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Creativity expression - a flow state example

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

I recently wrote the article Strengthening our vote - how we got here and what we can do about it. The core article took me less than 5 hours to write on a Saturday morning. Since writing the core article, naturally, I have gone back to edit, clarify, add references, etc. The point is, the article almost literally fell out of my brain and through my fingers and keyboard. Most of the individual component thinking had already been done, as found in the different sections and as a function of my earlier curiosity. But, before this article, the individual component thinking lacked purpose beyond my component curiosity.

Then, the attack on the U.S. Capitol occurred.

This event acted as a catalyst, unlocking my component curiosity. My previous individual component thinking, suddenly, found greater purpose and self-organized multiple components. I felt more like a writing vessel as the now organized multiple component thoughts came tumbling onto my keyboard. It was like the dots self-connected. All I had to do was write it down.

I was dismayed about the events at the U.S. Capitol. Perhaps this was my way of expressing my disappointment.....

A quote by MC Escher comes to mind as a vessel example:

“While drawing I sometimes feel as if I were a spiritualist medium, controlled by the creatures which I am conjuring up. It is as if they themselves decide on the shape in which they choose to appear. They take little account of my critical opinion during their birth and I cannot exert much influence on the the measure of their development. They are usually very difficult and obstinate creatures.”

I wrote an article called Soccer Brain. This is an article about reaching flow state. We provide several examples. Perhaps, my recent Saturday morning experience was my version of flow state.

Interestingly, curiosity, especially the synapse-connecting, neuroplastic-based activity of growing understanding, is normally associated with the left hemisphere. (1). However, what I experienced was different. Perhaps my experience was a by-product of the left hemisphere training activity, but manifesting itself as a right hemisphere-based flow state.

Whatever it was, I liked it and look forward to finding my way back.


(1) Taylor, Jill Bolte, Whole Brain Living, Chapter 4

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