In The Renaissance Mind, I started a discussion on creativity that stems from the multi-dimensional mind. One of the readers, Gregory, brought up an additional “zone” from which creativity emerges. It is the zone beyond thought, beyond intellect, beyond the mind.
Most of the time, our mind is engaged in incessant chatter. The patterns of this chatter are familiar, repetitive, and not terribly creative. To tap into the more pure zone of creativity that is in the realm of “consciousness”, a zone that is well beyond the mind, this non-creative chatter needs to be stopped.
In the words of Eckhart Tolle:
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.
It’s almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself.
The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity – the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated.
You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.”
I would like to end the year on this note, encouraging my dear readers to experiment with these two zones in 2008 and beyond: the zone Beyond Mind, and the zone of The Renaissance Mind. I would be very interested in hearing what you come up with in your journey, and welcome you to use this forum to share your thoughts.
And before I end, I will share one of my personal “tools” with you.
I often travel to the zone Beyond Mind through my Renaissance Mind. Whether it is through travel, cuisine, dance, music, painting, photography, or literature … there are many avenues to the zone of no-mind, no-thought, pure consciousness, and pure presence.
I invite you, therefore, to give your Renaissance Mind the attention it deserves.