Creating A Life

Photo by KM Cheng, Hong Kong

I received too many leadings and inspirations on creativity this week to keep to myself; thought I’d share them with you:

“People can be turned on to their own power and goodness enough that they don’t need tightly held principles to hold themselves together anymore.  It is here that visions of a more heroic life arise…  When we are not unthinkingly obeying that [shrill internal tone of voice, built in with feelings of shame at eight years of age or earlier], we handle our daily, physical, basic, on-going existence with energy left over and worry decreased, and we are able to get in touch with our power as creators.  Psychological well-being comes out of the re-discovery that your are the Creator.” – Brad Blanton, Radical Honesty:How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth.

“A man’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child at play.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Heard a great podcast from Mars Hill titled “A Theology of Creativity” presented by Jeanette Banashak and Don Perini on June 22, 2008 (note: Mars Hill maintains a twelve-week podcast library.  If you want to hear this sermon, you need to download it within the next three months from the date of this posting).  Some key points from the podcast that sang to me:

  • Do you see life as a medium of creation?  (or as a series of problems?)
  • “We have the ability to do things that have power.”
  • The “Trinitarian Doctrine of Creativity” (from Dorothy Sayres’s book The Mind Of The Maker):
    • “For every work [or act] of creation is threefold, an earthly trinity to match the heavenly.  First, [not in time, but merely in order of enumeration], there is the Creative Idea, passionless, timeless, beholding the whole work complete at once, the end in the beginning: and this is the image of the Father.  Second, there is the Creative Energy (or Activity), begotten of that idea, working in time from the beginning to the end with sweat and passion, being incarnate in the bonds of matter: and this is the image of the Word.  Third, there is the Creative Power, the meaning of the work and its response to the lively soul: and this is the image of the indwelling Spirit.  And these three are one, each equally in itself the whole work, whereof none can exist without other: and this is the image of the Trinity.”
      • Idea, Thought = Father
      • Activity, Express = Christ
      • Power, Influence = Spirit
    • Sayres says, “By our response to this [creative act], we’re brought to the mind of the maker, we’re brought to the mind of the author, the mind of the creative person which is caught up in the stream of his or her power, which proceeds from the energy revealing to us his or her idea.”  We’re liberated by this experience, opening us to ask new questions and to consider new possibilities.

“I promise not to keep ideas in my head, unfulfilled and full of promise – not to let these vague outlines of future actions give me false confidence and security in the abstract.  Instead I will execute them quickly and faithfully so that I am again on the brink of the unknown, hoping that these ideas were not the last that would ever come to me from God knows where.” – Ze Frank

From Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill:

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – William E. Henley

“When Henley wrote [these] prophetic lines, he should have informed us that we are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls because we have the power to control our thoughts.”

“He should have told us that in the ether in which this little earth floats, in which we move and have our being, is a form of energy moving at an inconceivably high rate of vibration, and that the ether is filled with a form of universal power which adapts itself to the nature of the thoughts we hold in our minds and influences us in natural ways to transmute our thoughts into their physical equivalent.”

“If the poet had told us of this great truth, we would know why it is that we are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls.  He should have told us with great emphasis that this power makes no attempt to discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts, that it will urge us to translate into physical reality thoughts of poverty just as quickly as it will influence us to act on thoughts of riches.”

“He should have told us, too, that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds and, by means with which no man is familiar, these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”

“He should have told us that before we can accumulate riches in great abundance, we must magnetize our minds with intense desire for riches, that we must become money-conscious until the desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.”

From The Upper Room Devotionalon July 10th:

We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us…  So we do not lose heart.  Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyound all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:7,16-18 (NRSV)

“…Yet God’s glory is seen clearly in our sinful, broken, imperfect humanity. “We have this treasure in clay jars.” We can focus on the clay jar, or we can focus on the treasure. We can condemn each other for being a cracked, chipped, misshapen, leaky, brittle, traditional, or contemporary jar. But if we focus on the treasure, we have hope – hope for me, for you, for enemies as well as friends, for the world – because the treasure is God’s extraordinary power at work in us.” – Mike Ripski (Tennessee, U.S.A.)

And one final insight, not wholly relating to creativity, but relating to the experience of these inspirations:

“A Man’s life of any worth is a continual allegory – and very few eyes can see the Mystery of his life…  A life like the scriptures, figurative.” – John Keats