Practicing Creativity

Creativity is a mystery

Creativity is multi-faceted, complex, and irreducible. It is impossible to understand in its entirety in any one moment or by any one being. We may perceive glimpses of understanding through patterned fragments and be able to piece together a more complete picture through sharing our experiences. At the same time, we must remember that any attempt to say with certainty what it is and how to do it will be an incomplete and fragile veneer of simplicity applied to a complexly evolving reality.

Our knowledge endures because everybody carries a part of it, no matter how fragmentary. If you want to see the pattern of creation, you talk to everybody and listen carefully. –Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk

What I say will still be subjective and fragmentary. The real knowledge will keep moving in lands and peoples, and I’ll move on with it. –Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk

Creativity is an expression of the generative pattern of the universe (Practice morphogenetic creative processes), the same impulse from which the surprising and wondrous complexity, diversity, and patterns of life emerge. A process that produces this complexity may have simple components, but is itself complex and mysterious—a divine Mystery more approachable via myth and story than prescriptive definitions.

The trauma of this event caused the sky camp and earth camp to separate, and the universe to begin deep cycles of expansion and contraction, like breathing, in a pattern shaping everything. –Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk

Recent traditions have emerged that break down creation systems like a virus, infecting complex patterns with artificial simplicity, exercising a civilizing control over what some see as chaos.
–Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk

If you can understand a city, then that city is dead.
Jane Jacobs

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These are my draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery

Creativity is a skill
Creativity is often conceived as a special gift, something you are either born with, or not

About Practicing Creativity

These are my notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery. Everything you find here is in a perpetual draft state and much of it may not make sense. I hope these notes become clearer over time as I continue writing and updating them, although I hope they might be useful even in disarray.

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