Creativity as a Mystical Experience

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I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know. - Jean Houston

Picasso spoke of taking his ego off before entering his painting studio the same way a Muslim takes his shoes off before entering a Mosque. He recognized that it was his connection to Spirit that allowed him to create. This may be how he manifested his genius.

The wonderful thing about this is that this connection is available to each one of us. It is a capacity that each of us is born with, yet it is quite common for us to be unaware of our creative capacity and how to access it. We have been taught to deny or diminish it. There is a wildness to our creative self that we have learned to tame.

Anyone who taps into the zone or flow becomes aware that something magical beyond their everyday self is happening. The first time I really hit the flow in my writing and I just knew I was writing sometime good, I paused for a moment to look around the room to see where it was coming from me because I didn't think it was coming from me. I did know that it felt really good and expansive. It felt divine.

Since then I have come to sense that when I am being creative I am co-creating with creation and that the mysterious forces that bring beauty and order to Nature are at work in me. After all the word muse means to be initiated into the mysteries.

What if this mystical union will help us solve the problems we face in the world today. What if this is the way to step beyond the level of thinking that created the problems and find truly new solutions. What if engaging your creative impulses in even small ways everyday can make a big difference.