My first career, as a middle school art teacher, led me to wonder how creativity works in the mind, even before I learned about the Principles.
I noticed that I thoroughly enjoyed drawing, sculpting or painting from (what I would now call) inspiration as opposed to the times when I had to create something that was assigned to me and on a deadline. After meeting Syd Banks and my subsequent exploration of the Principles, I realized why that was and why it would be the same for other people. I also realized that knowing how it works was like having an operating manual for my life so that I could use my gift of creativity more optimally.
Sometime after being exposed to the Principles behind the human experience of life, I noticed that in my inspired moments of creativity, the “I” and the “Me” were out of the equation. In other words, I was not conscious of the personal ME. I was only conscious of the impersonal creative spirit. Things flowed, it was enjoyable and often surprising what would come out of it. My so called “mistakes” took on new meaning – they often became a new way of seeing things and worked in ways I never could have come up with in my puny, personal mind. In my inspired moments creativity would spring forth like a fountain. It felt glorious, wondrous, alive, fun. Working on an assignment that I wasn’t interested in felt tedious, heavy and uninspired.
I realized I could use this understanding to free up my creativity more often. I stopped accepting every thought that came my way. I noticed I could free up my mind to encourage this creative spark. It was so enjoyable and productive to do, I could hardly bare to stick around in heavy, non-productive thoughts. My new norm became freer and more creative.
People ask me from time to time, if I currently paint or draw. I’m not at all apologetic when I tell them the truth – which is: no, I do not; but I still love my creative moments. I love writing now, I love reflecting, seeing what each day brings. I love creating with other people, creating seminars and new ways for people to catch onto the Principles. The list goes on and on. I live more in the joy of impersonal creation, feeling “plugged in” when I’m there. I love the feeling so much that I am compelled to find it more often, quite naturally.
It didn’t happen over night; though over time, I continually see it deeper and more profoundly.
We are all so fortunate to have the understanding of three simple principles at our disposal. Just wait until the whole world catches on! What a difference that will make!