The Creative Spirit Series – quotes

DANCE: A SPIRITUAL AFFAIR

Introduction

Dancing is an innately spiritual affair. It reaches beyond words to the essence of beauty. Its height is Divinity and its depth is humanity. It is the ever-moving balance between independence and intimacy. All the while, it reaches into the great Beyond.

The Flame Ignites

We are no one else. We are ourselves. We must be that, with no regrets, if we wish to be happy. If we keep going forward, following our own natural, intuitive, and sincere path then all things will have a tendency to align with what is a good intention.

Balance

The state of our body, mind, and heart speaks volumes about where our true interests lie. Let those interests be kind, intelligent, and dedicated to the Good.

Neither Beginning nor End

We are neither young nor old. The Infinite can neither begin nor can it end. This is the inherent nature of our life force. To free ourselves from the limitations of both youth and age is to encompass a journey full of adventure, growth, success, fulfilment, and surprising achievements. If we do not limit ourselves with notions of age then we will find that life will oblige by also disregarding the normal limitations of certain age groups. We will be attractive to others because, far from being a burden, we will have something worthwhile and valuable to offer others all through the blossoming years.

Being in Our Body

Our body is important. It’s the first gift God gives us. We are meant to take care of it for the entire time we have it. We are meant to be grateful for it, use it, enjoy it, and learn from it. At the same time, we are not meant to obsess over it, be vain, be a hypochondriac, or be a pleasure seeker at other people’s expense.

Authenticity

Young dancers have a beautiful, strong, flexible, and resilient body. And they have the fire of hope in their heart. However, the fire can be a bit feral like a young alley cat. It can go everywhere, in all directions, willy-nilly. It can turn all claws and spitting or it can get nervous and run away. It pretends things that aren’t true and is afraid of showing what is true. The older cat bides his time. He has patience. He pulls the fire inside and lets it smoulder. He doesn’t waste his energy on fights not worth the battle or where the casualties would be greater than the goal. He owns his failures like scars that say it would be wise to take him seriously. He is not ashamed of his loves. He values his spirit and lets it grow. It’s in the eyes. The body may move less but it has presence and a power of a different sort. It is authentic.

Appreciation

Dancing, at its best, is independence and intimacy in balance.

When Men Rule

Whatever genuinely brings people together in a positive and heartfelt way is a powerful force for good. Nothing of real worth is ever gained by force, and nothing of substance is ever lost by listening to our higher self.

Still Point

The movement is part of the still. The still is part of the movement. The dancer can be still and still dance. He or she can move and still be still.

Eventually, the master of dance arrives at the still point. Movement and thought, body and mind, are so refined and intentioned that everything moves from the calm still point. It is not to say that the movement is calm. It may be explosive, violent, and dramatic. However, the intention is calmly, deliberately focused. It is not altered by the ups and downs, the fluctuations, of the internal or external environment. The still point is thus never lost. The movement is part of the still. The still is part of the movement. The dancer can be still and still dance. He or she can move and still be still.

Ceaselessly praying does not mean to endlessly recite prayers to oneself. It means that the consciousness of the spiritual student is moulded in such a way that the context of the Divine is never lost from awareness. Everything that is said or thought comes from that basis, even in sleep. It is living the still point as a constant, ongoing reality.

Some people find that the easiest and quickest way to reach the still point is in nature. There is a tremendous amount of stillness in the busyness of nature. If we can find the still point in nature, we can find it in our own body. Our body is nature. The still point in nature is also the still point in us.

Risk

It is for the very reason that people are different that something alive and interesting can possibly happen in dance and in life. It is fragile, definitely. In dancing, not only is there the technique and dancing capabilities of each person to consider, there is the even greater, more impactful field of the nature of each – the depth or lack of it, the amount of fire inside them, the presence or absence of calmness, the quality of mental lucidity, the willingness to navigate through emotional openness, the capacity to not indulge in neediness and self-pity while still maintaining an emotional transparency, and the willingness or otherwise of bringing one’s soul to the table and seeing what the other will do with it. All high risk.

Partnering

We bring all that we are to any partnership and certainly to dancing. Even without touching, the energy field around each person touches the other’s auric field. And, of course, the eyes are the transparent waterway to the soul. Do not the eyes tell a million stories? Whether conscious of it or not, we want to extend ourselves through this contact with another soul or souls.

This is the beauty and power of it—the wonderful, exhilarating, funny, humbling, painful, surprising, enlightening beauty and power of our lives together.

Believing in Ourselves

Mostly, what people really mean by confidence is that they are better than other people; generally, people known to them. Fortunately, we don’t need to be better than anyone else to be happy. We do, however, need to fulfil our own specific potential.

The common approach to getting confidence is flawed. Mostly, what people really mean is that they are better than other people; generally, people known to them. Human nature constantly compares itself to others to work out how it is doing. The problem is obvious. There will always be people better than us in any area of life, so it is a never-ending path with only momentary success here and there. Further, what we give out returns to us in like. There will be smiling assassins everywhere. Fortunately, we don’t need to be better than anyone else to be happy. We do, however, need to fulfil our own specific potential.

Not By Accident

We don’t have desires by accident. Good desires are planted in us because we are meant to follow them, explore them, wrestle with them, and have them form us. If we do this and do it in the right way, the result is happiness. If we do anything in the right way, the result is happiness.

Fulfilling Our Potential

To be happy, we must fulfil our individual innate potential. Otherwise, we will feel frustrated at some level. In fulfilling ourselves, we will naturally contribute something of worth to the world. Selfish ambition, whether blatant or secret, destroys many a friendship and many a career. Selfish ambition cannot help but see others as competition. If someone else is succeeding, we think that means that we are not or perhaps not as well as them. Dedication to the good of all, including ourselves, takes the ill-will out of competitive thinking and makes the way to success smoother than we could otherwise orchestrate. We will have God/good on our team.

The Injured Body – The Injured Mind (Injury as Teacher)

There is, above and beyond the physical, a vital connection between injuries and our mental and energetic state of being. That connection is generally neither understood nor made use of for recovery purposes. Injuries, like all human problems, should be approached from all levels of our being – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

The physical, on its own, can fail to heal not because the physical is wrong but because we, as humans, are much more complex than just the physical. This is where our other dimensions of the mental, emotional, and spiritual enter in a very practical, valuable, and healing way.

The Injured Body – The Injured Mind (Healing Injury and Pain)

More often than not, the physical is simply living out and demonstrating what is in the mental, emotional, and spiritual domains.

Let yourself cry. Life has a huge amount of sadness in it. We mustn’t stuff it down into some dark layer of our being. We have to let it be. Life has a lot of grief, of various types, in it. If you learn to deal with it, when it happens, and not accumulate karmic grief in your body, it will help to turn you into a highly sensitive, highly loving person. It’s only when people do not deal with grief, and they’re full of sorrow, that they become depressed and afraid, unable to move, and totally lacking courage. They, basically, waste their life by not moving, by procrastinating, by being afraid to do anything.

There is an inner child within us. We have to give it times when it can speak, when it can be angry, when it can be sad, when it can be afraid. Let yourself be afraid. Fear is a very uncomfortable feeling. It makes us feel extremely vulnerable. However, when we look at the fear and acknowledge it, it helps it to dissipate. We come out the other side of it.

People’s injuries can (and sometimes do) heal instantaneously because the thought behind them is recognised. The injury becomes unnecessary because the thought is seen and known. Recognising the thoughts – associating them with the different physical problems that you have – may be enough. More frequently, injuries take longer to heal, but if you keep working on what you know they are connected with, they will heal in some vital manner.

When it comes to healing, seeing the problem – recognising the mess that’s actually inside – is only half the issue. The other half of the healing process is to deeply connect ourselves with the spiritual domain. 

We Are Here for God

Creativity is an avenue for fulfilling one’s individual potential and also a way of being of service to the world by sharing what we love and feel drawn to.

Creative pursuits are most rewarding when seen as an ongoing way of being in the world. Creativity is an avenue for fulfilling one’s individual potential and a way of being of service to the world by sharing that which we love and feel drawn to. This removes the fuel from self-driven ambition and takes the steam out of competitive thinking. We lose our fear that we will not have a place and we lose the egotistical pride that, frequently, accompanies achievement. We do not cling tightly to that which is good. Nor do we overly grieve that which passes. We do not resent others’ successes. Nor are we afraid to pursue our own.

We all have our individual destinies to fulfil. Each one must play their part. We will then be happy and that is all we need. We can turn everything we do into a prayer. Instead of feeling inadequate or unlucky, we can feel a part of the grand energetic flow of the Creation which encompasses everyone. We belong to it and benefit richly from that belonging. The flowering of our own potential will be greatly enhanced. All life forms value their own existence and the reaching of their own potential. Being aware of this helps us to move from the natural egocentricity that accompanies being human. Instead of constantly seeing our own life and needs as being of primary importance, we soften that view with an appreciation of the life-value and needs of everyone and everything. Respect and goodwill replace comparison and ill-will.

All life forms value their own existence and the reaching of their potential. Instead of constantly seeing our own life and needs as being of primary importance, we can soften that view with an appreciation for the value and needs of everyone and everything.

We Are One

We are all One. The beauty in one person is shared by all. The life path of one individual blesses everyone. The expression of Life neither originates within a single human, belongs to that person, nor remains within the personal boundary. Life is energy and, as such, it belongs to all, reaches all, and blesses all.

Life is energy and, as such, it belongs to all, reaches all, and blesses all.

The expression of Life neither originates within a single human nor belongs to that person exclusively. Life is energy and, as such, it belongs to all.

WRITING: A SPIRITUAL VOICE

Trust the creative process. You are a walking, breathing, writing mass of possibilities and potential.

Introduction

Writing is a long-term career. It takes a lot of time, money, perseverance, learning, and soul. Making a mark as a writer and having an influence in the world is a process which generally accelerates slowly.

  1. Keep going.
  2. Keep giving.
  3. Remain true.
  4. Trust your instincts.
  5. Go with the flow.
  6. Do your best.
  7. Enjoy it. 

As spiritual students, we want to use our writing in the same way that we use everything; to align and expand our spiritual being.

Needles and Haystacks

The world is changing. We can too. With today’s technology, the world is accessible as never before, and it will only become more so at a rapid rate. Instead of begrudging that someone else doesn’t consider us to be a needle worth searching for, we can build our own haystack and sit right at the top!

Content Creators

There is no reason why we cannot keep up with an evolving world. Learning is not the prerogative of the young. If you would like to keep an active and young mind, then it is best to exercise it. We mustn’t denigrate the advances in technology because many people use them badly. We can use them well. There has never been a time in history when we can reach so many, so easily. We need to make technology work for us.

To keep it all in perspective, it helps to remember that for all our content creating, there is one who is the master of content creation. The Divine is the true Creator and can inspire us with endless ideas for content and all other manner of creation.

Things I Do

Keep goingBe patient. No one achieves anything without dedication and determination. If you are thrown by every negative, disappointing thing that happens, you won’t get anywhere. The most successful people, in any field, have one-pointed focus. They do not get side-tracked and they do not give up.

Keep giving. Don’t stop planting. Whatever grows, then great. Whatever dies, take little notice. If you plant enough, then the things that die or are stunted pale into insignificance next to everything else which has flourished. Use failures and flops as learning devices. Keep moving forwards. Keep investing yourself, your money, your time, and everything else you have to offer. Trust your own destiny, but don’t imagine that your destiny will destine on its own. Without you and your effort, your destiny won’t lift a finger.

Remain true. Stay focused on what you personally love. Align with what you are naturally drawn to. Believe in yourself and your own loves. Give what you have inside you. Give it bravely, and give it with good intent.

Trust your instincts. To a certain extent, disregard what others think or do. Your instincts may be quite different to other people’s. 

Go with the flow. Don’t be demanding and rigid about what life should look like. Go with the flow of life’s seasons. Don’t fight them. Work with them. Work as a team with all the forces that are there to help you.

Do your best. The effort you put in will be rewarded. Sometimes, your best will be better than at other times. Do your best, one day at a time. That’s good enough. You don’t know who may get value from something you have said or done. More people than you realise can be blessed by you. We only get told a small fraction of the effect we have on other people. When we get the occasional compliment, we can take it as a reminder that there are people out there benefiting from what we are doing.

Gaining Trust

We are unequivocally valued in the sight of God as men, women, and children – every culture, every skin colour, every demographic, rich and poor, every individual preference. That is the starting point. Not the endpoint. The beginning of creating a harmonious and flourishing world is to start from the basis of equal value. One world. One people. Different expressions. All loved. All valued.

Friend To All

If we focus on the inner world which makes us all the same, then the outer world will not seem in such conflict. It will be enlivening not dividing, enriching not impoverishing, uniting not damaging.

Giving Away to Keep

When we are transforming ourselves, we automatically want to help others to do the same as it strengthens and accelerates our own transformation.

Whatever we would like to make stronger in ourselves is strengthened by sharing it with others. When we share, we gain. When we withhold, we lose. When we give away, we keep. Wherever we are with our growth, we should share that with the world in ways that are natural and enjoyable to us. Everything we share is made stronger in our own being. 

Nonpersonal Persona

Any God-given gift we have been blessed with is public property in the sense that we have been given it for the good of all. This saves us from many an ego-trip. It guarantees the purity of the gift. It ensures the success of our endeavours.

Competition

Turn the flame of jealousy into the fire of self-improvement.

Healthy competition is not detrimental to our well-being and progress. It is advantageous. It highlights the skills that others have. It’s a teaching and motivating device. It helps us to see the weaker areas within ourselves that need improvement. Other people’s strengths are not disadvantageous to us. They can inspire and push us to develop those same elements within our own being. Turn the flame of jealousy into the fire of self-improvement.

Friends and Bitches

Write like God is your best friend but edit like a tough bitch. 

Life is only long when we are unhappy.

The idea of writing drunk is to write bravely and without boundaries. As spiritual writers, we don’t need outside chemistry to be happy and creative. We learn how to be intoxicated with the beauty of life and the love of the Divine. That is an endless source of inspiration, freshness, and intelligence.

Make It Count

Write the right words; not a lot of words. For every word that you ask your readers to read, they are giving you the gift of their attention. Make it count. 

The challenge of poetry is to convey meaning in very few words. We must grab onto the core of something and present it to the reader so that they can’t look away.

Don’t Waste Time

What we spend our time on will determine the course of our life. Who cares what other people think of us when we are busy living a brief life to the best of our ability? 

Expression of Life

Everyone has a purpose, and fulfilling our purpose will make us happy. Whatever our individual purpose is, it will always be to use our abilities to add something good to other people’s lives and thereby add to our own.

Creativity, in any form, is a high-level expression of Life. There should be an element of surprise in our creative expressions; both to us and others. What is created should move us with its newness and freshness. Yet, it will also seem as old as life, and just as sure. 

Trust the creative process. Trust the process of your life. Remember, you are the greatest work of art yourself. Don’t hold back from life’s challenges for fear of failure or you will miss out on life, itself. You are a walking, breathing mass of possibilities and potential.

Nonnegotiable – Real

The path to healing looks a particular way for different kinds of folk. Angry people don’t suddenly become calm. They have to learn how to acknowledge and process their rage. Fearful people don’t magically become brave. They have to have an experience of being put in a situation that is so unacceptable (usually because they, or someone they love, is hurt in an unacceptable way) that they make the giant leap to courage. Sad people don’t miraculously become happy. They must understand the unconscious ways that they continuously choose unhappiness as a state of consciousness. By understanding this, they can slowly learn to rechannel their thoughts into more life-enhancing and healthy mindsets. 

Essence of the Lesson

One of the main points of writing fiction, for me, has been to reach those who don’t read nonfiction and so aren’t availing themselves of the opportunity to learn the concepts of spiritual development. I sometimes think, with a little amusement, that writing fiction is a long, drawn-out, convoluted way of writing nonfiction. It takes much longer, more scene setting and conversations, and more jollying along to get to the same point, but the point is the point.

Good fiction is not only based on believable and interesting characters but, at its centre, is the quote. Quotes are the essence of the lesson.

Friend with Different Names

I do not think writing is a rational or deliberate process. I never decide who is in my stories. That would be like deciding who we are going to have a relationship with. With seven billion people in the world, would it not be wise to let Life decide who of those people belong with us? With an infinite number of ideas swirling around, would it not be wise to let Life decide which of those ideas belong with us? Stories write themselves, if we let them.

Writing fiction is a joint venture. The people we, directly or vaguely, base our characters on help us to write by adding their unique energy to the creation of a story. It is not just the energy that subtlely comes from recalling someone. Rather, it is the actual life-force that radiates from that person. It is a powerful use of an individual’s life energy. It is co-creation.

Growth and Relationships

I would write for one person. Fortunately, more than one person benefits from my work, but one would be enough.

STRANGE WORDS: POETRY AND PRAYERS

No lazy mind
comes to poetry.
For poetry goes
where we are
reluctant to travel.
Travel we must.

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