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An artist's guide to the labyrinth of creativity. Join us as we explore the mysteries of human genius, how creativity works, and how you can improve your own creative process. The labyrinth awaits. Creative Codex is one-part podcast and one-part imaginative lecture series, featuring thoroughly researched insights into the creative process mixed with captivating soundscapes and original music. Produced & Written by MJDorian
 
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This is a special Video Bonus episode of Creative Codex! Our show has been selected by Spotify to showcase the new video options for podcasters on Spotify. If you dig it, please share it with someone! (The video playback is currently only supported on Spotify.) ( This video bonus first appeared on the Creative Codex Youtube Channel: https://www.you…
 
In 1916, Dr. Carl Jung experienced a strange phenomenon that possessed him with tremendous creative force. The experience inspired him to write a philosophical & psychological scripture he called: The Seven Sermons to the Dead. This is Jung's most mystifying work. It appears in the final chapter of The Red Book, and it embodies the culmination of J…
 
This is a special clip show of some of the best moments from the last 3 years of Creative Codex! The focus of this episode is: sonic simulations. In the show, sonic simulations are the use of sound design, music, and narration to convey an experience, time, or place. The clips featured in this episode, in order of appearance are: Nikola Tesla’s Ear…
 
Does boredom play an important role in creativity? If so, is technology ridding our lives of boredom at a perilous cost? On this Creativity Tip minisode, the truth gets 'curiouser and curiouser.' Along the way we explore research in neuroscience regarding the Default Mode Network, and psychological research that potentially proves the link between …
 
On this episode we sit down with multi-talented singer / songwriter: L'FREAQ. (Also known as Lea Cappelli.) We dive deep into all of the most interesting topics: Does creativity feed on despair and depression? How do you get to the gold? What is L'FREAQ's songwriting process? Do you hear music on the cusp of sleep? Listen to L'FREAQ's phenomenal ne…
 
Is art dangerous? On this minisode, I share a personal story about the art project that almost killed me. I call this: The Devil Wood Incident. This is Exhibit A in a miniseries exploring the theme: Art Is Dangerous. Here is a link to the Devil Wood music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TTL-GKBMTk If you would like to share your own Art Is …
 
On this episode we explore the tragic death of Vincent van Gogh. We seek to answer, once and for all, was it: suicide or homicide? In the process we discover that the two popular theories explaining Vincent's death are deeply flawed, and a new theory emerges. This episode follows the events of that fateful day through Theo's perspective. After a th…
 
On May 8th, 1889, Vincent van Gogh checks in to a mental asylum. What begins as a three month stay extends into a year. A period of time during which Vincent paints 141 masterpieces in between bouts of debilitating psychotic attacks. On this episode, we dive into Vincent and Theo's letters to finally uncover all of the details about Vincent's yearl…
 
What is the 10,000 Hours Rule? How can you apply it in your life? I first stumbled on this theory in the book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. The basic premise is this: to achieve mastery in any skill that requires complex cognitive processes, you need to put in roughly 10,000 hours of effort, spread across a 10 year span. In other words, if you wan…
 
On this special episode, we dive into the full truth about the most infamous event in art history: Vincent van Gogh's ear incident. The 'ear incident' serves as a catalyst event, which signals the onset of a mental affliction which will torment Vincent van Gogh for his final three years. Paradoxically, at the same time his mental health is in decli…
 
Can madness and genius be contained in one individual? Can psychosis and the rarest artistry be contained in one mind? These contradictions pervade the story of Vincent van Gogh. And in the final three years of his life, they culminate in a whirlwind. You may think you know Vincent, you may have heard about him on a TV show or a podcast. But not li…
 
This is a special Guided Meditation episode called Discover Your Heart. (You do not need to have any experience with meditation for this experience to work for you. Give it a try!)Oftentimes we only truly listen to our body when we are feeling pain or pleasure. This means we ignore the subtle sensations which are happening every minute of every day…
 
Is there a line between genius and madness? What is the difference between the madness of artists and the madness of genius? This is a brief opening lecture which I presented for an event called The Madness of Genius, which was held on April 20th, 2021, on the Clubhouse app. This was the first event held by the Creative Codex Club, and featured two…
 
In 1948, Salvador Dali wrote a notorious treatise with the intention to "save modern art from chaos and laziness". On this feature length episode, we explore Salvador Dali's 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship. We focus on ten essential secrets from this bizarre treatise including: the secret of the painter's pointed mustache, the sleep technique kno…
 
How do you find the ideas that excite you? How do you encourage inspiration within a fixed structure of habit? Ideas thrive in the unfamiliar. Take your expertise and engage it through something related but unfamiliar. This is a Creativity Tip mini-episode. If you found it helpful or interesting, please share it with someone you think will enjoy it…
 
Join us for a special Listener Q&A episode of Creative Codex, where the spotlight is on you, and your thoughts and questions. Questions covered on this episode include such gems as: How do you decide on a creative figure for your next episode? What's up with NFTs and thoughts on digital art? Could you discuss Austin Osman Spare and his theory that …
 
Join us as we dive deep into the enigmatic mind of Emily Dickinson. In this episode, we explore her creative process, her most intimate letters, the mysterious details about her illness, and the secret to her creative genius: solitude. Episode Guide including the featured poems is available here: http://mjdorian.com/emily/ The voice of Emily Dickin…
 
What would you do if you had unlimited resources? What project or career would you pursue? On this Creativity Tip minisode I guide you through a thought exercise that re-frames how you view the world. We often view the world through economic resources because society is limited by economics; but that doesn't mean your creativity needs to be. Change…
 
On this special episode, we dive headfirst into the enigmatic genius of Emily Dickinson. We explore what makes her poetry so brilliant, her strained relationship with religion, the challenges she faced living in a Puritanical town in the mid 1800's, and the influence her uniquely distinguished family had on her work. Read along with the incredible …
 
The Four and Loop Quantum GravityToday we look at some books about where we are now. We start with Scott Galloway's "Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity." The publisher says, "The COVID-19 outbreak has turned bedrooms into offices, pitted young against old, and widened the gaps between rich and poor, red and blue. But as author Scott Galloway a…
 
In 1944, the psychologist Carl Jung experienced a vision that transcended any others he had during his life: it was his near death experience. On this mini-episode, we dive into Jung's written account of the experience, pairing it with original music, and we explore the implications it presents in the context of the clinical phenomena of NDEs (Near…
 
At what point is inspiration plagiarism? If an existing work of art inspires you to create something, where do you draw the line of ownership? Is it even reasonable to assume a line should be drawn? On this Creativity Tip mini-episode we tackle this conundrum and offer examples from history to backup the wild implications. If you'd like to hear all…
 
Join me in the art studio of painter, mural artist, and Renaissance man: Beau Stanton. We discuss symbolism, the ability of art to move the unconscious, incorporating historical elements in your work, how Beau plans a mural, what happens if you stop making art, his early apprenticeship experiences with Ron English, and Beau's personal art philosoph…
 
The Middle Pillar is a unique and profound meditation popularized by Israel Regardie. Regardie was a writer on Western esoteric traditions and a ceremonial magician during the 1900's. The meditation we explore in this episode is based entirely on Regardie's description in his book of the same name, released in 1930, entitled: The Middle Pillar. Dur…
 
Reflections is a minisode series I will occasionally record that is of a more personal nature. Think of it like a journal entry with a specific theme. This minisode is about Grief & Creativity, how one influences the other, and how they are inextricably linked. If you would like to pose a question or make a comment about this episode or any creativ…
 
Movies Myths and Archetypes This week Lobell talks about his new book, "Movies Myths and Archetypes," which is available on Amazon. Lobell describes an archetypal approach to movies, beginning with "Phantom of the Opera," which is the archetype of how a woman negotiates between key male figures, the father, the demon lover, and the husband lover. H…
 
Architecture as Philosophy John Lobell talks about his new book, Louis Kahn: Architecture as Philosophy.https://www.amazon.com/Louis-Kahn-Architecture-John-Lobell/dp/1580935281/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=John+lobell&qid=1597670486&sr=8-1 There is only one philosophical question: "Who are we and what are we doing here?" Philosophy seeks to address…
 
In this episode we continue the saga of the most infamous blues musician of all time. ⚡️🎸🎙 We unravel the myth and reveal the talented young man who lived a remarkable and tragic life. If the devil didn’t teach him, who did? Where did he go when he disappeared for six months in 1931? Why does he sing about the devil in so many of his songs? Why was…
 
The life of bluesman Robert Johnson is a tangle of myth, genius, and tragedy. He was so brilliant that after his murder in 1938, the only sensible explanation was that he sold his soul to the devil. On this two part special, we untangle the lies, and inside of Robert Johnson’s life we discover the obsessive nature of creative genius. But even in th…
 
Have you ever tried to keep a dream journal? Are there any benefits to your creativity or personal growth in keeping up with such a habit? I have kept a dream journal for the last three months. Here are my thoughts on this old fashioned habit and the intriguing personal benefits that come with starting your own dream journal. Visit my Patreon for e…
 
Andrew Feenberg is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Applied Communication and Technology Lab. He was a student of Herbert Marcuse. Today we talk about Marxism. Find more at: Find more at: https://www.sfu.ca/~andrewf/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_F…
 
It is highly recommended you listen to this meditation with headphones. This is a Guided Meditation that takes you on a journey into your Inner Sanctum. Your Inner Sanctum is a place deep inside your mind, a place of great peace and potential located in your unconscious mind. Enthusiasts of Carl Jung will notice this meditation is very similar to t…
 
Why do humans need art? Hidden within the answer to that question is a profound truth about the human experience. Join me as we travel around the world to narrow down three primary reasons why humans need art. In our quest for the answer we will explore Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Game of Thrones TV show, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Carl …
 
Today our guest is composer and music producer MJDorian. On his blog he looks in depth at creative figures such as Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla, and Clinton King. Today we discuss the Red Book by Carl Jung. Once a colleague of Freud, Jung broke away to explore the unconscious in much greater depth. Once dismissed as a…
 
On this episode we dive into one of the strangest and most enigmatic books ever written: The Red Book. This is a book so infamous that it was kept locked away for fifty years after Carl Jung's death, raising concerns that it might prove that the world renowned psychologist was actually insane. Is it a work of visionary creativity or divine madness?…
 
Our guest today is Rachel Fulton Brown. Rachel is an associate professor of Medieval History at the University of Chicago. She writes: I am the professor your other professors warned you about. I love Christianity, America, and the Western tradition of theology, art, philosophy, music, letters, and education. I believe in the reality of truth, beau…
 
More on what we might all be reading (or in my case, audio books I'm listening to). With thoughts on the "canon wars" promoted by the death of Harold Bloom. We discuss his idea of "swerving" (deliberately misreading an influence) and his terrific book, "The American Religion" in which he looks not at what denominations people belong to, but what th…
 
In this mini-episode we will be exploring. . . your brain! I will guide you in bringing your body to a sleeping state, while your conscious mind is still awake and in control. This will allow you to explore a very special and unique point between waking & dreaming, which psychologists call the Hypnagogic State. We recently explored this idea in the…
 
What is our culture? For me in the late 1950s it was books - Gide, Freud, culminating in Mailer's Advertisements for Myself. Then in the early 60s it was foreign films - Bergman's Wild Strawberries, Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Antonioni's L'Avventura, and most of all Godard's Breathless. Then in the later 60s, rock music - The Beatles and the Stones, …
 
Our first Listener Q&A episode!!! So many compelling questions including: Are left handed people more creative? Was Nikola Tesla spiritual? How do you quiet the doubting voices in your mind? What was Frida Kahlo's life like after the accident? Is creativity a supernatural force? What is the nature of evil? Ways to show your support for Creative Cod…
 
Today we look at some of the books on my phone. "The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America" by Margaret O'Mara reviews a history of computers familiar to those who have followed the industry for the past 50 years. "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World" by David Epstein presents powerful insights into creativity and perfo…
 
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