"This is the thing about creativity. If you let it alone, it will flourish and open up for you. If you watch it and work it and worry about it too much, it will clam up like a shy child." Jon Katz, Bedlam Farm Journal, May 22, 2020.
I read this this morning whereupon Robin Williams popped in to
Ann: Hi Robin, sorry it’s taken me so long to get here.
Robin Williams: Yes, well, I can feel your reluctance to be blasted with a fire hose of energy wrapped up in words, spewing syllables out left and right, covering everything in sight with an oozy green slime that grows all kinds of creatures, some mentionable, some not, some growing flowers, but always expanding, multiplying exponentially until the poor channel is knocked on her ass.
Ann: Yep, that's the drill. Are we done with that?
Robin: Yeah, I guess, but it’s hard to keep a good man down, and the little man too - as well as the supertube of energy that still shoots out of me. And anyway, Ann, at least you know it’s me.
Ann: No doubt about that, and it's always entertaining if I could just keep up a bit better. Anita says you have something to say?
Robin: Yes, indeedy do. It’s about creativity. I always plan to tone this down for you, and then, well, you see what happens. Once you take the filters off, you really don’t have any control as to where it goes. That's what I wanted to talk to you and your readers about. Letting go of control, letting the flow, the riff, the stairway to heaven take over. Prayer, at least some forms of prayer, is nothing more than this, the releasing of the tight strings we use to hug our perceptions to ourselves as if they were the Christ child when, I am you will agree if you think about it, they are not.
So many times I hear people say, "I sat and sat and asked for God, for Jesus, for the Eternal Frog Queen In The Sky, and they didn’t come." Well, of course not. You are trying to put them in a box, make sure they arrive at the appointed hour, btw, your appointed hour, and then wonder of wonder, they did not show up.
Not to say that the meditators among you are doing something wrong, for meditation can be a splendid variation on the theme, blanking the “mind” and releasing the strings attached to a predetermined outcome. That works for a lot of chickens, and my hat's off to them, but it may not work for you.
Annie here has been beating herself up for years about her “failure” at meditation. But look what happened when she allowed herself room to breathe - and let go the regulated breathing of meditation for that was a downer for her if ever there was one. She found her fingers writing, typing, releasing the strings, so what if it's frigging Robin Williams or not, and, hey presto, the world opened up to so many layers that she has only begun to explore.
What do you think would have happened if I had said to myself, “Well, sport, it is 8 o’clock, time to get with the program, plan your riffs in descending order, so where shall we start? Let me just put that in outline form, and then we shall proceed.” No. No, no, no. You would never have known my name because I would have tapped out in some dark alley somewhere in a drug induced stupor – and that almost happened, for sometimes creativity can be overwhelming but that is a song for another day.
The point here is that It is stultifying and ultimately fatal to try to box your natural spiritual and creative (and they are the same, you know) inclinations. Whatever they are, grin at them, and see where they take you.
“They” say that cleanliness is next to godliness, and I suppose we gotta bow to some societal norms, but for my money it’s creativity that is next to godliness. Not even sure what godliness is, but I know it when I see it, and it usually has a big smile on its face.
Where was I? Oh yes, creativity, your own, not someone else’s, allows you to see God, write something, paint something, weave something, chew something, whatever floats your boat, open your soul to the Creator, I can tell you she will be delighted.
Creativity is a can opener, try it, you’ll like it, no censoring allowed. And don’t say you don’t have it, because we all do, it’s our highway to God.
May 22, 2020
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