Originally Published by I Love Ugly as a part of their Creative Process Series.
Creativity has no boundary. Ideation is infinite. It is infinite because it is a spiritual endeavor and the spiritual has no end. This is a very, very old idea. Older than the Internet.
This quote from filmmaker David Lynch woke me up to this very old idea:
“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
David Lynch was talking about meditation and its impact on creativity. Big ideas coming from the deep, and to get down into the deep, you need undistracted time to dive into meditation – where the big fish are.
Add to this, another ancient idea about creativity which author Elizabeth Gilbert reminds us of in her TED talk on this subject. That instead of the creative ‘being’ a genius, some creative’s have an elusive genius assigned to them. An uncontrollable, attendant spirit, that chooses them. It plants ideas, loans us inspiration, and in some cases – it takes over.
When I put these two ideas about creativity together, it completely changes the game for me as it essentially redefines the source of inspiration. It changes both the location of the source and the depth of it. It turns the creative process from being a frolic in the shallows (of the Internet) into a search, through meditation, for the intangible, the spiritual. A search through the depths where I would hope, the attendant spirit assigned to me would help me catch a big fish.
Shaun K Anderson