Inventive Intelligence Primary Expression

(formerly known as Artisan, Harmonic or Ray 4)

Primary Contribution: Unconventional problem solving and conflict-resolution.  We visualize an issue and provide tactical insights about how to best contribute. While we like exploring extremes, our real power emerges when we hold all points of view and see the paradox of a circumstance. This empowers us to cut through superficial encumbrances and establish something that will change the whole situation immediately. Inventive Intelligence individuals quickly have ideas and we express them easily. As change agents, we excel at revealing options others do not see and at providing choices that can empower others in every situation. Our independence allows us to see things in new ways so we do not get caught up in traditional problems that entangle others. We are master idea integrators, even though we tend to lack a sense of timing. This means many of our breakthroughs are revolutionary, unexpected, and have unforeseen consequences. Many are amazed when we pull off the impossible by bringing new things together in unexpected ways. Developed, we also have extraordinary musical and language abilities.

Leadership Style: Reorienting Possibilities. As Inventive Intelligence or Inventors, we first need to establish the big picture with others and develop a series of steps necessary to reach our intended outcome. We are inclusive thinkers that expand the context or depth in which ideas are engaged. Our leadership style provides a central plan with an opportunity to adjust it based upon new discoveries that emerge. In order to come to an agreement on the definitions and results needed to accomplish each step of a process, we allow team members to apply their own creativity in accomplishing each of those steps. We encourage others to come up with the micro-steps they need to contribute to the larger plan. We also encourage group brainstorming, when team members encounter problems, and we promote ingenuity and initiative in meeting deadlines. Our biggest challenge is holding ourselves to established timelines and communicating that sense of urgency to others. This is because we realize that the physical manifestation of a task takes more time than we expect.

Development Process: Inventive ingenuity is released when we work, not only with our ideas, but also with how our ideas can interact with those of others. Releasing attachments to what we know enables us to see how the confluence of others’ ideas brings into focus the paradox that clarifies a new way of knowing. We use our ability to transform conflict within ourselves to create space so that everything has its proper place in the world. We are driven to maximize the degree of resonance and minimize the degree of dissonance by bringing beauty, simplicity, and elegance to our expressions.

As such, we are excellent problem solvers, both individually and in groups. An enhanced sense of prioritizing allows us to focus ourselves, so we are able to see pitfalls and diversions and to step around problems. Without the ability and the desire to ground our results, we do not make great leaders. By doing so, we present new possibilities, which enable others to do things with greater efficiency. When we are not preoccupied or distracted, we are able to engage in a wide variety of solutions in order to come up with the one that best serves the needs of those around them. This means that we should put ourselves in places where we have a strong connection to the people we are serving, so the right solutions will be drawn out of the circumstances.

Primary Blindness:  As Inventors, we deceive ourselves into believing something is real when it is not. We are overly impressionable. Unrest follows us wherever we go until we are willing to take responsibility for our creativity and make our lives a quest for higher expression. We are torn between idealism and flexibility in our creative expression and our ability to integrate with other individuals and groups. Often, we are interested in music and writing and can become addicted to taking risks. We are extremely moody, which encourages others to support us in getting out of our negative moods. Once we are in a negative mood, we affect everyone around us.   

Identifying Characteristics: Our Inventive Intelligence energy can be best identified by our flair for the unusual and our sensitivity to our environment. Sometimes we act as if we are somewhere else (which we are) or in our own creative world. We are identified by our exquisite sense of touch and the creativity that flows from our hands.

Inventive Intelligence Exploration

The values of Primary Inventive Intelligence are developed in three stages. At best, Primary Inventors focus on Universal Rapport. We use our ingenuity and uniqueness to unify separate elements in order to bring about intellectual understanding and unity. This looks like a sense of confidence in our self-connection that encourages others to share inner conflicts and experiences. We are known for our ability to embrace Paradox and turn common beliefs and assumptions upside-down. We manifest and demonstrate an inner beauty and elegance that inspires others to participate with us. When we are balanced, we operate with a sense of equilibrium so change is not overwhelming to others around us. As Change Agents, we learn to read in others, the degree of change they are willing to engage in at any particular time and to fulfill it. Overall, we have the ability to transform conflict into harmony and build a network of people that resonate with our unique way of thinking.

In early stages, we are dedicated to changing the status quo without necessarily taking the time to develop a solution that works for everyone. Sometimes we have not examined all the options, because we are basically experimentalists at heart. Typically, we feel out of sync with people, because we try to do something bigger than those around us are capable of accepting. In this stage there is a lot of rebellion and exploration of new possibilities. One of the indicators that we are at this stage is when we are acting defiant and we thumb our noses at others who try to make us follow the rules. The more we see and accept our own diversity, the more we can be in harmony and reconcile ourselves with others. The keynote of this stage is how we manifest our Inventiveness and Imagination by doing the unexpected or impossible. The more inclusive and accepting we are of our own internal process, the more likely we are to engage others who are different.

At an early stage, the Inventor who is repressed operates with self-rejection in extreme modalities. Outwardly, we are checked-out and unable to look you in the eyes. If we cannot change things, we want to destroy them. Because we are not seen and accepted by others, we are frequently self-deceptive and believe our own limitations, feeling the world is persecuting us. In extreme circumstances, we can be self-destructive and highly addictive. If we are in a state of self-denial we show up as paranoid, disassociated, and unable to get beyond our own fears of being judged. Many times, we deny our inner conflict and need for change and hence, become the most fixated against all change of any of the Creative Intelligences. To loosen this up we need to be more spontaneous and allow ourselves to improvise temporary but congruent ways to express ourselves. The more playful we are, the quicker we will move into Stage two of our development.

The most important thing others can do to honor us is to support our aspiration to create things of beauty around us. Usually, we choose to take things that exist in one framework and bring elements of that expression into other domains. This is a source of our ability to neutralize conflicts and bring harmony and beauty to the environments we love. Others can further support us by allowing us time and space to work through our conflicts. When others don’t expect us to be conflict-free, we are encouraged to share ourselves and our process in a way that uplifts everyone. By encouraging our creative processes, we can work through our inner processes in ways that are uplifting and unusual. By accepting our uniqueness, we can allow ourselves to relax and deepen our own process. We become steadfast and disciplined as we learn to manifest our power. We relax when we are seen as unique and different. Then we feel free enough to make suggestions that can wake others up to the problems they engage.

We are grounded in the aesthetic, visual and imaginative realms. We are able to be dramatic, expressive, spontaneous, playful, and paradoxical without effort. We expand or explode imbalances and obstructions in Context (usually expressed as self-limiting perspectives or the framework of a possibility), releasing Awareness and Love. We call this Inventive Intelligence, because we integrate multiple sensory domains in a completely metaphorical way. We are more feminine than masculine and driven by strong desires to break out of set ways of thinking. We also are not protective of the status quo, because better Thoughts are always being developed. Inventive Intelligence is visually acute, musical, and linguistic in nature. We can be visualized as a pendulum oscillating from side to side, yet always returning to center. This constantly reoccurs, because we gather the best options from the periphery and make them available to everyone. We create inclusive “thought-forms” that bridge and link with the Universe, allowing us to be flexibly defined and responsive in character.

With Inventive Intelligence, accuracy is not relevant; tone and unique connectivity hold much greater importance. We emphasize strong contrasts for dramatic affect and to illustrate our points. We are extremely flexible and pliant and easily impressed by external circumstances. This impressibility is what makes us sensitive and powerful as a change agent. It is also easy for us to become distracted by the multiplicity of ways to engage our environment. We operate on five levels simultaneously, making it difficult for others to get our full attention at any time. We are rapid, fast gestalt-oriented thinkers, who develop close rapport with anyone we choose. (But this does not mean we want to stay connected.) Instead, it is our curiosity that allows us to unify with others in their Thoughts. This is what makes us effective at bringing new possibilities to the world.

We are most attentive to issues of beauty, where elegant and simple solutions can change the world. We are extremely sensitive to color and tone, which we use to code and organize our thinking. Inventive Intelligence individuals pursue ideas that bring together competing or conflicted forces so we can operate in unity. The irony is that we value rugged individualism and stoic indifference to the choices of others. Even though we do not focus on factual details, we consider and evaluate all obvious concerns before we are willing to make a choice. Additionally, we have to consider all the issues in relationship to each other (in the larger context) that are trying to be addressed. We are self-reflective, introspective, and almost obsessively preoccupied by our own way of thinking, which helps us not become bored. We are capable of both analysis and synthesis, but we are more interested in bringing ideas together in new ways.

Inventors can quickly vacillate between hyperactivity and lassitude as we integrate things in our own way and time. We are strong in our interconnected, synthetic, anagogic (making analogies), and metaphorical capabilities. We are free-associating, improvisational, and constantly self-refining. We are also sensitive, poetic, musical, and interested in literature. Our interests are determined by our Primary Creative Expression, and may not be wide ranging (depending on the Secondary energy). One of the primary purposes of our Intelligence is to integrate our new understanding with the understanding of others, when it serves our mission. We tend to be more introspective and quiet, depending on our Secondary, whereas Orchestrating, Visionary, and Patterning Intelligences are more outgoing.

We tend to break down pre-existing structures to find new ways to assemble Thoughts and make them more interesting and useful. We accomplish this primarily through problem solving outside the box; we hold on to a large, Divergent point of view, naturally attracting many different approaches. Because we have a naturally Divergent Decision Making style, we can utilize support in bringing together, stabilizing, and organizing our thought processes. Others may rebel against the time it takes for us to become decisive.
Inventors are peculiarly abstract. We focus on symbolic images and rely on figurative frameworks for expressing our knowing. Our imagination encourages many kinds of artistic expression, particularly using our hands. We transcend time, which makes it more difficult to follow our Thoughts. Instead, we trust that everything will show up when it shows up. We are extremely sensitive to tension and intellectual conflicts, as we try to bring about harmony under all circumstances.

One of the big challenges we experience is learning how to be responsible for the results of our creative expression. Since we are the main initiator of creative activities, it is much harder for us to deal with situations when it does not turn out the way we would like. Our capacity to initiate can get us so charged up that we can engage things before we even think of the consequences. This is particularly true when we have not learned the skills of self-discipline, concentration and intellectual focus. Over time, when we get a lot of negative feedback about how impulsive we are, it can lead us to pre-emptively short circuit our creative process by fearing that no one will accept the outcome.

When this occurs, our sense of creative risk taking disappears and we only do those things where we know the results in advance. One of the primary indicators that we are caught in this pattern is when we hide out or minimize our contributions in jobs by either doing only what is expected or co-creating possibilities with others that we can count on not to reject us. We address these fears by recognizing that negative reactions are one of the primary ways we awaken possibilities. Why try to think within the box, when our capacity to see the bigger picture can change the location of the box completely. The downside of fearing that our Creative expressions will not be accepted is that we receive little or no feedback. In this circumstance, we do not ever experience the “great win” when it occurs. Ultimately, we need to learn how to break preconceptions to make our unique contribution.

We deepen ourselves with steadfastness and discipline.  We give birth to new ideas and forms of thinking, which, in turn gives birth to new spatial manifestation. This reflects that we use the feminine more than the masculine to achieve our intentions. We can recognize the importance of Inventive Intelligence by how we overdo, under-do or react to it. When we overdo this Intelligence, we become overtly in-your-face expressive (hyperactive), overly poetic or picturesque. When we under-do this Intelligence, we vacillate, are indecisive, and create crises to keep ourselves busy. When overwhelmed and/or discounted by individuals who do not accept this form of Intelligence, particularly when we see immediately what is missing in a situation and this upsets others, we become extremely petulant, sarcastic, caustic or self-pitying. It is interesting to note that while this Intelligence can be balanced and intuitive, it does not want to get lost in its wholeness. When we are hurt, we become overtly individualistic as a way to protect ourselves.

Inventors experience the greatest difficulty when we have unregulated passions, extreme moodiness and get caught up in over dramatic expression. This is usually the result of being repressed as a child, so we do not trust that others will hear and accept us as we are. This drives us to push more even when it is not necessary to be seen for what we want. The core issue is knowing what we want which is the best way to experience our authentic nature. When we do not know who we are and what we want, we are prone to exaggeration in order to get push back. We seek a balance between pushing and being pushed so that our Truth can become more obvious to us. It is ironic that our authentic expression becomes more revealed when we are in a constant state of conflict and turmoil. In this way, we create a sense of movement through constant change, forcing us to revise our inner and outer experience of what is right.

The core issue is how can we create and express beauty without becoming attached to it. What helps us to do this is the concept that beauty flows through you and into the world. Whenever we attempt to control, limit or possess beauty we end up distancing ourselves from it. It is only by honoring it as an expression of who we are that we actually embody the beauty we seek to express. Beauty can be expressed in terms of outcomes but can also be focused upon from a process point of view. For us, as Inventors, bringing peace, harmony and beauty to the process is more difficult than doing it as an outcome. Ultimately, we need to be the source that creates the fulfillment rather than the effort that we need to overcome to produce the fulfillment. Making peace with ourselves by unifying the aspects of internal conflict makes it easier to create the beauty we wish to bring to the world. Until that time, we can see literally where we are in our integration process by the conflict we have with others when attempting to create something together.

We can recognize the importance of Inventive Intelligence by how we over-engage our Intelligence (by projecting our Thoughts onto others), without realizing that others may not have the context or capacity to reflect our experience. The more we want to be seen and experienced as a thinker, the more impatient we are with other’s lack of appreciation and understanding. When we push ourselves and over engage our Intelligence we tend to focus on the underlying details or unique structure of our Thoughts. Others may not even possess the background to understand how this idea is different than what came before it. When we discount or deny our Intelligence, we fixate on our internal landscape and or conflicts that keep us from expressing ourselves. When we over engage our Primary Intelligence, we become internally insulated, isolated, and unpredictable because we rebel against the common perception that solutions are incremental in nature. As a result, we try to force ourselves to consider discontinuities that change the whole operating paradigm. This leads us to be dismissive and volatile when others do not see the possibilities we are trying to convey. When we are not engaging this Intelligence, we become a closed mental circuit that continues to deepen until the underlying premises are revealed. We become competitive, and unwilling to share our perspectives. Ironically, we also can become aggressive and disagreeable in order to demand the attention we believe we deserve. The result of denying ourselves and not engaging our Primary Intelligence results in greater self-critical dialogue. The key to expressing our Primary Inventive Intelligence is to create inner unity so that we are able to congruently communicate our insights to others.

This requires that we accept our nature and our way of doing things and do not create obstacles to its expression. Some would say it’s about accepting our unique truth and realizing that it will manifest with others at the particularly right time and place if we just allow it. The more we fear, the more we tend to not engage our truth and “be” it. At the other extreme when we over-engage our desires and become attached to them, we are overwhelming our ability to “be” natural and flowing in our expression. The solution is to be present with both our fears and desires around being who we are so we don’t have to act out these issues with others. The more we can make it ok to have these experiences, the less charge we will carry that can then be triggered by others around us. When we are overwhelmed and/or discounted by individuals who do not accept our Primary Intelligence, we become extremely selective in what we are willing to share with others.

Understanding Inventive Intelligence

What people do not understand is that we see ourselves as creative brain-stormers without a fundamental need to edit our Thoughts. This means we often come out with comments that are insensitive, politically incorrect or harsh. Due to the fact that this is a part of our contribution, we do not believe we should be judged or harassed about these interjections because offsetting this is the occasional brilliant observation that changes the world. What we want is more creative understanding and acceptance that everything does not have to fit some social or political standard for correctness. Why can’t everyone recognize that thinking the same way in sync with others is not all that creative or powerful? What would be the cost of empowering the reality of free speech in our world? We represent those individuals who are the most sensitive to repression, denial and the cost of conformity. In our pursuit of uniqueness we set a new standard that encourages others to be more authentic. While some individuals misunderstand our intentions, it has always been our desire to awaken the best in others.

Primary Inventive Intelligence individuals are experimental and exploratory in sexual interactions. Being sensuous, we like physical connection even though it can make us feel uncomfortable. We tend to look for ways to be safe with our partner and love when we do something that surprises them. Over time, we do look for a sense of security, but it is not about doing things in habitual ways, but how much flexibility and adaptability a partner demonstrates with us. The more our partner does not fall into a pattern of expectations, the happier we are. We quickly tire when repeating any activity more than three times. Sometimes, this drives our sexual partners a little crazy when they seek to repeat something that works for them. The best advice we can give in this situation is for our partners to be more inventive and responsive to sexual interactions in unusual places and times. The important thing to remember is that sexuality is also a creative mental process, which requires us to be fully involved. Anytime we are not fully engaged, sexuality loses much of its joy.

In conclusion, it is important to remember that our Primary Intelligence provides the space of being who we are and determines how we gain fulfillment. Fulfillment is a matter of being a recognized idea generator that others can then refine into practical applications. What we want is a support group that will assist us in making our ideas real. Primary Inventive Intelligence grows through steadfastness and discipline with the theme of “merging with the one,” which reflects our connection to the cosmic mental plane, where all creative ideas originate. This is different from a Secondary expression, which focuses us on how we obtain security by being successful, primarily seen as patenting ideas or creating new businesses that stretch the imagination and result in financial rewards.  Another aspect of our Secondary Inventive is how we rebel against the status quo and everything that is mediocre. Our Tertiary Intelligence, which focuses us on safety and determines how we are seen in our family of origin, can protect us by diverting threatening issues away from us. We commonly evaluate each interaction based on our internal comfort, which allows us to choose what we engage and dismiss what scares us.

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