The Creative Nerve

Have you ever touched a creative nerve? Have you ever tapped into that deeper well of conscience, that special reservoir where ideas flow from brain to fingertip to canvas? Perhaps you are a poet, a sculptor, a musician… Regardless of your passion, there is a brilliant gift within that compels us to create, to be in tune with the universe at large. It is a calling to reveal our true philosophy and wisdom. It is called imagination, and this article explores just a few small nuances of those deeper creative tendencies – our personal journey through expression. Enjoy…

For most creative beings, the ability to generate compelling works is a perfect storm of passion, experience, and desire. Whether it is some spectacular painting or a brilliant movement of words, the ability to inspire demands a special appetite from its creator, a hunger to reach within and pull from the very marrow of life itself.

To say we are mesmerized by the creative process is an understatement. It is a mystery that haunts our intellect, a cognitive impulse that must be obeyed. Against all reason or logic, we must find an outlet for this deeper sense of expression.

From the beginning of time, back when humans first drew pictures on cave walls, our species has been called to dream. We have been called to examine this age-old riddle which begs us to communicate, to express through math and science, visuals and word.

Whether abstract or literal, we could never build temples or pyramids, places of worship adorned with pictographs and iconography, symbolic references capturing our time in the stars. Without dreamers, none of this would be possible.

Indeed, we all tell a much more intimate story through art and personal literature. We share our dreams and beliefs, our faith and worldly influence. Throughout the long thread of history, our destiny has been recorded. But what exactly is this impulse to create, this urge to impress our will upon future generations?

Who knows… Painters, poets, sculptors… Each gifted medium accepts this divine call to arms. They are the blueprints of our destiny. These impulses compel us to produce stunning works of art, moving symphonies, epic poems that transcend the ages.

Such works are blessed beyond psychology. They are the untamed hearts of passion, wild horses in the snow, the tragedy and triumph of the human condition. It is this secret whisper which guides our brush to the virgin canvas.

These impulses shape our culture. They help us learn and grow, remind us of compassion and love, chaos and war. They are depictions of truth, and within that truth comes the sad reality of misunderstanding, notions of heresy and horror, enlightenment and joy…

Regardless of how or why these impulses exist, such romantic sentiments require acknowledgment, an affirmation that defines our purpose. This process requires years of discipline and study, a level of maturity that negates conformity.

Creativity is a random theater. Not everyone is gifted with a silver tongue, blessed with a golden palate. It just happens. Like a fever, a person is struck with the vision, an epiphany to share their souls through personal expression.

Indeed, this power is a gift, to change minds and open hearts, to mend what is broken. Yet it isn’t easy. This gift isn’t free. There is always a price to pay. To willingly place your essence before the eyes of judgement requires fortitude. It is a terrifying premise that also requires dignity and courage. To stand before the masses with your quill and sword, to bare the fruits of your soul, you must be ready to defend your perception of the universe.

To emerge from insecurity, to present works that are scrutinized or praised, worshipped or scorned… it is all part of the secret language. It is this unknown fraction of the ego which seeks validation, where legends are born from scented meadows filled with dew.

Yes. Shakespeare, Wagner, Michelangelo… each of these pioneers had the gift. Rodin, Frost, Van Gogh… they were all chosen to deliver their message. Come hell or high water, they put their indelible fingerprints on history. The conscience of humanity remains touched by their elegant hand.

Although the true secrets of expression may never be revealed, it can still be revered with high honor. It is an open slice of the soul with no true master, a process which our intellect will never fully quantify beyond our pride and arrogance.

While true expression may never be removed from the confines of math or science, it will always remain a distinguished virtue, anchored forever by our love for the universe. It is a supernatural blessing, a phenomenon exclusive to man, something intangible that will never be replicated by lab or machinery.

Expression is ours. We need to cherish it, protect it, nourish it. Above all, we need to respect and honor it. By doing this, we can preserve our legacy for future generations, a chance to say we were here, that we mattered and made a difference, that we really did care about the world we live in…

Aaron Towle
Aaron Towle
Aaron Towle is a Multimedia Artist living in Green Cove Springs, FL. He proudly served in the military as a journalist and now works as a developer in the Defense Contracting Industry. He is passionate about art, literature, and photography and looks to continue building his credentials as a professional writer. He currently produces an online publication called Reprehensible Digest, which explores the subtle dynamics between art and literature.
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Larry Tyler

Aaron You know I love this story. Without Storytellers their would be no remembrance. Our children would never know where they came from and the stories of who their family was. Thank you for such an inspiring story.

Darlene Corbett

What a gorgeous piece of writing, Aaron! You are so right on as you offer your message in such majestic prose. I happen to believe everyone has a unique gift to create in some form, but not everyone taps into that fertile ground. Sometimes they are fearful and rightly so. Sharing their creative gift is exposing oneself to criticism, and it requires much courage to be able to rise above the naysayers who often cannot or will not do the same. Thank you for this Aaron!💖

Noemi Zarb

Aaron you are holding the Promethean flame high! Encouraging creativity is both wonderful and a responsibility which I feel should go hand in hand with artistic appraisal and critical thinking. Also good to see that you don’t mince words about the driving force of our ego which should also alert all of us to listen to Dedalus. The hunger for glory in ‘imperfection means perfection hid’ needs to acknowledge that the power of imagination renders us co-creators but can never forge us as the ultimate Creator.

Sherry McGuinn

Wow, Aaron. Not only is this beautifully written, but the message “hit me where I live.” Even though a I’ve been writing forever, it took me a while to put myself out there and show people who I really am, as a means of connecting with others. Now, there’s no going back. It takes “fortitude” indeed, and a heaping helping of “crazy.” At least on my case. 😉 Thanks to you and Dennis for sharing this spectacular piece.

Annemarie Berukoff

Aaron, your excellent article has added a new phrase to my writing vocabulary…”be ready to defend your perception of the universe.” My teaching career pivoted on perceptual thinking as explained in the book The Intelligent Eye. My writing is based on perceptual mind streams before a single conceptual word is written. Thoughts become tangible and a legacy survives with or without public scrutiny. Appreciate the lessons.

Maureen Y. Nowicki

It was a dazzling light of my morning to read your work as I tinker with the most creative and wacky looking ginger bread men. Opening up the cupboard and finding ju jubes, smarties, sparkles, currents, sardines (no, just kidding) and a few other peculiar ingredients.. My creative self-expression for the morning. What the afternoon brings who knows?

I take a break with flour on my hands and a smile on my face to read.

I pause and in such alignment with when you espoused “expression is ours”. When you so honestly delved into how with creativity comes a wide range of responses and opinions to what one has “mastered”. My head nodded at that one too.

Wonderful work and I am respecting and honouring what you have put forth so delicately.

Happy to move into some of that random theatre of creativity with you and others and do some soul-sharing today.

Have a brilliant weekend, Aaron.

Loving your creative chutzpah!

Jeff Ikler
Jeff Ikler

Aaron —
Love this, Aaron: “Expression is ours. We need to cherish it, protect it, nourish it. Above all, we need to respect and honor it. By doing this, we can preserve our legacy for future generations, a chance to say we were here, that we mattered and made a difference, that we really did care about the world we live in…” These are our handprints on the cave wall.

I dabble in screenwriting now and again, and I have experienced that mesmerizing process of which you spoke. Hours could go by, and I was still dancing with the keyboard. I was blessed to have a wonderful instructor who was a brilliant writer. One day I commented on her work: “You have such a gift!” “It’s no gift,” she assured me, “It’s practice and determination.”

Maybe it’s both? I believe we all have that seed in us that yearns to create, to express, to share. We just have to find our medium.

A wonderful inspirational piece.


Incredibly great and heartfelt article my friend. I agree with every word, and feel the passion and intensity of this work. You have really done an excellent job at describing what an artist is, what and how we feel about life and our craft. It is difficult for me to describe these things, because they won’t understand or grasp what it really is like. This article is the closest you can get to understanding. I will not attempt in expanding on this any further, you have succeeded in this already. Great work Aaron! =)



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