Our Creativity Muscle: An Active Awareness

The brain is an energy intensive organ, consuming up to 1000% more energy than the rest of the body, on a per weight basis . Because of its reliance upon large amounts of energy to function, it is designed to efficiently process information and thought. 

When specific brain circuits process too slowly, we unconsciously and physically label those circuits as (Do Not Use), so that we can continue to process at acceptable and efficient speeds. 

When thinking is easy, we conserve energy and minimize our frustration, when thought processes are laborious, we shut off those circuits that slow us down. 

The reason that we shut down certain brain circuits is because of the negatively perceived emotions attached and the slowness it causes to our brains processing. 

The problem is, much knowledge, memory, and creativity gets locked away from our awareness when we unconsciously shut off things that frustrate us or slow us down.

We can regain access to those parts we lock away, when we free oursleves of our externally focused need for validation. This is accomplished by accepting more and more complex challenges in our lives. 

When we actively accept, rather than the norm of avoiding challenges and novel experience, we build up our cerebellums efficiency at modeling thought through our working memory. 

The cerebellum part of our older reptilian brain, is also responsible for modeling and honing our muscle memory and other physical and mental skills that we’ve acquired in our life times. Like learning how to fly fish, dance well, drive or pilot the Space Shuttle, physical and intellectual skills require practice and ongoing honing and refinement, if we want to improve our abilities.

Once the cerebellum has modeled a possible thought strategy, it sends the plans to the frontal lobes of our neocortex for implementation. If we are an actively aware participant in our own growth and cognitive-emotional-perceptual development, our cerebellum is constantly intuiting new improvements and sending them to our higher functioning frontal lobes for review and ongoing reality testing.

In this way we hone our creativity along with our other development. Creativity then, is a skill that can become automatic, just as riding a bike or driving a car.

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