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Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity

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Are you up to your destiny? —Hamlet

A motivational and inspirational guide to developing or enhancing your creative genius. Author and artist Aliyah Marr uses practical examples and guides us through conceptual, transpersonal art experiments to demonstrate how we can use the power of art to access our inner child, express our buried emotions, and use any form of art as a catalyst to transform our lives.

Aliyah reveals the secret of the creative genius: a powerful alliance with the personal subconscious give us access to the most powerful creative force of all, the same power that fuels the stars and guides our lives. She shows us how we can use art to bring our subconscious to the surface, how to make a friend of this powerful force, and then how to use it to create the life of our dreams.

Artists have known this forever: that the application of principle and skills learned in any art can be the springboard to creativity in any field, but when we finally release our inner creative genius we become empowered in every part of our lives. Aliyah Marr draws from her experience as a teacher, visual artist, poet, graphic designer, and author to demonstrate how you can change your body, your profession, your relationship, and your life just by changing your thoughts.

Packed with practical examples and exercises from every medium: visual art, theater, music, video, poetry, scriptwriting and dance, this book shows you how to use art to first express, and then clarify thoughts and emotions to create whatever you want. A powerful reference guide for artists, educators, psychologists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and for those who have an interest in a practical form of self-development.

Preface
Are you ready to live the life you were meant to live? This book is about how to live a creative life; not how to paint or draw, but how to think like an artist, and how to find a joyous, complete life as a result. The power of creative thought can impel you to excel in any medium, in any field, or any subject.

This book answers some essential questions, the most important being: what is creativity, and how can it bring me freedom and happiness? However, the real value of this book is not in the questions that it attempts to answer, but in the questions that it poses. These questions are traditionally asked under the cover of art, but I ask these questions here so that you may ask them of yourself.

I started out as a fine artist, and entered the fields of illustration, graphic design, broadcast design, and interactive design. As I developed my commercial skills and artistic craft, I learned that there is a difference between pure creativity and applied creativity. Pure creativity is an activity that has no predefined destination or purpose, while applied creativity is an activity that always has a goal or application in mind. Pure creativity can be seen as a kind of play, while applied creativity is usually seen as work.

Examples of pure creativity include (but are not limited to): a painter who paints from his heart, a musician who creates a symphony while toying at the piano, a writer who bases a screenplay on the people she knows at work, a scientist who discovers a new law of the universe by playing with raw materials and outlandish ideas.

Examples of applied creativity include: design, architecture, scientific inquiry, technological innovations, copywriting, and business development.

The Creative Life, Individual Artists, The Life of an Artist, Journal writing, Motivational and Inspirational, Creativity and Genius, Psychology Creative Ability, Self-Help Inner Child, Self-Help Creativity, Self-esteem, Happiness, Transpersonal Psychology, New Age Self-Help, Counseling and Psychology Gestalt, Humanistic Transpersonal, Cognitive Neuropsychology

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Nov 17, 2011
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9780982105900
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I LIVE BY 3 PRINCIPLES1 Maturity is overrated.2. Play is mandatory.3. Don't ever, ever put away your toys.Aliyah Marr is the author of several books on creativity and self-actualization. She is a creative director with a client list of Fortune 500 companies and a creative consultant for entrepreneurs. As an educator, she taught graphic design, art, interactive programming, and new media at Parsons, Pratt and The School of Visual Art in New York City.Newsletter on creativity:http://parallelmindzz.comwww.linkedin.com/in/aliyahmarr


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  • To sum up, a person with healthy emotions:  1. Feels without resistance, indulging, or residue.    .2. Is not attached to their personal history.  3. Is clear of feelings of victimization or anger.  4. Can see others with detached understanding.

  • Like a child who doesn’t wait for the perfect tool or circumstances, an artist makes art from what he has around him. The artist sees inspiration where the ordinary person sees only a limitation or an obstacle.

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Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity - Aliyah Marr

ADVANCE REVIEWS

In the magic play of personal development, Aliyah Marr teaches us how to fully embrace our deepest desires and dreams. —Marc Zegans, creative development advisor

"This book has a beautiful voice. It is encouraging, gentle, and kind. It speaks to you like a good friend. It’s about opening your mind to become the creative person that exists in each of us.

... this book goes deeper into the heart of creativity. It goes into the fundamental mind-set that drives creativity. Once you master this, then you can use the tools like an artist... But the real value is in the profound wisdom about how people unfold into being creative. I found this to be one of those rare books that deserves to be kept and cherished. I strongly recommend this book. It belongs in any personal library." —Steve Kaye, IAF Certified Professional Facilitator,

For those with a vague awareness that something is missing in their lives, Aliyah makes a compelling case that personal change is possible, and the rewards immeasurable, that joy and abundance is a nano-second away. Ms. Marr isn’t asking you to get to work—she’s inviting you to come out and play. Who wouldn’t want to join her? —Thornton Sully, editor-in-chief, A Word With You Press

Aliyah Marr’s book goes directly to the heart of the creative experience. She leads the reader to the boundary of un-patterned and habitual thought—pure creativity. Aliyah explores many of the different roads and perspectives to inspire your most creative self into being. —Peter Avedisian, Zen Machine,

This book moves beyond ideas and concepts found in other self-help books. In a refreshing way, the author presents steps for you to take to unlock the joy you were born with and should be feeling every day. Essentially she’s saying; if you aren’t happy you can train yourself to fix that, you were born with all the tools you need, now its time to unlock your potential. By using creativity you can unlock and discover abundance in all the good things life has to offer. —Mark Ninci

"When you make a living from your ideas, you tend to forget about things like fun. Parallel Mind is a practical, poetic, and playful reminder. Even those of us in the creative professions need to remember to have fun and play; it can restore the very soul." —Bernie DeKoven, The Well-Played Game

"This book is about the life-changing power of the creative spirit, but it will also be relevant to those who primarily work with their left-brain. Aliyah shows that we all have deep reserves of creativity that we can draw upon to transform not only the way we interact with the world around us, but also the very thoughts and emotions that determine our reality. —Benjamin Kessler, playwright and editor

"Creative thinking can make or break a business. Parallel Mind contains invaluable information on how to release the mental and emotional blocks that most of us encounter in creating a new business and in marketing ourselves. Highly recommended." —Michael Port, Book Yourself Solid™

Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity

Copyright 2008 Aliyah Marr

This book is available in print at most online retailers.

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only; it may not be re-sold or given away to other people.  If you would like to share this book with another, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient.  If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, then please  purchase your own copy.  Thank you for respecting the work of this author.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Advance Reviews

Message to Reader

Preface

Dedication

Introduction: The Adventure of the Conscious Creative

Chapter 1 Creativity

Chapter 2 Double Vision

Chapter 3 Body & Soul

Chapter 4 Shaking the Tree

Chapter 5 Navigating a Sea of Emotions

Chapter 6 The Secret of Sex

Chapter 7 The Conscious Creative

Chapter 8 The Infinite Self

About the Author

Books by Aliyah Marr

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The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don’t have to gain, develop, or attain them. We’re like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don’t need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are.—Anonymous

Are you up to your destiny? —Hamlet

Preface

Are you ready to live the life you were meant to live? This book is about how to live a creative life; not how to paint or draw, but how to think like an artist, and how to find a joyous, complete life as a result. The power of creative thought can impel you to excel in any medium, in any field, or any subject.

Many people are creative in their daily lives, others would like to be more creative, still others would like to experience the magic that they have seen only from the outside until now.

This book answers some essential questions, the most important being: what is creativity, and how can it bring me freedom and happiness?

However, the real value of this book is not in the questions that it attempts to answer, but in the questions that it poses. These questions are traditionally asked under the cover of art, but I ask these questions here so that you may ask them of yourself.

I started out as a fine artist, and entered the fields of illustration, graphic design, broadcast design, and interactive design. As I developed my commercial skills and artistic craft, I learned that there is a difference between pure creativity and applied creativity.

Pure creativity is an activity that has no predefined destination or purpose, while applied creativity is an activity that always has a goal or application in mind. Pure creativity can be seen as a kind of play, while applied creativity is usually seen as work.

Examples of pure creativity include (but are not limited to): a painter who paints from his heart, a musician who creates a symphony while toying at the piano, a writer who bases a screenplay on the people she knows at work, a scientist who discovers a new law of the universe by playing with raw materials and outlandish ideas.

Examples of applied creativity include (but are not limited to): design, architecture, scientific inquiry, technological innovations, copywriting, and business development.

One form of creativity is not superior to the other. It is just easier (and more fun!) to learn pure creativity before attempting to apply that creativity to a purpose. Applied creativity can be fun and playful too. However this particular book focuses on the importance of play to our development as a complete, creative individual, so it is about pure creativity.

Parallel Mind reveals how you, as a creative individual, can mold your life with the power of your thoughts and how those thoughts can be used to create whatever you want in life.

Chapter One, Creativity defines and outlines creativity: what is it, how can we use it, where does it reside?

Chapter Two, Double Vision is about the source of creativity—our inner child—and how we, as adults, encase this pure self in a cage of fear and limitation.

Chapter Three, Body & Soul discusses the relationship of the body to the mind; how to use your mind creatively to create the body you want.

Chapter Four, Shaking the Tree explores more deeply into the mind, how to change limiting beliefs, how to overcome fear, and encourage original thought.

Chapter Five, Navigating a Sea of Emotions is about emotions: why do we have them, how to choose your emotions, and how to use them effectively.

Chapter Six, The Secret of Sex reveals how to marshal the twin forces of passion and desire to supercharge and sustain your creative vision.

Chapter Seven, The Conscious Creative shows how the practice of art brings the artist increased awareness and personal power.

Chapter Eight, The Infinite Self brings together the concepts introduced in the former chapters, and shows how they can lead the artist to creative freedom.

Included in every chapter are quick in-text exercises intended to help provide a break in reading you activate the principles you have just read. They are repeated in the appendix for your convenience.

1 Record Your Internal Dialog—What did you say?

2 Internal Wisdom—Access your subconscious

3 Bottoms Up—Change your point of view

4 Recall Your Child Genius—Your thoughts as a child

5 Remember Your Dreams—Keep a dream diary

6 Rise and Shine—Visualize health

7 Change the Subject—Make a lens

8 The Medium is the Message—Change mediums

9 Chain Reaction—Tracking thoughts and emotions

10 Touchbase—Allowing yourself to feel

11 Objective Observation—Pure observation

12 Play With Syntax—Syntax and context

13 Happy Accident—Plan an accident for inspiration

14 Gather and Float—The art of doing nothing

15 Practice Naiveté—Dare to ask a naive question

16 Simplify & Reduce—Simplify, simplify, simplify

17 Shift Focus—Change focus

18 Notice Negative Space—Understand negative space

19 Form Groups & Families—Group for understanding

20 Direct Attention—Use accents and structure

21 Arrange a Marriage—Force a new relationship

22 Go Gestalt—The psychology of perception

Whatever you can dream is available to you, but first you must know how to use your creative potential. An artist is not defined by his work, but by the power of his creative thought. This book gives you the tools to achieve those dreams, whether you are a creative professional, a student of art, or someone interested in personal development.

Becoming an artist does not require a mastery of technique, great skills or advanced degrees, it only requires that you take the time to be an artist. Art is about change, exploration, and about the courage to know yourself.

Often we don’t accept a challenge because we fear change and commitment. Perhaps we are afraid, because we know deep down that a life like this takes unconditional passion, courage, and dedication. To live a consciously creative life, you have to show the forces that be that you deserve the life you want by consistently displaying these qualities. This is what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Path. Make no mistake, if you follow a path of conscious change you are walking in the very footsteps of giants.

So I ask you: when will you allow yourself the life you deserve? A voice is whispering in your ear: today is the day.

DEDICATION

I wish to express thanks and appreciation to all my innumerable teachers, but first and foremost to my parents—to my father who taught me how to think and to my mother who taught me how to feel. I also wish to say to those of you, who like me always were different, but didn’t know why you’re probably an artist—you have a license to be free. Start the incredible journey.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I’d like to thank my editor, Aaron Buczek and advisor, Marc Zegans for their expertise and support. Aaron and Marc share my dream of individual empowerment and creative freedom for everyone.

INTRODUCTION

The Adventure of the Conscious Creative

Stories of magic and mystery permeate our cultural history, and have fascinated children and adults for untold generations. Fairy tales and mythologies are full of examples of powerful people who have the ability to generate new objects and realities out of thin air. The archetypical figures in these legends live in our collective consciousness and populate our dreams.

There is a nugget of truth hidden inside these tales. The magicians in these stories are ordinary people who have discovered an incredible power. They know what all of us should know—we are natural magicians. We should know this because it is a truth that is all around us: we modify our environments and create the world in which we live.

We are creating our realities all the time. Look around you—it is a self-evident truth. Most of us live in an artificial world of our own construction.

Everything in our man-made environment started out as a creative thought in someone’s head. As the idea is caught and visualized, it starts to become more real. The original inspiration becomes denser through focus and concentration, and finally materializes into form.

So someone thinks into existence a chair, a wheel, or a computer. It is the creative thought that forms the eventual material reality. Like a fertilized egg that hatches a chick just because it was kept warm, the actual work of manufacturing the desired object is the inevitable fulfillment of conception. Manifestation is the natural, spontaneous conclusion that follows inspiration.

Creativity is our birthright as human beings. The ironic thing is that we seem to have forgotten our power as creators. We have abandoned our responsibility for our circumstances, and  have given our power to remote authorities that do not have our best interests in mind. When we abandon the

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  • (3/5)
    "Parallel Mind, the Art of Creativity" by Aliyah Marr was received through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway in an EBook format. The wonders of creativity are explored and the book contains several exercises that you perform. These were fun and easy to do.Book opens your mind to think at different levels for all aspects of your life.A simplistic approach to life but one that you could consider in some circumstances.The book was easy to read and some what interesting.
  • (1/5)
    This book struck me like one of those self-help meetings you promise someone you will go to. You arm yourself with coffee, pen and paper and try to stay awake but sneak away at the first chance. Couldn't force myself to finish it. Never gave it a second thought beyond feeling guilt for not writing a review as promised. I find a good walk or visit to my supply closet works best to access my creativity.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book, it is really well written and the author interweaves her own experience with established theories and research in a very accessible way, well worth the time investment.
  • (3/5)
    Parallel Mind, the Art of Creativity by Aliyah Marr The book is combination of cheerleading, philosophical explanations, and cute activities designed to help the reader figure out what life is about and how to unleash one’s creativity. Marr was fairly convincing that my creativity is just waiting for me to open the prison gates and let it out in all its power and strength. Marr’s philosophy of life (“Do you know that you have the power within you to grant any and all of your wishes?”), which seemed quite narrow considering this is a book on creativity, may have sounded inspiring in a speech but came off as pompous and egocentric in writing. Still, and here is the gem of the book, I think she gave an important message: most of us are too passive. We limit ourselves, allow other’s view of us discourage us and we become so self conscious and responsible as adults that we lock away our creative nature. I tend to cringe when someone tells me what to think and what to do and not to do, but if you like that kind of guidance, then you will probably like this book because she has a strong sense of what she thinks you ought to think and uses the imperative case quite frequently. I suspect Ms. Marr is better at speaking than she is at writing; maybe a better editor would have helped her rid her writing of the excessive quotations (shows lack of confidence in her ideas) and clichés. I would suggest to her that it is not so easy to “. . . transfer general principles from one medium to another (p 174).” I wouldn’t mind listening to Ms. Marr speak, but I don’t think I’ll ask to do an early review of her first music album!
  • (4/5)
    I obtained this book in ebook format as part of the Librarything member give away. It is my first win under the member give away or early reviewers scheme, so I was very pleased to receive it.The book is all about developing your creative potential. It is not a manual on how to paint or write or make music, but rather on how to think creatively. The text is full of small exercises and tips that can be used to stimulate creativity and for self improvement, and all of these are handily brought together at the end of the book also in an appendix.The writing style of the book is fluid and easy going. The author clearly can write well. It would make a very helpful self help guide for stimulating creativity.However I did not like everything about this book, and my objections will centre around what the book would consider my "left brain" thinking. That term is at the heart of my problem with the book though. The title is expounded within. "Parallel mind" is all about our right brain (creative) and left brain (rational) tension. The writer quotes Richard Bergland's 1985 writing "Modern brain scientists now know that your left-brain is your verbal and rational brain; […] Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain". However, brain scientists who are a bit more modern again now understand that the brain hemispheres are much more co-dependent than this. the author recognises new scholarship when she writes:"Although there is new scientific evidence that functions such as language are not the sole province of just one hemisphere, for the purposes of this book I will stick with the broader classifications of brain functions: the left as the logical and linear brain, and the right as the creative, intuitive brain. "But this made me wonder what the point of the terms really are? If, as we now know, rational thought uses right and left brain co-dependently, as does creative thought, then "right brain" is divorced from any meaning in science and becomes just a synonym of "creative" and "left brain" is a synonym of "rational". And in fact the point is well made in the book that creative people use all their brain. They are rational AND creative.So when the book develops this analogy of parallel minds with: ""No matter what you think may be happening, you are always thinking with both brains. In computer lingo, this is called “parallel processing”"I have to disagree. The two brain hemispheres are not two distinct cores in a multiprocessor system - instead the brain is a marvelous and intricately interconnected system where different brain areas have different functions but they all work together to make something coherent. The attempt to break the mind into just two parallel parts - rational and intuitive/creative is, in my opinion illegitimate (but as a "left brainer" I would say that !)There is a lot of appeal to science in this book. Only a little of it is footnoted. Statements like "It is theorized in the scientific community that the normal life span of humans should be at least 120 years." or "Science has discovered that the brain cannot tell a fantasy from a sensory perception. This is because everything in the brain is merely a thought. " may well be important and true observations, but they are asserted without footnotes so it is hard to check their veracity.This would be less of a problem if there were not some glaring errors in fact in a few places (less important places, but the problem is that if I know the author has been in error on X that I know about than how can I trust she is correct on Y that I do not know about?)Some of these gaffes were the assertion that Columbus showed his creative genius by proving the world was round despite everyone else who said it was flat. In fact the dispute was not at all about the shape of the earth - that had been settled about 1800 years earlier by Eratosthenes, but the issue was about the circumference of the earth, that Eratosthenes had measured. Columbus believed Ptolemy's estimate of circumference that was much less accurate than Eratosthenes, and thought it would be quicker to sail west to India. Had he not bumped into America on the way he would have died on the very considerably longer westward passage. But Columbus was more lucky than right. (The myth that Columbus proved the earth was round was invented by a French atheist - Antoine-Jean Letronne (1787-1848), who seems to have wanted to discredit the church).A second gaffe was:"when the hard drives of two (or more) computers work in tandem to execute a task at double speed." No, parallel processing is where 2 or more processors or cores are acting upon instructions of 2 or more processes or computational threads at the same time. Hard drives are a type of memory - they do not "process" anything.But neither of these gaffes is major. They did not ruin the book. For me they instead ensured my critical thinking skills were engaged - asking whenever facts were presented "is this actually right"?Ultimately it does not matter if not all the information is right because the book still contains some very interesting exercises to try. The book is about creativity and not knowledge, and for anyone wanting ideas to stimulate their creativity, there are plenty in this work.So ultimately, a very good book for aspiring "right brainers", but unrepentant "left brainers" may have a few problems with it!