We can use our energy creatively or destructively. So how can we ensure our actions don’t cause more harm than good asks Tanishka.
Energy follows intent, so if we want to ensure we create something uplifting, both for ourselves and others we simply need to take the time to get clear. Not so much on WHAT we want to create but WHY we want to create it.
Why? Motivation is the driving force behind any creative act. If our motive is for selfish reasons, such as needing to prove ourselves by shocking or impressing others then the end result of what we strive to create will inevitably be a shallow experience for the recipients. Whereas, if our intent is to serve that which is greater than us, be it humanity in general, the next generation or a higher power, what is birthed through us will be guided by that intent in every moment so the effect on others will be transcendent.
In Osho’s teachings on creativity, he compares the work of Picasso and Michelangelo. The former, he explains shares his catharsis by vomiting onto a canvas his unprocessed psychological states, whereas the latter serves a higher function by seeking to be a channel for divine will and attuning to a stone before carving with the reverent intent of freeing the being that lies within it.
Why Creativity is Child’s Play
I have been to art galleries where I’ve felt I was a mere witness to the tantrums of immature adults desperately seeking attention for their unhealed neurosis. Alternatively I have never walked into a kindergarten and not felt happy and uplifted by the multitude of creativity displayed. Why? Kinder kids are free of the torment of the rational mind, unlike adults who are often enslaved by their critical thinking.
There is a logical explanation for this. The first seven years of our life are when we are developing the feminine part of our psyche, regardless of our physical gender. The feminine part of our psyche is our inner self, the soul. Then at age seven, we shift our focus to developing the masculine part of our psyche, the personality. This is when we start constructing a socially acceptable persona by editing our sense of identity based on the feedback we receive from others according to their perceptions of us. This tendency is most pronounced during our teenage and early adult years when we’re often obsessed with what others think of us based on our need to be socially accepted.
Part of our maturation process is accepting that not everyone will like us. Once we can accept this, we become increasingly free to express our authentic self. The more we express our true feelings and thoughts, the more connected we are to our true self, our soul. This means risking rejection to be true to ourselves. Whilst this is formidable initially, it is only by being true to our inner self that we start to attract like-minded souls to us. These are the people who truly see us and encourage our creative spark to shine rather than those who don’t (those who minimize our light because they don’t comprehend it).
The more we make a concerted effort to reconnect with our inner self by spending time alone and investing time doing that which excites our creative spark, regardless of external judgment, the more we release our creative energy. Critical thinking based on the anticipated reaction of others has the opposite effect; it restricts the free flow of creative energy.
A Cure for Creative Block
We’ve all heard the term, ‘writer’s block’. This can happen in any act of creativity from problem solving to designing an invitation. It is when we find ourselves unable to access inspiration. This state of frustration indicates our mind has hijacked our creative endeavor with its incessant chatter. This signals our ego is dominant, which leads to the inevitable paralysis of indecision as we try to entertain endless options presented to us by our rational thoughts. To escape this mental prison you simply need to free up your energy to get your creative juices flowing again. You can do this by putting on some music & shaking all over, making indiscriminate noises, dancing & being generally random. This is a state children enter into easily – the realm of nonsensical silliness. It is this state of play which opens us up to our higher mind so we can channel our inner genius by by-passing the voice of the sensible adult – the rational mind, whose agenda is to keep us safe & socially acceptable. If we are pandering to the fear of being unacceptable we are not free to think outside the box, so at best what we create will have a sense of emulation rather than true creation.
Sacred vs Secular Art
Most secular art is created by the mind which governs the personal ego, reflecting more about what the artist seeks to gain. A secular piece of art can vary from a topiary to a still life, it’s not the form which makes it secular but the fact it is being crafted by one who is not consciously connecting with the divine source of inspiration. The word, ‘inspire’ means ’in spirit’.
Whereas sacred art is created by the soul. This is usually an offering done as a practice to express one’s devotion, release attachment, offer their soul’s expression as a gift, to embody a lesson or totem medicine, connect with a guide or record a spiritually meaningful vision or experience.
The soul governs the subconscious, which is connected to our collective consciousness giving it universal appeal. Why? The subconscious is where we have access to the landscape of archetypal images which illustrate our shared mythology, making them common to our human experience. This is why the saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ holds true.
The subconscious mind speaks in images, whereas the mind speaks in words. The subconscious is the 90% part of our mind, the part which is unified with our infinite intelligence, God by any other name – the part common to us all regardless of our identifying labels such as class, gender or race. Whereas the rational mind is the 10% part of the mind, the part which identifies facts to define our individuality. Inevitably what the mind creates induces division. This state of separation is the consciousness of Hell, unlike the state of unity which is the consciousness of Heaven.
Similarly in our own lives, we can embrace art as a road to healing our psyche back to a state of integrated wholeness by expressing our inner landscapes. This gives us greater access to interpret our own story and understand ourselves. Art is the language of the soul. This is why those who have suffered untold trauma find it easier to draw rather than speak of their journey and why art is critical in helping those most robbed of a voice to find their song.
If our intent is to assert our individuality, such as proving our authority or illustrating what we can do, our underlying need is for approval. This intent is then received as an energetic transmission so what we create will appeal to less people & have less effect.
Whereas if our intent is serve others by imparting what we know or can do to assist them in some way, the work is perceived as genuine so it’s more engaging. The more connection is experienced through what we create, the more widespread appeal we will have generating a greater sphere of influence. This is also because the creative work itself is usually more dynamic due to the fact we take more risks when we’re less self-conscious if the end result is not about us personally.
Creating Heaven on Earth
It is precisely this understanding which is transforming life on our planet as more people make the shift from operating out of the dominant ego to doing daily practices to anchor their soul in the driver’s seat. This is why more & more people are leaving jobs which offer no creative fulfillment to seek that which does by taking a risk on themselves. This evolution revolution is also evident in the increasing number of altruistic projects being birthed around the world & shared on social media.
Six Tips to Ensure You Create Something Heavenly
- Approach all acts of creation with reverence. Whether that’s making a sandwich of lovemaking.
- Schedule your act of creation during the window when energy is building, such as at dawn, in the two weeks leading up to full moon or during Spring.
- Meditate to align, balance & unify your heart, mind & body as one.
- Set sacred space to raise the vibrational resonance of the space you plan to create in, such as lighting a candle, anointing yourself or burning essential oils, playing high frequency music or laying a crystal grid.
- Invoke the totality of your being to express itself through your Earthly senses.
- State or write your clear intention. What you hope to achieve in service to others through your act of creation.
Ultimately we are our greatest work of art. When we understand this everything we create is an expression of our true heart’s essence & this is our greatest gift to the world.
Find out more: Tanishka is the author of, The Inner Goddess Makeover, a step-by-step workbook to unleash your creative fire through activating your kundalini energy through each of your chakras.