What if creativity is a channel we can all tune into? a frequency we can align to? Something we must believe in, so that we can have access to it?
A few weeks ago, I met this really interesting couple at a live music bar in Brooklyn. The gentlemen had just published his first book. During this time, I was researching the process of creativity and decided to ask how he became inspired. He said – he woken up at 3 am one night and felt an urge to write. Once he sat in front of his computer, he heard a voice that began to dictate the story to him.
While perusing the works of Nietzsche, I came across a profound statement:
“If one had the slightest residue of superstition left in one, one would hardly be able to set aside the idea that one is merely incarnation, merely mouthpiece, merely medium of overwhelming forces. The concept of revelation, in the sense that something suddenly, with unspeakable certainty and subtlety, becomes visible, audible, simply describes the fact. One hears, one does not seek; one takes, one does not ask who gives; a thought flashes up like lightning, with necessity, unfalteringly formed – I have never had any choice.” – Ecce homo
This statement arose the following question, where does creativity come from?
According to Nietzsche, we are mediums to overwhelming forces, which means we have no control over the thoughts entering our minds. Socrates believed he had a daemon (divine spirit) an inner voice who guided him. As an artist myself, I’ve realized that ideas stem out of moments of silence.
If we examine our creative process, we can understand how this concept has some truth to it. By becoming more receptive, I believe we can all access creativity.