Many if not most religions are deeply concerned with the question of who or what created everything. Creativists are also interested in the power of creativity, but more so that they can harness it themselves and/or appreciate it. Creativists can’t help but marvel at the way which nature comes up with solutions to problems, and the way in which humans extend that nature through their own creativity. The Creativist is one who sees everything in the world as unfolding and becoming something new and unique, while at the same time paying homage to everything that has come before. To be truly creative, one needs to balance the past with the future, on the fulcrum of consciousness. While Creativists may differ in their preferred medium (writing, music, art, drama, engineering, design, politics, etc.) they are united in their belief that there is always a beautiful solution, another step on the endless path to impossible perfection.
It could be said that what separates humans from animals is our creativity. Some have said that humans are unique among living organisms in that while most organisms are hardwired (like computer hardware), human thought is much more editable (like computer software). So although we have a lot of instincts, we can also override them and develop new ways of doing things, and furthermore pass them down through the generations via our creative vehicles, so that none of this new creativity is lost.
Due to the lack of literacy in early civilizations nothing could be permanently recorded and so a huge amount of innovation was lost. Conversely, the explosion of literacy and information technology today has resulted in an enormous, shared pool of information. This has led to profound and rapid development of creativity in human societies. Thus, Creativists today enjoy the luxury of calling on the ideas of their ancestors for inspiration. Additionally, due to the modern marketplace, there are now more opportunities for Creativists to develop and practice their craft.
Despite the informational and economic luxuries which modern Creativists enjoy, true creativity requires a solitude and freedom that can be hard to come by in our modern lifestyles, and as such, the Creativist needs to set aside sacred time for contemplation and meditation. The Creativist process is similar to all religious processes — one has to dig deep into their soul and unearth what is true, honest and often hidden.
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.
— Yo-Yo Ma
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
— Edward de Bono
Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected. A lot of people take for granted that they’re a creative person, but I know from experience, feeling it in myself, it is a magic; it is an energy. And it can’t be taken for granted.
— Ava DuVernay
Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
— Ludwig van Beethoven