Sometimes we hear mention of somebody who is a “creative person”. Perhaps a friend or associate mentions that she is feeling very creative today. A person doesn’t need to have family ties to Michelangelo, to be creative. If you’re alive and breathing, you can rest assured that you possess creative energy.
I posit that we all harbor creative energy because of what I read from fellow bloggers. I find it being tapped whenever I enjoy a book, a work of art, or a tasty dish. Wherever we look, we can see the results of creative energy. The car we drive, the road we drive upon, and the buildings we see along the way. It would take a dictionary to list all the things that came into being, because of creative energy.
The beautiful, useful things in life that bring us joy arrive with the subtle vibrations of creative energy. The same can be said of the destructive words, ideologies, and weapons of war. All of the manufactured objects we utilize have arrived on waves of creative energy. All of it is hatched in the minds of human beings.
I’ve been thinking about creative energy lately, because of the events of this spring and summer. Maybe I should say the misuse of creative energy. There has been an upsurge in acts of hate, prejudice, greed, and physical harm. The creative energy of so many people has been hijacked and used for nefarious ends. None of it is good for us.
Before bed, last night, I picked up my copy of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in order to read something inspirational before sleep. I randomly selected a page, then found these passages:
“And what is it to work with love?
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sew seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all the things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, and to know all the blessed dead are standing about you, watching.”
“Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy…And if you sing as though angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of day and the voices of night.”
Go ahead and reread the passages and savor the words. Do they somehow resonate with you? Gibran’s use of language wasn’t only poetic and beautiful; his wordcraft perfectly reflected the message he wished to express.
I wish the people who occupy seats of power, speak from pulpits, and bring us the news, would read and digest these passages and pledge to carry on their tasks in this spirit. Indeed, I also wish every breathing person on Earth would do this, too.
We’ve been reminded many, many times that we try to escape the pain of living by acquiring things and wealth; by doing things to gain the admiration of others; by trying to be important; and trying to possess power over others. The wise ones grow tired of these pursuits. The desire arises to shift direction and become something more, whatever that “something more” might be.
During our youthful years, we often pour over lists of occupations and talents that we can perform to make our living. Some of us never find that special place. We settle into jobs that further the strength of the status quo. We spend the bulk of our days doing just enough to provide a paycheck to keep us supplied with food, clothing, and shelter.
We dare not sway from the path of the straight and narrow because we fear that we may discover the creative energy that awaits in the realm of true freedom. We are afraid that we might manifest who we truly are in our heart of hearts.
If we are really honest with ourselves, we all have experienced this existential fear, deep inside our cores. Do we stuff it deeper inside, or do we finally allow it to spring forth? Do we allow the rainbow of creative energy to glow with a positive result, or do we repress the energy until it blows out, later, with negative, destructive expressions?
There is a fuzzy boundary between creating something out of love, for the benefit of humanity or only doing so for appearances’ sake. Normally, we believe that we perform the tasks of our lives and use our creative energy because we think of ourselves as generous benefactors, gracing civilization with our wonderful presence. Really, if we’re frank and honest with ourselves, isn’t that the truth? Don’t we all harbor some degree of hubris?
Actually, what we create and how we carry out our tasks is due to privilage. It is not an obligation to be compassionate in our creativity. It takes work and careful thought. Then we discover that the ability to compassionately create is one of our most treasured privilages. We have been granted the privilage to positively contribute to the legacy of the human race. Compassion is not something we do for others out of the cherished belief in the goodness of our hearts. Compassion is the way we live our lives.
There is no complicated set of holy rules to follow. Basically, we discover the inate compassion that’s always been inside, then just let it energize our daily actions. It’s simple, but not necessarily easy. That’s where work comes into play.
There are lists of techniques people have offered to enable us to complete our tasks, “creatively”. There are shelves full of books that explore and proselytize about the glories of creativity. In the end, few, if any, can grant you creative energy. Certainly, I don’t have the answer that is right for you. Nobody but you knows how you can positively exploit your own creative energy. When you stumble across it, you’ll know it in your gut.
You’ll probably feel the energy come up as a feeling of deep yearning in an overall, crude sense. Sit with that yearning desire and find out how much of it comes from a want to be special, or wealthy, or powerful. Don’t shy away, examine these wants, head-on. After awhile, you’ll feel the need to come home and be “real” and be able to live with the consequences of any possible actions made in the pursuit of the object of your yearning.
Don’t hurry your contemplation. Your deepest ethical knowledge will be your guide.
Just let go, and be joyfully free.