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Creative Codex

By MJDorian
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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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.
13:40
August 18, 2022
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.
54:13
July 29, 2022
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.
22:02
June 28, 2022
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.
01:39:22
June 09, 2022
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
01:13:30
April 22, 2022
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.
09:10
March 29, 2022
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 --------- 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.
01:22:02
March 10, 2022
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
22:01
January 23, 2022
28: Carl Jung • Seven Sermons to the Dead (Part II)
In 1916, Dr. Carl Jung wrote his most mystifying work: The Seven Sermons to the Dead. In this episode, we continue our quest to understand it the way Jung understood it, exploring Sermons 3 & 4. We will attempt to answer these questions: Who is Abraxas? Why is he a god above gods? Who is Basilides? Why does Jung credit him as the writer of the Seven Sermons? And what leads Jung to have this creative breakthrough? Does it come from a point of inner turmoil or inspired grace? It’s time we find out.  ----------  Cover Artwork: Abraxas Exegesis by MJDorian. More illustrations & art here: https://mjdorian.com/art/ ----------  Listen to the new Limited Release series episode: 'Kurt Cobain • I'm Not Like Them' on my Patreon https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian  Hear a preview of the episode in the mid-point intermission of episode 28, Seven Sermons (Part II).  ----------  Big Thank you to my Patreon supporters!  Shout out to the Shadow Fam: AKD, Aneudy Valerio, Anna Wolff, Barak Talker, Corey, Clark Price, Dallas Okelly, DVM, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Jay, John Bergmans, Jye Marchant, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Michael Lloyd, Owen McAteer, Rebecca, Ruben Corona,  Sowmya Harigaran, Stephanie Neal, Tess Callahan, Viggs Verikas, Yadie Cisneros, and Zuko's World. Thank you for your support!  ---------  Creative Codex YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/CreativeCodex  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/  Want to buy me coffee? Head over to Venmo and search @creativecodex in businesses. This show runs on 100% Arabica beans. Thank you for your support! Also accepting crypto donations, just reach out to me on Instagram: @mjdorian Thank you!  ----------  Resources:  The Red Book: by Carl Jung Memories, Dreams, Reflections: by Carl Jung and Aniella Jaffe  The Gnostic Scriptures: by Bentley Layton  The Gnostic Jung: Stephan Hoeller  ----------  Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian.  All music written by MJDorian.
01:10:23
January 04, 2022
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/
13:13
December 06, 2021
27: Carl Jung • Seven Sermons to the Dead (Part I)
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 Jung's numinous inner explorations from 1913 - 1916. On this special episode, we will dive deep into Sermons One and Two, to attempt to understand this rare creative work the way that Jung understood it. Along the way we will delve into Gnostic scriptures which likely inspired Jung, explore key Jungian theories which are embodied in the Seven Sermons, and try to understand the larger significance of this esoteric literary work. ---------- Cover Artwork: Tree of Life by Carl Jung. ---------- Find Episode Exclusives and Patron-Only minisodes on my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian The Episode Exclusive from this episode explores the personal letters between Freud and Jung leading up to their split in 1913. In addition, Patrons have access to all of the Creativity Tip episodes as well as new full length episodes of Creative Codex; part of our Limited Release series. The first creative genius coming to the new Limited Release series this December: Kurt Cobain. Big Thank you to my Patreon supporters! Shout out to the Shadow Fam: Aneudy Valerio, Barak Talker, Corey, Dallas Okelly, Daniel V., DVM, Glen QuiltSwissy, Hamed Iranmehr, Hilde, Jay, Jimmy D, John Bergmans, Jye Marchant, Karina Hurenkamp-Alvarenga, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Michael Lloyd, Owen McAteer, Ruben Corona, Sasta Kuppan, Sowmya Harigaran, Tess Callahan, Thivai Abhor, Viggs Verikas, Yadie Cisneros, and Zuko's World. Thank you for your support! --------- Creative Codex YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/CreativeCodex Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Want to buy me coffee? Head over to Venmo and search @creativecodex in businesses. This show runs on 100% Arabica beans. Thank you for your support! ---------- Resources:  Memories, Dreams, Reflections: by Carl Jung and Aniella Jaffe  The Red Book: by Carl Jung The Gnostic Scriptures: by Bentley Layton ---------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All music written by MJDorian.
01:17:03
November 26, 2021
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
50:08
October 27, 2021
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
14:48
October 15, 2021
26: L'FREAQ (In Conversation)
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 new album, Showgirl: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6yIxwhGx8Mq6i1WwgRSfkQ?si=LeKcBiROTw-hW4Xy5xL9OA&dl_branch=1 Showgirl is also available on all music platforms.  Connect with L'FREAQ: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lfreaq/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/leacappelli Big thank you to Lea for coming on the show! It was a blast to geek out about songwriting and creativity. --------- Big Thank you to my Patreon supporters! Shout out to the Shadow Fam: Aneudy Valerio, Barak Talker, Corey, Dallas Okelly, Daniel V., DVM, Glen QuiltSwissy, Jay, Jimmy D, John Bergmans, Jye Marchant, Karina Hurenkamp-Alvarenga, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Michael Lloyd, Owen McAteer, Ruben Corona, Sowmya Harigaran, Tess Callahan, Thivai Abhor, Viggs Verikas, Yadie Cisneros, and Zuko's World. If you'd like to become a Patron of the show, and gain access to all of the exclusive Creativity Tip episodes, as well as Episode Exclusives, head over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for all of your support! --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. https://mjdorian.com/ Let's Connect: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian
01:04:46
September 28, 2021
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: info@mjdorian.com 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
16:14
September 14, 2021
25: Vincent van Gogh • At Eternity's Gate (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 4)
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 thorough investigation, we explore the aftermath, and meet the woman who made Vincent van Gogh a household name: Johanna van Gogh-Bonger. The original music of this episode features a very special guest, singer & songwriter: L'FREAQ. (Also known as Lea Cappelli.) Follow  all of L'FREAQ's music through her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lfreaq/ Listen to L'FREAQ on Spotify: L'FREAQ Spotify And enjoy her YouTube music vids (one which I directed!): https://www.youtube.com/user/leacappelli --------- Explore the paintings mentioned in this episode by visiting this companion gallery I made: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/ --------- Diaries of Johanna van Gogh: https://www.bongerdiaries.org/dagboek_jo_3_section_83 --------- Watch my video about Vincent's most disturbing painting, done while he was suffering from a psychotic episode: https://youtu.be/EHkm6LMXjiA --------- Become a supporter of the show, and receive access to all the Creativity Tip episodes and Episode Exclusives here: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. Let's connect: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ For Merch & News: https://mjdorian.com/
01:31:38
August 25, 2021
24: Vincent van Gogh • The Asylum (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 3)
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 yearlong stay in the asylum.  The original music of this episode features a very special guest, singer & songwriter: L'FREAQ. (Also known as Lea Cappelli.) Follow all of L'FREAQ's music through her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lfreaq/ Listen to L'FREAQ on Spotify: L'FREAQ Spotify And enjoy her YouTube music vids (one which I directed!): https://www.youtube.com/user/leacappelli --------- Explore the paintings mentioned in this episode by visiting this companion gallery I made: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/ --------- Watch my video about Vincent's most disturbing painting, done while he was suffering from a psychotic episode: https://youtu.be/EHkm6LMXjiA --------- Become a supporter of the show, and receive access to all the Creativity Tip episodes and Episode Exclusives here: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. Let's connect: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ For Merch & News: https://mjdorian.com/
01:06:05
July 29, 2021
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
13:32
July 11, 2021
23: Vincent van Gogh • The Ear Incident (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 2)
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 decline, his paintings are showing the signs of a creative genius.  Explore all of the paintings mentioned in this episode at this companion gallery: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/ --------- Music featured in this episode: Necro-Future (Featured during the 'Vincent van Goth' section of the episode @9:43 of this episode.) Song written & performed by Horned Head: https://soundcloud.com/user-86360942 Guitar / Vocals: Michael Pisano / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/papa_pisano/ Website: https://www.michaeljamespisano.com/ Drums: James Aqua / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/james_aqua/  --------- If you'd like to become a patron of Creative Codex, and unlock access to all of the exclusive Creativity Tip episodes (and Episode Exclusives), head over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian --------- Do your own research and explore Vincent's incredible correspondences at: http://vangoghletters.org/vg/ --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian All music by MJDorian (except as mentioned above) Creative Codex YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xwt3hz49VBbgqN80driTQ Check out my art and follow behind the scenes content about the show on my social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/
01:11:16
June 11, 2021
22: Vincent van Gogh • A Strange Boy (Madness, Genius, & Tragedy: Part 1)
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 like this.  Over the next three episodes, we will explore Van Gogh’s personal letters, doctor’s reports, police reports, and family letters, to paint a vivid picture of Vincent in his three final years, these are the years that produced his most famous and beloved works, and the years in which Vincent’s final tragic descent begins. Was he actually psychotic or just misunderstood? Did he really cut off his ear and commit suicide? Was he actually a creative genius or is it all just hype? Let’s find out. Episode Notes: • Here is a special gallery I made (as mentioned in the episode) where you can view selections of Vincent's paintings from 1880-1887: https://mjdorian.com/vincent/ • If you are enjoying CREATIVE CODEX please share it with someone! Anyone who you think would enjoy it. It is the number one way to help this show grow! And thank you in advance. • If you'd like to become a patron of the show, and receive access to all of the exclusive patron-only Creativity Tip mini-episodes, please head over to my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian • Thank you for your support! --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All music in this episode was written & produced by MJDorian. --------- Follow me on social media to stay up to date on all the new releases: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjdorian All rights reserved. 
57:29
May 26, 2021
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/
38:16
May 05, 2021
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
11:26
April 22, 2021
21: The Magic Secrets of Salvador Dali
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 known as the 'slumber with a key', rules for lovemaking, the secret of having a spider as a pet, pigments to rely on and those to banish from your palette, and many more! So did he succeed in saving modern art with Dalinian magic? Let’s find out!  Learn more about Salvador Dali's artwork and life in episode 7 of Creative Codex. To listen: scroll down in the podcast feed to '7: Salvador Dali (Saint of Delusion)'.   If you are enjoying the show and would like to leave a tip, you can now do so on Venmo! Just open your Venmo app and search: @creativecodex  If you would like to become a patron of the show and receive access to all the patron-exclusive Creativity Tip episodes, head over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian  ---------  All music in this show is written and produced by MJDorian.  Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian  https://mjdorian.com/  Follow my art, music, and updates on Instagram, where you'll also find my email: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/
01:24:23
April 07, 2021
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/
09:42
March 30, 2021
20: Listener Q&A (Topics: Carl Jung, creativity as a form of magic, Bollingen Tower, NFTs, Emily Dickinson, etc)
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 art and magic are somehow linked? Why do more intelligent people tend to be atheists? How closely do you think mastery is related to reclusiveness? Head over to the Creative Codex YouTube channel to watch me wrestle with three special questions not included in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xwt3hz49VBbgqN80driTQ/featured To become a patron of Creative Codex, and gain access to all the exclusive Creativity Tip mini-episodes head over to: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support! Creative Codex is written and produced by MJDorian
55:42
March 11, 2021
19: The Enigma of Emily Dickinson (Part 2)
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 Dickinson is performed by: Frances LaVette. Follow Frances and her projects on social media here: https://www.instagram.com/l.a.d.y_l.a.z.a.r.u.s._/ Support Creative Codex at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Continue the conversation on our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/CreativeCodex/ Thank you for all your support! --------- Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian. All music written & recorded by MJDorian. All Rights Reserved.
01:39:37
February 19, 2021
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
10:09
January 20, 2021
18: The Enigma of Emily Dickinson (Part 1)
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 poems featured in this episode here: http://www.mjdorian.com/emily/ In this episode, Emily Dickinson is voiced by the multi-talented performer: Frances LaVette. Go follow her work on social media here: https://www.instagram.com/l.a.d.y_l.a.z.a.r.u.s/ If you'd like to become a patron of the show and gain access to exclusive patron only perks, head over to my Patreon: http://www.mjdorian.com/emily/ Thank you for your support!!! Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian All music by MJDorian
01:27:40
January 07, 2021
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
30:29
November 29, 2020
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/
11:18
November 16, 2020
17: Beau Stanton (In Conversation)
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 philosophy. Check out all things Beau Stanton on his website and Instagram: Web: http://www.beaustanton.com/ Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beaustanton/ - - - - - Creative Codex is written and produced by MJDorian Digging the show? Head over to our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian There you can access perks such as all of our Creativity Tip Mini-Episodes, and numerous other patron-only exclusives. - - - - - Follow MJDorian's art & music here: Web: http://www.mjdorian.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ - - - - - Thank you for your support!
01:38:22
October 30, 2020
Guided Meditation • The Middle Pillar & Israel Regardie
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. During his lifetime, Regardie was a prominent member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. One of the benefits of practicing The Middle Pillar is that it centers you and brings your energies back into balance. This is achieved through the visualization of spheres of energy along the center line of your body, called sephiroth. These spheres are activated using ancient Hebrew names, traditionally believed to represent emanations of the divine. As a memory aid, below are the five sephiroth which The Middle Pillar focuses on, and the respective divine name that is chanted, along with a pronunciation key in parenthesis.  The Middle Pillar: 1. Kether • "AHIH" (pronounced "Eh-he-yeh") 2. Daath • "YHVH ALHIM" (pronounced "Yod-heh-vav-heh E-loh-heem") 3. Tiphareth • "YHVH ALOAH ve-DAATH" (pronounced "Yod-heh-vav-heh El-oah-ve-Da-ath") 4. Yesod • "SHADDAI AL CHAI" (pronounced "Shah-dai El Chai") 5. Malkuth • "ADNI HARTZ" (pronounced "Ah-doh-nai ha-Ah-retz") Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian To support the show and gain access to exclusive episodes please visit: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Find out more at: http://www.mjdorian.com/
26:09
October 04, 2020
Reflections: Grief & Creativity
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 creative topic please visit our subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/CreativeCodex/ Or visit my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian I respond to all messages and posts within the hour of seeing them. Thank you for all your support! If you'd like to hear more about my views expressed in this minisode, check out Episode 14: Why Humans Need Art, in which I deep dive into a lot of this subject matter.  Creative Codex is written & produced by: MJDorian
11:59
September 13, 2020
16: The Devil & Robert Johnson (Part 2)
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 he murdered? We answer all this and more, including: what Cross Road Blues really means. After  you finish the episode, head over to our subreddit and keep the  conversation going! I'd love to hear your thoughts or attempt to answer  any questions you may have about this episode or any of the topics  covered in the show. You can follow our community here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CreativeCodex/ If you are enjoying the show, please consider sharing it with someone  you think will dig it. If you would like to support the show as a  patron, please visit our Patreon page and receive exclusive perks from  as little as $1: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Creative Codex is Written & Produced by MJDorian Find me on Instagram or Twitter: Instagram: @mjdorian Twitter: @mjdorian
01:09:42
August 02, 2020
15: The Devil & Robert Johnson (Part 1)
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 that story, the devil still plays a part. After you finish the episode, head over to our subreddit and keep the conversation going! I'd love to hear your thoughts or attempt to answer any questions you may have about this episode or any of the topics covered in the show. You can follow our community here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CreativeCodex/ If you are enjoying the show, please consider sharing it with someone you think will dig it. If you would like to support the show as a patron, please visit our Patreon page and receive exclusive perks from as little as $1: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Creative Codex is Written & Produced by MJDorian Find me on Instagram or Twitter: Instagram: @mjdorian Twitter: @mjdorian
01:00:56
July 26, 2020
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/
07:40
June 30, 2020
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!
35:57
May 24, 2020
14: Why Humans Need Art
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 Jung's art therapy methods, Mozart's Requiem, and the visionary art of Alex Gray. Get your thinking caps on, this one's a bonafide deep dive. ---- To become a patron of this show, and access exclusive Creativity Tip mini-episodes, please visit: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian ---- Visit the NEW Creative Codex Subreddit, and join the conversation: https://www.reddit.com/r/CreativeCodex/ ---- All the music in this episode was written & recorded by MJDorian except: 'Lacrymosa' from Mozart's Requiem, as conducted by Erich Leinsdorf. 'Game of Thrones Theme', snippet arranged for sampled instruments. ---- Creative Codex is written & hosted by MJDorian. For more art / music / content please visit: www.mjdorian.com/ Social media:  https://www.instagram.com/mjdorian/ https://twitter.com/mjdorian Contact: mjdorian@gmail.com Copyright 2020 MJDorian
01:14:37
April 26, 2020
13: DELANILA (In Conversation)
Join me for an intimate sit down conversation with Danielle Eva Schwob, also known as the dark pop singer / songwriter: DELANILA. We discuss her songwriting process, misconceptions about creativity, the allure of having an artist persona, and writing a song inspired by Dostoyevsky. Danielle Eva Schwob is a composer, songwriter, music producer, and singer. Check out the music video premiere for her newest DELANILA single, The Philosopher, on CLASH Music: https://www.clashmusic.com/news/delanilas-the-philosopher-is-an-explosion-of-jealousy Also visit her website for all things DELANILA: https://delanila.com/ And YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI12-9vqNp1a97tI-5s_XQA/featured ________ Creative Codex is produced by MJDorian Become a patron of the show by visiting: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you for your support!
01:23:02
February 28, 2020
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: mjdorian@gmail.com Dig deep, my friends! This is a mini-episode of Creative Codex. Produced & Written by MJDorian. http://www.mjdorian.com/
32:41
February 13, 2020
12: Carl Jung • The Red Book (Part 2)
In this episode we join Carl Jung as he meets Death, Satan, and his own soul. Join the journey as we deep dive with soundscape simulations of Jung’s visions, exploring the Archetypes, the Mundus Imaginalis, and Active Imagination.   This episode is the second part of Creative Codex's Red Book deep dive series. If you have not yet listened to Part 1 it is strongly advised you play Episode 11 first.  Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian.  Digging the show? Please consider becoming a patron at our Patreon page. Subscription perks include: exclusive Creativity Tip mini-episodes, early release previews and behind the scenes content. Visit: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian  Thank you for your support! Original Music & Sound Design: MJDorian  For more art & music by MJDorian please visit: http://www.mjdorian.com/
01:42:15
February 03, 2020
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
07:14
December 16, 2019
11: Carl Jung • The Red Book (Part 1)
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? Let's find out. All music on this episode was written & produced by MJDorian. For more Creative Codex visit: http://www.mjdorian.com/codex/ To support the show and receive exclusive mini-episodes visit: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Creative Codex is written & produced by MJDorian.
01:15:30
November 18, 2019
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/
23:20
October 25, 2019
10: Listener Q&A (Sept. 2019)
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 Codex: - Send the show to someone who is as cool as you are. - Leave a review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts. - Support the show by becoming a Patreon subscriber, and receive exclusive Creativity Tip mini-episodes. (Tiers include $1 - $100.) •••••••••• For more MJDorian content: http://www.mjdorian.com/ Produced & Written by MJDorian
01:55:20
September 30, 2019
9: HR Giger • A Beautiful Darkness
H.R. Giger is considered by many to be the most evil artist in history. Join us as we take a deep dive into the abyss where Giger's strange ideas are born. In this episode we also explore: how did Giger create a style so distinct that people see it as 'out of this world'?  To view artworks / photos related to this episode visit: http://www.mjdorian.com/codex/ If you'd like to support the show please leave a review of the podcast on iTunes. You can also become a Patreon supporter and get exclusive Creativity Tip mini episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Music by MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian
01:14:29
September 02, 2019
8: Clinton King (In Conversation)
As NYC is in full heat wave mode, I sit down for an entertaining conversation with the contemporary artist: Clinton King. We discuss the origins of his distinctive style, the mysteries of the creative process, and the joys of getting lost. Tune in and grab a cold drink, it's gonna be a hot one. Find more Clinton King here: http://www.clintonkingart.com/ Follow Clinton on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clintonking_kingclinton/ Check out content related to the podcast: http://www.mjdorian.com/codex/ Written and Produced by MJDorian
01:50:43
July 26, 2019
7: Salvador Dali (Saint of Delusion)
Salvador Dali is one of the most successful artists of all time. Join us as we find the origin of his unmistakable style, discover the secret to his creative process, and unravel the lies of the enigmatic: Dali.  Written and Produced by MJDorian.  Podcast website full of relevant imagery / paintings: http://www.mjdorian.com/codex/ Support the show on Patreon and get exclusive Creativity Tips! https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Music in this episode:  Paris chapter: Django Reinhardt "Y En N'a Pas Deux Comme Moi" (1930) New York chapter: Fats Waller and His Orchestra live at The Yacht Club (1938) Erik Satie Gymnopedies 1 & 2 (1888) The above featured music works are in the public domain. All other music by MJDorian.
01:27:51
July 03, 2019
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/
11:42
June 16, 2019
6: Shelley Thomas - In Conversation
An insightful sit-down conversation with world music alchemist & singer: Shelley Thomas. Join us as we explore world music, the fear of failure, taking the long way, destiny, and the spirituality of music. Find out more about Shelley's music at her site: https://shelleyvoice.com/ Music in this episode: Kozhiljo (Traditional Bulgarian song from the Rhodope region. Originally sung by Sestri Kushlevi.) Performed here by Shelley Thomas Devil Wood - written by MJDorian, with vocals by Shelley Thomas Mirror - performed & written by Shelley Thomas Follow Shelley on Instagram and Facebook: @shelleyvoice Follow MJDorian on Instagram: @mjdorian Creative Codex is produced and written by MJDorian. 2019 All Rights Reserved
01:35:59
May 31, 2019
5: Nikola Tesla & The Paradox of Genius
Nikola Tesla's unique genius is the stuff of fantasy; he electrified the world, feuded with Thomas Edison, invented a death ray, and caused an earthquake in Manhattan. In this episode we try to untangle the paradox of Nikola Tesla's life: how can a man of unrivaled genius change the world but die a hermit with no money to his name? Support the show and listen to helpful Creativity Tips at: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Music by MJDorian Produced by MJDorian Thank you for your feedback, podcast reviews, and support!
01:03:39
May 09, 2019
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. ;)
08:07
April 23, 2019
4: Jerome Lamaar - In Conversation
On this episode we visit with NYC fashion and design guru: Jerome Lamaar. Our conversation explores the origin of his youthful confidence, the possibility of projecting self fulfilling visions, and why he dropped out of college. Recorded on location at his loft office in the South Bronx.  Learn more about Jerome's work at: https://www.jeromelamaar.com/  To support Creative Codex and enjoy exclusive content visit: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian  Written & Produced by MJDorian
01:20:53
March 28, 2019
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.
07:54
March 15, 2019
3: Frida Kahlo (Pain Becomes Art)
Is creativity linked with emotion? Can life's tragedies and heartbreaks be resolved through creating art? In this episode we try to answer those questions with the help of one of the most iconic artists of all time: Frida Kahlo.  If you're enjoying the podcast please consider supporting us at: www.patreon.com/mjdorian For more MJDorian music visit: Spotify - MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian
41:29
February 26, 2019
2: Leonardo da Vinci’s Secret
What made Leonardo da Vinci so consistently inspired? What was his secret? Take a walk with us through the streets of Renaissance Florence and find out. If you're enjoying the podcast please consider supporting us at: www.patreon.com/mjdorian For more MJDorian music check out: Spotify - MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian
34:19
September 03, 2018
1: The Origin of Art
Travel back 40,000 years to the first known art made by human hands. How did creativity begin? Why does 'art' exist? Dive in to find out, in the first episode of Creative Codex.  If you're enjoying the podcast please consider supporting us at: www.patreon.com/mjdorian For more MJDorian music: Spotify - MJDorian Written & Produced by MJDorian 
23:02
August 18, 2018