The Significance of Creativity and the Use of the Will
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CREATIVITY
In considering the role of individual creativity in the transformation of the planet, let us first clarify our understanding of the creative process. We will focus upon creativity as the giving of form to values which are formless. This view of creativity will, hopefully, lead to some interesting observations.
There are many examples of the form-giving process. We have but to look at a painter who gives form to his way of seeing the world, the dramatist who gives form to subtle emotions. Then there is the philosopher who may give a verbal form to abstract ideas. But the most significant example is the individual who embodies in his own life the highest spiritual and moral principles he is capable of expressing. For creativity is not the exclusive province of the artist; creative life is an opportunity – and responsibility – for every conscious individual.
So the role of the creator is that of a mediator, a transformer of energy. The creative individual provides a physical outlet for the expression of any ideas or energies he can contact. The energy which flows through the creative individual manifests spontaneously, as it is focused and directed by that individual. The specific focus and direction of this spontaneity is dependent upon the receptivity of the individual's environment and his personal tendencies. The flow of ideas and energies through creative people ranges from the artist at his easel to the conscious soul utilising his very lifetime for the expression of some ideal or work of God.
The question is, how does creativity help to establish a world order based on right relations between man and man, and between man and the other kingdoms of nature, a world whose key note is harmony?
A simple review of history reveals the importance of creative endeavour. Human advancement has depended upon those who could contact and express coherently those energies and ideas whose expression would lead to humanity's next step, in religious, political, educational and scientific terms. It has depended upon those who have gained the ability to touch in varying degrees the source of all wisdom.
Even as history demonstrates the value of creativity, it does not reflect the number and quality of the individual lives who have helped to shape the course of human events unseen. The dual recognition of what history says and what it leaves unsaid suggests our own significance as creative agents at this time. For every Christ or Einstein, there have been thousands who have worked within their respective spheres of influence effectively, and have played their parts in the anchoring of new ideas and qualities who have remained unknown save to their friends and co-workers. Likewise, each individual can now, through a creative responsiveness to the needs of the time and a vision of the future, serve to establish the patterns of cooperation and concern for the welfare of all men which will serve as the foundations of a new era.
One may express goodwill in all aspects of life. Those who are concerned with the arts can express goodwill in the works they produce. But there is also the creativity of the shopkeeper who looks after his patrons as well as himself. There is the creativity of the plant manager who motivates his workers by his respect for their rights and his inspiration, rather than by the use of authority. There is the creativity of the farmer, who enters into harmonious relation with the land and the vegetable kingdom. In short, there is no area in which goodwill cannot be expressed creatively.
The effectiveness of these modes of creativity in bringing about change may seem small when considered individually. There is a definite effect, however, and when the global group is considered the effects are far beyond any expectation. The demonstration of techniques of goodwill has an impact on the minds and hearts of all people which cannot be achieved by the most enlightened discussions. For this reason, the truly creative individual will always be distinguished by his willingness to do as well as to speak of doing.
The value of creative initiative in effecting change is inestimable. The welfare of our planetary society depends upon those who can sense new ways of working and demonstrate those ways to their fellow beings. Let each of us, then, renew his effort to stand in creative spiritual being. Let each of us do his part to implement the solutions to the problems which face humanity as a whole, for the solutions are available to those who will-to-know. And let us all, joined in one subjectively linked group, work together in creating the new world we have envisaged.
THE USE OF THE WILL
Every expression of goodwill depends for its potency on its correspondence with the divine will, so far as we can understand it. The inflow and stimulation of will, contacted on the mental plane of consciousness, will inevitably empower both those of selfish will and those of goodwill. The urgent need becomes obvious for men and women of goodwill to focus their efforts on using the increased inflow of will energy for positive, dynamic thinking. With this energy we can synthesise the many facets of planetary crisis, think in global terms, and work for the good of the whole.
How can this be accomplished? We know that subjective channelling and radiatory work in meditation have a constructive and healing effect because goodwill is an expression of the energy of love. Love is the universal characteristic and quality of divine life in our solar system and on this planet. Using the principle that “energy follows thought” the mind can invoke and direct many energies, including goodwill, wherever needed. When a group of people think the same thoughts in unison, thought power increases geometrically. We use our horizontal system of relationships to family, nation and humanity to distribute the energy we contact on the spiritual or vertical levels of awareness. It is from these spiritual sources that the inflow of will energy will enter human consciousness.
This energy can inspire thinking in line with humanity's highest held planetary good and provide the power to implement inclusive solutions. This energy has seven aspects indicating seven lines of manifestation. These include the will-to-initiate, unify, evolve, harmonise, act, cause and express. These aspects of the will outline the progressive descent of ideas from formless sources to their anchored expression in the world.
The will-to-initiate is the source of a clearly held purpose which we contact through an understanding of divine purpose and the Plan for humanity. Through meditative thought we can grasp new ideas and increase our vision. This inspires initiative in action.
Our will-to-unify results from this initiative as we see the need to end cleavages between men and nations. The energy of goodwill, as an expression of love/wisdom, is a unifying energy, creating the atmosphere of unity and oneness in which solutions to any problems can be found. A true experience and expression of right human relations will inevitably lead to human unity.
The will-to-evolve can be lifted from aspiration for individual progress to the will to aid the evolution of all humanity. Realising our total unity with all life, we know individual evolution is inevitably linked to the growth of every member of the human family. We save ourselves by serving and loving others.
The will-to-harmonise, or relate, utilises a fundamental method of evolution. Through harmonising and relating all parts of the vast planetary whole, conditions can be established offering the maximum opportunity for the evolution of every member of the human family and of the sub-human kingdoms. Harmonisation of the conflicts now conditioning human affairs can be achieved through sacrifice of material interests, resulting in sharing of physical resources and a growth of spiritual values.
The will-to-act on behalf of all humanity, to assess our actions according to their benefit to the entire human family, further aligns our activities with higher purpose. It is through humanity and the dedicated action of men and women of goodwill that the purposes and plans of divine will can be manifested.
The will-to-cause consciously aligned with higher purposes can set in motion those events supporting the Plan, for every action we take causes ripples of effects.
The will-to-express is the final anchoring of energies in outer daily living. This means living a life expressing to our utmost divine purpose and the plan of evolution. Every facet of life is involved, from our overall purpose in life to daily thoughts, words and actions.
The fire of the will-to-good is available for right usage, but power to express it lies in its group use. As we see ourselves as part of a worldwide group of men and women of goodwill, our capacity to give right expression to the will is enhanced. Through holding the group of planetary servers in the circle of divine love, we can think through into human consciousness the needed ideas of sharing, cooperation, brotherhood and unity which can inspire humanity to move towards new evolutionary goals. Through our intensified will-to-good, we serve as a powerful stimulus to the expression of goodwill throughout the world.