Have you ever channelled all your energy toward finishing a certain artwork or composition?
Have you felt that pulsating frustration of not being able to perfectly capture a thought or a vision?
And when you finally do, you feel this sense of transcendence — like you have personified the phoenix metaphor cliché — while marvelling at the magnificence of your creation with utter disbelief that something so beautiful could come from you.
That, my friend, is the wonderful feeling of flow shared by most of the world’s creatives.
Everything around you, from the heart-wrenching spoken poetry and that catchy jingle you can’t seem to shake off to that hip campaign ad and those elaborate graffiti-painted walls, is the product of abounding creativity.
Have you ever thought about the artists behind these wonderful works?
How were they able to come up with such excellent ideas and the inhuman abilities to turn them into reality?
What do they do differently compared to most people?
What does it take to be creative like them?
Creativity is more about discipline and attitude than it is about talent. Though it could be something you’re born with, a special gift from the gods, it’s how the talent is honed, wielded, and developed that unleashes its true potential.
So you could begin with a mustard seed of potential and grow it into a fruit-bearing tree with determination, focus, and persistence.
Regardless of whether or not you’ve already tapped into your inner Picasso or unleashed the full extent of your Steven Spielberg, you can start by emulating certain characteristics that one creative shares with the other.
Each person has a different creative process that would be impossible to copy and come up with the same artistic results. After all, the idea isn’t to be a second-rate imitation of anyone but to follow in the footsteps of those we’ve come to admire and find our individual footing along the way.
I’ve compiled a list of seven traits that most, if not all, creatives share. These traits would be the best place to start in harnessing your creative prowess.
1. Creative people have an “associative” orientation.
The connection of creativity to our brain’s processes has been the object of study many times over. It was discovered that when you conceptualize original ideas, there is an increase in activity in the brain’s “associative” region.
Interestingly, this is also the area that works during the times when we are not concentrating. In fact, it also works when we are in a state similar to daydreaming! Guess this proves that daydreaming is not a waste of time, huh?
Another study has backed this up and published revolutionary results of how mind wandering can generate benefits such as creativity, goal-driven thoughts, and improvising.
If you think that this seems like a big job for one region of the brain, don’t worry. The associative region doesn’t work alone. While it dishes out new and excellent ideas, the administrative control area evaluates them to see if they are practical or applicable. These two brain processes make creative people incredibly imaginative and playful.
2. They notice everything.
Creative people are keen observers. They take in every opportunity or situation they see and twist it into something cool, dramatic, and original.
For example, most writers share the habit of going on spontaneous walks in search for inspiration or powerful stimuli for their next bestseller. This has been the answer to so many questions of how something grand was incepted: “I went for a walk.”
It’s not so much about looking as it is about seeing.
Sometimes, people obsess so much about the search that they fail to stop and actually see, perceive, take in and understand, interpret, and speculate. You don’t need to see something different, but you need to start seeing things differently and from a new perspective.
Creative people catch details that most people miss because they observe using all their senses.
They are also more focused on little things that may not catch the attention of other people. Anything can inspire them to create something. Because of this, they can explore ideas and endless possibilities.
Observing and gathering information and input from others is also a passion in itself.
Creative people love learning new things and hearing about other people’s observations as well. They value opinions, thoughts, and emotions and use all of these combined as the perfect ingredients for their upcoming masterpiece.
Being naturally curious and inquisitive, our creative friends don’t hold back when it comes to asking questions. They also tend to be interested in many things that are not related to one another.
Their varied hobbies, interests, and tastes complete the package.
3. They get motivation from within.
They follow their passion and do what they love to do. They are motivated by their feelings and their desires and not by external factors such as salary or awards. This is called intrinsic motivation.
They feel the need to perform well and meet their goals, and they do so with zeal. They love the idea of a challenge, and the possibility of risks gives them the constant and necessary energy boosts to fuel the function of their talents.
4. Creative people are okay with being different.
Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone you knew acted the same way and liked the same things? Creative people’s goals do not involve fitting in, following trends, and being part of the cool crowd.
Being risk takers, they are not afraid to be different. They are rebellious in their tastes and dislike the boundaries of norms. Their worlds are too colourful to contain.
Creative people make their own rules.
They are erratic and unpredictable in the most splendid ways. They do not like in black and white but exist in their own realm of technicolor.
Their need for originality pushes them to continue thinking of things that are yet to exist. That’s where the detachment from reality comes from.
When everyone’s into it, it’s overrated. They seek the unique and make it theirs.
5. Creative people reach for their goals.
When they are in the zone, creatives become fully absorbed and saturated in the moment, enabling them to become completely unaffected by any distraction.
This so-called “flow” requires a meeting point between what the person can do and what the actual activity is. They need their creative space and uphold its sacredness at all times.
Their art is a personification of who they are, whether it be in poem, painting, or song form. They spend a lot of time thinking and creating what best expresses their feelings or ideas.
That is the ambition of highly creative people: to express themselves in the best possible way and make their mark in the world.
They feel the need to influence others and attract attention to their work. They want the world to see what they have created because it is a product of self-expression, a shout out to the world that doesn’t seem to fully understand them.
6. The most creative ones are flexible and adaptable.
They are fast thinkers and can think of solutions to difficult problems. They can likewise see different sides of a situation and can come up with ways to emerge on top.
Further, they’re suckers for challenges because these allow them to max out their creativity. Because rules do not bind them, creative people quickly adapt to changes and new situations.
7. They are more emotional.
Creatives tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves. They feel everything deeply, from the skies to the waves, and notice every smile and tear. This makes them extremely sensitive and highly vulnerable.
This trait has led the world to tag behaviour such as mood swings as something innate to artists given their erratic nature and unpredictable preferences.
Personalities differ, but most creatives will don the skin of introverts as a need. Too much stimuli impedes their mental processes and they retreat to disconnect with the world in order to dive into their own.
But creatives aren’t all introverts by nature, with many loving the spotlight and being the centre of attention. They love for their uniqueness and individuality to be celebrated by the world and accepted for it.
To someone less practiced in creativity, donning a creative’s shoes would seem like madness, and it probably is — in the most beautiful and surreal of ways.
Each person has his own creative side. For most, this might be unrealized or suppressed in favour of other things. As I said at the beginning, being creative and harnessing your talents’ full potential is more dependent on your choices than your capabilities.
Dip into this side of you from time to time. Let yourself go and start seeing yourself as you could be and not merely as you are.
Who you are capable of becoming and what you are capable of creating might actually surprise you.
Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question
- The Facts:
Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.
- Reflect On:
What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?
The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.
The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.
If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.
You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.
One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.
Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?
There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.
It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.
More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.
A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”
It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.
Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.
I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”
Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.
The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.
Marianne Williamson Admits “The System Is More Corrupt Than I Knew”
- The Facts:
Marianne Williamson stated in an interview on Fox and Friends that she did not realize the political system was as corrupt as it is.
- Reflect On:
This is an important revelation of how leaders often don't quite see the full truth of our system at hand. Through them and their experience, we can learn a lot about what is truly going on. Is it time to let go of the systems we have?
About a week ago Marianne Williamson told the New Yorker, I know this sounds naïve, but I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.” In a segment I did on CETV, I discussed the fact that Williamson is doing a great job of bringing a bit more of a conscious conversation into the mix here, which is very important, but seems to not quite understand what politics is really about and how things function in our world.
In my article about this statement I stated:
Some have suggested that Marianne already knows these truths, and she may, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is only uncovering these things now. I say this as I belong to a group that communicates regularly that contains many high profile conscious industry leaders like Williamson and other big authors, speakers etc. Many of them are great with spirituality but seem to struggle to see how politics truly functions. I have witnessed this first hand and this is why I’m so passionate about what I do as I feel bringing together both personal transformation and hard truth is imperative.
Some felt that my analysis was off and that Williamson is just ‘playing naive,’ but to me, this did not feel true nor did it seem to be the case. While some might view this as an unimportant detail, it’s very important as for society to truly begin to shift we must not only personally transform but also realize the true nature of the world we live in.
As outlined in the CE Protocol, the formula I built to help awaken and shift the masses, the very first step is Breaking The Illusion about our programmed reality and understand what’s truly going on. From there, personal transformation becomes key.
Williamson Admits She Was Unaware
Here we are a week later and Williamson has stated what I observed in my previous segment, she did not quite realize how corrupt our political system truly is. In an interview on Fox and Friends Williamson stated:
“I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew and people are even more wonderful than I hoped,
I want to state this isn’t about picking on anyone as much as it is about understanding the importance behind seeing the full picture of the change that needs to take place here. For 10 years now I have built CE to include both personal transformation and truth seeking for the reason that either one of those topics on their own doesn’t create the change we all know is possible in our hearts.
I’ve seen many ‘spiritual leaders’ still deeply support the dysfunctional nature of our systems because they believe there is truth to them when in reality they belong to a consciousness we are shifting away from.
Our political system is built and exists within a system designed for a very limited state of consciousness, some call this 3D consciousness. The goal isn’t to shift our political system, it’s to let it go. Collectively we are shifting and the new state of consciousness emerging doesn’t support the political system at hand. Hence why the chaos around it is increasing, because it’s acting as a mirror for us to see how it doesn’t resonate with our emerging consciousness.
It’s like trying to install Windows on a Mac or vice versa, the systems aren’t designed for the operating system. Humanity is faced with a challenge of ‘letting go of the old,’ not trying to fix the old.
In a brand new segment of The CE Show I did on YouTube and CETV, I discuss Marianne’s latest comments and what I feel we all must realize as we move forward in this journey of shifting ourselves and our world.
The CE Show airs multiple times per week on CETV. Membership proceeds from CETV go towards supporting our journalism and future broadcasts. You can start a free 7 day trial here.
I feel that we have become addicted to the systems of a state of consciousness that we are moving away from. The choice is up to us, we stop resisting and holding onto things of the old, move through the process of watching these old systems fall away, or we continue to fight tooth and nail under the belief that we must hold up the old systems, and suffer along the way.
Ask yourself within, do you truly feel that this is about changing our current political system to be more open and evolved? Or is it about letting go of the rigidity of our current systems and creating new ones that are birthed from a new state of consciousness, not one that is centuries old…
Full Moon In Pisces: Navigating Ideals
We are having a Full Moon in Pisces which will be exact at 4:33am Universal Time on September 14th 2019. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 13th for most of the world and on the night of the 14th for the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand.
This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Virgo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.
Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgo side and others expressing the Pisces side.
Pisces is associated with sensitivity, compassion, creativity, and oneness. It is spiritually conductive, mystical, energy oriented, dreamy, flowy, imaginative, idealistic, and empathic. Negatively, it can be delusional, lazy, intoxicated, deceptive, confused/confusing, elusive, flaky, and lack critical thinking. Pisces energy is the least compatible with the mundane world and is associated with escapism in its many forms.
Virgo is about productivity, duties, service, physical health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, conscientious, skillful, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, and practical. Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, discriminating, and overly perfectionist.
Full Moon Aligned with Neptune in T-Square with Jupiter and Mars
This Full Moon is close to Neptune which has many of the same qualities of Pisces that were mentioned above. It is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign and it amplifies its energies even more so during this period. Neptune is also associated with glamour, romance, and addiction. It has a dissolving, flooding, and watery energy that doesn’t comprehend boundaries.
Neptune is completing its last of three squares with Jupiter in Sagittarius which will be exact on September 21st and will be strong into the following week. It began last January and peaked again this past June. At best, this can be an expansive period in a spiritual, creative, or compassionate way.
However, it can also be a time of confusion or lack of discernment around beliefs, ideologies, education, and teachers. It can also be a time in which we become aware of us being like that previously. We can be more excessive when it comes to how we express Piscean/Neptunian energies mentioned above.
At the time of the Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is also involved in this configuration along with the opposition of the Sun and Moon, forming a T-square aspect. This can be good for asserting ourselves towards our ideals or with a different Jupiter-Neptune approach (mentioned above). However this can also make our actions scattered, less assertive/direct, and make it harder to apply ourselves with practicality.
Full Moon Sextile Pluto Near Saturn and South Node, Saturn Going Direct
This Full Moon is in a tight sextile with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node. This could trigger some of the themes of the previous Lunar Eclipse (that is still reflecting this period) in a more harmonious way. Purging aspects of our past that are getting in the way of us moving forward. This can help to facilitate empowerment through some sort of release or transformation.
Saturn will be finishing its retrograde on September 18th and will move towards its final conjunction with the South Node which will peak at the end of the month and early October. This energy was also strong in mid Spring and part of it in early Summer.
Saturnian themes get amplified and we can be dealing with limitations, obstacles, restrictions, or perhaps issues around boundaries. We may feel a need to make changes around responsibilities, commitments, career, and structures in our lives. Similarly to the last Lunar Eclipse, there can be a sort of ending playing out around how an area of our lives is being expressed.
Full Moon Opposing Mercury and Venus Conjunction As They Change Signs
At the time of this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction at the very end of Virgo, (Mercury’s sign). They will then be moving into Libra (Venus’ sign) in the hours following with the Full Moon triggering after it begins to wane.
This can be a time of heightened interactions, catching up with friends and other relationships. While it is in Virgo it could lean more towards its themes connected to work, service, fault finding, etc. For some people there can be a feeling of some sort of urgency.
After this conjunction moves into Libra, especially a day after the Full Moon, it becomes more pleasant, social, and creative. Our interactions can be more harmonious, diplomatic, and less critical. We can more easily see both sides to something, find balance, and a great time to discuss relationship matters.
As a result of both of these planets transitioning near the same time, some people may experience some sort of significant shift in other areas of their lives within a few days following the Full Moon.
Things To Consider During This Period
How can you better balance the mundane aspects of life with your ideals, creativity, or spirituality? How have your beliefs been impacted this year and what is the conclusion to your experiences? Is it possible that you may have been confused about some aspects of newly or previously acquired perspectives?
What themes are coming up for you now that have been playing out since last April? What do you need to release? What changes do you need to make when it comes to your work, responsibilities, commitments, structures, or boundaries?
These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on September 14th at 4:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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