Point Four is often associated with creativity—so much so that people come to think that if they are creative, they must be a Four! But really, Four teaches us about the ways in which creativity is also the wish to be known—by ourselves as much as by others. We share about how we are affected by life. Even when we are telling someone else’s story, the story we tell is still some revelation about our own inner life and what matters to us. Some artists reveal themselves more obliquely while others engage in almost confessional forms of expression. But certainly, if there is nothing at stake for us, if what we are creating does not reflect something we feel deep within ourselves, our creative work will feel flat and relatively irrelevant. Yet, there is a difference between creative self-expression and a public tantrum. How do we engage in the dives into our nature that are necessary to create work that is not only meaningful to us, but resonant and rich for others? Point Four teaches us about this and more, as we explore the role of intimacy and the search for beauty in the creative process. We will look at some examples of Four energy in music, film, and visual art, and consider the ways that Four energy can guide us into the heart of beauty or leave us in a morass of self-involvement that makes creativity extremely difficult to engage.
After the 60 minute talk, there will be approximately 30 minutes for question and answer.