Creativity and Intuition Lead to Individual Organizational Health
By Eva Lewarne
Editor’s note: It is a pleasure to feature Eva Lewarne’s insightful article “Creativity and Intuition Lead to Individual Organizational Health”. Eva Lewarne was born and raised in Poland and is currently living in Canada. She has a degree from Ontario College of Art and Design in Fine Arts, and a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto. She worked, among other places, for the Ministry of Health in Canada presenting Creativity and Health Workshops and Empowerment in the Workplace research.
As an artist Lewarne has received many awards including a Grand Prix Medal in a Painting Festival in Avignon, France. Her art has been exhibited worldwide including a show at the Grand Palais in Paris. She is also a member of the Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS online gallery. You can view more of her artwork here.
Happy, healthy people are the most productive people. Many statistics support this. Creativity and intuition lead to individual and organizational health, joy, enthusiasm, stress-reduction, play and profits. Creative work and expression enhance a person’s over-all functioning, self-esteem, and sense of trust in their own abilities. Creative expressions also are the natural activities of the human being who is able to release, at least temporarily, the inhibitions of habituation and culture. Addictions are many and varied. They range all the way from alcohol and drugs, through co-dependant relationships, through re-enacting habitual and self-destructive life responses, as well as harbouring perpetual negative thought patterns.
“Art is an antidote for violence. It gives the ecstasy, the self-transcendence that otherwise take the form of drug addiction, terrorism, suicide or warfare.”
~ Rollo May
Anyone can be an “artist” in their field. A scientist can approach his craft creatively. As Albert Einstein said: “Imagination is everything”. It is a well known fact that artists, poets and mystics view the world as being joyful, abundant and vividly rich, the same world others perceive as being dreary and drab. The heightened perception of artistic or creative processes has survival value, both at an individual and community level. It allows individuals, groups and organizations to drop outmoded thinking and adopt fresh perception; to become open to exploring possibilities, the imagination and playfulness that characterize the artistic response to life.
Many business corporations are fully aware of this and have already created special rooms in their work places that allows people to go in for 10 to 20 minute stretches to unwind from the drudgery of left brain activity and access their creative, intuitive selves in a different way.
“The current cultural split lies not between scientists and everyone else but between those who innovate or create and those who do not. Innovators and the process of innovation is the lifeblood of cultural change.”
~ Robert Root Bernstein
Beyond decision-making through conflict resolution, at a horizontal level, is guiding individuals towards transcending their usual mind, by listening to their inner voice of intuition. This is basically a vertical process. When people discover their true inner-directed values, they tend to see how much they have in common and participate more effectively and energetically in a process of social recreation, rather than dialectics, which depletes personal energy. The process of co-creativity leads to the cultivation of genuine relationships, the deepening of communication and an increased ability to listen empathetically. Creative teams are sensitive to one another and their environments and are composed of self-motivated, fulfilled individuals.
”Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me.” ~ Sigmund Freud
The leaders in this field are proposing viewing looking at companies and governmental bodies as coherent energy fields with formative properties, open to scientific speculation, evaluation and research. Margaret J. Wheatley, author of “Leadership and the New Science” argues that: “…organizations are conscious entities and therefore consciousness is a property that emerges when a certain level of self-organization is reached within any system”.
To view more of Eva Lewarne’s artwork visit her page on this website.