Today I want to bring you into an interview with Meg, the founder of The Space near downtown Orlando. The Space is a donation based community space open to about anything one could imagine, but first, please follow me as we explore the significance of the space between the notes of our own lives.
What is the source of creative genius? What leads us to the creative ideas of starting a new business, finding a hidden gift, or making a breakthrough on an elusive problem in our lives, internal emotional understanding, or job?
Is hard work and the willful preparation of our intellect, through study and lecture, the strongest force for success? Is it in a book you need to find? Is it found through the study of a religion, or does it exist inside the mind of paid professional? Can we buy the answers we need to solve our problems, what about the questions? Where do we find out what questions to ask? Do we go to the university, purchase information for digestion, and out comes creative success? I think not. I think it can be easily observed that not all consumers of knowledge pass through the portal of success. So what’s the missing piece? What can we do to bridge the gap between the things we learn and the potential things we do with that knowledge, and how much knowledge do we need before we can use it?
Well, there is argument to be considered that space may play one of the crucial parts of transforming collected data into creative solution. Jacob Barnett, considered by many to be a creative genius, pursuing his pHD in Physics at age 14, is one who give the argument that space is the key ingredient that transforms knowledge and desire into creative success. One example Jacob gives, in his Ted talk, is that of the story of Isaac Newton, and how most of his breakthroughs came when his studies at Cambridge were suspended due to the outbreak of the plague. At this time he invented Calculus, Newton’s three laws, the Universal Law of Gravitation, the reflective telescope, and Optics. I think many of us are afraid that when we stop learning we will stop thinking, but I would argue that this is exactly the opposite of what is true.
Psychologist Carl Jung, largely responsible for our current exploration and knowledge of the unconscious mind in Western study, gives argument that our unconscious mind collects and stores inconceivable amounts of details and information throughout our day to day doings. He also asserts that this information is constantly being tied together in a network of correlation, cause and effect, and categories which form our opinions, reality, and intuition. When we sleep, this intuitive unconscious is capable of building realities including glaring details that may, at times, even rival the reality of that when we are awake. Are we using the full benefit of all this information in our waking hours? Again, I think not. Our brains do not know how to stop thinking – that is their only function. If we want to best utilize our unconscious mind all we have to do is give ourselves open space and watch how it is filled. Are you creating space in your life for creation? Or is all of your space filled with information coming in?
What does space look like?
A blank painting canvas
Staring at the wall
A free day in your week
An open dance floor
A pile of wood and tools
A sketch pad and a calculator
Use space to determine what sort of empty space would serve you best in your life.
Ancient yogic philosophy (Ayurvedic science) uses a model that understands our minds as nothing more than an organ, or system, just like others in our body. Given the understanding that all matter is nothing more than highly active fluctuations in energy, it should be easily considered that the mind is just a more subtle form of this same energy, the same energy of which all perceived physical things exist. From this perspective one could consider that the mind must take in, as well as put out. Any living system breathes in and also breathes out. Please enjoy an interview I did with Meg, the founder of The Space in Orlando Florida.