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Creativity and the New Cosmology
We are collaborating in the ever expanding cosmos by expressing creatively the ineffable mystery that surrounds us, sustains us, enlightens and sanctifies us. In the Huichol myth, Grandfather is Fire and Grandmother is Growth an image quite different from the ones we've inherited.
It is blasphemous for any of us to say "I am not creative." All we do is create. We have desires and we create experiences from our desires. We have experiences and we create stories about those experiences. We hear the stories of others, and we are moved to tell our own, turn them into songs or poems or YouTube movies. We wake up every day to an empty canvas of twenty-four hours and every night we go to bed having created our masterpiece for the day. We can do this consciously or unconsciously, but we all do it nevertheless. And the ones who are conscious of it are the ones most actively engaged in the work of evolution, of unification, of ongoing cosmic revelation.
Our culture is in deep trouble and everybody knows it. Every institution is in its death throes. Half the world's scientists are engaged in war research. Religions insist on separating humans from God and humans from their earthiness. Capitalism has begotten a greed that is growing like a malignant tumor as we globalize our pathologies. People are returning to fundamental beliefs so they won't have to sort through the complexities of social matters and form their own opinions. Churches are silencing the prophets and absolving the perpetrators of crimes against children.
A culture can't lift itself out of dark and destructive mindset, but creative acts and ideas from a few can ignite the moral imagination of the many.
Our imaginations are the most potent engines of change in the universe. They are the satellite dish for Supreme Intelligence, incubators for evolutionary creativity. It is through the imagination that our thoughts become our lives, our lives become our stories, and our stories become bridges to higher consciousness and ultimate union. The Bible's prophets were not theologians, they were imaginative storytellers. They painted pictures for people. Wove exotic tales for people. Created metaphors that were consistent with the cosmology of the 3rd millennium before the Christian Era.
They did a great job for their era, and now it's time for us to do our part in creating a spirituality that works with the 21st century cosmology. It's time to call God home, reconnect ourselves to the natural world, and proclaim the good news that as people on earth we share a single origin, a single community and a single destiny. The Creative Force is communicating its design to all people simultaneously, just as our DNA is communicating its genetic information to all our cells at every moment.
As photosynthesis came forth to enable the planet to evolve biologically, so too are we experiencing the emergence of a new phenomenon that is enabling the planet to evolve consciously. We ourselves are agents of a new transformation, engaged in a process of "infosynthesis" whereby we convert intelligence into inspiration through the creative power of our imagination. Through our spiritual practice (interior) and creative expression (exterior) we unite the opposites of spirit and matter which results in a combustion of original thinking and inspired action.
Every mystic and prophet alive today understands that their interests are not separate from anyone else's. Healing the wounds of the world is an act of self-interest. As the thinking cells of the planet, we are Mother Earth healing herself. Every activity we engage in is both an activity of the universe and a human activity. The catastrophes of the times the collapse of the economy, the failures of our institutions, the ineptness of war as a solution to any problem all signs of a planetary mid-course correction. The earth as an organism will evolve, with or without us.
The universe itself is the primary revelation of the Divine and it is continuing through our thoughts, words, lives and creations. Our conversations are not about the Divine our conversations are the Divine. We are awash in the Mystery, saturated in sacredness. This is the awareness that will drop us to our knees, stop us in our self-indulgent tracks and bring us back to our senses. This is the kind of spirituality that can mean something, lead to something that is poignant, personal, passionate. This is our chance to BE the ones we've been waiting for to be prophetic, poetic mythmakers conspiring in the evolution of a conscious culture, a compassionate culture. As my mystic friend David says, "WE is just an acronym for Who Else?" •
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