’s always possibility under the surface. It’s just that you need a certain way of looking to see it. From Getting Messy: A [ Read more … ]
Albert Einstein said that imagination is the “highest form of research.” The Australian animal pathologist William Ian Beardmore Beveridge (1908-2006), said that facts and ideas are “dead in themselves. It is the imagination that gives them life.” We humans are blessed with the ability to imagine a world beyond the ordinary. Let’s make good use [ Read more … ]
Creativity allows us to prioritize the present moment over our thinking. We’re the most human when we’re being creative. And when we give something–a project, a seminar, a relationship, a dilemma–space, the next right action naturally presents itself.
After I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, I tried very hard to do what I was ‘supposed’ to do—interview for an academic teaching position at some sort of prestigious university. But I couldn’t do it. Instead, I moved to the wilderness of northwest Montana. Here’s what happened instead: I developed self-reliance. In [ Read more … ]
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 … ]