Conscious Creativity at Mindvalley U

Conscious Creativity at Mindvalley U

by Kenneth Rayman on August 24, 2018
People have asked me time and time again, including Vishen Lakhiani himself, “tell me what that means? ‘Where The Heart Calls You’…” I told them each what I’ve told my senior care audiences, “the long answer would require a pot of coffee and 4 hours; the short answer is it’s where the heart called me to go.”

Seeing confusion on Vishen’s face and others at Mindvalley U made me realize, “different crowd means different context.” The explanation is good for the speaking events I do because it’s short and succinct for the format; but at MVU more information was wanted because they want to know me and why I flew 12 hours to Europe if it was just for pleasure.

But, when someone asks me why I went to Russia or why I moved to Seattle, it’s the simplest thing I can think of to describe a deeply felt passion and connection to both places either in history, culture, and aesthetic beauty; or in Seattle’s case, pop culture. I can tell you my passion, but can you feel my passion the way I feel it? Recently as well, an online connection questioned me, “What does the ear mean? Lol” regarding my “comment signature” of a heart, ear, and a country flag. I responded, “It’s supposed to mean ‘calls,’ ‘Heart calls to [insert country]’.”

Dorota Moon of Mindvalley said, shortly after the exchange with Vishen, creativity is an intensely personal process, and nothing is ever part of the same mold. Our art should never be hindered by boundaries set by others; being attached to a result was, she warned, dangerous because it too would hinder us. Her place was to show us the more we create the better we know ourselves, our passions, and our strengths with the creation of the art.

My articles are often very raw, in that I find I’m more creative when an idea hits me rather than actively trying to make an idea happen which she championed by saying, “Let the Idea Come to You.” I edit after, of course, but it’s far from polished and I still miss words even after I proofread. I sometimes struggle with writing after the idea strikes because some things are hard to find the right words, such as the question, “Why did you go to…” She also counseled, “Don’t be afraid of imperfection.” Some articles I may cringe reading back, but others give me that feeling of elation that I just created a strong valuable take on a piece of history or that could make someone say, “I want to see that place, learn about it now, etc.”

Dorota’s advice connects with something I learned the very first day of MVU from Jim Kwik. “Don’t be concerned with how smart you are, but with how are you smart?” Once I get an idea for a piece, I dive deep into my knowledge of it. I think of what I personally learned as well as what I learned through observation and then think critically on. Just as there’s always two sides to a story, there is a way to see between the lines and, for me, get past, say, a political narrative that may turn someone away with anger or even disinterest, or bore because of subject matter.

I used to think that my knowledge of Russia and love for the country, as well as fascination with all Eastern European countries was just a passion that couldn’t take me anywhere. Jim let me know that I was smart through my devotion to learning my passion and the thirst for it’s knowledge; Dorota said that I should not be ashamed to talk deeply passionate about it drawing new conclusions to illustrate cultural understanding.

I tell people I want to take a dart every year, through it at a map, and that will be where I vacation, but the truth is the darts are already thrown throughout Eastern Europe in places like Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, and Poland, to name a few. I just need to purchase the ticket and find a way to tell the story of the location (what I know, what I learned, what I felt, who I talked to that made an impact). I’ve spent my life in a book reading about the world, or glued to the television watching and learning, now I want to know the world. If permission was sought to write on my passion and see it in real life, Dorota told me to write, learn, love, and never stop listening to where my heart calls me to go next.