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Creative Codex

English, Arts, 1 season, 80 episodes, 2 days, 20 hours, 30 minutes
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Peer into the minds of the greatest creative geniuses in history. Join us as we explore the mystery of how creativity works, art history 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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46: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 3)

What happens to Alexander McQueen when he achieves his life's dream? Is he able to continue creating inspired collections in spite of the intense pressures of global fame? What are the personal meanings behind his most iconic collections? And what leads to his tragic end? We will explore all of those questions and much more on this finale to the McQueen series. ∞∞∞∞∞ View the companion gallery for this episode here: ⁠⁠https://mjdorian.com/mcqueen/⁠⁠ ∞∞∞∞∞ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the LIMITED RELEASE SERIES (Kurt Cobain & Jim Morrison), the Red Book Reading series, and all the Episode Exclusives:  ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian⁠⁠⁠⁠ Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1⁠⁠⁠⁠ ----------- Research Sources: • Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson • Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt • McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty • McQueen (Documentary, 2018) • Cutting Up Rough: Alexander McQueen (Documentary, BBC, 1997) ———— Audio Editor: Erik Texter All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex⁠⁠⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/mjdorian⁠⁠⁠⁠ TikTok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian⁠⁠⁠⁠ --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
5/9/20242 hours, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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Creativity Tip 23: Be Driven By A Vision

All creative geniuses have visions throughout their lives which guide their work. What does it mean to have a vision? How does a vision differ from a goal? How do you discover your own vision? Let's talk about it. This insight developed from recent studies and reflections I've been engaged in, it is part of my current attempt to define creative genius through several traits which all creative geniuses seem to share. In searching through all of the insights gathered over five years of doing this show, I've noticed that all of the figures we have covered have a vision which, in some way, guides their creativity. I hope you find this minisode inspiring. ----------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and gain access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series, the RED BOOK READING series, and all the Episode Exclusives:  ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian⁠⁠⁠⁠ Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1⁠⁠⁠⁠ ----------- All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex⁠⁠⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/⁠⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/mjdorian⁠⁠⁠⁠ TikTok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian⁠⁠⁠⁠ --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
3/26/202412 minutes, 14 seconds
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45: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 2)

More than anything else in the world, Alexander McQueen at 21 years old wants to be a fashion designer. He embarks on a bold journey to flip the fashion industry on its head. But what makes his early collections so revolutionary and controversial? And what leads to him being 'discovered'? ∞∞∞∞∞ View the companion gallery for this episode (including the video of McQueen's graduate collection) here: ⁠https://mjdorian.com/mcqueen/⁠ ∞∞∞∞∞ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series, the RED BOOK READING series, and all the Episode Exclusives:  ⁠⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian⁠⁠⁠ Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: ⁠⁠⁠https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1⁠⁠⁠ ----------- Research Sources: • Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson • Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt • McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty • McQueen (Documentary, 2018) • Cutting Up Rough: Alexander McQueen (Documentary, BBC, 1997) ———— Audio Editor: D. Martin Sound All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex⁠⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/⁠⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠⁠https://twitter.com/mjdorian⁠⁠⁠ TikTok: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian⁠⁠⁠ --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
3/7/20241 hour, 23 minutes, 35 seconds
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44: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 1)

How does a boy from a working class London background with no connections to the fashion industry go on to become one of the greatest fashion designers of all time? This is the story of Lee Alexander McQueen. Join me as we dive into the life and work of one of the most celebrated and controversial designers of the 21st century. ∞∞∞∞∞ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series, the RED BOOK READING series, and all the Episode Exclusives:  ⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian⁠⁠ Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: ⁠⁠https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1⁠⁠ ----------- Research Sources: • Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson • Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt • McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty • McQueen (Documentary, 2018) • Cutting Up Rough: Alexander McQueen (Documentary, BBC, 1997) ———— Audio Editor: D. Martin Sound All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/⁠⁠ Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/mjdorian⁠⁠ TikTok: ⁠⁠https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian⁠⁠ --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
1/25/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 59 seconds
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Creativity Tip 22: Harvesting Time

Ever feel like life is too busy to explore your creativity? Ever feel like you don't have enough time? On this Creativity Tip minisode we explore the idea of finding and utilizing the corners of your day. And the possibility that less time isn't always a bad thing–just ask yourself: What can I do with the time that I have? ∞∞∞∞∞ Help fund Creative Codex in 2024 with a donation to our Venmo: https://www.venmo.com/u/creativecodex ⁠⁠ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and gain access to the Red Book Reading series, Kurt Cobain series, and other exclusive goodies:  ⁠https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian⁠ ∞∞∞∞∞ All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/⁠ Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/mjdorian⁠ TikTok: ⁠https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian⁠ --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved. ---------
12/21/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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43: Listener Q&A 🎉 5 Year Anniversary Special 🎉

All of the questions in this episode were sent in by listeners via Instagram, Patreon messages, or Spotify responses. Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the RED BOOK READING series and all the Episode Exclusives:  ⁠⁠https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian⁠⁠ Questions (in order of appearance, with timestamps): Do you think sadness / heartache / trauma is the secret ingredient to making great art? - Nikita ( 3:33 ) Of all the artists featured so far in Creative Codex, who would you most like to spend a day with – perhaps even working alongside or collaborating on a project? And what question would you most like to ask them? - Tamara ( 6:24 ) Will you ever do an autobiography? - X ( 9:03 ) What is the relation between Alchemy and Christianity, I know Jung wrote some pieces on it? - Tim Susss ( 10:16 ) How the hell do you do it? Is this your full time job? How do you read and dive into so many heads and worlds and then share it in this rich and atmospheric podcast? - Vika ( 11:48 ) What’s something you learned about a creator that caught you off guard and made you laugh? - Nolo ( 13:54 ) In episode 39: Carl Jung and Alchemy Part 1, 15 minutes and 17 seconds in, I would love to know the name of that beautiful piece of music. - Daniel ( 16:41 ) Do you think AI could ever independently tap into individual, animal or human collective consciousness? How will we know what art (say something done by hand like a painting or sculpture) is authentically from that artist anymore? Will imagination become an unused skill through laziness? - Sue Ryan ( 22:05 ) I have started a YouTube channel but I get discouraged very quickly. How do I stop getting discouraged? - Priyanka ( 34:27 ) What are your thoughts on the subject of channelling? - Diana Grigorieva ( 37:22 ) Sylvia Browne clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yzz8vaZgE8 I’d love to know about your writing process, I enjoy your work. Where do you start? - Thomas Widner & Vida013 ( 42:50 ) Do you think the Collective experience of archetypes (to articulate beliefs and ideas) has contributed to the rise of fantasy / collaborative storytelling games and entertainment in the recent years? - Nathan Grabosch ( 45:20 ) I have been reading Jacques Sadoul's “Alchemy and Gold”, and it states that alchemists wrote their discoveries in metaphors, since true knowledge has to remain occult. Why do you think this is? - Romina ( 47:10 ) How do you reconcile the tension between the desire to create something absolutely original with the idea that creativity seems to be the revealing of a truth? Is there anything new under the sun and should we strive for that if there is? - J Kent ( 48:39 ) Do you consider that genius is someone fixated in the stage of the albedo? This stage is the closest point between the ego and the collective unconscious. It’s a fascinating yet perilous stage (psychosis). - Trudy ( 52:45 ) How does Jung remember all these dreams and poignant symbolism so clearly? How could we follow his genius processes of the internal if our dream memories are not nearly as clear, if even present? - Mulnah ( 54:26 ) I’m curious what your feelings are about drugs and creativity? Are drugs a crutch, a useful tool, or something else? - Ben Thurnhoffer ( 56:00 ) I’m curious about how symbolism works in alchemy as well as in Jung’s work, the origin of symbols and such. - Chris DeHaven ( 59:25 ) Do you think that knowledge that Jung left behind was for the creatives and perhaps neurotypicals of today to be re-discovered to heal from modern madness and unlock potential? - Talos_draws ( 01:00:46 ) What is the relationship between art and value? What is the value of art? To elicit an experience? To convey a message? To transform the subjective into the objective? - Al Spaulding ( 01:02:34 ) How has this podcast changed your life? - Clinton King ( 01:05:30 ) Creative Codex Soundtrack Vol.1: https://mjdorian.bandcamp.com --- Produced by MJDorian
12/7/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 29 seconds
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42: Carl Jung & Alchemy • Part IV: The Heart of Alchemy

What is your relationship to matter? On this episode–the fourth and final episode in the Jung & Alchemy series–we journey to the heart of alchemy. Through studying examples in alchemy we answer these questions: What are archetypes? What is the collective unconscious? What is individuation? And the question to end all questions on the matter: What happens when you practice alchemy? Does it confirm Jung's theories? Let's find out. ∞∞∞∞∞ View my Splendor Solis gallery here: ⁠https://mjdorian.com/alchemy/⁠ Join the Creative Codex mailing list: ⁠https://mjdorian.com/mail/⁠ ∞∞∞∞∞ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the RED BOOK READING series and all the Episode Exclusives:  ⁠https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian⁠ Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: ⁠https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1⁠ ∞∞∞∞∞ Find the free alchemy and esoteric knowledge courses of Jean Dubuis here: http://www.portaelucis.fr/GB/html/publications/alchimie.htm View a transcript of this episode here: ⁠https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/⁠ ∞∞∞∞∞ Lustr Bustr Brand Supplements ad read by: Glen Vivaris (Follow Glen's escapades here: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/glenmakes/⁠ ) Cover art: artwork from Rosarium Philosophorum (1550) ----------- Research Sources: • The Red Book by Carl Jung • Psychology and Alchemy by Carl Jung • Alchemical Studies by Carl Jung • Mysterium Coniunctionis by Carl Jung • Alchemical Active Imagination by Marie Louise von Franz • Alchemical Imagination by Jeffrey Raff • Atalanta Fugies by Michael Maier • Spagyrics by Jean Dubuis ———— Audio Editor: D. Martin Sound All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/⁠ Twitter: ⁠https://twitter.com/mjdorian⁠ TikTok: ⁠https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian⁠ --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
11/1/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 35 seconds
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Red Book Reading • Ch. 2: Refinding The Soul (Preview)

This is a preview of my new Red Book Reading series, which is now available on my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Each month I read the next chapter of Dr. Carl Jung's visionary masterpiece, The Red Book (also known as Liber Novus). Each reading is complete with original music and sound design. Whether you've already read it once and hope to gain new insights, or you have it but haven't cracked it open yet–this series is for you. Thank you in advance for your support! ----------- All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
10/4/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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41: Carl Jung & Alchemy • Part III: Magnum Opus

Join me for a journey back to a time when alchemy was revered by Kings & Queens and practiced in the courts of nobles. A time when Prague was the alchemical capital of the world–drawing occultists to it from all of Europe, and ruled by a King who supported esoteric spiritual practices. Along the way we will find direct parallels between Jung's Red Book and the work of the alchemists, leading us to Jung's most misunderstood psychotherapeutic method: active imagination. We will also explore these questions: What can a two hundred year old Grimm's fairy tale tell us about alchemy? What value did Dr. Carl Jung see in fairy tales? Why is a scholarly mind one of alchemy's virtues? Is Hermes-Mercurius the God of Alchemy?  ∞∞∞∞∞ View my Atalanta Fugiens gallery (containing all 50 artworks) here: https://mjdorian.com/alchemy/ Join the Creative Codex mailing list: https://mjdorian.com/mail/ ∞∞∞∞∞ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the RED BOOK READING series and all the Episode Exclusives:  https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1 ∞∞∞∞∞ View a transcript of this episode here: https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/ Prague's historic alchemical laboratory, Speculum Alchimiae: http://www.alchemiae.cz/en ∞∞∞∞∞ Cover art: detail of a Ripley Scroll (1600's) Christies auction house video about a Ripley Scroll: https://www.christies.com/features/The-fantastic-world-of-the-Ripley-Scroll-8760-3.aspx ----------- Research Sources: • The Red Book by Carl Jung • Psychology and Alchemy by Carl Jung • Alchemical Studies by Carl Jung • Mysterium Coniunctionis by Carl Jung • Alchemical Active Imagination by Marie Louise von Franz • Alchemical Imagination by Jeffrey Raff • Atalanta Fugies by Michael Maier • Spagyrics by Jean Dubuis ———— Audio Editor: Donald Martin All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
8/31/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 31 seconds
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Creativity Tip 21: Think Less, Play More

What is the hidden link between play and creativity? Why do we discourage adults from play? How do you heal your relationship with play and improve your creativity? As we journey from childhood into adulthood, the world demands that we abandon play and daydream–relegating them to the domain of childhood. But of the many sacrifices we all must make in our transition into adulthood, this sacrifice is the most damaging to our creativity. It's time we heal our relationship with play and reimagine its place in our daily lives. On this Creativity Tip minisode we attempt to do just that. ∞∞∞∞∞ Listen to Chapter 1 of my Red Book Reading series for free: https://www.patreon.com/posts/red-book-reading-86794560?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_link Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes and goodies:  https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1 ∞∞∞∞∞ All Music by MJDorian (except Gnossiene No. 1 by Erik Satie) Written & Produced by MJDorian --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved. ---------
8/6/202314 minutes, 23 seconds
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40: Carl Jung & Alchemy • Part II: River of Gold

Beneath the surface of Western history––deep within its cavernous tunnels––flows a river of gold. On this episode we explore the essential concepts of alchemy, alchemical artwork, Jung's theory regarding the projection of unconscious material, inexplicable dreams with alchemical symbolism, the paradox of consciousness & matter, and the unique role of revelation in alchemy. In the end, we return to The Red Book to track down a special passage which seems to prove Dr. Jung tapped into alchemy through his active imagination method seven years before officially studying it. ∞∞∞∞∞ Read my Rudiments of Alchemy article and view the Splendor Solis gallery here: https://mjdorian.com/alchemy/ Join the Creative Codex mailing list: https://mjdorian.com/mail/ ∞∞∞∞∞ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives:  https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1 ∞∞∞∞∞ View a transcript of this episode here: https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/ ∞∞∞∞∞ Cover art: detail of Plate 4 from Splendor Solis (1553) ----------- Research Sources: • Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung • The Red Book by Carl Jung • Psychology and Alchemy by Carl Jung • Alchemical Studies by Carl Jung • Man & His Symbols by Carl Jung • Alchemy by Marie Louise von Franz • Alchemical Imagination by Jeffrey Raff • Splendor Solis by Salomon Trimsosin • Atalanta Fugies by Michael Maier • Spagyrics by Jean Dubuis ———— Audio Editor: Marisa Ferdenzi (Check out Marisa's band, Citygirl: https://www.instagram.com/citygirlband/ ) Bob the Law-Bot ad: Glen Vivaris (Follow Glen's escapades here: https://www.instagram.com/glenmakes/ ) All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill Executive Producer: Kurt Ward --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Angela Ramseyer, Deborah Meyers, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Cesar Roman, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, Yadie Cisneros, Cesar Roman, Romina, Kawika, Ristow Fitness, Yasmine Weiss, Danny Olague, Jane Lopardo. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
7/13/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 43 seconds
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39: Carl Jung & Alchemy • Part I: Dreams, Art, & Synchronicity

What is alchemy? Where does it come from? When did it begin? What does Jung find in alchemy? What does it represent to him that is so important, so profound, that it causes him to abandon his inspired work of the Red Book? It’s time to find out.  ∞∞∞∞∞ Join the Creative Codex mailing list: https://mjdorian.com/mail/ ∞∞∞∞∞ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives:  https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1 ∞∞∞∞∞ View a transcript of this episode here: https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/ ∞∞∞∞∞ Research Sources: • Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung • The Red Book by Carl Jung • Psychology and Alchemy by Carl Jung • Alchemy by Marie Louise von Franz • Man & His Symbols by Carl Jung • The Secret of The Golden Flower (trans. by Thomas Cleary) • The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus ———— Audio Editor: Marisa Ferdenzi (Check out Marisa's band, Citygirl: https://www.instagram.com/citygirlband/ ) Testimonials for BrainChip: Michael Pisano (Check out Michael's project: ThatMakesMeSad: https://instagram.com/thatmakesmesad?igshid=ZWQyN2ExYTkwZQ== All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill Executive Producer: Kurt Ward --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Angela Ramseyer, Deborah Meyers, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Cesar Roman, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, Yadie Cisneros, Cesar Roman, Romina, Kawika, Ristow Fitness, Yasmine Weiss, Danny Olague, Jane Lopardo. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
6/9/202357 minutes, 25 seconds
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Guided Meditation: Inner Child (Active Imagination)

This is a special guided meditation episode which takes you on a journey to meet your inner child and start a dialogue with them. It is inspired by Dr. Carl Jung's active imagination method.  My hope is that this meditation will introduce you to a new way of relating to your inner world. A way that is playful and engages one of the most powerful and seemingly overlooked tools humans have: imagination. In becoming familiar with the method of active imagination, and how to engage a dialogue with a part of your unconscious, we will have a way to not only understand Jung's theories in the following Jung & Alchemy series, but to also experience them. --------- Read the session notes from 3 of my Inner Child meditaitons here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/guided-inner-82881641?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_link --------- Join the Creative Codex mailing list: https://mjdorian.com/mail/ --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1 ———— Executive Producers (Dream Maker Tier): Mike Hill, Kurt Ward Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
5/12/202333 minutes
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38: Marina Abramović • IMMATERIAL • Part III: Sublimation

This is the final part of a three part series about the legend of performance art: Marina Abramović. In this episode we explore Marina & Ulay's hypnosis inspired performance pieces, we follow them into the Australian outback for their six months living with aborigines, and finally explore what leads to their last performance–walking the Great Wall of China. Pieces discussed in order of appearance in the episode: • Hypnosis inspired series (1980): Nature of Mind, Point of Contact, Timeless Point of View, Rest Energy • Nightsea Crossing (1981-1987) • Lovers (1988), The Great Wall of China • The Artist Is Present (2010) --------- Join the Creative Codex mailing list: https://mjdorian.com/mail/ --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Buy me a coffee or add to my fancy books fund on Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1681912456.228596&printed=1 ———— Research Sources: Walk Through Walls: A memoir by Marina Abramović When Marina Abramović Dies by James Westcott Marina Abramović Writings 1960 - 2014 Psychoanalyst Meets Marina Abramović by Jeannette Fischer Documentary: No Predicted End ———— Audio Editor: Marisa Ferdenzi (Check out Marisa's band, Citygirl: https://www.instagram.com/citygirlband/ ) All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Angela Ramseyer, Deborah Meyers, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Cesar Roman, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, Yadie Cisneros, Cesar Roman, Romina, Kawika, Ristow Fitness, Yasmine Weiss, Danny Olague, Jane Lopardo. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
4/19/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 10 seconds
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Creativity Tip 20: The Garbage Journal

Why do we start journals with so much enthusiasm, only to lose interest within a month? What is the point of a good journal? What are the profound benefits of journaling and how do we engage them? On this Creativity Tip, we explore the possibility that we are all journaling wrong. Pop culture has handicapped our ability to journal effectively, romanticizing the 'art of journaling' and externalizing our attention away from inner life. We explore two of the most important experiences a good journal provides: self-excavation and self-conversation. And finally, how a new type of journal engages both: The Garbage Journal. --------- Creative Codex Merch Shop–as mentioned at the end of the episode, you can order the official Creative Codex t-shirt at the merch shop: https://mjdorian.com/store/ At the shop, you'll also find the Creative Codex mug, for all your coffee inspired creative time. --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Written by MJDorian Produced by MJDorian All rights reserved.
3/21/202311 minutes, 42 seconds
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37: Marina Abramović • IMMATERIAL • Part II: Conjunction

This is Part 2 of a three part series about the legend of performance art: Marina Abramović. On this episode, we explore her intense relationship and art partnership with Ulay. The narrative weaves its way through their thirteen year collaboration, focusing on their early years, first performances together, and their Art Vital manifesto which encapsulated their life and art. --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian ———— Research Sources: Walk Through Walls: A memoir by Marina Abramović When Marina Abramović Dies by James Westcott Marina Abramović Writings 1960 - 2014 Psychoanalyst Meets Marina Abramović by Jeannette Fischer Documentary: No Predicted End ———— Audio Editor: Marisa Ferdenzi All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Angela Ramseyer, Deborah Meyers, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Cesar Roman, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, Yadie Cisneros, Cesar Roman, Romina, Kawika, Ristow Fitness, Yasmine Weiss, Danny Olague, Jane Lopardo. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
3/3/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 31 seconds
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36: Marina Abramović • IMMATERIAL • Part 1: Life or Death

This is Part 1 of a three part series about the legend of performance art: Marina Abramović. On this episode, we explore her childhood, Marina's first forays into art, and her controversial Rhythm series. In a first for podcasting, we explore her performance art through sonic simulations of the works as they are discussed. Her artworks as they appear in this episode: Rhythm 10 (1973) Rhythm 5 (1974) Rhythm 2 (1974) Rhythm 4 (1974) Rhythm 0 (1974) --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian ———— Research Sources: Walk Through Walls: A memoir by Marina Abramović When Marina Abramović Dies by James Westcott Psychoanalyst Meets Marina Abramović by Jeannette Fischer ———— Audio Editor: Marisa Ferdenzi All Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Angela Ramseyer, Deborah Meyers, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Cesar Roman, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, Yadie Cisneros, Cesar Roman, Romina, Kawika, Ristow Fitness, Yasmine Weiss, Danny Olague, Jane Lopardo. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
2/2/202357 minutes, 56 seconds
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Letter to a Young Artist in the 21st Century

This essay was inspired by the listeners of Creative Codex. It is dedicated to all the young artists who are unsure of their place in the modern world, and all the well intentioned parents, who want to encourage their child's creative journey. To them I say: art is not an option–it is a necessity. You can read this essay here: https://mjdorian.com/essays/  In the process of writing Letter to a Young Artist in the 21st Century, I realized 7 Universal Truths of Art. These are explored throughout the essay, they are included here for ease of reference: Every creative act is an act of courage. You will never feel good enough; even after decades of proving yourself. There are only two paths for every artist–to create public work or to create private work. To be an artist means to be possessed by something unreasonable and be devoted to something impractical. The artist soul thrives in liminality. Solitude is sacred. Creativity renews humanity and empowers the individual. --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and gain access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
1/10/202315 minutes, 45 seconds
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35: Hieronymus Bosch • The Hell Panel (The Garden of Earthly Delights Part II)

The Hell Panel of Hieronymus Bosch is considered the most infamous depiction of Hell in art history. On this episode, we will venture deeper into Bosch's Hell than anyone has ever ventured before. At its depths we will find philosophical insights, critiques of the Catholic Church, and Bosch's visionary creative genius on full display. View a video companion of this episode on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2bfQsdvdVYpxTZGTaMt2Zn?si=aee56d57f19d4194 View a high resolution version of The Garden of Earthly Delights online at these links: For mobile: http://boschproject.org/view.html?pointer=0.426,0.005&i=00MCPVIS For desktop: http://boschproject.org/#/artworks/The_Garden_of_Earthly_Delights ———— Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian ———— Research Sources: Bosch: The Complete Works by Stephen Fischer (Published by Taschen) Hieronymus Bosch: Visions and Nightmares by Nils Buttner Hieronymus Bosch: New Insights Into His Life And Work (Published by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam) Bosch by Carl Linfert ———— The Garden of Earthly Delights is permanently on display at the Museo Nacional del Prado, in Madrid, Spain. ———— Audio Editor: Marisa Ferdenzi All Music by MJDorian Except a brief example of: Codex Gluteo by Atrium Musicae (1978)  Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Angela Ramseyer, Deborah Meyers, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Cesar Roman, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, Romina, and Yadie Cisneros. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
12/20/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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Creativity Tip 19: The Subtle Art of Mirroring

Have you ever noticed that you mirror your closest friend's habits and interests? Have you ever wondered: 'how do I think like Leonardo da Vinci or Albert Einstein?' On this creativity tip, we are going to explore something we all do naturally: mirroring. And how we can use to inspire our creative work in new and unexpected directions. ----- Want to buy me a coffee or throw some coin in my 'fancy books fund'? You can do so on Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1663877262.670737&printed=1 ----- Want to become a supporter of Creative Codex and gain access to all the exclusive content? Just head over to my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian And thank you in advance for your support! ----- Check out the Creative Codex YouTube Channel for special videos, including my experimentation with art generation A.I. technology: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex ----- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mjdorian ----- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian All rights reserved.
12/6/20228 minutes, 37 seconds
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34: Hieronymus Bosch • The Garden of Earthly Delights (Part I)

Hieronymus Bosch created one of the strangest and most talked about paintings in art history: The Garden of Earthly Delights. But there is a riddle hidden in the garden: is it an idyllic paradise or a sinful false paradise? On this episode, we will dive deeper than ever before to search for the answer. Other questions we will explore on this episode: what makes The Garden of Earthly Delights a work of creative genius? Why do some historians consider it a work of madness? And what do we really know about the mysterious painter: Hieronymus Bosch? View a video companion of this episode on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7IIv6uXWqQM3qyhzyKBluT?si=2841e67a5ac64e45 View a high resolution version of The Garden of Earthly Delights online: http://boschproject.org/view.html?pointer=0.426,0.005&i=00MCPVIS ———— Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian ———— A full transcript of this episode is available here: https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/ ———— Research Sources: Bosch: The Complete Works by Stephen Fischer (Published by Taschen) Hieronymus Bosch: Visions and Nightmares by Nils Buttner Hieronymus Bosch: New Insights Into His Life And Work (Published by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam) Bosch by Carl Linfert ———— The Garden of Earthly Delights is permanently on display at the Museo Nacional del Prado, in Madrid, Spain. ————  Audio Editor: Marisa Ferdenzi Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian ———— Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Angela Ramseyer, Deborah Meyers, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Cesar Roman, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, and Yadie Cisneros. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
11/13/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 44 seconds
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33: Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci • Part 2: Treatise On Painting & The Vitruvian Man

Imagine if you were a student of Leonardo da Vinci during the height of the Renaissance? What would you learn? All the secrets of oil painting, the hidden proportions of human anatomy, Leonardo's philosophy on life...Let's find out. On this episode, we explore Leonardo da Vinci's Treatise On Painting through three lectures on Proportion, Anatomy, and Color. We stumble onto the invention of 'orange'. And finally, we uncover unlock the secrets of The Vitruvian Man. Join me for this special two part series, as we dive into the thoughts, artwork, and paradoxes of Leonardo da Vinci's mind. A mind whose brilliance is exteriorized for us on the pages of these manuscripts. Visit the companion gallery for this episode here: https://mjdorian.com/notebooks/ --------- Research & Resources: • The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, edited by Edward MacCurdy (Definitive Edition in One Volume). (Digital version, Volume I: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.283547 ) • Treatise On Painting, by Leonardo da Vinci (Digital version: https://archive.org/details/cu31924008661476 ) • Leonardo: The Complete Drawings, published by Taschen. • The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, by Giorgio Vasari • Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson. --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Listen to episode 2 of Creative Codex for more about Leonardo da Vinci's personal life. Available in the main podcast feed, titled: '2: Leonardo da Vinci's Secret'. --------- Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Angela Ramseyer, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Ellis Morton, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Joe Boland, Jye Marchant, Kahlil Pyburn, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Payton, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tim Sussss, Terry W, Deborah Meyers, and Yadie Cisneros. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian --------- All music written & produced by MJDorian. With one exception: Amadeus Mozart's Lacrymosa from Mozart's Requiem plays from 8:50-11:30. Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf. Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
10/13/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 14 seconds
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Creativity Tip 18: The Siesta Nap

On this minisode, we’re going to explore the physical and creative benefits of napping. I’ll share with you my personal method for easing into a nap practically anywhere. And we will answer this question: are there any creative benefits to napping? Dorian's Nap Method: Set your alarm for 17 - 20 minutes. Lay down on a bed (with a sleep mask) or elsewhere, like a car (with sunglasses). Slow down your breathing and scan your body for any tension. Slowly count from 1 to 15 in your mind, imagine drawing each number slowly. If you make it to 15, start from step 3 again, and restart your count.  ---------- If you'd like to become a supporter of Creative Codex, head over to my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you in advance for your support! ---------- All music by MJDorian Connect on social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian ---------- Thank you to my Dream Maker Tier, Executive Producer: Mike Hill Produced & Created by MJDorian All Rights Reserved.
9/14/202217 minutes, 13 seconds
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Jimi Hendrix Electrifies The Star Spangled Banner (Today in Creative History)

Today in Creative History: August 18th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix plays a visionary rendition of The Star Spangled Banner for a stunned audience at Woodstock. It's a performance that will go down in history as the musical climax of a tumultuous decade in the USA. Decades later, this rendition still sounds as startling to our ears as it must have to the tens of thousands in attendance.  If you'd like to become a supporter of Creative Codex and receive access to all of the patron exclusives (including the Kurt Cobain series and the Sermons Only version of Jung's Seven Sermons) check out my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian If you'd like to buy me a coffee or some new guitar strings, now you can on Venmo! Just search @creativecodex, and click the businesses tab. You can also open it directly at this link: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1635357384.800416&printed=1 Thank you for your support! --------- Watch Jimi Hendrix perform The Star Spangled Banner in this Woodstock clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjzZh6-h9fM --------- Music featured in this episode: Continuum by MJDorian Foxey Lady (performed at Miami Pop, 1968) by The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Star Spangled Banner (performed at Woodstock, 1969) Jimi Hendrix --------- Follow me to keep abreast of all the new updates about Creative Codex: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
8/18/202213 minutes, 40 seconds
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32: Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci • Part 1: The Inner Life of Genius

At this moment, strewn across the world, there exist over 7,200 pages of Leonardo da Vinci's notes. These pages are not only echoes of a distant past–embodying the inquisitive spirit of the Renaissance–according to scholars and historians they represent the 'greatest record of curiosity ever created'. Join me for this special two part series, as we dive into the thoughts, artwork, and paradoxes of Leonardo da Vinci's mind. A mind whose brilliance is exteriorized for us on the pages of these manuscripts.  Visit the companion gallery for this episode here: https://mjdorian.com/notebooks/ --------- Research & Resources: • The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, edited by Edward MacCurdy (Definitive Edition in One Volume). • Leonardo: The Complete Drawings, published by Taschen. • The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, by Giorgio Vasari • Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson. --------- Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Listen to episode 2 of Creative Codex for more about Leonardo da Vinci's personal life. Available in the main podcast feed, titled: '2: Leonardo da Vinci's Secret'. --------- Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Janet Roccanova, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jennifer Wilson, Jye Marchant, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kirsten Dressler, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Owen McAteer, Rachulan, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Ruben Corona, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Stephanie Neal, Tim Sussss, Terry W, and Yadie Cisneros. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian --------- All music written & produced by MJDorian. With one exception: Amadeus Mozart's Lacrymosa from Mozart's Requiem plays from 8:50-11:30. Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf. Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
7/29/202254 minutes, 13 seconds
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Guided Meditation: Intuition Mapping

This is a Guided Meditation episode about one of the most perplexing aspects of creativity: Intuition. What is it and how do we engage it more effectively? This meditation is based on a technique I've been developing called: Intuition Mapping. Grab a cup of coffee / tea, and give this guided meditation a test drive to see what compulsions are pushing and pulling you. Some helpful notes: • Motivations push you. Intentions direct you. Intuitions pull you. • To find your motivations ask: what is pushing you? • To find your intentions ask: what are you pushing yourself toward? • To find your intuitions ask: what is pulling you? What is gently tugging at the fabric of your being? • Intuitions often feel like something is pulling your neural network toward a certain direction, it’s a feeling to move in a certain direction. One which you often can’t always explain with logic. --------- Become a patron of the show on my Patreon and gain access gain access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series, Creativity Tips, and all the Episode  Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian ---------- Cover Art: Hesiod & The Muse (1891) by Gustave Moreau ---------- Written & Produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
6/28/202222 minutes, 2 seconds
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31: Leonor Fini • The Dark Masquerade

Leonor Fini did not limit art to the confines of the frame, for her, it spilled out into all of life itself. Every year, Fini and her two lovers, Stanislao & Kot, would host soirees at an abandoned monastery on the island of Corsica. If you were invited, it meant you were part of her inner circle. The only requirement was: come dressed in a mask and costume–the more elaborate, the better. Join me on a masquerade through Fini's imagination. Along the way we will witness a battle of wits between Dalí and Fini, we will also appreciate selected artworks from Fini’s mid-to-late career and interview Lissa Rivera, the curator for the first Leonor Fini retrospective exhibition in the USA. View the Companion Gallery for this episode: https://mjdorian.com/fini/ (This is Part 2 of the Leonor Fini series, you can find Part 1 by scrolling down to Episode 30 in your podcast feed.) Learn more about Lissa Rivera (Photographer / Curator):  Website: http://www.lissarivera.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lissa_rivera_/ Follow Emily Simone (violinist on Codex 30 & 31): https://www.emilysimone.com/about https://www.instagram.com/EMILYSIMONEMUSIC/ Support Creative Codex on my Patreon and get access to exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series and all the Episode Exclusives: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Resources used for research on this episode: Books • Sphinx: The Life and Art of Leonor Fini by Peter Webb • Rogomelec by Leonor Fini • Interview with the Muse by Nina Winter • Leonor Fini: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings by Richard Overstreet & Neil Zukerman Podcast • Les grandes dame de l'art, Episode 8: Leonor Fini --------- Credits... --------- Thank you to my Dream Maker tier! Executive Producer: Mike Hill --------- Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam! Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Barak Talker, Carmella Cole, Corey, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Geo_H, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jye Marchant, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kirsten Dressler, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Owen McAteer, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Robert, Ruben Corona, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Stephanie Neal, Terry W, and Yadie Cisneros. Thank you for your support! --------- Connect with me on social media for all the newest updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
6/9/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 21 seconds
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30: Leonor Fini • Mirrors of the Dark Sublime (Part I)

Leonor Fini was one of the most prolific and mysterious artists of the 20th century. Her career spans an impressive 67 years, she completed over 1,100 oil paintings, and her art was featured in over 350 international gallery exhibitions during her lifetime. Yet she is virtually unknown to us today. Her art and career are shrouded with the mystery of a sphinx's riddle. This is the story of Leonor Fini, one of the 20th century's great creative geniuses. Visit the companion gallery for this episode: https://mjdorian.com/fini/ --------- If you'd like to become a supporter of Creative Codex and listen to my Kurt Cobain series, head over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Violin performed by Emily Simone Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilysimonemusic/ --------- Big thank you to my Shadow-Fam supporters: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Barak Talker, Corey, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, DVM, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jye Marchant, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour  Sansone, Michael Lloyd, Owen McAteer, Rebecca, Robert, Ruben Corona, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Stephanie Neal, Terry W, Viggs Verikas, and Yadie Cisneros. Thank you for your support! --------- Let's connect... Instagram: @mjdorian Twitter: @mjdorian --------- All music written & produced by MJDorian Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian All Rights Reserved
4/22/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds
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The World Is Burning–Why Should I Make Art?

Why make art during times of turmoil? Why make art in times of war? Why should you even be creative when it feels like the world is burning? In this minisode, we explore the reason why we need art to help us transcend our darkest times. --------- Cover Art: Photograph by Joseph Eid, 2017. The man pictured is Mohammed Anis, a civilian in Aleppo, Syria. He sits on his bed, with a pipe in his hand, listening to a vinyl record on his gramophone–surrounded by the bombed wreckage of his home. --------- Listen to the 20th century masterpiece featured in this episode, Quartet for the End of Time by Oliver Messiaen, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2hbwINj7dE --------- If you’d like to offer any support to an organization working to provide humanitarian assistance in war-torn countries, I recommend UNICEF.  This is the United Nations Children’s Fund. They provide relief to children and families in over 190 countries and territories. With food, immunization, and safe drinking water. Places where families have been displaced or torn apart by war. Including Ukraine, Syria, Africa, and many others.  UNICEF is not a paid sponsor of this show, I’m just sharing this with you because I’ve donated to them and I support their work. They’re a non-profit organization, with an impressive 88% of donated funds going toward the charity work they do. Follow this link to donate: https://www.unicef.org/ --------- Follow my work & see updates about future episodes on my social media: Instagram: @mjdorian Twitter: @mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian All rights reserved.
3/29/20229 minutes, 9 seconds
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29: Carl Jung • Seven Sermons to the Dead (Part III)

On this episode, we will conclusively answer this question: why was Gnosticism so important to Dr. Carl Jung? Along the way, we will dive deep into Sermons 5 thru 7 to answer these questions: what is the relationship between spirituality and sexuality? How does Jung's libido theory differ from Freud's libido theory? What is the significance of the dove and the serpent in religious symbolism? According to the Seven Sermons to the Dead: what is the goal of life? As mentioned in the episode–here is Jung's mysterious anagram–which is found on the bottom of the final page of the Seven Sermons to the Dead: NAHTRIHECCUNDE GAHINNEVERAHTUNIN ZEHGESSURKLACH ZUNNUS. --------- Become a supporter of Creative Codex and gain access to all the exclusive episodes, including the Kurt Cobain series, on my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- A full transcript of this episode is available here: https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/ --------- Cover Art: Dove & Serpent by MJDorian. Follow more of my art here: Instagram: @mjdorian --------- Books used as sources for this episode: Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Dr. Carl Jung & Anielle Jaffe The Red Book by Dr. Carl Jung The Gnostic Scriptures by Bentley Layton The Gnostic Jung by Stephan Hoeller The Gnostic Jung by Robert A. Segal and Psychology of the Unconscious by Dr. Carl Jung For a practical application of Jungian Psychology, the author, Robert Johnson, has written numerous books. The one mentioned in the conclusion of this episode: Inner Work. --------- Follow my work & see updates about future episodes on my social media: Instagram: @mjdorian Twitter: @mjdorian --------- Thank you to all of my Patreon supporters. And shout-outs to the Shadow Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Barak Talker, Corey, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas Okelly, Diana, DVM, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Jay, Jen The Atelierista, Jye Marchant, Kayla Dawson, Keith, Kristina Lamour  Sansone, Michael Lloyd, Owen McAteer, Rebecca, Ruben Corona,  Simon Bonanno, Sowmya  Harigaran, Stephanie Neal, Viggs Verikas, and Yadie Cisneros. Thank you for your support! --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All rights reserved.
3/10/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 1 second
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Art Is Dangerous: Nazi Degenerate Art Exhibition • Entartete Kunst, 1937

When the Nazi Party came to power in Germany, in 1933, one of their first goals was to reshape culture by force. The Nazis organized book burnings, stormed artist studios, confiscating work they disagreed with, and fired contemporary artists from teaching positions in universities. The goal was to place limits on human expression–an ominous display for what was to come.  Visit the companion gallery for this episode here: https://mjdorian.com/dangerous/  The celebrated 1800's German poet, Heinrich Heine, wrote: "where books are burned, there too, people will burn."  On this episode, we explore the Degenerate Art Exhibition of 1937, otherwise known as Entartete Kunst. The intended goal of the exhibit was to insult and ridicule the featured artists and kill modern art. Making it clearly known to the German public that the Nazi Party was forbidding any form of abstraction in painting, film, sculpture, or music.   The suppression or censorship of art is a symptom that something is desperately wrong in the cultural fabric of a society. What happened to the artists featured in the exhibition? Did they continue making art? Did they flee or stay and protest? Why is art so dangerous?  ---------  Artists featured in this episode: Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, and Conrad Felixmüller. Explore their work in this special companion gallery I put together: https://mjdorian.com/dangerous/  ---------  If you'd like to become a supporter of CREATIVE CODEX, and obtain access to all the exclusive content, such as the Kurt Cobain series and all the Creativity Tip episodes, head on over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian  ---------  All music in this episode was produced & composed by MJDorian.  ---------  Creative Codex is written and produced by MJDorian.  More info here: https://mjdorian.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creativecodex
1/23/202222 minutes, 1 second
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Video Bonus: The Most Disturbing Painting of All Time (Vincent van Gogh's Asylum Portrait)

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.youtube.com/channel/UC9xwt3hz49VBbgqN80driTQ ) --------- Info: Our story begins in the late 1800's, with one of history's most beloved artists: Vincent van Gogh. In between bouts of debilitating psychotic episodes, Vincent paints 141 masterful paintings during his yearlong stay in St. Paul's mental asylum. All of these 141 paintings are made while he is of 'sound' mind... except one.   This is a special video episode about that self portrait. Is it the most disturbing painting of all time? Let's find out. If you'd like to become a Patron of Creative Codex, and receive immediate access to all of our Creativity Tip mini-episodes as well as the Episode Exclusives, head over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian  Here is an article about the conclusive attribution of this painting to Vincent van Gogh: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/van...  --------- CREATIVE CODEX is written & produced by MJDorian.  Find out more about my work on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Or visit my site: https://mjdorian.com/
12/6/202113 minutes, 12 seconds
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Best of Creative Codex • Sonic Simulations (100k Special)

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 Earthquake Experiment (Episode 5) Discovery of Emily Dickinson’s Poems (Episode 18) Robert Johnson Goes to the Crossroads (Episode 15) Meeting Vincent (Episode 22) Carl Jung’s Vision of the Cave (Episode 11) Theo Finds Out Vincent Was Shot (Episode 25) Visiting Leonardo in Florence (Episode 2) --------- Enjoyed hearing Emily 'speak'? Check out and follow Frances' other work on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lady._lazarus._/ --------- My Crypto Wallet is on Coinbase Wallet, username: @mjdorian Venmo: @creativecodex | Search in the Businesses field or click here: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1635357384.800416&printed=1 Become a patron of the show on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you in advance for your support! --------- Party horn sound: "Party Pack, Horn Coil 01, Long, 01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org -------- Creative Codex is written & produced by: MJDorian On social media: @mjdorian
10/27/202150 minutes, 7 seconds
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Creativity Tip 17: Boredom Breeds Creativity (The Mental Cigarette Break)

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 boredom and creativity. Try the Mental Cigarette Break Challenge: • Five minutes. Every day. For seven days. • Turn your phone notifications off. Put your devices to the side. • Stare out of a window. And let your mind wander for five minutes. • Take note of how you feel, what you thought about, and the quality of your awareness in that state. --------- Episode cover art: Brain image showing the main regions of the Default Mode Network (in yellow) with the paths of connectivity between regions. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Default_Mode_Network_Connectivity.png --------- Research mentioned in this episode:  - Dr. Marcus Raichle, the neurologist who discovered the Default Mode Network through brain imaging studies. Find out more about his important work at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r15-Xde66s&t=6s - Dr. Sandi Mann & Rebekah Cadman's research study on the link between boredom and creative problem solving: http://clok.uclan.ac.uk/22263/1/22263%20Does%2520being%2520bored%2520make%2520us%2520more%2520creativeV2.pdf --------- To become a supporter of the show and gain access to all of the exclusive Creativity Tip episodes, head over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian -------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian
10/15/202114 minutes, 48 seconds
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Art Is Dangerous (Exhibit A: The Devil Wood Incident)

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 Dangerous story for a future episode, reach out to me: [email protected] Instagram of singer / songwriter / vocal alchemist, Shelley Thomas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TTL-GKBMTk The song featured in this episode is called Dwell Within Me (feat. Shelley Thomas), on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/track/45TKlkP734PwRGYbhKaLzZ?si=9f6e26d2826444a2 --------- If you'd like to become a Patron of Creative Codex, and gain access to all the Creativity Tip episodes as well as Episode Exclusives, head over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support! --------- Let's connect on social: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian
9/14/202116 minutes, 13 seconds
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Creativity Tip 15: The 10,000 Hours Rule

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 want to become a master at something, you will have to clock in about 10,000 hours into that domain. That could be anything from cooking, computer coding, rapping, martial arts, piano playing, oil painting, and so on. Since that book, the theory has been a bit more fleshed out by more recent studies, that bring 'deliberate practice' into the equation. In this special Creativity Tip episode I explain and explore the implications of this compelling theory. And most importantly: how to apply it in your life. Here is a link to the original 1993 research paper by Anders Ericsson: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1993-40718-001 --------- If you'd like to become a patron of Creative Codex and gain access to all of the Creativity Tip episodes, as well as Episode Exclusives, head on over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support! Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian Let's connect on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ And Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian
7/11/202113 minutes, 31 seconds
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Guided Meditation • Discover Your Heart

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. This meditation specifically focuses on your heart. The engine of your body. Your body is the vehicle you will be using for your life journey. So why not become familiar with the engine that runs your vehicle?  We begin this meditation with a breathing and relaxation exercise that brings the body to a point of profound stillness. Next, we explore the sensations which become much easier to notice in this stillness, specifically your heart, and the ripples that its beating send into specific areas in your body.  This Guided Meditation is based on a meditation mentioned in the book: Projection of the Astral Body by Sylvan Muldoon.  --------- If you would like to become a Patron of CREATIVE CODEX, and gain access to the exclusive Patron-Only Creativity Tip episodes, head over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written and produced by MJDorian Connect with me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/
5/5/202138 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Madness of Genius (Opening Lecture from Creative Codex Club event 4/20/21)

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 special guest speakers: Emily Dickinson scholar, Justin Horm, and holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Kelley O'Donnell.  If you have Clubhouse, follow Creative Codex Club and myself (MJ Dorian), to join the community and enjoy future conversations! Here is a link: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/creative-codex-club --------- ...To be an artist means to be possessed by something unreasonable; to be devoted to something entirely impractical... ...Artists are the only people in the world whom we give the rare permission to be — strange. We expect them to be bold. In fact, we even need them to be. Because when we see an artist embodying something strange and bold, it gives us the permission to be ourselves. It presents us an opportunity to accept the parts of our psychology we often keep in the shadows... --------- Thank you for your support! Creative Codex is produced and written by MJDorian
4/22/202111 minutes, 25 seconds
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Creativity Tip 14: Ideas Thrive In The Unfamiliar

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! If you would like to listen to all of the Creativity Tip mini-episodes head over to my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you so much for your support! Make sure to Follow / Subscribe to CREATIVE CODEX in your podcast app, and click the notification option so you get the upcoming episode right when it publishes. --------- Creative Codex is written and produced by MJDorian https://mjdorian.com/
3/30/20219 minutes, 41 seconds
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Creativity Tip 12: Limitless Creativity

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 your perspective and you will be surprised to find there are countless resources around you that can help you work toward your dreams and goals. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt If you'd like to enjoy all of the Creativity Tip mini-episodes (including one about the ever controversial issue of drugs & creativity) head over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian All patron tiers come with their own special perks! All tiers, from as low as $1, include access to all the Creativity Tip episodes. Thank you for your support! --------- Creative Codex is written and produced by MJDorian
1/20/202110 minutes, 8 seconds
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Carl Jung's Near Death Experience

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 Death Experiences) and Western esoteric traditions. Relevant References: - Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung (Chapter 10: Visions) - 'Near Death Experiences in Survivors of Cardiac Arrest' a study by Dr. Pim van Lommel - Jakob Bohme's art piece representing Hermetic Astrology ---------- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Website: http://www.mjdorian.com/ Thank you for your support!  Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. Original Music: MJDorian
11/29/202030 minutes, 28 seconds
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Creativity Tip 10: Don't Be Afraid To Steal

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 of the Creativity Tip mini-episodes, head over to my Patreon page, where you can gain access to numerous supporter perks, as well as shout-outs in episodes: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support! Creative Codex is written and produced by MJDorian http://www.mjdorian.com/
11/16/202011 minutes, 17 seconds
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Creativity Tip 9: Start A Dream Journal

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 exclusive content, including all Creativity Tip Episodes: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support! -------- Head over to the new Creative Codex Subreddit Community! Click here to join the conversation: https://www.reddit.com/r/CreativeCodex/ Written & Produced by MJDorian Follow me on Instagram for the latest updates and art / music content: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/
6/30/20207 minutes, 40 seconds
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Guided Meditation • Inner Sanctum

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 the process of active imagination that Jung often writes about.  This meditation is not aligned with any particular tradition or religion. It can be practiced by anyone. This guided meditation is not hypnosis, it maintains your conscious awareness while guiding you into a deep inner place from which you can perform inner work and exploration. This result is achieved through breathing work, visualization, and sound design. ---------- Written & Produced by MJDorian To support this podcast please visit: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian You will also find exclusive Creativity Tip mini-episodes there and other goodies. For artwork and music by MJDorian please visit: www.mjdorian.com/ Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Thank you for your support!
5/24/202035 minutes, 56 seconds
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Guided Meditation • Jung's Digging Method

In 1913, Carl Gustav Jung devised a meditation method that allowed him to reach his imaginative unconscious, experiencing waking 'visions' that led to his most enigmatic work: The Red Book. I have tracked down his descriptions of this method through his later lectures, and have created an approximation of what Jung was doing. Included here is a guided meditation episode for your exploration of your own imaginative unconscious. Please follow all the steps accordingly! (DO NOT operate any machinery / vehicles while exploring this method. And consult with your therapist if you have a history of schizophrenia or psychotic disorder.) I would love to hear about your experiences when you try it! Feel free to contact me directly on Instagram: @mjdorian or through my email: [email protected] Dig deep, my friends! This is a mini-episode of Creative Codex. Produced & Written by MJDorian. http://www.mjdorian.com/
2/13/202032 minutes, 40 seconds
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Creativity Tip 7: Embrace Your Failure

Our view of failure is all wrong. It is not something to be ashamed of, it is something to embrace and learn from. Learning is the consolation prize of failure, which allows you to succeed the next time around. Listen to all the Creativity Tips on my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Written & Produced by MJDorian
12/16/20197 minutes, 13 seconds
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Guided Meditation: Hypnagogic State

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 Salvador Dali episode (Episode 7). And now you can try it out yourself! Caution: DO NOT attempt this meditation while driving or operating any machine, as the meditation requires you to close your eyes and will induce a state on the threshold of sleep. Creative Codex is written & produced by: MJDorian. More at http://www.mjdorian.com/
10/25/201923 minutes, 20 seconds
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Creativity Tip 5: Incubation Precedes Inspiration

How do you plant a seed in your unconscious mind which will blossom into  inspiration? It must be a seed made of two things: your intention and  an idea. Listen to this Creativity Tip to learn more... To hear all the Creativity Tips please visit: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian/posts?tag=Creativity%20Tips Written & Produced by MJDorian For MJDorian's music, artwork, and videos visit: http://www.mjdorian.com/
6/16/201911 minutes, 41 seconds
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Creativity Tip 3: The Audacity of Youth

With youth comes a certain naive confidence, a certain audacity. Is it a benefit or a distraction? And can you reignite it as you become a 'responsible' adult? All Creativity Tips available on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support. ;)
4/23/20198 minutes, 6 seconds
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Creativity Tip 1: Feed Your Head

For more Creativity Tips visit MJDorian's Patreon page at: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support.
3/15/20197 minutes, 54 seconds