Mr Coehlo and I were looking at creativity from different points of view. I have a fairly spiritualistic view of creativity – which defines creativity as moments of harmony with a Universe that is at constant creative play or Leela. And Mr Coehlo probably did not see this notion of ” a creative moment that has passed before it can be expressed in a structured way” , as relavent to our discussion….
Of course in the context of the discussion he may have been right –
but my point of view is a very eastern one – where I have come to believe that a creative work is more ‘being the conduit to creative expression”.
You do not ‘do’ as much as allow it to be ‘done’ by becoming the medium through which the creative expression is expressed. Nor do you block it by your ego that demands that you take ownership of that creative expression. You don’t look to create ‘copyright’ in a creative expression that was never ‘yours’ in any case.
The creative expression came from a moment or several moments where you existed in the ‘zone’ as a lot of stand up comics call it ! Or as poets call it. Or the Eureka moment that scientists call it. The zone is when you suddenly find inyourself the ability to be the medium rather than the ‘Doer’.
At the same meeting at Davos, I remember a conversation with the comedien Chris Rock. He told me that sometimes that he woud tell the same joke, with the same pauses – and the live audiences would not respond at all. But at other times he sensed he was in the ‘Zone’ where he felt ‘in tune’ with the audiences , and they would respond to his act very enthusiastically.
What is this ‘Zone’ ? It is your ability to somehow let your ego go, and become a finely tuned instrument that becomes the medium through which the subconsious of the audience comes into harmony with a more universal creative force. I will discuss this later in detail,