In my personal view of creativity, I have incorporated ideas from others, but the writing of American theoretical physicist, David Bohm, has influenced me the most. With Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Feynman counted as colleagues, Bohm contributed ideas to physics particularly to the foundations of quantum theory, and he carried those ideas into other disciplines as well, dialogue being one of them.
I read books and attended classes on Bohmian dialogue. It is through those two mediums I became aware of David Bohm’s views on creativity which were mind-blowing, and exploring his ideas was like traveling to a different hemisphere, to a completely different night sky. Even more dazzling with the brightest of stars, it held new patterns for understanding the cosmos. Lines of Ara and Apus and Phoenix, Pictor, and Pyxis, just like constellated points of light, David Bohm’s words offered insight into the vastness of creativity.
According to Bohm (1996), there are invisible layers that are part of a creative order at the center of the universe. Those layers are called the “implicate” and “super-implicate.” We cannot see them or smell them or touch them or taste them or hear them, but they are there. They give form and shape to the visible world or the “explicate” through a continuous process of unfolding from invisible layers, to the visible world, to re-enfolding again into invisible layers. As humans, we can embody that process and dialogue with it to give form and shape to the visible world.
To remind myself of that generative process, I like to decorate with NASA photographs. NASA also known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations launched the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990, and in response, that telescope returned awe-inspiring images, some from the Arches Cluster light years from planet Earth.
Images from Cassini are equally as inspiring. Cassini was a spacecraft launched by NASA in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the Italian space agency. Its images of Saturn along with ones from Hubble have the power to instantly connect home to a cosmic level, to the generative process at the center of the universe, and to the positive emotions of awe and inspiration that grow through making that connection.
Bohm, D. (1996). On creativity[Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com
Photo by Johannes Hevelius (28 January 1611 – 28 January 1687)Scanned by Torsten Bronger, 4 April 2003. - http://pp3.sourceforge.net/wiki/ori.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89215
NASA. Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/images/index.html
NASA. Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/multimedia/index.html