Jack Martin Leith
My wide ranging inquiry into the true nature of the creative process began in 1971, when I was given a copy of Edward de Bono’s book The Dog-Exercising Machine: A Study of Children as Inventors.You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
Excerpted from an address given by US President Woodrow Wilson at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Philadelphia, USA on 25 October 1913
View a transcript of his address and note that the President, addressing undergraduates, actually says “You are not here merely to prepare to make a living.”
I now call this inquiry JQuest and describe it as a search for life-affirming ways of birthing truly original creations that enrich the world with value, meaning and joy.
In the Carlos Castaneda books, don Juan Matus says intent is “the force that creates and animates the universe.”
Other ways of referring to this phenomenon include the Tao (“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao”) and élan vital (philosopher Henri Bergson), as well as the interchangeable terms media and creative intelligence (design innovator Edward Matchett).
My discoveries indicate that our thinking and acting need to be in tune with intent at all levels if we want to imagine potent possibilities and bring into being genuinely new creations that enrich the world.
You can find some of my most significant discoveries here, along with such topics as Intent and Self as creative instrument.
I am in the process of fleshing out the bare bones entries and will be posting further material throughout the coming weeks and months.
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