I recently read an article that demonstrated how the level of intense emotions we experience correlates to the level of creativity we demonstrate. Whaaat?!
That means that most working environments (I have experienced) kills creativity because, in general, it is not acceptable to demonstrate intense emotion. Please, go ahead and argue that one…
Yes there are some positive changes in the working environments but in general we are expected to keep emotional stuff to ourselves, especially the intense kind. Emotions are in general still not welcome at work.
Off-stage it is a different approach. Normally our private lives are filled with drama, colour and EMOTION. When I am alone in my car I will turn up the music and sometimes resort to some shout therapy in order to experience intensity. I just want to feel the intensity of life. The ups or the downs, but just feel! Truth, beauty, boldness, rejuvenation; just feel and feel intensely.
I want to go from just surviving to feeling alive today!
Right now as I write this post it is an expression of INTENSE emotion and passion to see a world where we get out of self-imposes imprisonment, live authentically and feel with intensity. It demonstrates the catalyst for and the power of creativity. It is to look beyond and fully comprehend what I cannot see. To be motivated to encourage others to step out, take risks and lead.
In the article the author differentiates, for example, between pleasant (which is low intensity) and desire (which is high intensity). If you get a chance to read the article, great! If you don’t have the time to read the article, just think about that one example of pleasant vs. desire. What do you desire?
Okay, just be careful here, I am not saying that if you desire a heap of cash you should go rob a bank. Use your common sense here.
…But I think you know what I mean – what are the things that are actually fueling the fire in your belly but that you allow to get extinguished by the day-to-day mundane. Because let’s be honest, it is your responsibility to act upon it or develop the patience to act upon it later (but not let it die in the meantime – be wise).
Bottom line: Where is the emotional intensity that propels us to create? Isn’t that why we are here? Are we not fundamentally part of a Great Creative Force?