Thursday, December 25, 2008

Cooperative Creation

· Great stuff is being invented all the time
· We are all creative – cannot put it aside
· create consciously, not by default
· move from independence to partnership w God

I sometimes wonder about the world my grandchildren and the next generation of children is going to be inheriting. What natural resources will they have, how will they live, what will be the state of world economics etc. I can easily slide into a state of anxiety about this – and I realized that that feeling is based on the assumption that nothing new is going to be discovered or invented. That is the same kind of thinking that caused Charles Duell, Director of the US Patent office in 1899 to say: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

And in 1927 when someone presented a new idea to Harry Warner – Warner Bros, his response was: “Who the heck wants to hear actors talk?”

Just recently I had the opportunity to be AMAZED and even excited about what is being discovered and invented - these days – right now - and it came to me in the form of this magazine: Popular Science issue Dec 2007.

Luckily God did not wait for me to pick this up at the newsstand to give me the good news. I was travelling with my 23 year old son and he bought this magazine and he read to me while I drove.

· An earpiece that detects movement in the mouth that can direct wheelchair movement with 90% accuracy
· Solar sheets – not panels that flexible, then as a coat of paint and as cheap as a newspaper
· A microwave machine that turns plastic and rubber back into oil

And he also read to me about the latest car paint and engines and diving watches and stuff.

Everything that can be invented has NOT been invented. It didn’t stop in 1899 why would it stop now?

Creative imaginative people are working on their ideas right now – in all areas of life: medicine, the environment, resources, communication.

Do you consider yourself a creative person?

We may think – creativity is for some – but I was just not born with that gift. I am not really a creative person. We can appreciate the results of the creativity of others – incredible art work, music, sewing, knitting, weaving, architecture, and have lots of admiration for people who are so creative.

Every year we do Ukrainian Easter eggs with our family and friends. We all gather around the table with the pots of various dyes and a bowl of white eggs.

One friend of the family has a predictable approach. Before she even begins, my she spends a few minutes, looking at each egg, looking at the shapes and sizes until she finds one that she wants. Then she sits quietly looking at the egg and I can see that she is in the process of imaging what she is going to create.

Her results are beautiful, imaginative, colourful and it takes her hours to do one egg.

Now me - I grab an egg and start applying the wax, dipping it into the different colours and the results are…………OK. I have fun but I am more enjoying the fellowship around the able. But there is MY thought - I am just not that creative.

Now if we want to watch creativity in action – just watch small children with finger-paint. They don’t have any hesitation, they do not stop to think – I hope I do a good job.

They cover paper after paper. And we put them on our fridges and praise them. We make more - and somewhere along the line we lose that confidence. Perhaps we had experiences with paper and crayons and creating something that either did not look the way we wanted, or that others made fun of, or we were not happy about. And we decided – I can’t do this and we set our creativity aside.

The truth is, creativity is not something we can put aside. Its not like saying – I am not a good driver, so I am going to take the bus, or I am not very good at baking, so I am going to buy goodies at the bakery.

We cannot give up or put aside our creativity, because the fact is - we are ALL creative beings. We are all creating all the time. Every moment of the day.

At a deep level, it is impossible not to lead a spiritual life. You and I are as deeply engaged in making the world as a saint. You can’t be fired from the job of creating a world. And you can’t resign even when you refuse to show up. The universe is creating through you at this very moment. Chopra p. 101

And the scary part is = that most of the time we are unaware that we are doing this. SO our creations are unconscious, haphazard and with mixed results.

Right now, at this moment and each day, we are living the results of our creations. Because we create not only with our hands and bodies – we create with our minds, with our thoughts. Our thoughts have power beyond our imagination. The power of our thought cannot be overestimated. It is through our thoughts that we create the experience of our world. The power of thought linked with the power of the word is a mighty tool to change our experience of the world and to demonstrate what we want. We affect our environment all the time with our thoughts and consequently our actions.

So wouldn’t it be a good thing to recognize that we are creating all the time and to be more conscious of what we are doing, certainly be more careful with the power that we wield every moment of the day.

We have the power – let’s use it consciously and constructively, not absent mindedly or carelessly.

There is no limit of what a human being can think about and bring into reality. Everything has not been invented or thought of yet. There is no limit because our minds are linked with Infinite Mind. Yes, infinite!

God Mind is Infinite and we are One with that Mind. When we say Divine Mind – it is Head and Heart, not intellect only. Divine Mind encompasses all our wisdom which includes our heart wisdom.

Why don’t we use our Divine Mind in a conscious way? Why aren’t we engaging Divine Mind every time we begin a new endeavour?

There is a very common phrase that 2 year olds use and I think sometimes we still carry it along into adulthood: “me do it”

Sometimes we hold on to that independent stance throughout our entire lives – I can do it – I don’t need any help. We have so many sayings: if I don’t do it – no one else will. IF I want it done right – I need to do it myself.

we take pride in our independence and own resources.
And because we are strong, resourceful and determined – we can go a long time operating on our own humans resources. – and be quite successful in many areas.

PAUSE And then comes the time when we get stuck. We run out of energy, we run out of ideas. And we tell ourselves – just work harder, just do it longer, just keep pushing.

You’ve heard the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

And sometimes that gets so painful that we finally stop – we are brought to our knees. And for some of us – that is the first time we think – perhaps there is a higher power that can help me through this. Maybe I do need help. Maybe I can’t do this by myself.

So we have these 2 ways of moving forward in life:
1. we get an idea, we go for it, we push til we are exhausted and discouraged and then we ask for help.

OR – how about this approach. Spend time in the Silence, get an idea, align ourselves with Spirit and then we move forward in partnership with Divine Mind.

What happens when we connect ourselves with God’s energy and infinite possibility? We transcend limitations, people, and current possibilities.

We live inspired lives. Wayne Dyer says:
By deciding to live an inspired life, I’m choosing to be in balance with a Creative Force that responds to my thoughts. I know that thoughts are energy and that those thoughts, harmonizing with Spirit, will align to activate the creation process. P.248

So let’s activate that creation process in alignment with Spirit – in partnership with Divine Mind – co-creating with Infinite Possibility.