AboutI am a work in progress and this is a scrapbook of things that make my mind wander; mostly writing, books, surfing, film, photos, illustrations, music, travelling, local history, technology AND ROLLER DERBY. Some essentials: I'm right-handed, have one tattoo, seven piercings and lots of feathers and beads. My favourite cities are Rio and San Francisco. I live in England and I love to dance. I believe in wearing your dress like a rebel flag, revealing your secrets in your words, standing on the open dome of your heart and living life like this: "Let chaos reign ... louder music, more wine ... The hell with the standings ... The top rung is up for grabs. All the old traditions are exhausted, and no new one is yet established. All bets are off! The odds are cancelled! It's anybody's ball game! ... The horses are all drugged! The track is glass! ... And out of such glorious chaos may come, from the most unexpected source, in the most unexpected form, some nice new fat star streamer rockets that will light up the sky." (Tom Wolfe)
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Man, it feels like I’ve been thinking about new tattoos for ages now. I’ve changed my mind about what I like, changed the places I want them on my body, wondered how I’m going to find a gap long enough that I’m not going to be bashed on a roller derby track when they’re still not healed..
But, finally, a few weeks back I decided on the two I absolutely want. I’ve lived with the images around me for a bit now, just to check that I don’t get bored of them. I’m going to do them as a Christmas present. These are them..
This one’s going on my wrist just like that:
And this one’s going on the back of my hip:
Inituition is what turns dreams into a logical sequence. Dreams don’t make sense. Dreams are not logical: they consist of a series of disconnected images in the unconscious mind. But the rational mind craves meaning. Optimized for pattern recognition, the rational mind wants to superimpose a linear narrative structure on the random images in dreams. The logical mind craves meaning, and intuition supplies it.
Intuition generates meaning by creating connections that turn random impulses into a meaningful structure. And the most amazing thing is that your intuition generates these associations effortlessly…. automatically. This generative capacity is one of the profound sources of creativity… but most people fail to develop their intuition. Worse, we ignore it, we deny it. We pretend it doesn’t exist.
Intuition is a skill that can be learned. But it works best when you are not in control: when the conscious mind is still, the unconscious mind can work uninhibited. It even works when we are asleep! Ask yourself a question before you go to bed. The mind loves a question. It will continue working on the answer to the question even when you are asleep.
When you wake up, pay attention to your first impulse and your feelings. You will have fresh insight and new ideas. Those are the signals from your intuition. Intuition is the way the unconscious mind speaks to us. Without words.
Robert Tercek, TEDx Transmedia 2012, Rome. (via tedxtransmedia)
Robert’s talk was one that I particularly enjoyed. Great quotes for anyone with a longing to be creative.