The nature of our mortality affects our daily living; we are meaning-making machines—we project the content of our consciousness onto the external world, imprinting ourselves onto what we see, becoming imprinted by what we see, projecting our “selves” into the future.
But what happens in the creative state?
“…As long as the individual is attempting to be creative within the field of his conditioning, obviously he cannot be creative. There is creativeness only when the mind is completely understood, and then the mind does not depend on mere expression – the expression is of secondary importance.
Surely, then, the important thing is to discover what it is to be creative, and creativity can be discovered and understood, the truth of it seen, only when I understand the whole total process of myself. As long as there is a projection of the mind, whether at the verbal or any other level, there cannot be a creative state. Only when every movement of thought is understood and therefore comes to an end – only then is there creativeness.”
– J. Krishnamurti, Third Talk in Paris 1950
So, what is creativity? What is it to be creative?
Do we find ourselves in the state of creation?
What is the relationship between meaning and control?
What is the relationship between meaning and creativity?
What is the relationship between meaning and control, through creativity?
The purpose of this retreat is to create an environment in which we can explore our relationship to creativity and control, exploring apparent dissonances actively, as we experience it.
Our schedule includes an in-depth exploration of Krishnamurti’s recorded dialogical exploration on the subject. We will engage in an ongoing, open dialogue of our own, while also taking the time to engage in creative activities that will bring these questions to life throughout the weekend.
This weekend is intended for anyone who has engaged deeply with life through creativity and noticed the tension between the inevitability of life’s daily tasks, the need for control in order to maintain stability, and the impulse toward creativity when it rings.
We look forward to exploring this potent topic together in the beauty and serenity of the Krishnamurti Foundation’s Pine Cottage; the perfect location for us to authentically connect.