The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: How to develop a creative mind?
When one is not caught in mundane rubbish, then creativity just happens.
You do not develop it.
You just remove the obstacles that impede it.
You cannot cause creativity, you can only invite creativity.
And then it comes on it’s own.
Causing something is a bit of a violence, do you see that? Creativity is like Love. You cannot cause. You cannot say, “I have paid the price, I have met the necessary conditions. Now let there be love. All the right conditions have been created, all the boxes have been ticked. So now you have to love me.”
Causation implies definitiveness, Creativity requires patience and a taste for uncertainty.
So do not ask, “How do I cause creativity to happen?” Creativity is quite a delicate thing. It happens. You don’t make it happen. But you can do a lot to not to let it happen. Stop doing all that.
What is it that blocks creativity?
A cluttered mind, an obsessed mind, a worried mind. A mind too particular about results. Just as creativity is uncertain, similarly are the results of creativity uncertain.
And if you are someone who bothers too much about results, then you can’t be creative. And you would have guessed by now that fearlessness is very important for creativity. So you will have to remove these things from your mind.
Also you must refrain from cultivating images of creativity. For many of us creativity is about coming up with an outstanding product or system, or piece of literature.
Creativity is uncertain, so is it’s form.
What is the definition of ‘creativity’?
The definition is that ‘creativity’ is not transformation or modification. In modification, in renovation or refurbishing, you take something that already exists and give it another shape, or form, or purpose.