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In every moment our minds are filled with the quest to understand the abstractions and objects that surround us. At an instance our brain is interacting with billions of pieces of information. From analyzing motion, light and sound, towards transferring files of memory and stimuli, to finally assimilating entire mental frames that compile into the perceptible tools called ideas. These micro processes are attempting to organize and collide innumerable amounts of information into a simple enough identifier that can be retained in the mind. Whether we are consciously aware in our waking hours or deeply entranced by our subconscious while fast asleep, this capacity of our brain to describe the reality around us gives birth to ideas. An idea is an implantation of space in our minds. As our senses are attempting to perceive the surrounding world, an aggregation from the ceaseless depictions of stimuli begin to form and pervade unoccupied space throughout our mental circuitry presented as ideas. This implicates profound modification within our ideological frameworks and leads us to personal transformations in ways never imagined. In the effort to identify where ideas originate and how our response to ideas effect us, we have discovered the true relation between creativity and ideas.

Often we believe ideas have the power to change us. We have become accustomed to viewing ideas as the start of our pathway to enlightened growth. However ideas are one of the last steps down our complex mental processes of understanding. It is more efficient to view ideas as a final visual presentation after much mental input and output stimulation. Our mind’s incessant processing to simplify understanding, spits out an idea, a contained perceptual map that is easily recognizable and allows us to implement our next actions without a constant need to voluntarily put together pieces of information. These swift functions from the human psyche causes us to attribute our growth and actions to ideas rather than our interpretation and our avenues for sensory experience towards the ideas. This is a misunderstanding in our cognition which creates perceptual barriers that don't allow us to approach experiences as the originators. These barriers are viewed as phobias and dogmatic and conditioned beliefs. Our mind then continuously propagates these barriers in its goodhearted attempt to keep us safe from perceived external threat that to the contrary, derives from our misplaced internal awarenesses. To clarify, our minds will repeatedly assemble a hardly true idea that distracts our senses from the actual original source of the perceived threat. A major part of our ever-involving conscientiousness is to properly place our awarenesses back into the driver’s seat; a modernly developed perspective that expresses a capacity to understand and define where our ideas begin. Correcting our falsely accredited ideas and opening perceptual barriers begins with developing the ability to balance attachment and dissociation from formed ideas.

Attaching to an idea is what helps us function in our world with stability. Without fully accepting an idea as an absolute or formed idea, it would be difficult to not sense all things around us as an external threat to our survival. For example, we can walk on the ground because we have accepted the ground as a formed idea. In our minds we have accepted the stability of the idea, the absoluteness in our mind that the ground will not cave underneath us. If our minds did not accept this formed idea we would be immobile creatures, afraid to take one step because of the fear of an inconclusive idea, that the ground can shift, quiver and cave in right underneath our feet. Holding a stable idea within the mind is essential for operating in a standard world but it is the instability, the dissociation and detachment that leads to learning and developing new ideas.

Dissociation is a natural tendency for humans. Our proclivity to dissociate from our present world is an inner signal that shows us how instability and change can be used to aid our survival and adaptation into new ideas. A healthy mind is always concerned with the survival and growth of its carrier. As stated in the previous paragraph, survival can only be a concern of the mind if there is a perceived existential threat happening in our environments at all times. Our minds unconsciously sense threat before consciously perceiving it, this is why we have a 24/7 fight or flight monitor ready to take action at any moment. We are constantly prepared for survival because a part of our mind is always surveilling the volatile unstable environments we perceive and live in. However, it is this unstable component that is necessary to move us forward into growth. Growth can only occur through adaptation, the learning through changeable experiences. Detaching from a perceived reality, a formed idea, leads into a mental instability that is needed to acquire new actions and functions of learning for our life experiences. If we don't dissociate from a perceived reality we can remain in a instinctual survival mode that leaves no room for learning and progress of ideas. These two concerns of the mind shows us that instability and change are necessary imperatives to living and developing in our modern environments.


Before we make an actionable experience in our present reality, our minds imagine and replay hundreds of mental scenarios that we internally enter, experience, and play out before beginning the action in our external experience. This ability can deter our encounters with threats because we disassociate from our present reality, to think about past and future experiences in a considerably short amount of time, before we make a active step. Examining dissociation shows us why the practice of creativity is vital in developing new ideas. The creative practice is a form of detachment from an absolute idea. Creative practice views a formed idea and imagines new ways to utilize the idea. This is the practice to dissociate, to dissolve our realized, standard thinking of an absolute idea, and begin the circulation of unique sets of perspectives that employ new mental connections for further original ideas. Creativity can be chaotic, unstable, and detached from what is present and common, but when used in practice, creativity becomes a tool for new learning, growth and adaptation in our ever shifting society.

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