Jan’s Journal: “The Third Eye” Creative Vision

Jans Journal, The Third Eye

I’ve been laughed at for my definition of the word, “creativity.” They say the way I define it is too broad because it means everything is creative. The word “creative has been so commercialized that its true meaning has been deadened. I am going to use the word “imagination” because it is just a bit too long to have been over used. Both words are interchangeable for my defining explanation.

We all have met people who have never made art in any form, yet, their interpretation of how they live and see things place them as “artists of living”. I have always believed that the car we drive, the clothes we wear, how we cook and almost everything can be boiled down to that moment when the idea of such was imagined. Engineers and scientists are imaginative when they invent or solve problems. Teachers know that the student who asks all kinds of questions have that intellectual curiosity which is the foundation of imagination. To create is to have the”third eye.”

The “third eye” is like a quiet, superpower. Some people can see a visual picture in their mind of what is to be made. A sort of game of “pretend” that has many complicated layers. Others have what I call “imagination pops.” An example: you need a rope to tie something; you don’t have a rope s you scan the surroundings…pop! A plastic bag, tear it open and twist into rope form. Those “poppers” are the imagination feeding the intellect which then deals with application.

All children have a “ third eye.” You can diminish it by becoming a perfectionist, or you can make it stronger by being a calculated risk taker. It can be that part of you that soars. You choose.

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