Recently, The New York Times had an article about the Higgs particle. The Times described its elusiveness as “a snowflake in a pile of slush.” The Higgs is so elusive that it takes trillions of smashing of protons in Large Hadron Collider in Switzerlan to be able to observe that something was there. Yes, was is the correct verb because the Higgs does not linger. So the snowflake that landed on what became the pile of slush is long gone. Yet, without the snowflake there would be no pile of slush. Without Higgs scientists posit nothing would have mass and what we experience, as the universe would not exist. So, you think, how does this relate to person/place?
My theory is that flashes of inspiration are not unlike the Higgs particle, …that in the zillions of synoptic connections going on in our brains throughout our lives, flashes of inspirations are so elusive that if we do not grasp this flash it is gone forever. Footnote #1
What does it take to be able to pluck an inspiration from the noise of our brains? Why do some people seem to be able to ferret out these lightening flashes and some people don’t seem to have an original thought in a lifetime?
Perhaps inspiration, or making mass from an elusive electro-chemical message can be culled by observing working spaces of geniuses, people with with known flashes of inspiration. Look at the desks of Al Gore, Tina Fey, Albert Einstein, Yves Saint Laurent, and Will Self, the few I have selected to compare. The common thread is easy to spot. They all have workspaces that might be described as messy or to describe it without cultural stigma, they all have a highly complex visual field.
Pictures are: Tina Fey, Will Self, Milton Glazer, Al Gore and Albert Einstein’s work spaces. click here: higgs particle desks -Display
You get the message, these creative people who are used to snagging the unique thought amid a dazzling array of options. The “ah-ha” moment apparently doesn’t happen as frequently with lineal thinkers or those who surround themselves with order , as these work areas attest. It seems that creativity resides in experiencing options. The saying, “As it is above, so it is below” is the underpinning of my belief that the more your inner world is expressed in your outer world, the closer you are to attaining your maximum creativity. Moreover, the more choices there are to stimulate and mull over; the more likelihood there is that flashes of enormous creativity will emerge.
Like the Higgs particle something has to stimulate you into making the fleeting, illusive idea into a body of reality. From the flash, grasped comes the innovation.
Footnote #1 The human brain is composed of about 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) interconnected by trillions of connections, called synapses. On average, each connection transmits about one signal per second. Some specialized connections send up to 1,000 signals per second. “Somehow… that’s producing thought,” says Charles Jennings, director of neurotechnology at the MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research.