In today’s progressive education circles the trend is towards devising ways to ignite, nurture and protect our children’s innate creativity – and it should be. But what is not equally considered by
many of our most noted and forward thinking educational theorists is spirituality. Many maintain a neutral and rather secular stance when the subject is even broached, when in fact both creativity and spirituality are inextricable by their very nature.
What binds them is their mysterious emergence. From time immemorial, creativity has been appreciated as an unexplainable, intuitive phenomenon, and associated not with just the arts, but with all social, scientific and philosophical study as the foundation of their innovation. We intellectually understand and experience creativity, just as we do gravity and light, but we have yet to fully understand their fundamental essence: What are they, and from whence do they originate?
It is similarly true for spirituality. The word is used merely to represent an intangible, transcendent encounter – a seeming connection with something well outside our current capacity to comprehend. Yet its value in our lives is tangible and substantive nonetheless.
Creativity and Spirituality mirror themselves in astonishing ways: Both are unknown quantities that can be experienced and honored, but they remain indefinable, mystical. If the former is the tangible expression, then the later is its source. Thus, creativity is inherently a spiritual expression. As we develop awareness of their connection, their presence in our lives transforms from unconscious to conscious, and we begin to initiate a greater action of our human potential.
Educators see the investment of extensive creative training as an important doorway to making inroads into solving today’s and tomorrow’s world problems. Those solutions manifest from the mind of the inquirer as future potentials, meaning the actualization of the “creative idea” is a futuristic concept when compared to the current circumstance. Thus, creativity is an access portal into the future and we need only to consider the creative works of such notables as Leonardo da Vinci or Jules Verne to see that this is so. Accessing the future is one of the fundamental qualities of a highly creative mind.
We at SuperConsciousness Magazine perceive that the future of education is imbued, not only with a greater quality of creative innovation but one also deeply rooted in the development of spiritual capacity. As parents, teachers, and families, it is up to us to nurture our children’s (and our own) innate creative expressions and to provide a protected environment in which they can flourish. It is from our pure connection with this mysterious and mystical place – our fundamentally divine nature – that the future emerges.
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