Q & A
Frequently asked questions about the book and author
WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS BOOK?
As an artist, I wanted to write a book about the powerful sense of primacy that occurs when being creative. Everyone has experienced the majesty of being completely present in the moment. Perhaps it was during a first kiss, while playing a game, solving a difficult problem, or fighting a life-threatening illness. Whatever events brought out that sense of primacy, two things were happening: you were striving to create an outcome and you were seeing new possibilities. You switched from seeing life as a condition of being to a state of being.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN MESSAGE?
To be creative means to tap into creation itself, but what is the creative process and how do we tap into it? When I decided to write Quantum Sense. I knew I was embarking on a complex narrative that would take me from the building blocks of nature’s generative process described in part by quantum mechanics to life-long questions about the human condition. My central message is one of hope -- that we can improve our lives by deliberately working with nature’s creative engine.
WHY HAS YOUR BOOK BEEN CALLED THE SECRET ON STEROIDS?
The Secret is about the power of positive thinking - exploiting thought to achieve a positive goal. Although intriguing, this idea can not be proved. Inability to exploit the power of thought to achieve a specific goal or explain psycho-physical events beyond chance signify that simply thinking about something does not make it so. Thoughts exist in the quantum realm. The connection between thought and action takes place when creativity stirs the pot of energy-matter in a way that links thoughts with the world. Thought gains traction when it employs the engine of creativity to achieve results.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO BE CREATIVE?
Essentially, to be creative is to see any given field of opportunity as being in an alternating state rather than a fixed condition. This might be a field of play, a medium like paint or marble, or a field of sound, movement or ideas. When we are being creative we learn to see the universe as a malleable field open to change, growth, and creativity. In my book I offer ten key takeaways from observing the world in a state of flux rather than a fixed condition. In addition to altering the field of play, creativity enables mindfulness because it connects us with the same quantum engine that informs thought and formulates perception.