How does creativity infuse magic into your life?
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“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
“The universe exists on at least two levels….
The first is the material world, the visible physical sphere in which you and I dwell.
Then there’s the second level.
The higher level.
The second level exists “above” the first but permeates the first at all times and in all instances. This second level is the invisible world, the plane of the as-yet-unmanifested, the sphere of pure potentiality.
Upon this level dwells that which will be, but is not yet.”
—Steven Pressfield, The Artist’s Journey, #10
“A machine can’t do that.
A supercomputer packed with the most powerful A.I. system can’t do that.
In all of Creation, only two creatures can do that.
And you and I.”
—Steven Pressfield, The Artist’s Journey, #10
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Recommended Reading on Creativity:
By Elizabeth Gilbert:
By Austin Kleon:
Steal Like An Artist
Aili Kuutan: How does creativity infuse magic into your life? That's what this episode is about.
Aili Kuutan: You're listening to pure light, where we explore how you can believe in yourself and be happy with who you are. My name is Aili. I'm a coach, writer, and yoga and meditation teacher. This is episode 133.
Aili Kuutan: So in the last episode, I talked about the benefits of doing something creative on a consistent basis. And just to go back for a second, by something creative, I don't necessarily mean making art, although it could be that. It could also be anything where you have an idea for something and you bring it into being, so it could be something like coding, making up a new recipe, or putting your own spin on a recipe, or planning an event or organizing something. So it could be – it could show up in a lot of different forms.
Aili Kuutan: Doing something like that on a consistent basis can help you cultivate self-leadership; the ability to make decisions; courage, because you're constantly facing the unknown; acceptance, because it's a practice of being okay with how things turn out and discipline. If you look at it as a practice, it's about showing up and taking action, as well as willingness, but even more than all of that, it can help you learn to transcend the voice inside your head and trust your instincts. And there's another piece beyond all of that that's even bigger that I wanted to talk about in this episode.
Aili Kuutan: So we all live in the material world. Every human being is constantly immersed in the physical realities of our day to day lives. And that can make it seem like that is the only reality, that if something doesn't exist in the physical world, it isn't true or it isn't possible. When you do something creative, you don't start at the level of the physical. I mean, you'll need to gather whatever you need in terms of materials to bring the thing that you want to make into being. But you're really starting with a concept, with an idea of something. And that idea exists only at the level of thought to begin with. And it's only through doing something creative that you start to bring it into being. So you're really starting at the level of pure potential. Whatever the thing turns into in the physical world, it started in a different world. It started in your imagination.
Aili Kuutan: Napoleon Hill said, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve." So creativity allows you to build confidence in your ability to do that, to bring things from the realm of pure potential into the material world. So in a way, creativity is a way of connecting to source, to that realm of pure potential, and working with it to bring things into being. So it's a way of co-creating with the universe.
Aili Kuutan: There's a mantra in Kundalini, yoga called Har, H-A-R, and that means the infinite creative power of the universe. And it's something that's a part of us, as well as something that we are a part of... and doing something creative really gives you the opportunity to experience that because you're bringing something into being.
Aili Kuutan: I want to share a few sentences from Steven Pressfield's book, The Artist's Journey, which I would highly recommend reading if you haven't already. He also published this as a blog post, so I'll include a link to it in the show notes, if you want to go and check that out. But honestly, I would just go ahead and read the entire book. Okay, so this is from The Artist's Journey. And I quote:
Aili Kuutan: "The universe exists on at least two levels.... The first is the material world, the visible physical sphere in which you and I dwell. Then there's the second level, the higher level, the second level exists above the first, but permeates the ladder at all times. And in all instances, this second level is the invisible world, the plane of the, as-yet-unmanifested, the sphere of pure potentiality. Upon this level dwells that which will be, but is not yet."
Aili Kuutan: End quote. He then goes on to talk about how artists or people doing creative work shuttle back and forth between these two levels and come back into the material world with something that had never existed before. And then he starts talking about who can do that. And I quote:
Aili Kuutan: "A machine, can't do that. A super computer packed with the most powerful AI system can't do that. In all of creation, only two creatures can do that. Gods. And you and I."
Aili Kuutan: End quote. Okay, so in a way, creativity allows you to connect to your divinity. It creates the opportunity for you to align with the creative power of the universe and experience the magic and wonder that that brings, so it helps you tune into the magic and wonder of life.
Aili Kuutan: And part of that magic is that it's infinite or limitless. The only limits that has are the limits that you place on it. Maya Angelou said, "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
Aili Kuutan: Creativity allows you to tune into that infinite source of creation. When you don't give yourself the opportunity to experience that you seriously block things in your life and you can start to feel stuck. I'm going to talk more about that in the next episode, so stay tuned for that.
Aili Kuutan: If you want to see the books that I'd recommend reading on creativity, you can find them in the show notes for this episode, along with the link to that post from Steven Pressfield. Go to purelightpodcast.com to get them.
Aili Kuutan: Thanks so much for listening. Until next time, may you be guided by your light.
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