Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Creativity & The Divine
The artistic experience, at its highest, was actually a natural analogue of mystical experience. It produced a kind of intuitive perception.
– Thomas Merton
I experienced this in some small way today.
I was getting frustrated with the ‘business’ of blogging- all those fussy details of tagging and linking and dofollow and nofollow and spamming and dashboards and on and on. I was not excited to come to the keyboard this evening. Maybe I even threw a small tantrum- but I’ll never admit it.
And then the wise one in this house took me by the hand and asked me if I enjoy blogging. “Well, no” I responded in the midst of the tantrum I won’t admit to.
So he asked me again if I enjoy the writing, the focus on creating, the mindset it gives me to take into my days, the excitement of new ideas and thoughts to consider with others.
I took a deep breath, hung my head low, and conceded with a nod.
I then sat with my notebook and let myself go to that place of perception, depth, longing, and vulnerability. And I found it- I found the ‘why I do this’.
That place from which creativity flows is, in some way I don’t understand, linked to that Other place. When I create, the physical realm, the world of understanding, melt away and I am enveloped in a world of underlying truth, of knowing beyond knowing, of connecting most profoundly. It defies explanation and is deeper than mere experience.
When we touch this realm, we touch a World we were meant to live in.
Today’s 4 Minute Writer
Zoe: Life. Not life as the business of living, but Life, truly living. The depth, the longing to be entirely immersed in the other Place, the other Life. To be where I am fully opened and fully filled.
Complete vulnerability falls into the gaping cavern of Wholeness.
Novalis’s Blue Flower is found.
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