I am republishing this here, by request, with a new image, a new title, and some changes to the text.
*Creativity occurs in the present
moment. Living creatively, your life becomes a work of art – a consciously
crafted movement of aesthetic energy in which you are guided by a positive
feeling of inspiration, rather than by impulses intended to negate a sense of
inadequacy. Acting in the present is, by definition, acting creatively. The
present moment is itself an act of creation. Without the limitations of the
past, your full human potential is available.
What you notice when you observe
your thoughts is that they are disordered, random, often negative
and defeatist. This is the result of years of conditioning in which you have
been told you do not measure up to external standards imposed upon you by
others – family, peers, cultural institutions, and mass media.
You have been told many times that you are somehow deficient and that you lack some
necessary qualities without which you cannot succeed. This fiction has become
so much a part of your self-image that you do not think to question it.
Instead, you find evidence all around you to prove your flawed nature.
Everywhere you assess others to be better and more successful than yourself.
Advertisers strive to inculcate
further negative self-image messages in order to create desire for products.
You are led to believe you are not beautiful enough, not strong enough, and not
well enough to be happy without possessing the things that are marketed to you.
You fall prey to these messages because you feel insecure and have come to
identify with a flawed self-image.
But you are not who you think you
are. You are not a flawed creature filled with self-doubt and conditioned by
years of negative messages. That is not a person – it is a manufactured
identity. It exists because you have succumbed to it and believe it to be a
description of your essential self.
However, now that you have
experienced the real you, the space of silent witnessing awareness within you
is a familiar experience in your life. With practice, you have become able to
easily experience your inner self as a zone apart from the welter of the world
and the world-wound thoughts spinning endlessly within you.
This inner sanctuary is available
anytime you need the strength and power that comes from being clear and feeling
centered, focused, and calm. From this sense of your truest self, arises a
wellspring of creativity which can serve you well for the rest of your life.
Image: “Mindful” by Tullio, digital image, 2012.