Good morning everyone, and welcome to NF Learning Lab, where together, we access our innate, iNtuitive wisdom as unique, self-valuing, and deeply Feeling women … and share who we are becoming in a safe, sensitive community.
Last week, we explored how, as iNtuitive-Feeling personality types with kaleidoscopic minds, we deal with a constant mental ‘agility’, which can be a source of overwhelm. Here, in NF Learning Lab, we recognize how our mental agility can, also, be a doorway to our full, creative potential, one we can learn to open and close at will. We begin, by owning, more and more completely, just how infinitely creative we actually are. That awareness helps us to set aside, or manage, the self-limiting doubts and fears we have picked up from the Sensing-majority culture around us. This, in turn, helps us to make friends with the discomfort that inevitably arises when we want to create ‘outside the box’ of our normal experience. That discomfort, we call ‘creative tension’.
At first, we experience creative tension as an emotional disruption, a negative feeling that we might call ‘stage fright’, or ‘writer’s block,’ or ‘white canvass syndrome.’ It can keep us from doing things that we dearly wish we could do. But, we have a tool that helps us to transform creative tension into a high-efficiency generating station. We call it The Reset.
Starting today, and over the next several weeks, we are going to examine The Reset tool more closely, to learn more about how it works, and why. This will help us to use this valuable tool more effectively, but it will also help us to understand the nature of creativity, itself; the part that our emotions play in active creativity; as well as some of the subtle ways we use our mental complexity to get the results we want.
We begin with an idea about the interaction between our mental, emotional and creative states. This is a useful theory, as yet to be proven by science … an amalgamation of wisdom from the Kahuna Shamans of the Hawaiian Islands, and several tri-part brain theories from the history of psychology in the twentieth century. Our theory begins with the idea that there are three dimensions that come together when we engage our creativity; our conscious mind, our subconscious mind, and what some call our super-conscious mind, which we will think of as our cosmic, or high-creative-self.
This theory suggests that it is our conscious, or logical mind that forms an idea about what it wants to create. However, the actual creative act must be carried out by our super-conscious mind. The challenge, here, is that the conscious mind is unable to speak directly to the super-conscious, because those two aspects of mind exist in very different dimensions, and they speak different languages. The conscious mind we can think of as being earth-bound, and speaking the language akin to that of the Sensing-majority culture in which we live. It is based on facts and logic that are specific and concrete in nature. The super-conscious mind, we can think of as akin to Jung’s collective consciousness. It speaks a kind of energetic language that is ephemeral, abstract, and iNtuitive in nature. So, how do we bridge between these two very different dimensions of mind? Well, we can think of the connecting principle as the domain of our emotions, which we call the subconscious mind. As we all know, emotions are energy-charged, highly reactive, and un-tamed in nature, but they have a huge degree of essential power. Carl Jung famously said, “Emotion is the chief source of consciousness. There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement, without emotion.” The Reset tool connects the conscious and super-conscious aspects of mind by using the powerful energy of the subconscious.