Dreams and Unconscious Creativity

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The unconscious mind works in strange and sometimes wonderful ways. The other night, I was awakened by a loud thunderstorm passing over the beach. I law awake in the dark room listening to the booms that echoed over us. Then I fell back asleep and dreamed.

In the dream my old friend Norman Lear was taping some segments for a TV show. He asked me on camera, “Why are so many classic fairy tales so violent?” It was a question I had never been asked, and had never really contemplated. But as a philosopher, you can ask me anything and I’ll start thinking about it—even in a dream.

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Nine Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

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Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of “you’re so talented,” but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.

Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. Juggling takes practice, as does surfing, coding, and driving a car. Creativity is no different. The more you make creativity part of your daily life, the more it will grow.

So how do you make creativity part of your daily life? Here are nine suggestions—and guess what? You can get started on them all in the next 10 minutes.

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BRADY: Creativity a gift from God

Written by: Hal Brady.

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The topic assigned to me was “how to be creative.” Granted, the school official who made the assignment was making a lot of assumptions. Nevertheless, that was the assignment as I addressed the students.

According to The World Book Dictionary, the word “creative” means “having the ability to create, inventive, productive, artistic.” Being creative is a process and is something to be celebrated. But creativity is also a gift of God. Creativity is present in all of us. It may be hidden, blocked and stifled by all the conventions, but is still present in all of us. As I mentioned, it is a gift of God, a constituent of our human nature.

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How your anxiety is affecting your creativity.

By Emma Clark Gratton

‘Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity’, wrote TS Eliot. But modern research shows the relationship is much more complicated.anxiety

The stereotype of the tortured artist battling internal demons is much older than the controlled study. Aristotle declared that ‘No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness’ and Lord Byron wrote frankly, ‘We of the craft are all crazy. Some are affected by gaiety, others by melancholy, but all are more or less touched’.

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How Exercise May Help the Brain Grow Stronger

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Physical activity is good for our brains. A wealth of science supports that idea. But precisely how exercise alters and improves the brain remains somewhat mysterious.

A new study with mice fills in one piece of that puzzle. It shows that, in rodents at least, strenuous exercise seems to beneficially change how certain genes work inside the brain. Though the study was in mice, and not people, there are encouraging hints that similar things may be going on inside our own skulls.

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