THE CREATIVE PROCESS
IN THE INDIVIDUAL
(Late Divisional Judge, Punjab. Honorary member
of the Medico-Legal Society of New York)
Author of the "Edinburgh Lectures on Mental
NEW AND ENLARGED EDITION
DODD, MEAD & COMPANY
BY THOMAS TROWARD
IN the present volume I have endeavored to set before
the reader the conception of a sequence of creative action commencing with
the formation of the globe and culminating in a vista of infinite possibilities
attainable by every one who follows up the right line for their unfoldment.
I have endeavored to show that, starting with certain
incontrovertible scientific facts, all these things logically follow, and
that therefore, however far these speculations may carry us beyond our
past experience, they nowhere break the thread of an intelligible connection
of cause and effect.
I do not, however, offer the suggestions here put forward
in any other light than that of purely speculative reasoning; nevertheless,
no advance in any direction can be made except by speculative reasoning
going back to the first principles of things which we do know and thence
deducing the conditions under
which the same principles might be carried further and
made to produce results hitherto unknown. It is to this method of thought
that we owe all the advantages of civilization from matches and post-offices
to motor-cars and aeroplanes, and we may therefore be encouraged to hope
such speculations as the present may not be without their ultimate value.
Relying on the maxim that Principle is not bound by Precedent we should
not limit our expectations of the future; and if our speculations lead
us to the conclusion that we have reached a point where we are not only
able, but also required, by
the law of our own being, to take a more active part in our personal evolution
than heretofore, this discovery will afford us a new outlook upon life
and widen our horizon with fresh interests and brightening hopes.
If the thoughts here suggested should help any reader
to clear some mental obstacles from his path the writer will feel that
he has not written to no purpose. Only each reader must think out these
suggestions for himself. No writer or lecturer can convey an idea into
minds of his audience. He can only put it before them, and what they will
make of it depends entirely upon themselves
assimilation is a process which no one can
carry out for us.
To the kindness of my readers on both sides of the Atlantic,
and in Australia and New Zealand, I commend this little volume, not, indeed,
without a deep sense of its many shortcomings, but at the same time encouraged
by the generous indulgence extended to my previous books.
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