Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Having Genius vs. Being Genius

My experience of giving birth to a creative work typically includes long stretches of concerted effort punctuated by periods of both blissful rapture and excruciating despair. In the video below, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert shares some thought-provoking insights on how we might reframe our perception of the creative process to reduce its personally-destructive aspects.

3 comments:

michelehyacinth said...

The timeliness of this is uncanny. And I *so* relate to the Tom Waits story...usually always when I'm driving a creative spark appears. I love his response to it. Consciousness, creativity, life...the whole bundle is not flat, and it's definitely more powerful, unknowable than culture allows it to be. It simply, complexily must be more than one dimensional...whether or not we can know that or prove that. Just has to be. Bravo.

chestnut rau said...

That is the best talk I have heard in a long time. Thank you so much for sharing this video.

sororNishi said...

Once again you have found a brilliant piece to share with us.
There does seem to be a heightened awareness that goes along with our best pieces of work, and it is difficult to imagine in our "normal" consciousness that we were ever 'up there'. I like the idea of externalising it.

I had a friend in SL who was so tired of being a genius he changed into a squirrel....then he became cute. He found that easier to deal with.