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The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don’t have to gain, develop, or attain them. We’re like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don’t need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are. — Anonymous

Preface

Are you ready to live the life you were meant to live? This book is about how to live a creative life; not how to paint or draw, but how to think like an artist, and how to find a joyous, complete life as a result. The power of creative thought can impel you to excel in any medium, in any field, or any subject.

Many people are creative in their daily lives, others would like to be more creative, still others would like to experience the magic that they have seen only from the outside until now.

This book answers some essential questions, the most important being: what is creativity, and how can it bring me freedom and happiness?

However, the real value of this book is not in the questions that it attempts to answer, but in the questions that it poses. These questions are traditionally asked under the cover of art, but I ask these questions here so that you may ask them of yourself.

I started out as a fine artist, and entered the fields of illustration, graphic design, broadcast design, and interactive design. As I developed my commercial skills and artistic craft, I learned that there is a difference between pure creativity and applied creativity.

Pure creativity is an activity that has no predefined destination or purpose, while applied creativity is an activity that always has a goal or application in mind. Pure creativity can be seen as a kind of play, while applied creativity is usually seen as work.

Examples of pure creativity include (but are not limited to): a painter who paints from his heart, a musician who creates a symphony while toying at the piano, a writer who bases a screenplay on the people she knows at work, a scientist who discovers a new law of the universe by playing with raw materials and outlandish ideas.

Examples of applied creativity include (but are not limited to): design, architecture, scientific inquiry, technological innovations, copywriting, and business development.

One form of creativity is not superior to the other. It is just easier (and more fun!) to learn pure creativity before attempting to apply that creativity to a purpose. Applied creativity can be fun and playful too. However this particular book focuses on the importance of play to our development as a complete, creative individual, and so it is about pure creativity.

Parallel Mind reveals how you, as a creative individual, can mold your life with the power of your thoughts and how those thoughts can be used to create whatever you want in life.

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Chapter One, Creativity, defines and outlines creativity: what is it, how can we use it, where does it reside?

Chapter Two, Double Vision, is about the source of creativity — our inner child — and how we, as adults, encase this pure self in a cage of fear and limitation.

Chapter Three, Body & Soul discusses the relationship of the body to the mind; how to use your mind creatively to create the body you want.

Chapter Four, Shaking the Tree explores more deeply into the mind, how to change limiting beliefs, how to overcome fear, and encourage original thought.

Chapter Five, Navigating a Sea of Emotions is about emotions: why do we have them, how to choose your emotions, and how to use them effectively.

Chapter Six, The Secret of Sex reveals how to marshal the twin forces of passion and desire to supercharge and sustain your creative vision.

Chapter Seven, The Conscious Creative shows how the practice of art brings the artist increased awareness and personal power.

Chapter Eight, The Infinite Self brings together the concepts introduced in the former chapters, and shows how they can lead the artist to creative freedom.

Excerpt from Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity © Aliyah Marr

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