Sunday, June 3, 2012

creativity happens

I have come to believe that creativity is not something that can be forced, and that it never needs to be, because it is everywhere, all the time. All we need to do is be able to listen to it and channel it through ourselves into our craft.

To quote the Tao Te Ching (translation:

The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders

It's there, but it can't really be “named” –  there's no one set, specific method to making some creativity happen. It just happens. It's just there. If I grasp at it, it just evades me. If I pause for a minute and just let go, it becomes clear, as if it was there all along.



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