Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Creativity & The Divine
“Is there a relationship between creativity and The Divine?” I asked a co-worker (whom I’ll call George) today. I am given to asking people around me questions I ponder to get a glimpse into what others think. This was my question of the day.
When I asked this of George, I was expecting to hear something about the spiritual nature of the creative act. That isn’t the answer he gave me.
George told me that he did see a relationship- that the two are opposed to each other. Let me explain.
In George’s view, creativity is about being open to new ideas and new ways of thinking. The Divine, in his view, is restrictive, prescribed- in short, closed.
I was caught off guard. I thought about my own views of creativity and The Divine and how it was that he could come to such different conclusions. And I wondered…
I wondered what George connects the term ‘The Divine’ to. Bad experiences in Sunday school as a child? A rigid religious system in a church he was forced to attend? I wondered what made him think of The Divine as closed and restrictive. If he thought differently, would this broaden his definition of creativity?
I wondered if his view of creativity is too closed to make room for The Divine…
You have your pre-determined concept of who I am. So you lock me in a box and hide away the key. I try to speak, you cut me off. I smile at you, you turn away.
What will it take for you to put the key in the lock and let me out of the box? Maybe then you will see that I am not that different from you.
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