creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert TED Talk
Author Elizabeth Gilbert speaking at TED on the subject of the creative genius.

A dear friend of mine recently posted this TED Talk on my Facebook wall. I’d watched and enjoyed it a couple of years ago, but I really appreciated being reminded of these things that I believe about creativity. Plus the timing was perfect, as I continue to explore the theme of ritual. Creative work is ritualized work, and I believe creativity is one of the best and most fulfilling kinds of ritualized pursuit. In this talk, Gilbert muses (no pun intended) about the transpersonal nature of the creative process. The artist’s connection with archetypal energy, in other words.

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

The author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some large topics. Her next fascination: genius, and how we ruin it.


p.s. I just noticed that this is my hundredth post on this blog. Yay for me and my creative genius!