Creative Rhythms

There are 3 distinct phases in the creative process. Each phase has it’s

own life and class of actions.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi- Creativity

The well-balanced leader is continually learning how to bring their God-given visions into reality. We tend to see that ability for the super-gifted due it it’s near mystic basis. The honest fact is creative visionaries understand and use a process that helps the creation in their sprit come to fruition in reality.

Step #1 Germination: Idea generation and rumination, most leaders know when and where this happens best for them. There is lots of excitement in this phase and the newness of he idea creates lots of energy and drive. Truth is most visionaries of this sort have learned to be in the world in very present ways. They have learned to extract from intuition and how to be sensitive to the emergent. Germination usually happens in these moments of sensing what is trying to find air. Germination requires shifting the location of our listening from within the organism we serve to the future which is embedded at the junction of our presence, our imagination and God’s best possible future.

Step #2 assimilation: this is where things typically breakdown, this is the least obvious phase. Initial thrill is gone and work starts. Here there is a spinning out of the details of the “germ” or idea. More than anything though, this stage moves you from a focus on internal action to a focus on external particulars to put wings on the creation. This has recently been referred to as crystallizing and prototyping.

Step #3 Completion: Energy ramps up again because tangibility is just around the corner. Specifics are now acted upon and the creation is birthed. And from here we can begin to operate within the sphere of the new creation and begins adjusting it on the fly.

These three steps are all risky, exhilarating and intimidating. But that is precisely why not all people are Creators.

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One Response to “Creative Rhythms”

  1. Question: Are all God-given visions suppossed to be brought to reality by people or is there another greater purpose for them?

    I remember as a child walking with my mother through a parking lot from our car to the department store entrance. My mother is a fairly tall and regal woman. She would walk briskly with long strides. As a child I had a hard time keeping up with her when if I would walk. I would have to run along side my mother or trot quicky just to keep up. To this day she still seems to walk too fast for me.

    As one believer and creative person to another, I have so far found that God’s highest and dearest interest as my Creator is to save me fully and for me to know Him. He puts that first and He is willng to interupt the processes of my creativity to have it. Second, anything of God that I have vision for or the ability to create I do not own. He owns all of His ideas including the one He had when He made me. He is always working/creating way far ahead of my process while simply keeping watch of me to make sure that I am still following. He is the Creator bringing His visions to fruition when we don’t even realize it.

    I appreciate what you say here about being in the world and being sensitive to the emergent, I try to be and I think that I am, yet at all times the same never changing desire of God’s for me know Him more beckons. I guess what I am trying to say here is that if at the completion our creating if we gotten to know Him more,and we are being saved we’ve kept in step with the great intention and vision of our Creator and there in fact may lie the fruit in our reality. If we have not gotten to know Him more….?

    By the way, this was cool that you said, “Germination requires shifting the location of our listening from within the organism we serve to the future which is embedded at the junction of our presence, our imagination and God’s best possible future.”

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