Chapter 1: What is Creativity?

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

What is your most heartfelt desire? Do you know that you have the power within you to grant any and all of your wishes? Humans are natural creators. It is our birthright to be the creative architects of our lives, not just a leaf in the wind, torn between our duties and our desires.

As humans, we are uniquely gifted magicians — we have the ability to create new things and even modify our environment. Creativity is our talent and our gift, our inheritance from an abundant universe.

Beyond the sense of personal power and control that comes with the practice of art, the fringe benefit is a life filled to the brim with riches. It is impossible to be bored when the world is a playground filled with toys and tools for you to play with and use. Everything is potentially interesting and useful; every event is a launching pad for a learning experience — a spark for a responsive, playful intellect.

Most of my lessons about how to live come from my practice as an artist. I have learned to apply the simplicity and directness of these ideas and found that they work to create whatever I want. I would like to share some of these tools I have discovered with you, so you will be inspired to seek and find your own tools to gain the life you desire.

— excerpts from the book Parallel Mind by Aliyah Marr
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Copyright 2007-2008 Aliyah Marr


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