Jan Phillips : No Ordinary Time Interview
No Ordinary Time
Interview with Visionary Jan Phillips
By Chris Dunmire
"It is up to us — those who feel the tug of the inner voice — to create the world we want to be a part of, to utter the words we want to inspire us." — Jan Phillips
Q: In your book No Ordinary Time: The Rise of Spiritual Intelligence and Evolutionary Creativity you write about Creativity and the New Cosmology. What you say about being creative inspires us to think deeper about our consciousness around how we behave creatively:
From your perspective, where does the desire to create come from?
A: Just as a tree takes in sunlight and carbon dioxide all day long, so do we absorb the gifts of Supreme Intelligence that are infusing the cosmos and the air we breathe. Our souls are here to convert/transform human experience (information) into forms that we can give to others (inspiration) — it is the heart's desire, the soul's mission to engage in this alchemy. When we do it well, we are in a state known as bliss
Q. How might one interested in being "actively engaged in the work of evolution, of unification, of ongoing cosmic revelation" navigate the terrain of creative endeavors that are self-serving for the ego, or for the bottom line of corporations who are more interested in profits than people and the planet?
A: Nothing done "well" is simply self-serving. The challenge is to extent the thinking beyond self-interest. The question is always threefold. is it good for me? Good for others? Good for the planet. If it is, it is a good thing — evolutionary, unifying, revelatory.
Q: In the gradient spectrum of creative experience, what awareness might one have to affirm that their engagement is evolutionary, uniting, or revealing?
A: See above — just answer the 3 questions — triple bottom line thinking.
Q: You speak beautifully of the healing action of art:
So many of us feel called towards artistic expression and find ourselves blocked along the way by fear, overwhelm, and competition. Where are we stuck in this evolution and how can we move beyond it?
A: Once you understand the WHY of creativity, the what and how become easier. Think of what has healed you over the years...what music, books, poetry, movies, plays, stories of others? We are inspired by the inspirations of others. By the flow of cosmic energy coursing through us. If you can remember your creations are healing for others, they become less about you and more about your power to heal — by truth-telling, wisdom sharing.
Q: What does raising consciousness really mean?
A: It means you give up the notion that you are all alone and see that every one of us is a part of the whole. My success is reliant on your success. In women's consciousness raising in the 70s, the term of insight was: The personal is political. If every woman in the group had experienced sexual harassment on the job, it was not just a personal issue.
Q: You say that "growing up spiritually is a requirement of this hour." How can we tell if we are "rising in spiritual intelligence"?
A: We begin to wake up in joy every day.
Q: You write:
Two days ago, a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. This story and its aftermath saturate the news, Internet, social media, and our conscious thoughts right now. The ripple effect of fear, anger, and frustration layers over existing layers of everyday violence and atrocities happening all around us. Despite our longing for the light, some believe that the shadow of humanity is integral to our human condition. What are you thoughts on this?
A: Every great light casts an equally great shadow. Our job is to keep our attention focused on the thing that will bring more light to the world. What can I do that causes peace, joy, understanding? Once I know that, then it is mine to do. I am working on a new CD. It is informed by the Aurora tragedy. It contains it and transforms it — to the best of my ability.
Q: You say:
We are living in an age of information. How can we 'know' what is real and true outside of our desires for what we 'desire' to be real and true?
A: That's why we do spiritual practice — our knowing apparatus is fine tuned in that process of communion and contemplation.
Q: What awareness do you want most for your readers to take away from your book?
A: The awareness that they ARE the creator creating, they are the universe unfolding; they are the greatest mystery they could ever behold — born to create. •