Monday, September 24, 2012
Finding your Seat
It's an important thing to know where your seat is. I often forget.
Being creative is a thought process that requires breadth and depth. Living in London and putting up with all the buzz; useless chatter on facebook, nonsense on twitter, people you don't care much for sharing their entire life with you just as the telephone rings or your news feed interups you is a great thing for helping you find breadth; but awful for helping you think deeply.
All those stories, jousting or attention can be wonderful if you are looking to create new, otherwise unthought of connections between things - an essential part of the creative process.
When it comes to (for me) the hard part - drilling down into your idea to find the core, the essence - the thing that needs to be brought to the surface and polished as it represents in its purest form the idea - when it comes to this process; then all that back-chat is just a distraction.
This is when it is helpful to know where your seat is.
What is your seat?
Your seat is the seat that you sit on when you want to move from divergent thinking to convergent thinking. It is the place that grounds you; the place that grounds your thinking and lets the mental dust settle.
It's important to know where that place is if you are to succeed. I often forget where my seat is and that's why I spend months wrestling with ideas in the dust-cloud form and fail to define them and give them form. A time-gun is always a useful think to help me find my seat, however it's far from the best way to help me find my seat.
I found one of my seats the other morning. I'd been looking for that particular seat for a long time and suddenly, there it was. It was left in the crack between the day and the night; I left it in the dawn light and by chance I happened to be at Stonehenge with the druids for the Autumn Equinox celebration. And there it was - the seat that I'd lost. A moment, that grounded me completely and gave me a fresh perspective on the various ideas floating around in my mind of late.
There are others, and my seat isn't your seat, tho we may have similar places.
Finding our seat together is, in my mind, a thing that could help us all get on a lot better as creative beings. When you sit in your seat, and look at your life and your ideas and the lives of those around you; suddenly the value system that you adopt when you're living in the 'buzz cloud', appears all warped and out of line. I could be wrong, but I suspect that the judgements I make when I'm siting on my seat are the ones that I should trust.
I suggest you try this. Of course. I could be wrong.