This week has been a whirlwind of creativity for me. I’ve finished the first draft of my play and of my (not-so) short story. My short story exceeds the 4000 word maximum by a lot. Even after editing, I’m still at over 6600. I’ve got some extensive editing ahead of me. But, as challenging as the whole process is, I can’t believe how much my energy soars after spending several hours writing.
The same is true with painting. On Thursday I spent seven straight hours painting, taking breaks only to go to the bathroom. Afterwards I felt exhilarated rather than exhausted. In that time I wasn’t hungry, I wasn’t tired, and I barely said anything. It’s crazy. Red Bull ain’t got nuthin’ on creativity!
This got me to thinking about energy, which is the source of all life. Energy is everything. It is God, it is the devil, it is “the mood” in a room, it is the chemistry between two people. Energy is everything. So, why does it increase after several hours of what should be draining work?
To me, the answer is a little deeper than “i’m just interested” in it. I’m interested in a lot of things, but only creating affects me like this. My belief is that creating things – fine art, writing, acting, woodwork, sewing, etc. – raises our vibration. Vibration at the personal level is the speed with which one’s spiritual matter is moving. The faster it’s moving, the closer we are to the roots of our divinity. We understand that on a physical level, atoms in gaseous materials vibrate faster than those in solid matter. On a spiritual level, the speed of our personal vibration at any given time reflects our closeness to or estrangement from our divine nature.
Certain activities – like creativity, prayer, kindness, service, etc. bring us closer to our Divine nature and raise our vibration. Other activities – gossip, back-stabbing, greed, hate, violate our humanity and lower our vibration. This affects us on a physical and psychological as well as on a spiritual level. In other words, the vibrational level of one’s activities must match one’s personal vibration, otherwise one will tend to self-destruct.
For instance, if someone engages in very low-vibrational thoughts and activities but at the same time attempts very high-vibrational activities such as extended meditation, or extensive creativity in music, art, etc., there will be a severe clash in energies. The person, in order to relieve their discomfort, may turn to drugs or excessive alcohol or sexual drama in order to cope with the excessive energy. In other words, it’s like flowing 3500 watts of electrical energy through a system that can only tolerate 500 watts. Unless a change is made the person will burn out on drugs and alcohol, seem increasingly crazy, or live a shortened life.
So when we feel our levels of creativity peaking, it is important to adapt to the higher energy level. We must be more diligent in associating with people on the same path. We must eat foods that will replenish, rather than deplete our energy. We must allow our bodies to get the exercise they need in order to process the extra energy. All of this is done in order to preserve the creative life and keep the channels flowing.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with this way of thinking, I would invite you to investigate it and experiment with these concepts before dismissing them out of hand. For those who already know what I’m talking about, I hope this is a reminder to remain diligent about such matters and respect the creative process.
May this week bring you the blessing of creativity and the responsibility to handle it. With peace and love I encourage you to follow your bliss.
So mote it be…
“Samhain”, 16″ X 20″ oil on canvas
watercolor on paper, in-class painting