“Artistic creation, sports, dance, teaching, counselling – mastery in any field of endeavor implies that the thinking mind is either no longer involved at all or at least is taking second place. A power and intelligence greater than you and yet one with you in essence takes over. There is no decision-making process anymore; spontaneous right action happens, and “you” are not doing it. Mastery of life is the opposite of control. You become aligned with the greater consciousness. It acts, speaks, does the works.” Stillness Speaks – Eckhart Tolle
This is what I read this afternoon after only having penned this morning, only hours earlier, in my journal the following…
“I thank you Lord for renewed creativity and I pray that I may become more attuned to your thoughts, for I know that when thoughts or ideas are from you they flow easily, they almost write themselves…”
“Thank you Lord for renewed expression, for I know it brings peace to my soul, a divine passion filled with joy and purpose.”
I know that when I am still I can connect with my soul, from that place I can write with a flow that is not from my thoughts and intentions but from within my heart. My writing has a life of its own, it is not forced, requires little effort, and brings peace. On the other hand when I try and write, when I force the topic, it requires effort, it doesn’t flow and it takes much longer to write.
Stillness is not just a lack of being busy, it is a place of stopping the mental clatter that drains us of life and vision. When I can stop the doing and take time to just ‘be’ then I can truly be me and express that which I long to share from my heart, that is when I feel I can connect with and truly reach out to others.
My problem is that even though I know it is in the stillness that I am able to create, I mostly spend my days busily doing the endless tasks of life instead of taking the time to be still.
I am thankful I have that realisation for from a place of realisation can come change and more conscious/mindful living.
How about you, do you find you are more creative when you are still and quiet?