Monday, 11 December 2017 08:26

To be creative you have to listen to your subconscious mind

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal:


This afternoon, after church service, I went to a bookstore and bought a book on European mythologies.  David Leeming, From Olympus to Camelot, The World of European Mythology. (Oxford University Press, 2003). Dr. Lemming was a professor of Literature at the University of Connecticut, at Storrs. He has written several books on mythologies.

I have been reading about Greek, Roman, and Celtic, Germanic (and Norse) mythologies, their stories of birth (creation) and death and the afterlife. I find the whole thing interesting; it gives me insight into the European mind.

I will give a three hour talk, tomorrow evening, a talk centered on Pre-Christian religions in Africa and Europe.

I understand African religions from firsthand experience for I am a member of the Amadioha priestly family; I have comprehensive understanding of oriental religions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism; however, my understanding of European pre-Christian religions is sketchy; I want to improve my knowledge of European pre-Christian religions.

Usually, when an insight occurs to me I go to my computer and type it up. I just had an insight from reading this book. It is that the individual's subconscious mind takes everything he experiences in his day life and uses them to teach him about his self and life but do so in the language of symbols, which the conscious mind has to interpret.

To be a good artist, writer and healthy person one has to write from ones subconscious mind, write what that part of one's mind believes is true in one's life, which is not necessarily what is true for other people.

One must be one's self; this means that one mist strive to live from what seems true to one's subconscious mind, not the outer rational mind.

One must listen to one's subconscious mind and learn from its symbols, its mythologies. One cannot really live from other people's mythologies.

A course in miracles, for example, is the subconscious mythology of how the universe came into being and will return to its source that came from a Jewish mind, not an African mind.

My African mind has given it how my subconscious mind sees reality, for me and for those who share my African and European experience.

I am talking about the myth of three levels of being that I have sketched in my writings: being in dense matter (on earth), being in light forms (life after we die) and being in formless light (heaven); this is how my subconscious mind understands reality; this understanding, of course, is not the truth but a mythology; it is a mythology that makes sense to my ultra-rational and scientific mind.

The sadness of African lives is that they try to express their reality in European and or Arab mental categories. This attempt to live as Arabs (if they are Muslims) and Europeans (if they are Christians) is actually the reason why Africans, in our contemporary world, are utter failures. No African has really produced a good work of art, be it in literature or the other forms of creative expressions.

However, Fela Kuti  came very close in being a true creative force of nature; but his rebellious nature confounded his creativity; his music was the music of the oppositional defiant boy rather than the music of a mature soul.

Nor can Africans return to being what they call their authentic African selves. I am talking about those Africans who talk as if they can go back to living as they did before Arabs and White men descended on their world and gave them their ways of life.

No one can re-enter the same river twice. You cannot go back to living as Africans lived before their minds were given Western and Semitic weltanschauungs. You can only synthesize your current experience, not run away from some of it.

In his book, Africans, Ali Mazrui noted that the collapse of governance in Africa is largely due to Africans efforts to be Europeans or Arabs or true Africans; he speculated that things will begin to work out well for Africans when they synthesize all their experiences in a new way of life. The man probably got it right.

I am probably one of the few Africans that have comprehensive understanding of Western psychology, philosophy and science. I rejected these Western approaches to reality; my mind is trying to reinterpret phenomena in light of my African and European experience.

I am here to give Africans, indeed, all mankind, a new mythology, a new way of looking at life, a way that synthesizes my experience in the West and East plus, of course, my native African world.

I employed the term mythology advisedly; please do not dismiss the idea of myth. We actually do not know anything for sure. I understand physics as very few human beings understand it but I also know that it is a mythology; it is the current western consensus on the nature of physical reality. As Thomas S. Kuhn reminded us, in his book, the Structure of Scientific Revolutions, our current paradigm of reality may change tomorrow.  The chasm between what we know and what we do not know is so vast that Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a thousand faces; The Power of Myth) is probably correct in telling us that we live by mythologies not facts.

What is fact, do you know?

(What do you make of my self-assessment, my mission; is it a manifestation of total self-confidence or grandiosity? Only time will tell!)

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

December 10, 2017


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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176