The great psychology pioneer, Abraham Maslow, caused a stir when he suggested that the average person used only 5-10 percent of his or her mental potential. A good deal of mental potential, of course, includes our ability to be a creative human being and increased creativity is one of the notable researched benefits stemming from the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation.
In an age of escalating technology, the human brain is still the most important piece of hardware that we should be concerned with … TM and its associated Vedic technologies should be seen as vital tools in upgrading that hardware. When we refer to “unfolding creative genius” that means going within and enlivening the mind through contact with the silent levels of creation at the basis of ourselves. Regular contact with this unified field level brings steady growth of all aspects of our consciousness including creativity.
Although we are all born with different potential it could be said that we are all potential geniuses in our own way and it is our duty in this lifetime to actualise our full potential for our own benefit and to enhance our social environment.
It’s fairly easy to objectively measure to what extent people can be themselves, through self-actualisation tests. So far the general knowledge in psychology has been that self-actualisation stops developing around adolescence, along with other intellectual capacities. However when people start practicing the TM technique self-actualisation dramatically increases, independent of age. (Self-actualisation basically means the extent to which you are exercising your full potential as a human being.)
Reference: Journal of Social Behaviour and Personality 6 (1991): 189-247
Maslow, who first developed the concept of self-actualisation, estimated that only 1-2 percent of the general population could ever hope to be fully self-actualised. Yet he did descibe how some people sometimes had “peak experiences”, which could result in growth of self-actualisation. Now these days with TM it seems there is a systematic way to induce these peak experiences as the description of of experiences of transcending matches the description of Maslow’s peak experiences closely.
Creativity comes in many forms in the life of the average person. You do not have to be an Einstein or Michaelangelo to be considered a creative genius. Certainly TM brings reward for a practicing artist or a musician in their fields, but everyday life is full of challenges that are more easily handled with a creative approach … sometimes referred to as lateral thinking.
In my own case I can think of an amusing example years ago when as a house-husband I was trying to cope with a stage my toddler son was going through at mealtimes. I would give him his dinner in his high chair only to have him gleefully pick up the plate and hurl the contents over his head grinning at the fun he was having. That posed a challenge. Effortlessly, however, the idea came to my mind to go against normal table etiquette and actually serve the dinner to him in cast iron frypan which was impossible for a toddler to lift so he just got on with eating the food instead of making it become airborne.
So extra creativity is vital whether we are at home, in the office, on holiday or whatever, it is all part of finding ourselves. People who are more self-actualised remain calm, even in difficult situations, and experience much less stress, which greatly benefits their health. They are never overshadowed by circumstances and have more self-confidence, tend to have far fewer conflicts, and far better relationships. All areas of life improve. Moreover, they radiate positivity, and other people feel that they can also be more themselves around them.