Creativity and genius
Music can be expressed creatively in two ways – subjectively and objectively.
Subjective expression is an outpouring of all your dreams, desires, fears, emotions and fantasies into your art. It is a projection of your psychology . . . you feed into meme’s of the lower three brains such as fear, pain, destruction, depression, logic, etc.
This behavioural cycle of emotional outpouring prompts most upcoming artist to operate from the lower three brains (fear, emotions and logic) in order to relate to the audience.
These emotions become the only emotions you have been trained to relate to, and you lock yourself into a endless cycle of creating highs from these feelings. Very soon your brain circuitry only knows how to react off these emotional receptors.
This exchange of frequencies is debilitating as, the artistic expression has not been created from a place of silence or heightened awareness. What society ends up with is a perpetuation of lower brains activity – art imitates life and life imitates art.
Although at the same time, this kind of subjective art is cathartic. It is a kind of purging, it makes the artist feel cleaner, happier, lighter and healthier.
To break this pattern and move away from operating in our lower brains we need a radicle reboot of our entire system as human beings.
“Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul. When one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued with the same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form.” – Aristotle
Objective expression achieves the opposite effect of subjective expression, it is created at the prefrontal cortex (4th brain) from an enlightened consciousness, rather than from an emotional or logical place. You have nothing to throw out, you are utterly empty, absolutely clean. Out of this silence, out of this emptiness arises an expression – a genuine outpouring of talent that supercedes your ordinary capabilities.
Silence brings you to your center. When you are centered you are connected to the entire cosmos, and ooze creativity from a heightened perspective. Your center then becomes the whole of creation.
Making the transition from subjective to objective playing.
Initially you might find subjective expression dominating your flow music – sing out all thoughts, feelings and emotions that cloud your mind. Play in this mode until you have exhausted all there is to express within this realm (conscious and subconscious).
Suddenly, there is a switch in your playing, like a magnetic force you are
connected up with the music of the spheres. Music is a teaching not of words but a language of the soul, a language of vibration, frequency and energy. If you are silent, utterly silent, suddenly you feel a tremendous urge to create something – you create a space, an opening where the whole of existance can participate in your song.
In this place of radiant flow something dormant in your being becomes active. You are playing like you have never played before, you are lost in divine melodies. This state of being is beyond your decision to play perfectly, to think positively, to express any feelings or emotions. You are being touched by creation and this flows through you. When you have reached this space of expression you are creating objective art.
As you continue to use this creative method, you will become less and less self-conscious, and more and more capable – soon you will forget the whole world. A moment arrives when, the musician disappears and only the music remains.
Music a tool for creative genius:
Objective expression of music can be used to explore different spheres and realms of learning and inspiration – it goes beyond just creating music.
“The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God consciousness and the refreshment of the Spirit. I play the notes as they are written, but it is the spirit who makes the music” – Johann Sebastian Bach.
Most visionaries use music and other arts as the driving force to access genius, beyond the logical mind structures and beliefs. Albert Einstein describes this kind of intuitional creativity, ‘musical perception’.
“The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force
behind this intuition. My new discovery is the result of musical perception” – Albert Einstein
“Whenever Einstein felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work, he would take refuge in music, and that would usually resolve all his difficulties”. – Albert Einstein’s son.
“After playing piano, he would get up saying ‘There, now I’ve got it’, Some thing in the music would guide his thoughts in new and creative directions.” – Albert Einstein’s sister.
Why is everyone not a creative genius?
If all of us have the hardware for creativity in our brains, why do we doubt our creative genius?
i. High stress – low creativity:
Our lower three brains are predominant in our subjective-driven society today with all its wants, emotions and desires. In our high-stress lifestyle with stiff competition, these brains are on hyper alert most of the time. Instead of the 4th brain (pre-frontal cortex) performing the higher cognitive functions leading to creativity and genius, it is entangled in the process of calming down the stressors of daily living thus never switching into full gear, and realizing its true power.
ii. Higher emphasis on short term rewards:
Society today seeks short term, dopamine driven rewards – if we succeed, we are euphoric, if we fail we get depressed and anxious. We are conditioned to look outside of ourselves for satisfaction.
This pleasure seeking conduct is the basis of all our addictive behaviors (television, food addictions, smoking, drinking, drugs etc). These repeated cycles of pleasure and pain use most of our dopamine in the second brain, leaving very little dopamine to fulfil long term goals.
Without sobriety, when we feed our addictions, our prefrontal cortex (fourth brain), the brain required to be in control is relegated to the back seat. Thus we lack eightened
creativity, foresight, intuition and genius.
iii. Lack of Awe = lack of creativity:
Our result-oriented and competitive society dulls our sense of awe and grandeur- a higher cognitive function characteristic of the 4th brain. Limited by logic, very few people dare to take the intuitive leap into realms of genius. This genius state of being is a playful and adept cognitive mode; where only childlike awe, wonder and daring can penetrate. This state of being is directly opposed to the numbed state that most people in society live in due to stress, fear and ignorance.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein
Unlocking creative genius:
You can be creative only if you are a free thinker, an individual – making a switch from imitative and rule bound behavior, to creative innovation and flexibility requires a profound change in our attitude, about ourselves and our capabilities.
The mass social norm is inherently uncreative: it requires we live a life that drags. It destroys creativity – the daily grind knows no dance, no music, no joy, it is mechanical. What a person living within the social norms gets, is respect, honor and esteem from their fellow men – the focus is on being accepted by society and gaining approval.
A genius has an inquiring mind. They push the boundaries of creativity, thought and awareness, exploring the unexplored. In sitting with oneself in solitude and awareness we see into ourselves for the first time, and from this new perception begin to question all projections and programming that we mistook for normal. We focus on a higher perspective of living rather than depending on the scrutiny of others.
Through this introspection you find the essence of who you are. Whatever you do when you are coming from this space, is perfect, because it’s YOU! Its unique, it’s special – not everyone has to agree or relate to it. Nothing and no one should ever deter a unique outpouring of talent.
In the past, creators of all kinds (the philosophers, painters, dancers, musicians, poets, inventors, etc.) renounced the need to be recognized and respected, so they could follow their own path without limitations. It didn’t matter to them whether they got honors conferred upon them. Their joy, thrill and ecstasy was in finding answers. Short term glory and fame will never match up to the bliss of exploring the mysteries of timeless knowledge. No feeling can replace the ecstasy of being human, of being a creator.
“We live what we know. If we believe the universe and ourselves to be mechanical, we will live mechanically. On the other hand, if we know that we are part of an open universe, and that our minds are a matrix of reality, we will live more creatively and more powerfully.” – Marilyn Ferguson
“We are forced to dig past our usual shortcuts in thought and perception, past all the stock and trite responses we’ve accumulated around almost every event or situation, and to probe deeply into our own richer and subtler awarenesses, which is where the meaningful is to be found, found in every one of us!” – Dr. Win Wenger