In 1968, NASA hired George Land and Beth Jarman to assess the imagination and creative potential of NASA engineers and rocket scientists. After developing an effective test for NASA, Dr. Land gave the test to children ages 4-5.
98% of those children scored at the genius level of imagination and creativity. Surprised and inspired, Dr. Land tested the same children five years and ten years later. Five years later however, only 30% of the same children displayed a genius level. Ten years later, when they were about 15 years old, it was down to 12%.
Then he tested a group of adults. Only 2% scored at the genius level.
The point of this blog is that Zentangle Method doesn’t need to make you a creative genius. There’s a 98% chance you already were a creative genius as a child. Rather, my point is that the Zentangle Method can reconnect you with your own innate imaginative and creative genius that still pulses inside you and that yearns to flow forth.
I believe each of us has an inborn urge to create. And if you doubt that, just ask any second grade class, “How many here are artists?” and watch every student lift their hands so high they rise out of their seats. I also believe that if that natural creative urge is discouraged and denied, it is harmful to the individual and it shortchanges us all.
The Zentangle Method can re-engage your innate child-like ability to imagine and to create. It nurtures and supports you so your creativity can manifest and flourish. It is a tool to overcome childhood criticisms that made you doubt yourself. It demonstrates the healing potential of creative expression.
“Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer
As an adult it is a wonderful and healing joy to once again access and creatively express your heart’s imagination. It is inspiring and encouraging to trust yourself to be able to improvise and boldly blaze new paths. I believe it is in the restoration of this natural flow of innate creativity that is behind so many of the health benefits that people report from creating Zentangle art.You discover you can confidently make a next stroke without needing to know exactly what the final outcome should be. Your creation is more alive and compelling and beautiful when you don’t predict what it should be ahead of time.
You discover the importance and value of drawing your own lines – not just filling in lines that someone else produced.
You discover you can reactivate your genius.
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion!”