Category Archives: Creativity

STOP THINKING SO MUCH!!

The silence of no thought

It speaks with increasing volume
Enticing me . . .

“Wanna figure it out?”
“No thought”
“Wanna change?”
“No thought”
“Wanna create?”
“No thought”
“Wanna love?”
“No thought”
“Wanna live well?”
“No thought”
“Wanna die well?”
“No thought”

In this silence, the song rises in my heart again
And I am made new.

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IN THE ARMS OF YOUR SILENT EMBRACE

Today I was meditating, and, as often is the case, my mind gets going and I want to get up and start getting something done that I’m thinking about. Sometimes it is “work” just to sit there. Funny huh? “Work” just to sit there?

The White Robed Monks call this “Just Sitting,” a practice adopted from Zen, where one simply sits 15 minutes a day, concentrating on the breath and clearing the mind of all thought. When we do this our mind, our ego revolts. That little voice in our heads just doesn’t want to leave us alone.

What struck me this morning again is that when I want to heed that voice within, when I want to get up and start moving and stop this sitting – I am not trusting! In essence, when I break the meditation and start running, I am saying that I trust more in myself than I do in Divine Power. My experience, however, says that when I stay with this “work,” when I simply sit and make an empty space in my mind, I connect directly with Source Energy, God, the Spirit. Suddenly my work is given energy and much more is accomplished – and somehow – directly as a result of thinking no-thing, my thoughts are clarified and my life is given meaning and direction. It’s like I have suddenly been plugged in!

Can I trust enough to stay with the silent embrace and make a space in my life to connect with Source? Try it. And see what happens!


I WANT LOTS OF SEX!

OK, now that I have your attention . . .

It’s true. I really do want lots of sex – but not just the hot, passionate, genital kind.

I’m re-reading a book by Ron Rolheiser called The Holy Longing: The Search For a Christian Spirituality. In it, he has a great chapter on sexuality. I’d like to quote one of his definitions of sexuality:

“Sexuality is an all encompassing energy inside of us. In one sense, it is identifiable with the principle of life itself. It is the drive for love, communion, community, friendship, family, affection, wholeness, consummation, creativity, self-perpetuation, immortality, joy, delight, humor and self-transcendence (p.194).”

That’s the kinda sex I want! It’s about being connected on a wide variety of levels. It’s about connection and creativity, about living life fully!

I find that some, even me (yes me, can you believe it?? LOL!) collapse the totality of what sexuality is into simply its genital expression. Over indulgence in porn or sex has the potential of actually sapping our life energy, instead of adding to it. It can leave us empty and only half a person. Instead of feeling more connected to life, we can end up feeling separate and alone. Ultimately we seek connection – that sense of eternity and wholeness we once had before we were born into this physical universe. And on this side of life, we seek and find this wholeness in creative energies, art, music, friendship, family, solitude, life giving work and self giving love. It is when I am balanced on lots of these levels that I feel the most whole and horny – in a healthy, life giving way.

So I say, bring it on baby! That’s the kinda sex I want – and I want LOTS of it!


Supernova

Like a dying star
Convulsing – trying to hold on
The heat – intense as gravity folds in on itself and energy ceases
Unable to escape the intensity – I collapse inward and finally explode

Will I fall into the inescapable darkness?

Or find myself thrust outward in a burst of creative energy
Forced and forged by this seeming death
Exploding into newness – Supernova my name?

Elements strong and bright
Silver and gold are forged in this heat
Gravity’s intense pressure – beauty’s unlikely birthplace


You Wanna Play?

One important aspect of living a spiritual path that I often overlook is play.  We have a tendency to get so serious about our spiritual lives, or life in general.  Work, running here and there, getting things done, taking care of our kids, being responsible etc.  Very little time is given to play.  And usually we don’t think much about this lack of play time as adults.  But, imagine if we never gave our children time to play.  Suddenly the importance of play in life is put into perspective.

We know that in children play is a stress reliever and an energy release.  We know that it helps in the development of free imagination.  It relaxes the mind and the body.  We know that play time usually means happy time.  Imagine what life would be for children if they were never allowed to play, or had very little time for it.  They’d probably crack.  Why is it then that we so easily discount play as adults?

Play has the same restorative effect on us as it does on children.  It gives us a psychic break, allows the mind and spirit to breath and in this breathing, imagination and creativity are given birth.  Far from being a waste of time, play, like prayer, is essential in re-energizing us for life’s work.

Spend some time playing each week!


Whoa Horsy! Give It A Rest!

“Come to me, and I will refresh you.”
See Matthew 11: 28-30

Again we have this image of Divine refreshment, this call to rest.  We see this repeatedly in the life of the Christ who took time to enter the silence to rest, pray and meditate.  Throughout the centuries, spiritual teachers of various religions speak of the central importance of such spaces of time and place.  However, our culture, and even some of our churches, do not honor such spaces of time.  Our culture worships the god of productivity and action.  Taking time to simply “be” is held in suspicion, and one who does so on a regular basis is thought to be lazy.

As a musician, writer and passionate speaker I find that the creative moment happens in the spaces of this desert time.  It happens in the space of nothingness.  It is this space that gives pregnancy to what would otherwise be a quite sterile place within.  It is from this place that the inspiration of any song I sing, any talk I give or any article I write is given birth.  This space is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to the creative process.  Without it, I would manifest nothing of substance in my outer world.  No song would be sung, no article written, no talk given with any modicum of inspiration.

Eckhart Tolle says this in his book The Power of Now:  A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment:  “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.  The mind then gives form to the creative process or insight.” (p. 24).  Even the Judeo-Christian creation stories speak of God creating everything “ex nihilo,” out of nothing.

We all need to honor the space of the desert.  We will find that this “waste of time,“ as I have described it before, will give renewed energy to our work and creative pursuits.  Not only that, it will give breath and life to our relationships.  Anyone who has had a Partner for a number of years will attest to the need for psychic and physical space in the relationship in order to give it life and energy.  As we take the time to enter silence we will ultimately discover that the desert space can be found within, no matter what is going on around us.