Everyone is creative, by design. Some people like to deny their creative abilities, but that’s because we’ve defined creativity too narrowly. Creativity is not only about being an artist, musician or writer. Creativity is something we do each and every day as we create the spaces we live in, as we create ideas, thoughts, words, as we create gardens, meals, relationships and so much more. We create constantly.
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I consider God to be the creator of all, in an intelligent-design sort of way. And I believe that we were created in the image of the Divine, in the sense that we are capable of reflecting the Divine when we love and when we create out of that love. In this very real sense we are co-creators with God.
Now, this concept tends to make people very uncomfortable. What do you mean I’m a co-creator with God? God is THE CREATOR, I don’t do anything on the same level as God. I believe that type of thinking is a cop-out. It enables us to shrug off our responsibility in creation.
Nope… I believe that we are co-creators with God. I believe that the Divine Spark is in each of us and continues to nudge us toward moving ourselves, others and this world to a more healthy, whole, loving place. But God is also not a puppeteer and we’re not dangling on strings… God doesn’t make us do anything, we need to decide that we will be part of God’s team, that we will open ourselves up to God’s leading to create this better place.
Julia Cameron, in her book “The Artist’s Way,” comments, “When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.” In other words, once we remove our fingers from the self-imposed dams around our creativity, we unleash our creative power and God’s at the same time. Almost anything can happen from that point!
Let me talk about one last thing we create… our words and our thoughts.
Below is a picture of two water crystals. Dr. Masaru Emoto created a book of stunning pictures of frozen water crystals after they have been subjected to non-physical stimuli. The biggest question was about consciousness. Could thoughts affect the shape and size of crystals?
He put signs on bottles of water that expressed human emotions and ideas. Some were positive, such as “Thank you” and “Love” and others were negative such as the sign that read “You make me sick, I will kill you.” Even science did not believe that this could make an impact on the water crystals, but it did! The water with the positive messages formed beautiful crystals; the water with the negative messages became ugly and malformed.
Now, think of how much of life is made up of water. How much of the surface of the planet is water? How much of our own bodies are water? (70-90%) If thoughts can do that to water, imagine what they can do to us.
Here’s the clincher… we create our thoughts. Perhaps you’d like to dispute this fact with me? Perhaps, you say, when we get in a very emotional state – being depressed or angry or in love – there are other factors and we aren’t in complete control of our thoughts. Perhaps, but I think the point is debatable. By and large, on a daily basis, we can choose what our minds dwell on. We can choose our attitude. We can choose what we say to other people. And even what we don’t say still has an effect. I know when I am receiving angry energy from another person. Now I wonder how that affects my body? And subjected to that over and over again, what does it do?
It makes you think, doesn’t it? And hopefully it helps you realize once more that we ARE co-creators with God… even at the very basic level of our thoughts and words.
As theologian Matthew Fox has said, “Whether the future presents itself as still more beauty or as still more pain depends upon our choices as we respond to our role as co-creators in this ever un-folding creation.”