Welcome to the 4th sign of the 10 signs of spiritual progress that intimate the awakening of the heart. You awaken to knowing Love as who you are. A key sign of spiritual progress is the your expanding sense of creativity.
Sign of Spiritual Progress
No 4- Creativity
Creation loves to create. Creation is the purpose of the universe driven from the force of Love. Happiness is found in feeling your personal purpose in alignment with Love’s purpose. You are thus a co-creator with universal design. The Unmanifest loves to manifest forms. You are a unique expression of the creative force of Love in form. A sign of spiritual progress is that you honor this gift by being wonderfully creative. The emphasis here is on the word ‘being.’ Being is forever creative but we focus on production and making something rather than on celebration of who we are.
Creativity is not production. When you are creative you are out of the way. Time stops. Most artists (we are all artists in our own way) are aware that their best work moves through them. As a writer I know the best writing I share is never mine.
As a page that aches for a word
Which speaks on a theme that is timeless
And the one God will make for your day
From Johnathon Livingstone Seagull
by Neill Diamond
I have included a video of this wonderful song by Neill Diamond at the close of this 4th sign of spiritual progress article. I encourage you to listen.
Responsibility for Expressing Talent
It is your responsibility for allowing the creative force of Love to express through you and as you. The Biblical parable of talents shows the importance of creative alignment with Love’s purpose. Each servant receives a talent or number of talents the Master. He commands each servant to make use of these talents. This Master of the House is the Presence of Love.
The Master returns and severely rebukes the servant who buried his one talent to keep it safe. How do you express your given talent/s each day? Do you bury it or do you tell yourself you have no talent? Maybe you compare yourself with the people on talent shows such as X-Factor or America’s Got Talent. In this way you say no to the free flow of your energy. Each day you awaken but life has no secrets to tell you. Who you think you are takes control of the Presence you truly are.
Having the Courage to Create and Co-Create
Our Western education moves the individual from expressing the flow of the child measured at 97%, to a creative ability of 3% as a mature adult. Admittedly this 3% is highly focused. In our present way of viewing the world creativity works in the service of never ending production. The key measure of success is economic growth. This need for never ending production reflects an inner emptiness we continually seek to fill in other ways. You fill inner emptiness in one way. This is through union with existence from which, paradoxically speaking, you are never separate.
Awakening to Love is feeling in alignment with Source energy that is the invisible field of Infinite potential. You, like the hero Luke Skywalker, in the first of the Star Wars series of movies learns to feel the Force. This feeling is creativity expressing from the force of Love.
It takes courage to explore the way in which creatively expresses through you. We give up so much to preserve our limited world view. A sign of spiritual progress is that you companion your greatness (W. B. Yeats) and create for no reason.
And therefore, friend, if your great race were run
And these things came, so much the more thereby
Have you made greatness your companion,
Although it be for children that you sigh:
These are the clouds about the fallen sun,
The majesty that shuts his burning eye.
Extracted from hese are These are the Clouds
W. B. Yeats
Set aside judgment and ideas of success or failure. Set aside comparison and allow yourself to be expressed through. Creation created you to express through you. Feel delight in co-creation with the One Light.
Education and Creativity
In school my worste subject was English. I never imagined I would be a writer and fall in love with the experience that is sitting with a pen before a blank page. In school I couldn’t spell. I am still not a great speller but I weave words in a way that invites people to come out of the spellbound world of separateness. In that sense I do know how to spell. Feeling bored while on holiday was the reason I started to write. I shared what I had written with friends who loved what was written. I felt encouraged to continue what has been a journey into Love.
Western education does not invite you to realize your full potential as a co-creator with the Divine. Religion should guide you to this realization but produces believers rather than knowers of revelation. This creative revelation will bless you and your world. Creativity is not your job although it can be. Creativity is your work. The poet Rumi says, “Let the beauty you are be the work you do.” Aligned with the work of Love you know you are beautifully creative. You are a work of art. You are made in the image of God. This is not an image but the dynamic creative force of Love. You come close to this Force to the degree you willingly disappear and allow it to express through you.
Creativity is the Work of Love
Do not dictate what is created through you. Your work is to get out-of-the-way.
Your work is not to find Love but to remove all blocks that stand in the way. – Rumi
The primary block is your identification with your over thinking mind. This keeps you imprisoned within time chained to the past and the imagined future. Over thinking related to the past results in depression. The future lived from the sense of the separate self results in anxiety.
According to the World Health Organization depression and anxiety are the major growth diseases of the Western world. Each day honor the gift of life given to you that science demonstrates is a one in ten billion opportunity. Allow creation to bless you by opening your heart and mind to the purpose of Love. A sign of spiritual progress is that you companion the greatness that is your unique creative expression.