Lessons Learned in the Creativity Perspective

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Lessons learned
What is lessons learned
Overall goal in capturing creative lessons learned
A cause event chain to any situation
Learning from other in creative endeavors
Summary generic lessons learned
Hold your creativity sacred
Create a life worth living
Learn what serves
Allow effectiveness to be you measure of truth
Become mindful and aware
Learn to pull the string
Learn to use our intuitive guidance
Clarity of intention and single point focus
Become aware of our nonconscious intentions

There is an old proverb which states: “An individual learns from their mistakes. A wise individual learns from the mistakes of others. A fool never learns.” There is no reason why we cannot all become wise and learn from the mistakes of others. There is no reason to repeat the mistakes of others.

What is lessons learned (Top)

Lessons learned is simply about reviewing our own actions or the actions of others relative to a given topic. Usually, lessons learned are about reviewing negative or undesired outcomes. But, that does not need to be. Successful endeavors need to be reviewed just as much as unsuccessful endeavors. Here the topics is about creativity. Lessons learned is to review the creative actions of others to see what was experienced and what can be learned so as to do, or not do, similar actions in the future relative to causing certain events to occur or not occur.

Creation is infinite. There are an infinite number of ways to experience any one aspect of this infinitely vast Creation. It will take some faction of an infinite number of experiences for mind to begin to see exactly how creation/Creation works and to experience its true depth and breadth. Fortunately, through oral and written communication, humanity has learned to capture and share lessons learned. We, as individual entities, do not have to personally have all the necessary experiences that go into a given endeavor. We can learn from the experiences of others and build on what they have discovered. We have learned to share the experiences of others and no longer have any need to repeat their mistakes. Or, maybe better said, we have no need to repeat what others have done whether it was a mistake or not. We can learn from both the successes and failures of others.

For any experience mind has. mind characterizes that experience the best it can based on the experiences it has had. Education has been so powerful because it is a way to learn from the experiences of others and expand our base of experience. However, there is an issue we need to face when it comes to textbook type learning We can learn from the experience of others but we need to understand knowing something in mind is not necessarily the same as actually having directly experienced it and/or its implications. To think of throwing a ball to hit a target is a different experience than actually throwing a ball. But once you throw the ball you can connect the idea and the experience. To exercise our creativity and to experience what we know mentally about creativity we will have to do our own experiments. We have to do our own experiments with what we know to know the truth of what we know for ourselves. It is to know the truth for ourselves as opposed to regurgitating the truth as stated by others. We will have to do our own experiments to make what we know in mind an experiential knowing. This is especially true relative to our creative power. There is only so much that can be learned from a book. To understand the process of creativity, we have to create something.

The Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity approach helps us to learn from the experience and, sometimes, the mistakes of others. It looks to help each of us to become wise in our creative endeavors no matter what our creative endeavors may be. It In this regard, there are things we can learn about how the lives of others have changed when we enter a creative endeavor. We can begin to understand and have some idea as to what to expect when we step into the unknown to consciously embrace our creative spirit.

Overall goal in capturing creative lessons learned (Top)

The overall goal in capturing creative lessons learned is to create a life worth living and a life that creatively serves us and allows us to hold our creativity sacred in whatever we do. It is to be able to create a life such that living that life provides an inner satisfaction that never runs dry no matter what is happening in our external world. It is to learn to create such a life in a relatively fastest, easiest and gentler way than can be found that would have otherwise been possible without lessons learned.

A cause event chain to any situation (Top)

One of the primary understanding in exploring lessons learned is that there is a cause event chain to all that occurs. That is, there is a series of actions that lead up to any one event or experience we have. From studying the cause effect relationship in physics and years of accident reviews to improve safety it is clear that things do not just happen. We can learn there always exist a chain of events. Lessons learned is to begin to see event chains long before they manifest in a actual experience.

Nothing is isolated by itself. There are events which lead up to any other event and for any given event there are what can be called precursors. Precursors are events that foretell the future unfoldment of a situation if things are not changed. They are. indicators or forecasters of things which can occur and which will occur if something does not change relative to the ongoing chain of events. If we see and understand the precursors, we then have the options and freedom to change the unfolding chain of events.

The concept of lessons learned arises from accident analysis and an investigation into what caused that accident. It is to review the circumstances of an accident and look to all the events that contributed to that accident to see what can be changed to prevent that accident from reoccurring.
Lessons learned is about learning to “pull the string” on “why this as opposed to why that.”The question is whether or not we are persistent and observant enough to find the answers we seek.

Learning from others in creative endeavors (Top)

Any truly creative endeavor is a step into the unknown. It is to bring into existence something not previously seen or experienced or something significantly different from the past. Mind only knows the past and what it has experienced. It is limited in what it guidance it can provide to create something.

To be truly creative about something will take us past what our mind knows. In this regard there are two types of creative endeavors. There are endeavors that are creative for us but not for another. That is, there is another that has had the experience or possessed the thing we desire to create. Here we step into the unknown relative to our personal experience. This is the whole basis of our education systems. They provided us the experiences of others in situations where we do not have the time or desire to actually have the experience. But to truly understand what is communicated, we need to have an experience of what is communicated. This is why there is a laboratory portion and a classroom portion with many educations for there things that cannot be learned in the classroom. Even when we create something for ourselves previously created by another, there will be elements of the unknown in what we do and experience. To truly understand any topic, we will still have to do our own experiments even when others have done the same thing before us.

The second way to create something is to create something never previously experienced by any human. Or, at least we have no access the lessons learned from other about what we desire to create. That is, we create completely independently of whatever any one else experienced. Here, in this type of creative endeavor, we totally enter the unknown. Mind will be useful only to the extent that our new creative endeavor is similar to the past. If it is sufficiently different, mind will be of little use to guide us. Hence the recommendation to learn how to use our intuitive guidance. Although the accuracy of intuitive guidance is limited by the experiences we have had, it nevertheless provide the correct direction in which we need to travel.

When we realize a truly creative endeavor takes us past our own experiences and the experiences of others, the question becomes, “What good are lessons learned from the experience of others or our own past experience when we enter an unknown where the past if no use?” The answer is that creative lessons learned tell us about the creative process we face. We may not know any of the particular details of what we face, but we can have an understanding of the process we are going to face.

In understanding the process, there are many thing for which we can be prepared rather than being taken totally by surprise. For example, we can expect fears of the past to surface whenever we experience an energy that appears to be like the past that give rise to those fears. Or, we can expect a defensive response pattern to arise whenever we experience an energy that feels like the past where we were harmed or injured. In our creative endeavor, the energy we experience may or may not be capable of causing us harm.

To response to an energy in a creative endeavor based on the past without awareness we are only responding to the past and that will cause us to abort our creation. We cannot create if we live in the past. However, being aware of how we were injured and how we needed to protect ourselves in the past allows us to face the energy and to: (1) see if it is really the type and kind of energy we first expected that can cause us harm; and (2) in the awareness of how to protect ourselves, we can face the energy as it is with the ability of reducing the harm or injury we face if not eliminating them.

Additionally there are generic ways of dealing with the unknown. In knowing the creative/creation process and the types and kinds of situations that can cause us harm or injury, we can create a relatively faster, easier and gentler way for any creative endeavor we undertake. How much faster, easier and gentler totally depends on how different or similar our creative endeavor is from what we have experienced. The more what we create is like the past, the better we can address the unknowns that arise. The more what we create is totally unlike the past, the greater the change we can expect and the less we will be able to anticipate what will happen. Nevertheless, because all arises out of the same “stuff” or material of Creation, the greater our depth and breadth of our experience of Creation, the better we can address the unknowns which does arise.

Summary generic lessons learned (Top)

In looking at the lessons learn in and about creative endeavors, there are several generic statements which can be made. It is recommended you can accept these at face value and use them in your life as guiding principles. Or, if you wish, you can discard them. But in the end, you probably will return to them. The provided hyperlinks provide amplifying discussions and/or comments.

Hold your creativity sacred
(Top): Our creativity is what we use to get whatever we seek. It is our most important asset in life. It is the basis of the creativity perspective on life. The Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity material was developed to help us to hold our creativity sacred.

Create a life worth living
(Top): a life worth living is a life in which you are doing something such that if you died and spent the rest of eternity doing what you do now, you would enjoy eternity. It needs to be realized our life is a creation unfolding. The aware consciousness within us will always be creating. The focus should be on enjoying the process of creating and not on what we create. The more we can be in the process of creating the more we can enjoy whatever that process brings into our life. This includes our death and return to life in some other realm of Creation or to physical Creation.

Learn what serves
(Top): We each are a unique creation. What serves me and allows me to experience the fulness of Creation may not serve you. We each need to learn what serves us. We need to have thought, words, deeds and memories which serve us and what we desire to create.

Allow effectiveness to be you measure of truth
(Top): We each are a unique creation. We each are here to have a different experience of Creation. What serves me and is true for me may not serve you and not be true for you. We each need to look to see what is effective at creating what we desire to experience. We need to allow effectiveness to be our measure of truth. What doesn’t work needs to be discarded and something more useful and effective utilized.

Become mindful and aware
(Top): We need to become mindful and aware of the thoughts and intentions we hold to become aware as to what surfaces in our mind and in our life. We then need to pull the string as to why we have the particular thought or experience we have as oppose to any other.

Learn to pull the string
(Top): There is a cause effect chain for all that we experience. We can pull the string on anything we experience and follow that cause effect chain back as far as we wish. To get to the root as to why we have the experiences we do and the thoughts we have that drive those experiences we need to pull the string to see where and why they originate.

Learn to use our intuitive guidance
(Top): Our intuitive guidance is the bridge point between the conscious mind and the nonconscious mind. It allows what is in our nonconscious mind to be made conscious in some way. Although it may not be accurate in the images or thought it present for reasons stated elsewhere it is nevertheless accurate in presenting the direction in which we need to travel. We can use it to access the infinity of our own being and the infinity of Creation. All is open to us through our intuitive guidance. We only need to learn how to use it.

Clarity of intention and single point focus
(Top): Having clarity of intent held with a single point focus is the foundation of our creative ability. We need to develop each if we are going to manifest what we desire.

Become aware of our nonconscious intentions
(Top): We all have nonconscious - the subconscious and unconscious - intentions. There are the unconscious intentions that are addressed by the intention for our life and the myriad of subconscious intentions which we have because of the enculturation, programming, and experiences of our life. Many of them simply scatter, divert and/or rob us of our creative power and creative ability. Depending on what we desire to create, we may have to raise many of these nonconscious intentions to understand how they are influencing what we desire to create.

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Mistakes and the creativity perspective
Problem with lessons learned

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