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The spiritual psychological dimension of creativity and flow richard barrett final

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This slide deck was presented in a key note speech at the ESADE Spirituality and Creativity in Management World Congress held in Barcelona on 23-25 April 2015

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The spiritual psychological dimension of creativity and flow richard barrett final

  1. 1. The Spiritual/Psychological Dimensions of Creativity and Flow Richard Barrett
  2. 2. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 2 What this presentation is about Understanding the difference between: Creating from ego, and Creating from soul.
  3. 3. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 3 Let’s start with an exercise
  4. 4. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 4 Who are you? EXERCISE I am going to make a series of statements. If the statement is true for you, please stand up. Otherwise remain seated.
  5. 5. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 5 Who are you? EXERCISE (Practice run) I have a car.
  6. 6. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 6 Who are you? EXERCISE (Practice run) I am a car.
  7. 7. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 7 Who are you? EXERCISE (Now the real thing) I have a body.
  8. 8. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 8 Who are you? EXERCISE (Now the real thing) I am a body.
  9. 9. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 9 Who are you? EXERCISE I have an ego.
  10. 10. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 10 Who are you? EXERCISE I am an ego.
  11. 11. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 11 Who are you? EXERCISE I have a soul.
  12. 12. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 12 Who are you? EXERCISE I am a soul.
  13. 13. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 13 Who are you? EXERCISE 3 minutes Discuss with your neighbour. 1. Are you primarily an ego or are you primarily a soul? 2. Do you have a soul or are you a soul?
  14. 14. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 14 Progression in Enlightenment 1. I have a soul 2. I am a soul 3. Your soul has you A fundamental shift in IDENTITY
  15. 15. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 15 What is an Ego? • Your ego is a field of conscious awareness that identifies with your physical body. Consequently, the ego believes it can die. • The ego is not who you are. It is the mask you wear to get your needs met in the cultural framework of your physical three- dimensional framework of existence. We can call this your False self.
  16. 16. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 16 The reality of the Ego  Because the ego believes it inhabits a body and can die it believes it has needs.  Because it believes it has needs, the ego develops conscious and subconscious fears about not being able to meet its needs. The primary needs of the ego are survival, belonging (relationships) and self-esteem.
  17. 17. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 17 What is a Soul?  Your soul is a field of conscious awareness that identifies with your four-dimensional energy field. It is who you really are. You don’t have a soul; your soul has you.  Your soul is an individuated aspect of the universal energy field from which everything in our physical world derives its being.
  18. 18. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 18 The reality of the Soul  Because the soul identifies with your four- dimensional energy field and not with the body, the soul knows it cannot die.  The soul has no needs because at the level of reality at which it exists it instantaneously creates through its thoughts. Because the soul has no needs, it has no fears.
  19. 19. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 19 Einstein Quote The non mathematician is seized by a mysterious shuddering when he hears of four-dimensional things, by a feeling that is not unlike the occult. But there is no more commonplace statement than the world in which we live is a four-dimensional continuum.
  20. 20. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 20 Understanding the difference between the Ego and Soul Realities FIVE FINGER EXERCISE If we can understand the difference between two- dimensional reality and three-dimensional reality then we can get a sense of what the difference is between three-dimensional reality and four-dimensional reality.
  21. 21. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 21 The Comb Analogy Three-dimensional reality SEPARATION
  22. 22. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 22 The Comb Analogy Four-dimensional reality CONNECTION
  23. 23. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 23 The primary motivation of your soul is: SELF EXPRESSION What is the motivation of my soul?
  24. 24. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 24 What is my soul doing in my body? The self-expression of the soul takes two forms: CONNECTION and CONTRIBUTION
  25. 25. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 25 The motivations of the soul SELF-EXPRESSION CONNECTION CONTRIBUTION LOVE CREATIVITY LEADING A VALUES- DRIVEN LIFE LEADING A PURPOSE- DRIVEN LIFE TRUE SELF UNIQUE SELF
  26. 26. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 26 The Soul’s Desire The desire of the soul is to lead a values-driven and purpose-driven life in our three- dimensional physical reality. You can only do this if you are able to align your ego motivations with your soul motivations. Give up your False self, Find your True Self and unleash your Unique Self.
  27. 27. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 27 Ego and Soul Motivations Stages Motivations Serving Integrating Self-actualising Differentiating Conforming Surviving EvolutionofPersonalConsciousness Satisfying your physiological and nutritional needs. Satisfying your need for love, and belonging. Satisfying your need for respect and recognition. Satisfying your need to find meaning and purpose in life. Satisfying your need to make a difference in the world. Satisfying your need to lead a life of service to others.Soul Motivations Ego Motivations Satisfying your need for freedom and autonomy. INDIVIDUATING
  28. 28. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 28 Stages of Psychological Development Ego Development Ego-Soul Alignment Soul Emergence SURVIVING CONFORMING DIFFERENTIATING INDIVIDUATING SELF-ACTUALIZING INTEGRATING SERVING PSYCHOLOGICALDEVELOPMENT
  29. 29. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 29 Stages of Psychological Development Surviving
  30. 30. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 30 Stages of Psychological Development INFANCY 0-2 Years Old Staying alive! Satisfying physiological and nutritional needs Surviving Stage Motivation
  31. 31. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 31 Stages of Psychological Development Conforming
  32. 32. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 32 Stages of Psychological Development Conforming Stage Motivation CHILDHOOD 3-7 Years Old Keeping safe and secure! Satisfying need for love, and belonging.
  33. 33. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 33 Stages of Psychological Development Differentiating
  34. 34. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 34 Stages of Psychological Development Differentiating Stage Motivation TEENAGER + 8-19 Years Old Distinguishing yourself Satisfying need for respect and recognition.
  35. 35. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 35 Stages of Psychological Development Individuating
  36. 36. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 36 Stages of Psychological Development Individuating Stage Motivation YOUNG ADULT 20-39 Years Old Releasing your fears! Satisfying need for freedom and autonomy.
  37. 37. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 37 Stages of Psychological Development Self-actualising
  38. 38. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 38 Stages of Psychological Development Self-actualising Stage Motivation ADULTHOOD 40-49 Years Old Becoming who you are! Satisfying need to find meaning and purpose.
  39. 39. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 39 Stages of Psychological Development Integrating
  40. 40. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 40 Stages of Psychological Development Integrating Stage Motivation MATURE ADULT 50-59 Years Old Aligning with others! Satisfying need to make a difference in the world.
  41. 41. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 41 Stages of Psychological Development Serving
  42. 42. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 42 Stages of Psychological Development Serving Stage Motivation SENIOR 60+ Years Old Finding fulfilment! Satisfying your need to serve the greater good.
  43. 43. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 43 Percentage of people with genius level creativity by age 98% 32% 10% 2% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 5 10 15 25 Source: Land and Jarman, Break-point and Beyond Age Ego Development Social Conditioning Above the age of 25 only 2% of people have genius level creativity
  44. 44. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 44 What happens to our creativity? Small children have no conception of these values and interact without these limitations. The ego development (socialization) process restricts the natural creativity of our thinking potential by automatically assigning value judgements of good, bad, right, wrong, proper, improper, ugly, beautiful. We accept these judgements so we can fit in.
  45. 45. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 45 Creativity with arrested psychological development 5040302010 60 70 Surviving Conforming Differentiating Individuating Self-actualizing Integrating Serving Age Creativity CREATIVITY WITHOUT SOUL ACTIVATION
  46. 46. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 46 Creativity at different stages of normal psychological development 5040302010 60 70 Surviving Conforming Differentiating Individuating Self-actualizing Integrating Serving Age Creativity CREATIVITY INCREASES WITH SOUL ACTIVATION
  47. 47. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 47 Ego Creativity Creativity at the Ego level is basically problem solving. It takes place in the conscious mind. 1. Identify the problem 2. Explore creative ideas—think tank 3. Select the best ideas 4. Test the ideas 5. Evaluate the results.
  48. 48. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 48 Soul Creativity Creativity at the soul level involves guidance from the unconscious quantum mind and investigation and verification by the conscious mind. 1. Preparation: Gather facts, read and think, think, think,….think. 2. Incubation: Relax, sleep, rest, leave the question behind. 3. Insight or synchronicity: Inspiration, Illumination, thought. 4. Investigation and verification: Bring in the conscious mind.
  49. 49. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 49 Here is the Proof Longitudinal Perspective Studies The Harvard Grant Study of Social Adjustments began in 1938 and continues to this day—75 years later. The participants who are left over 90 years of age. The purpose of the Grant Study, as it is popularly known, was to learn something about the conditions that promote optimum health by following 268 men—all Harvard graduates—throughout their lives. The Stanford Terman Study of Gifted Children (men and women) began in 1920 and finished in 2011.
  50. 50. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 50 Longitudinal Perspective Studies George Vaillant was Study Director of the Grant study from 1972 to 2005 and continues to be involved today. He states: “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points, at least to me, leads to a straightforward conclusion: “Happiness is love. Full stop.” … Love conquers all.” George Vaillant, Adaptation to Life
  51. 51. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 51 Other Studies Barbara L. Fredrickson Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill calls love the “supreme emotion.” She states: … [love] is perhaps the most essential emotional experience for thriving and health. Your body was designed to harness this power—to live off it. … love is far more ubiquitous than you ever thought possible for the simple fact that love is connection. Barbara Fredrikson, Love 2.0.
  52. 52. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 52 Longitudinal Perspective Studies George Vaillant speaking of the Terman Study states: In midlife creative women were more likely to have had activities outside the home; at 60 they were more likely to express joy in living. … creative women were twice as likely as less creative women to manifest “successful aging.” Among the 20 most creative women were 9 who achieved their greatest public success after the age of 60. George Vaillant, The Wisdom of the Ego
  53. 53. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 53 Longitudinal Perspective Studies George Vaillant speaking of the Terman Study states: Like creativity in the Terman women, creativity in the College men (Grant Study) was associated with successful aging. To summarize … creativity was positively correlated with generativity, sublimation, and altruism. George Vaillant, The Wisdom of the Ego
  54. 54. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 54 My Experience I am 70 years old and I have never been more creative or happy in my life. When I am in soul consciousness, especially when I am working on a new book, my whole life moves into a state of flow where “downloads” and synchronicities are anticipated daily events. Richard Barrett
  55. 55. Books by Richard Barrett 1998 2006 2010 20111995 2012 2013 2014 2015 2015 Forthcoming
  56. 56. To be released in the Fall of 2015.
  57. 57. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 58 Creativity consists of making discontinuous quantum leaps into a nonlocal domain of pure potentiality, that is not accessible to the thinking ego. Amit Goswami, Quantum Creativity A Physicist’s Perception
  58. 58. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 59 It has been my experience that hundreds of synchronicities go into the writing of one book. Each one a creative act of discontinuity given by grace and received with joy. The joy of creativity lies in the appreciation of the discontinuity, which confirms my connection to my soul. Richard Barrett My Experience
  59. 59. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 60 Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. William H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition, (London: Dent), 1951. Synchronicity in Action
  60. 60. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 61 When we align ourselves with evolutionary movements of consciousness, the universe itself puts wind in our sails. Amit Goswami, Quantum Creativity Synchronicity in Action
  61. 61. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 62 The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. Carl Jung Servant of the Soul
  62. 62. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 63 More Information A Practical Guide to Soul Activation Measuring Consciousness by Mapping Values Stages of Psychological Development
  63. 63. Powerful metrics that enable leaders to measure and manage cultures. www.valuescentre.com 64 More Information To get a copy of this presentation go to: www.slideshare.net/BarrettValues www.richardbarrett.net

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