The Wisdom of Solomon and Bizarreness of Childlike Minds
Creativity Challenge 2001 #23
This week's CC was initially inspired by watching an episode of an English comedy about a vicar in a very small village. Geraldine is the first female vicar in her village with an extremely creative spirit and heart. One of her parishioners, who becomes her closest friends during the run of the program is depicted as the village fool. From the fool comes breakthru, unexpected wisdom or at least a new unthought of direction that leads to a creative solution.
This morning John Thomas sent me the following announcement of his free, e-mail book
John Thomas wrote: "Your subscribers might be interested in the free e-book on creativity located on www.CreationFoundation.co.uk-- based on a new understanding of Solomon's "Song of Songs"."
In his introduction I found the following statement.
Such was the depth of Solomon's wisdom and genius that each metaphor, it seems, is capable of sparkling forth a variety of insights, like a carefully cut diamond held up to the light experience, with the result that numerous insights into a very complex subject were able to be condensed into eight short chapters of poetry.
Visit John's website and experience it for yourself and perhaps share your own learnings from your experience with it.
Years ago I learned from Oz Swallow, South African creativity consultant that all words in all languages are metaphors and when we change our perceptions of our metaphors we can change our entire lives.
Now this week's challenge: to think like a combination of Solomon and the apparent village fool.
Each day choose a different source and deliberately create 6, as bizarre and unrelated statements as you can. Then look for 8 different metaphors from bizarre to relevant. Remember that often breakthrus are not clear when they first come. Set your results aside and revisit them later in the week or a month or two from now.
I have a couple reasons for suggesting this challenge:
To develop our creativeness I believe we need to rekindle or regrow childlike minds. Minds that can be totally open, naive, free at will without concern for reprisal or correction. At the same time we need also to practice being more accepting, appreciating of ideas; not seeing them immediately as solutions and condemning them if they do not instantly make sense and SOLVE our problems. Ideas are rarely immediate answers or solutions. Yet the wildest ideas often lead to the finest most reasonable and beneficial solutions with some work.
Watch one of your favorite television shows or videos and every so often jot down a completely bizarre idea or response to anyone of the characters.
Find short 6 passages of dialogue in one of your favorite fiction books, choose to interject a fool-like character and create a series of bizarre answers or questions.
Find 6 advertisements from newspapers or magazines and create 6 totally bizarre headlines for what the ad is about or trying to sell.
Listen to conversations that take place around you without getting involved: next table at lunch, around the meeting table before the meeting starts or at a break; and jot dot a beginning statement and then create a series of "fool-like" responses: ideas or questions.
FRIDAY With a friend, a true, close friend who you think is the most accepting of your friends and practice creating bizarre statements with him or her for 20 to 30 minutes just for fun.
Have a great week seeing from the wisdom of Solomon and the wisdom of the fool.Prev Page Next Page Index Page
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