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When we act in cooperation with “the Force”—using our whole being to integrate and cooperate with “what is trying to happen” already—then every aspect of our lives is transformed. In the act of cooperating with the Universe, we can aid our own self-actualization as well as the continuing evolution of life and culture on this planet. We become whole as we make others and the culture more whole. We can then embrace our life’s mission and the part we play in the universe.

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Bunny Paine-Clemes PhD, is a professor of transpersonal studies at Atlantic University. For 20 years, she was a Professor of Liberal Arts at Cal State Maritime, specializing in humanities, world culture, and creativity. She has an MA and PhD in British literature. She lives with her husband, father, and many cats in an 1887 home once owned by a sea captain who corresponded with Albert Einstein and Edgar Cayce and is the subject of a novel by Jane Smiley. Her interests include creativity, metaphysics, Eastern philosophy, non-ordinary states of consciousness, reincarnation, and European culture. She is the author of the novels A Winter's Day and Love and Death in Vienna, and many small works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

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Acknowledgments.......................................................................................................... xiii
Preface...................................................................................................................................... xv
The.Mystery.of.Creativity................................................................................................... xv
. Organization.of.the.Book.................................................................................................. xv
. How.to.Use.This.Book......................................................................................................xvii
Introduction.........................................................................................................................xix
. Why.Study.Creativity?.......................................................................................................xix
. Exercises............................................................................................................................. xxvii
Theory: Basic Assumptions and Concepts ..................... xxix
Synergistic Interlude: “The Golden Key” .......................... xxxi
Chapter 1: What is Creativity?................................................................................... 1
The Process of Creativity ............................................................................................ 2
The Aspects of Creativity............................................................................................ 3
The Creative Personality ............................................................................................. 6
Additional Characteristics of Creativity .......................................................... 10
What is Creativity? ...................................................................................................... 16
The Paradox of Creativity.........................................................................................17
Exercises ............................................................................................................................ 19
Synergistic Interlude: “Down the Rabbit Hole” ................ 21
Chapter 2: A New Paradigm for Creativity? ................................................... 25
The Issue with Paradigms ....................................................................................... 25
Paradigms for Creativity .......................................................................................... 26
A History Lesson: The Paradigm Shift .............................................................. 29
Specialization vs. the Interdisciplinary Approach..................................... 31
Integral Creativity........................................................................................................ 34
Mystical Creativity: “The Force” ........................................................................... 35
Creative Synergy .......................................................................................................... 42
Exercises ............................................................................................................................ 44
Synergistic Interlude: “The Lost Coin” ................................. 45
Chapter 3: The Process: Synthesis + Energy = Synergy ........................... 51
Definitions........................................................................................................................ 51
A Ten-Step Process ...................................................................................................... 53
Conclusion ....................................................................................................................... 68
Exercises ............................................................................................................................ 69
Synergistic Interlude: “Humpty Dumpty” ........................... 71
Chapter 4: Ken Wilber’s Integral.Operating.System............................................ 73
The Integral Operating System: Five Aspects............................................... 73
The First Aspect: The Quadrants......................................................................74
The Second Aspect: Lines ................................................................................... 81
The Third Aspect: Levels ..................................................................................... 83
Level 1: Survivalist............................................................................................. 86
Level 2: Magical....................................................................................................87
Level 3: Egocentric ............................................................................................. 88
Level 4: Conformist ........................................................................................... 88
Level 5: Rationalist............................................................................................. 89
Level 6: Pluralistic .............................................................................................. 90
The Shift to Second Tier ........................................................................................... 91
The Fourth Aspect: States ........................................................................................ 94
The Fifth Aspect: Types ............................................................................................. 98
The Integral Operating System: AQAL............................................................. 99
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 101
Application Structured by Ken Wilber’s Integral
Operating System................................................................ 103
The Creator (I)
Synergistic Interlude: “Advice from a Caterpillar” ......... 105
Chapter 5: The Artist as “I”: Creativity in the Upper Left, Part 1 ....... 109
The “Primary Imagination” ................................................................................... 109
A Clarification: Religion vs. Spirituality and its Relationship to
Colleges....................................................................................................................... 110
Who Is the “I” That Creates? ................................................................................ 113
How Do We Optimize the “I” for Creativity?.............................................. 115
Go with the Flow ....................................................................................................... 122
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 124
Synergistic Interlude: “Down the Rabbit Hole; The Pool of Tears” ................... 127
Chapter 6: Creativity in the Upper Left, Part 2: The Paradox of Ego: Uses and Abuses............... 131
The Paradox .................................................................................................................. 131
Uses of Ego .................................................................................................................... 131
Abuses of Ego............................................................................................................... 135
Acting without Concern for the Results........................................................ 143
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 146
The Support Group (We)
Synergistic Interlude: “Tweedledum and Tweedledee”.... 149
Chapter 7: “The Two of Us”: Creativity in the Lower Left, Part 1 ...... 155
What Is the “We”? ...................................................................................................... 155
What the “We” Is Not............................................................................................... 156
Collaborative Pairs: “Joined Lives and Shared Work”............................ 157
Conclusion ..................................................................................................................... 175
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 177
Synergistic Interlude: “A Caucus Race and a Long Tale” ... 179
Chapter 8: “We” as a Larger Group: Creativity in the Lower Left,
Part 2 ........................................................................................................................................................183
The Scope of Chapter 8 .......................................................................................... 183
Groups Not Assembled by Institutions ......................................................... 185
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 201
The Product (It): Aesthetics and the “Big Three” Synergistic Interlude: “Tweedledum and Tweedledee
(The Red King’s Dream)” ....................................................... 203
Chapter 9: The Aesthetic Object or “Thing in Itself ”: Creativity in
the Upper Right, Part 1: Universal Principles............................................. 207
Questions to Consider............................................................................................. 207
The Ideational Realm—or, The Unified Field .............................................. 207
The Upper Right ......................................................................................................... 209
Ideational Blueprints................................................................................................ 210
One Blueprint: Circles and Curves................................................................... 212
Another Blueprint: Symmetry ............................................................................ 217
Another Blueprint: Unity....................................................................................... 224
Conclusion ..................................................................................................................... 226
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 228
Synergistic Interlude: “It’s My Own Invention.” .............. 229
Chapter 10: The Aesthetic Object or “Thing in Itself ”: Creativity in
the Upper Right, Part 2: Science vs. Engineering..................................... 231
Beauty and Truth ....................................................................................................... 231
Beauty and Truth in Science................................................................................ 233
Engineering ................................................................................................................... 242
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 254
Synergistic Interlude: “Prometheus” ................................. 255
Chapter 11: The Aesthetic Object or “Thing in Itself ”: Creativity in
the Upper Right, Part 3: The Arts ...................................................................... 257
Beauty............................................................................................................................... 257
Aesthetics........................................................................................................................ 258
A Universal Principle: Energy ............................................................................. 262
A Universal Principle: Juxtaposition and Contrast ................................. 263
A Universal Principle: Pattern Recognition .................................................264
The Arts in General................................................................................................... 267
Painting............................................................................................................................ 267
Literature......................................................................................................................... 271
Music................................................................................................................................. 275
The Dance....................................................................................................................... 278
Painting vs. Sculpture.............................................................................................. 279
Integrative Arts............................................................................................................ 281
Universal vs. Spirit of the Age? .......................................................................... 283
“The Big Three,” Revisited ...................................................................................... 283
Creativity in the Artistic Product: A Conclusion......................................284
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 286
The Domain or System (Its or They)
Synergistic Interlude: “The Queen’s Croquet-Ground”.... 287
Chapter 12: The Structure and Function of Institutional Teams: Creativity in the Lower Right, Part 1............................ 291
Toxic or Nurturing?................................................................................................... 291
Great Groups That Make a Significant Impact.......................................... 292
Structures of Teams in Institutions .................................................................. 300
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 309
Synergistic Interlude: “The Garden of Live Flowers” ..... 311
Chapter 13: Systemic Support: Creativity in the Lower Right,
Part 2: Patrons and Institutions: Nurturing vs. Toxic Systems.......... 315
Patronage........................................................................................................................ 316
Contemporary Support for Creativity: Toxic and Nurturing
Institutional Structures ...................................................................................... 324
What Next? .................................................................................................................... 336
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 337
Synergistic Interlude from Jonathan Young: “Once Upon a
Time: How Fairy Tales Shape Our Lives” ........................... 339
Chapter 14: Conclusion: Synthesis, Summary, and Resources........... 341
Creative Synergy: The Philosophy.................................................................... 341
How to Be More Creative: Twenty Tips......................................................... 342
Creativity in the Future: ......................................................................................... 345
New Combinations............................................................................................... 345
Web 3.0........................................................................................................................ 347
“May the Force Be With You” .............................................................................. 350
Exercises .......................................................................................................................... 353
Appendices ................................................................................ 355
Appendix 1: Structures of Organizations.................................................. 357
Appendix 2: Alternative Exercises ................................................................ 361
Bibliography..................................................................................................................... 363
Index....................................................................................................................................... 387
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