Creative by Nature

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  How does creation work? This question is as old as mankind. Humans have sought answers in creation myths and the fantastic stories of mythology all around the world. Those stories informed our religions and the belief in creative superpowers ruling over human life. In our contemporary culture those stories of creation have been gradually replaced by the scientific paradigm. …

Your Emotional Property

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    The other day a friend called me in a state of emergency. Something had happened, and it had triggered an overwhelming tidal wave of emotional reactions. A few questions revealed that there was no acute threat. Nothing ‘real’ was putting her or her family in danger. An intense surge of emotions had been activated inside her, and it …

Problems and Ways of Thinking

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  Everybody has problems. This is both challenging and exciting. Problems can be difficult or desirable. The challenge is to find solutions to our problems, that’s the hard bit. The exciting part is that problems nudge us to discover something new, something we’ve never known or even thought of before, perhaps something nobody has ever thought of. After all, the …

My Creative Genius

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  In her first TED talk Elizabeth Gilbert (author of several best selling books) describes her Creative Genius as a spirit who is always there – in the corner of her room – while she is working on a book. Liz speaks about this ingenious creature as if it was a person. She says that the Creative Genius is just …

When Wishes Don’t Come True

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    When you see shooting star you can quickly make a wish, and it will come true – under one condition: you mustn’t tell anyone about your wish. This is what I was told as a child. We lived in a place where the sky was often clear and sparkling with stars. There was no light pollution, and nightfall …

Empathy is Love in Action

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    Ten days ago the first Empathy Museum opened in London. The event was launched with an opportunity to literally walk a mile in the shoes of another person while hearing their story. At the Empathy Museum there are the shoes of a banker, a marathon runner, a sex worker, a farmer,… perhaps a refugee? The opening of the …