It’s been a long time I have blogged and I have been wanting to blog about this topic for a long time. Recently Lynn came up with an idea of having our own household TED talks. So, last Friday I did a TED talk on this topic and it gave me an opportunity to gather all my ideas in one place. I also uploaded a PDF of that talk in the end of this post.
To start with I have 3 basic theories that intertwine to form this grand picture.
- Quantum Physics, NLP Theory
- Thinking in genenral, Creativity Frameworks
- Creation Theory (Not the Church one)
Let’s look at each of them:
Theory # 1: Quantum Physics
It’s a very well known fact that once we break down and dig deep into physical things, there a whole new world out there. Take a strongest microscope and take a deep look, the world within things is totally different. It’s not like the way it has been described – a planetary system. That’s classical physics take on it. Quantum physics says that at a quantum level, things are made of something called “Quanta”. This Qauanta is not a thing, but it’s a energy packet.
In other words this ‘Energy Packet’ is also called ‘Possibility Packet’. Meaning, it’s a proven thing in Quantum physics that at any given time we can only measure one thing of a Quanta. Either ‘Location’ or ‘Speed’. It means that if I go out to find the speed of a Quanta that’s exactly I would find. If I seek location, that’s exactly what I would get. But say, I would want to know at a given time where quanta is at a given time and what is it’s speed – it’s not possible. Think about it. The cop need only find out your speed to check if your are speeding. You just need to find out where your car is parked in a parking lot. You cannot figure out both at the same time.
So this leads us to the fact that we are somehow getting what we are intending for. It means that at quantum level, these energy packets – quanta give us what we seek/intent. Meaning we pre-destine the possibility of what these quanta would be. Meaning we choose what these quanta would be. That is the reason why these are also called ‘Possibility Packets’.
Now, hold that thought and zoom out to regular physicality level. This draws us to conclude that our thoughts basically affect the possibility of certain thing we are seeking. Our thoughts are in turn tied up with our behaviors, habits etc. In other words, what we observe has direct relation to what we intend or looking for.
Remember that, we are going to recall that again later.
Matter Vs. Energy
Let’s talk about matter and energy for a short time. We are used to seeing matter around us all the time. We also see energy in various forms – electrical, chemical(batteries). Long time back Einstein proved with his very popular equation:
E = mc2
In other words energy could be equated with matter with something else. Basically telling us that energy and matter are same things in different forms.
Rehash – Top down approach:
Let’s rehash what we have learned and try to make a connection.
- We know that energy and matter are same
- If we dug deep into matter(or energy) we would find it filled with possibility packets
- These packets behave according to the intention of the Observer
- More importantly, the observer can totally change the possibility packets to change by changing the thoughts.
That’s good enough about Theory # 1. Let’s take a look at the next one.
Thoery # 2: Thinking and Creativity Tools
Our thinking consists of 2 components:
We all tend to equate logic with thinking. When we refer to thinking, we unanimously tend to think of logic. The logic would say that Obama got enough super delegates to become a democratic candidate. We are obsessed with logic. So much that we totally ignore the ‘Perception’ part and just straight out jump to logic. What we forget is ‘Perception’ is what gives fodder for ‘Logic’ to work on. Taking the Obama example, if we look at perceptions – it would mean that for the first time in history an African American could be a President of America. It’s a powerful thing. You cannot deduct that through logic. You need perception for that.
A lot of daily problems we come across are mostly to do with ‘Perception Errors’ rather than ‘Logical Errors’. We have mastered the logical part of our thinking. So much so that, we can either give it to the computer to figure it out or outsource it to figure it out. Perception is what makes us more humane.
So, how can I be more creative?
If you think about it – Creativity is nothing more than coming up with more options, choices, solutions. So, generally if you expand your perception –> you expand the input –> there by you give more choices to work on at logical level –> there by you get more outcomes, more options and more optimal solutions.
You can use many perception expanding tools. One of the popular one is Edward de Bono’s Six thinking hats.
Let’s check out next theory.
Theory # 3: Basic creation theory (not the one Church is proposing)
This involves all the new age gurus. This is more spiritual and involves a lot of teachers who have been talking and spreading knowledge about this. For example – The Secret.
We usually have 60,000 thoughts per day. And recall from Theory # 1 that our thoughts change possibilities. So, imagine each thought is altering some possibility. Meaning we have about 60,000 alterations going on in our one day at Quantum level.
How in the hell do I manage those 60,000 alterations?
One feeling is worth a thousand thoughts!
We can keep those 60,000 thoughts in check with the help of feelings.
Remember what we learned in Theory # 1. Our thoughts alter possibilities –> meaning, our thoughts alter or can also create possibilities –> meaning, our thoughts can create matter or energy (Thanks Einstein)
Let’s take a visual representation:
Here are our thoughts:
This is how Feelings Orchestrate thoughts:
It’s time to mix all these 3 theories and see what come up. Before we do that, let’s note the key points.
- Observer changes possibility
- Creativity enhances perception
- Perception is at a thought level
- Feelings affect multiple thoughts
- Observer have feelings
The Big Picture is:
So, if you look at it – creativity plays a very important role in our lives. At a sub-conscious level it helps us to perceive more options and there by helps us create the life we want.
Here is the Role of Creativity in Consciousness slides in PDF format.
3 thoughts on “Role of Creativity in Consciousness”
This was a totally awesome post, perhaps the best post i have seen on wordpress, mad props…mad props to not only you but to you and your group of freinds who decided on having house hold ted talks…awesome idea.
I found your explanation to be quite easy to understand and yet surprisingly enlightening.
Perhaps you should wikipedia the copenhagen interpretation which deals with quantum physics and the observer phenomenon, it would be quite an asset to this marvelous presentation you got going on here.
Check out my blog for my version of it, i think you might find it interesting, for, after all, we are discussing creativity, right?
for a more direct route
lol ugly nothing to be learned