INTENTIONAL CREATION IN ACTION
Today we bring our theme of intentional creation to a close. We have spent the past four weeks paying attention to what radio station we are tuned into (Gloomy FM, Reality FM or Potential FM), we have deeply explored and begun to understand and release barriers and blocks to our intentional creative expression, and we have stood at the green growing edge of our becoming.
Today we look at a three-prong approach to kicking our creative juices into gear, and we celebrate ourselves as creative beings. Because we are all creative beings! I've been saying this all month, but want to bring that idea home one more time this morning. Each and every one of us is a creative being. Some of us direct this Divine Attribute into poems, songs or electronic processes, while others direct it into day-to-day pursuits. And some of us completely frustrate our creativity, thus creating frustrated lives, including poor cooks and poor poets.
I love this somewhat in-your-face-idea from Charles Fillmore, in Talks on Truth: "Man is the builder, and to him are given all the materials out of which to construct the temple in which he dwells. He builds in wisdom or in ignorance, according to his . . . receptivity to the sphere of intelligence within him."a
And I would tweak that a bit to say: "He builds in wisdom or in ignorance, according to his . . . receptivity to the sphere of creativity within him."
As I have said each week -- we cannot NOT create. The question is:
* Are we intentionally or unintentionally creating?
* Are we creating by design or are we creating by default?
When we are intentionally creating, when we are creating by design (when we are being receptive to the sphere of creativity within us), we are the happiest because we are consciously aligned with the Source of Life. And the PROCESS OF creation and the PROGRESS IN creation are what bring us the most joy.
So, just for a little fun and to show some crazy creativity, I want to share with you the winner of a Washington Post annual invitational writing contest a few years back. Here were the simple instructions for the contest: Submit INSTRUCTIONS - for anything - written in the style of a famous person. And here's the winning submission. It is entitled:
The Hokey-Pokey by William Shakespeare
O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heaven's yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely thy canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the poke-- banish now thy doubt
Verily. I say, 'tis what it's all about.
Holmes, in Living the Science of Mind, wrote: "Creation is the play of Life upon Itself; the action of a limitless Imagination upon an infinite Law."b
Isn't that poem a great example of the limitless Imagination Ernest is speaking about in that quote?!
THE THREE-PRONG APPROACH
So, as I said a moment ago, today we bring our time to a close by doing two things. First, we will look at a three-prong approach to kicking our creative juices into gear, and, second, we celebrate ourselves as creative beings.
First, The Three-Prong Approach
We've found that the recipe for successful creativity calls upon us to make intentional, conscious use of three ingredients: Intent - Feelings-- Action
Let me say that again. The recipe for successful creativity (meaning creating by design, not by default) is the intentional, conscious use of three ingredients: Intent - Feelings -- Action
Now those probably aren't new to you, but I invite you to come with a beginners' mind to them this morning and to listen for what you haven't yet embodied!
The first ingredient is Intent - what is it we desire to create? I love the words of Holmes when he said that "Consciousness must be conscious of something."c So, it is our job to be clear in our intention. We know to do this, don't we?
And, yet, how often do we really sit down and get very clear about what it is we want to create? Intentional creation - creation by design and not by default - really does require setting an intention!
Here's a very interesting "factoid." In ancient Greece in the early Olympics, the discus throwers were not only scored on how far they threw the discus, but on how they intended to throw the discus.
This is how the judging went: When the participant came forward, he would hold up the discus and offer it to the gods. Then, he would offer an intent for that particular throw. His score was a combination of how far he threw the discus and what the judges thought of his intent.
Interesting to think about that in the context of setting our intentions, isn't it? We offer up our heart's desire to the Universe, and while our intent is not judged, the power of it is directly related to our score, in other words, our result. Right?
And then, just like the discus thrower must release the discus and has no control over how far it actually travels, so must we release the intent and the outcome! We must release the outcome and leave the specifics undefined as to how or when our intentions come to us.
By following this guideline and invoking the highest good, we allow the Universe to utilize any one of an infinite variety of ways to bring our intention into manifestation.
I love this idea:
You are the artist.
Your life is the canvas.
Intention is your paintbrush.
The second ingredient, Feelings, comes into the picture in order to provide the energy needed to make our intention develop from a thought into a reality in the invisible that is poised and ready to blossom into the world around us.
And this is where living in Potential FM comes into play. Because think about it. How do you feel when you are thinking about your intention from a place of Gloomy FM, which is an Eeyore or Woody Allen attitude? Remember our discussion in the first week of the month? This is the attitude of "it's hard, it's always going to be hard and it's never going to work". How do you feel? Answer that, please. How do you feel?
Or even Reality FM - how do you feel when you think about your intention to create something amazing but look at where you are right now as the only reality? Not much better that Gloomy FM, right?
But when you are in Potential FM, how do you feel? Excited, energized, animated, passionate for the possibilities!
So, how do you move from Gloomy or Reality FM to Potential FM? Well, it may be difficult to zip directly from thinking "my intention is never going to come to fruition" to feeling that it is already done, but there is a process we can engage in to shift the energy, which shifts the feelings. And that really isn't that difficult. Let's take a moment to do it right now.
If you like, close your eyes and bring to mind someone you love. You just love being around them and feel great appreciation for them. It could be a two-legged person, a four-legged animal, a feathered or scaled friend! It doesn't matter. Allow the corners of your mouth to curl up a bit as you bring that being into your heart. And just breathe in that feeling for a few moments . . .
Then think about something you deeply appreciate that has happened in your life in the past few days. Bring that into your heart. Breathe it in. Breathe in that appreciation. Feel inside your body and find the place where that feeling lives; locate it. Once you locate it, breathe in appreciation to that spot in your body even more . . .
Now bring your intention into your mind and see it already done. Breathe in appreciation and gratitude for it being accomplished, manifested, successfully accomplished. Bring that into your heart. Breathe it in. Breathe in appreciation. Feel inside your body and find the feeling; locate it. Once you locate it, breathe in appreciation even more. . . .
Now let go of the person, being , past event and intention, and just breathe appreciation in and out . . . in and out . . . in and out. . . .
And when you are ready, stretch a bit, rotate your head, open your eyes and come back into this room!
You have just connected to the feeling of Potential FM. Feels pretty good, doesn't it! This then leads us to applying the third ingredient . . .
Action Not just any action, but inspired action. I often speak about inspired action, so I won't say too much about it today, but for two things. First, I love this quote from the book The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday:
"Action is commonplace; right action is not. As a discipline, it's not any kind of action that will do, but directed, inspired action. Everything must be done in service to the whole. . . . We must be sure to act with deliberation, boldness and persistence. Those are the attributes of right and effective action. . . . Action is the solution and the cure to our predicament."d
Second, inspired action is always in Potential FM. Did you hear that? What did I say? Yes, inspired action is always in Potential FM! Remember that!
Celebrate Ourselves As Creative Beings
aCharles Fillmore, Talks on Truth, p. 90
bErnest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind, p. 87
cErnest Holmes Science of Mind
dRyan Holiday The Obstacle is the Way p. 63