30 tips in 30 days: #13.
Thinking with a global sensibility means transcending traditional ideas of yourself and the world as being separate. It means thinking of yourself and the world as being interconnected. In your mind’s eye, you can imagine the global consequences of your life choices.
Breaking out of any mental rut requires creative thinking, which may be accidental or deliberate. Sometimes inspiration and insights come to us from out of the blue. Sometime we feel so mentally stuck that we consciously choose to think about our daily lives differently. The end result, either way, is creative thinking.
So much has been written on creativity and creative thinking that I will not try here to do any more than get you started.
In my view, the leading international expert in the field of creative thinking is?Edward de Bono. He’s written more than 70 books. Start with his classic, Lateral Thinking. Don’t stop there.
“Creativity is simply the ability to look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary,” according to CreativityforLife.com. Creative thinking can be cultivated by adding ideas together to develop new concepts, by building on the thoughts that have come before. Brainstorming, tossing out ideas without editing them, reveals options we may not consider otherwise. Try thinking up ways to use things in new ways, such as other uses for a hammer beyond hitting nails.
Psychology Today magazine publishes plenty of articles on creative thinking. One example is a piece by Michael Michalko on “Creative Thinkering.” If we think about “what is” or “what can be,” he writes, our thinking gets abstract and conceptual, more open to possibilities. If we think about “what is not,” our thinking gets linear, defined and rigid, less open to possibilities.
If you wish to help create a quantum shift into global consciousness on our planet, please share with others this excerpt from my book: GLOBAL SENSE: The 2012 Edition: A spiritual handbook on the nature of society and how to change the world by changing ourselves