Apr 20, 2010

Creativity Needed.....

A few thoughts from me for today......

Experiments and research show that there are two hemispheres of the brain, the left side and the right side. The left side is attributed to logical, sequential, rational, analytical, objective and looks at parts whilst the right side of the brain is random, intuitive, holistic, synthesizing, subjective and looks at wholes. Research shows that most people are left brain thinkers and our education system promotes such thinking with its curriculum, which tends to be more focused on logical thinking, analysis and accuracy. Left-brain programming allows for the arts, creativity, imagination and combinations.

God has created humans with two sides of the brain and fully intended that we use them both to not only connect with him but to minister to others also. The absurdity of the modern church is that in the embracing of the enlightenment where logic as become king of the empire, the intuitive, creative self has been denied. And with this comes the disempowerment of the created to connect with their creator using their right side of the brain. Olive Drane suggests this when she says that,
“For at least the last three hundred years or so, the church has unwittingly imbibed what are essentially secular ways of doing things. These have mostly been related to the values of the European Enlightenment, especially its habit of elevating what is rational over the intuitive or emotional”.

How can we be more creative?
How can we as believers connect more with God using our intuitive, creative self?
How can we connect non-believers to God using the creative and encouraging then to connect creatively?

Mmmm...wonder, wonder.....


Olive M. Fleming Drane, Clowns, Storytellers, Disciples (Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2002), 144.