• Claudia Alexander

Cultivating Creativity in the Embrace of the Unknown.


Space, and the silence that embodies it, can be uncomfortable to embrace for many—particularly in conversation, while dating. When it occurs in the early stages of relationship building, some choose to override the threat of the unknown within that silence by filling the space with self-serving machinations and narrative that validate and buffer against rejection--instead of utilizing the time and silence within those spaces towards evaluating or cultivating relationship potential. In parallel, when embraced with purposeful, clear intent, space can become a valuable asset for artists—providing opportunities towards exercising and building cognitive creativity and artistic intuition. When artists and creatives approach creative space with the primary goal of creating value through creative exploration versus a sole focus on monetization, it can serve as the foundation towards realizing effective creativity.

The Creator’s approach to creative space at the outset of creation speaks to an intuitive confidence and patient observation that are instrumental to the creative process. The resulting creation of the heavens and earth exhibit the Creator’s purpose and intent towards creating value, as evidenced by the balance and beauty within the intersecting ecosystems of each stratosphere, rooted in sustainability. When artists and creatives are able to cognitively embrace and explore creative space it can result in purposeful, productive creativity—that can also serve to inform the blueprint of sustainable business models that serve the needs of the audience and artist. Conversely, when creative space is approached with a sole intent towards monetization, the process can result in lofty, vacant, exhibits of creativity that may showcase an artist’s prowess or skill but miss the mark in serving audiences—providing hollow fulfillment and gain for artists down the line.

The attributes that speak to an artist’s comprehensive strength and confidence within the creative space are paralleled in scripture in the following account of creation:

“In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. Then God commanded, ‘Let there be light’ – and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light ‘Day’ and the darkness ‘Night’.”

In his approach to the space and the silence within it, the Creator demonstrated an intuition and patience in observing the space before him—his spirit roamed the entirety of it, evaluating the potential, shaping and embracing the unknown. Throughout each of the following days, he created from a confidence and power, anchored in a purpose and desire towards creating value.

Alternatively, when creative space is approached with the sole priority of monetization and consumption, it can result in waste of time and materials, and a dead-end along the creative path, as paralleled in the Parable of the Rich Fool, as told by Christ. The story follows the purposeless endeavors of a rich man in possession of land that yielded abundant crops, who made plans to increase his abundance towards the satisfaction of his ego and appetites, per the following:

“’This is what I will do’, he told himself, ‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and all my other goods. Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’”

The silence and unknowns of the creative space hold many benefits for creatives towards cultivating and sharpening the intuitive strength, insight, patience and discernment that are key in building sustainable and purposeful creativity.

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