All creativity begins with the moment of conception.
That little piece of kindling that gets the fire going. That initial source of inspiration that takes on a life of its own. That single note from which the entire symphony grows. That single spark of life that signals an idea’s movement value, almost screaming to us, something wants to be built here.
Based on my books in The Prolific Series, I’m going to be deconstructing my favorite moments of conception from popular movies. Each post will contain a video clip from a different film, along with a series of lessons we can learn from the characters.
Today's clip comes from the energy scene in The Celestine Prophecy:
Nobody wants to be friends with a taker. Some people are exhausting to be around. To them, everything is an emergency, every experience is a trigger for outrage, and every piece of information is a crisis. They’re poor victims of the passive injustice around them. And their incessant drama baits you into a life of worry, and their vortex of chaos devours and swallows your energy every time you interact with them. They’re like an emotional black hole whose gravitational pull is futile to resist. Blech. And yet, there’s no hope trying to scrub our lives clean of energy drainers. Instead, we ought to focus on improving our own ability to do the opposite. To be someone who lifts others up. To become known as the one who contributes meaningfully to everyone they encounter. Energy, after all, is interactional currency. It’s a social gift. And giving it to people is one of the highest forms of human generosity. But it’s not a technique. There’s no seven step process for giving energy. It’s simply a matter of intention and attention. Caring enough about people to observe how they experience themselves in relation to you. And believing that the world is ready for the energy you are here to deliver. A friend of mine who runs a career counseling agency used to say her goal was to add wood to people’s internal fire, not sprinkle water on it. I always thought that was a perfect way to look at the energy exchange. Allowing both people to reflect heat onto one another like logs in a fireplace. Does interacting with you add to people’s life force, or devour and swallow their energy?
Get the idea to ground zero. Holacracy literature suggests that for an organization, any tension sensed by anyone anywhere should have a place to go to get rapidly and reliably processed into some kind of meaningful change. The theory is, if the company can do something with people’s tension, it becomes energy, not frustration. Interesting way to manage an organization. In fact, it’s also a useful strategy for managing the creative process. Because the job of the artist is to manage our tensions. To metabolize our thoughts and feelings and emotions into meaningful expressions. That’s the stuff great art is made of. And so, we need a process for moving those tensions downstream so they can processed and entrusted into a concrete system. It all starts with ground zero, which is entry point into the creative processing workflow. Think of it as the loading dock where raw materials enter the idea factory. It could be a folder or a database or a document or a whiteboard covered with sticky notes. Whichever tool we choose, the point is to master the habit of getting our ideas to ground zero. Immediately. Without even thinking. Because the mind is a terrible office. And we do our brains a disservice anytime we fail to offload our feelings into the system. That would be like an organization full of employees with unrealized, unprocessed tensions. The point is, ideas were never meant to stay that way. It’s not about the seed, it’s about the tree it grows into, the forest it becomes a part of, the landscape it belongs to and the new life that flourishes within it. What are your ideas becoming?
Make paying attention to your intuition a priority. Synchronicity is a very real thing. The experience of two or more events that are meaningfully related is an occurrence that happens all day, every day, all around the world. But only to people who are looking for it. Only to people who expect their intuition to be there for them. Because the reality is, synchronicity it not magic. Mysterious coincidences are not the work of relativity theory or quantum mechanics or extrasensory perception or god’s way of being anonymous. Jung himself even said that synchronicity could not be understood as anything except a phenomenon of energy. And so, what people are likely experiencing in these glorious moments of rare and perfect harmony is elevated awareness. Focused intention. Hyperactive listening. Cognitive bias. Show me someone who makes paying attention to their intuition a priority, and I’ll show you someone with multiple moments of synchronicity in their daily life. But show me a person who’s afraid to use their intuition because they don’t want to have to defend it without logical explanation, and I’ll show you a person whose life is in disharmony. I experiences synchronous moments on a daily basis. But only because I expect to. Do you notice extraordinary beauty all around you?
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