Our Creative Self is our essential motor of self-expression, thereby being at the service of our spiritual identity. This Self is not the Ego, as it is not conditioned nor self-serving. While the term ‘Self’ suggests that activities inspired by it are related to ourselves only, in truth the Creative Self is essentially transpersonal. Its creative expression serves humanity as a whole as its motivational trigger is service, not self-aggrandizement.
My understanding of the Creative Self is based on the Multidimensional Personality Structure that is an essential characteristic of creative genius.
That means in practical terms that the Creative Self fosters multi-vectorial expression in the form of several talents representing each a part-self which is however not separate but integrated in a whole, that is, functionally aligned with the whole of the personality. Thus, in terms used by systems theory, we are here not dealing with parts at all, but with relationships of wholes to a higher order: the individual consciousness!
In my own case, this multi-vectorial orientation in my self-expression is facilitated through the following talents, displayed here in the order of their emergence in my path of life:
12 Talent Areas
I think it is important to see that talent does not necessarily manifest at a given time. The widespread misconceptions about prodigy children suggest that all talent areas need to be present in early childhood and that the person needs to be educated in a way to use those talents creatively.
My own life experience shows the contrary. There are 5 core talents that manifested in childhood and adolescence, but 7 other talents that developed later in life. It would be daring to assume that without the core talents, the other talents would not have developed later in life. My experience rather points to the fact that the core talents have only one positive effect in this process: it is that they positively condition the person to being attentive to talent development. It is something like a useful and pragmatic attitude toward talent management. When this has been set in place early in life, it is relative easy later on to discover new talents and abilities, and to develop them creatively.
Doctor of Law, Age 32
The term child prodigy is used for children who are proficient in one single discipline, usually the mastery of a musical instrument. But in my own case, I was a child prodigy with a multi-vectorial spread of interests, and this was so also because my interest for learning the piano was not supported.
There are certain key years when emergence occurred, and they were as follows, given that my year of birth was 1955.
Points of Emergence
—1959 (Age 4)
—1965 (Age 10)
—1967 (Age 12)
—1971 (Age 16)
—1969 (Age 14)
—1973 (Age 18)
—1985 (Age 30)
—1987 (Age 32)
—1988 (Age 33)
—2010 (Age 55)
—2015 (Age 60)
—2020 (Age 65)