Adult creative state of play

 

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Adult creative state of play
Adult creative play
The issue of mind
The issue of an adult body

Adult creative play (Top)

An adult creative state of spontaneous and innocent childlike play of discovery and exploration can exist and will exist if we allow it. It is an ability that never leaves us. Creative play is the essence of our being and inherent to our nature. Creation Itself is only Consciousness at play with Itself in the spontaneous and innocent childlike play as Consciousness discovers and explores the true depth and breath of Its Own creative abilities.

As an individuated point of consciousness, each of us have shut down, forgot or otherwise fail to use this ability because of our own thinking as to how we think the universe works and who and what we think we are. We have put our true identity into a cage of our own making.

Most have shut down this ability because of their early life experiences. Those of us that didnít shut it down early in life shut it down later in life because we perceived life as being serious as opposed to a play. This, of course, is only natural. The physical experience is an intense experience and is most often be perceived as painful with pain lurking at every corner. We perceived there are life and death issues.

Yet in the wholeness of Creation there is no death. There is only dissolution and reformation into a new creation. Because we often face pain for whatever reason in the discovery and exploration of life the flow of our creative life energy is thwarted and we are hesitation to allow it to freely flow in that direction again. More often than not we develop a response pattern to life that constrains the flow of our energy so as to avoid a similar experience of pain. However, it is only when we are free to live the truth of our being and flow in full alignment with our creative life energy that we regain this ability to play.

Our creative life energy/creative spirit is our most valuable resource. When it is fully embraced it is characterized by passion. The term passion refers that intense, extreme or overpowering emotion or feeling and/or a strong desire for some thing. The kind of passion characterized by our creative life energy is the kind of passion a drowning person has for air. That is, we will die if we donít get it. It is that intense desire to play and be in the sense of wonderment and ďAhĒ that very young children display before they become conditioned by their care gives to do or not do something. If we donít experience it in life a part of us does die. In fact, more often than not, the most important part of us dies.

This state of innocent wonderment and ďAhĒ is tied to the most creative state one can enter. We carry this state into the world with us when we are born. We all have been there. We have all used it to some degree at sometime in our life. As an adult this creative state of play still exists but it looks slightly different. It looks different in the adult.

However, because adults in our society have been educated and enculturated to channel our creative life energy (our creative passion) into particularly acceptable forms (careers, hobbies, etc.) rather than remain ďout of mindĒ leaving the creative life energy to flow into the exploration of life itself we lost this creative play. We channel it into wherever we think it should be based on mind rather than learning to follow its lead . In doing so, in many ways we kill the passion. The more we are out of alignment with this energy the more we erode our conscious creative power and creative ability and direct more and more of it subconsciously. The question that can be asked is, ďWhy do we do this? Why do we lose the innocent creative playful state and our passion for life?Ē The answer to this questions is that we fragmented and scattered our creative life energy by how we choose to respond to life (consciously and subconsciously) by the choices we make to remain safe, satisfy our care givers and the world in which we inhabit.

Although we shut aspects of our creative play down throughout life, most have shut down this ability because of their early life experiences. If we return to the state of creative play as an adult it will look different than that of a child for two primarily reasons. One is we have an adult mind and the second is we have an adult body and there is a variety of reasons why each will affect what the play looks like.

The issue of mind (Top)

First the mind. All that we do and have done in life is not lost or wasted. As an adult we have gained many experiences and skills that can be quite useful at expressing our creative passion. However, other experiences, including many of the habits we have developed to respond to life have to be shed and use the wisdom about life we have gained to make room to develop new habits and talents. As a child oneís experiences are limited.

All a very young child in play can do is be lead by their body wisdom and intuitive guidance within the environment the find themselves to express their creativity passion. If they are thwarted in any way, they usually donít have any other way to express themselves. As adults, we have more options. Normally if we are thwarted on one path, we an find another to achieve what we desire to do. However, if we default to the patterns we developed in childhood, rather than looking for another path, we will accept or believe we cannot do what we desire.

The expression of the creative life energy of the heart as a child within a childís body and with a childís mind and its set of limited experiences and education will be characterized by its mind quite different than that exact same creative life energy expressed as an adult with an adult body and the adult mind and its corresponding experiences and knowledge. The images, thoughts and/or feelings that arise from the subconscious in response to the energy will be quite different in the adult. One needs to understand that any child has very limited ways of expressing what it is they feel and wish to do. They have not yet learned the variety of ways of the world or ways in which the world can be experienced. We, as an adult, have a much greater set of experiences and knowledge to draw upon. Additionally the adult is responsible and has an awareness of choice unavailable to the child.

It must be remembered that consciousness defines itself by the experiences it has. In many ways, although we grow into adulthood and a mature body, many of us remain in child like attitudes, responses patterns and approaches to life for they are how we have defined ourselves. Unless we go back are redefine ourselves, we carry this childlike patterns our entire life and never realize we are sabotaging our own efforts.

Rather than remain or being open to the unlimited possibilities of a situation from which the adult can choose to respond, we define ourselves and our response to the situation by the experiences we have had. Unless we are mindful and aware, more often than not, we usually we default to the to ways we know rather than stepping into the unknown. Although we are an adult with a tremendous number of options, we allows ourselves to be limited by our own past.

In this regard, it also must be remembered that the mind will characterized the energy the body experiences in the best way it can based on the experiences it has had. So, another problem is that whatever creative passion we feel, mind characterizes what we feel by what we have experienced. This is a much more subtle way we allow the past to continue to define us in the future and this issue is more difficult to get around unless we are willing to allow our body wisdom and intuitive guidance to lead us for we have no way of knowing what experiences we need to ensure we have correct interpretation of the energy.

Although mind may improperly characterize what we feel, the intuitive guidance and body wisdom will provide an immediate correct response if we act on what we are intuitively feeling. If our mind improperly characterized the energy we feel, but we move in the direction the energy is flowing, the intuitive guidance and body wisdom will not find it necessary to correct the image of the mind until the image we have begin to take us off course. Whether the image of mind is literal or figurative doesnít matter for it leads us in the correct direction. As soon a the image causes us to go off course and out of the flow of energy our intuitive guidance and body wisdom will provide a new feeling to create a new image. It is a self correcting process if we allow intuitive guidance and body wisdom to lead. However, if mind steps in and judges and biases the image, then the corrective information of the intuitive guidance and body wisdom are essentially blocked and become unavailable.

Both as an adult and as a child we are capable of being out of mind to let the creative life energy flowing within our being to flow into the exploration of life itself and allow our body wisdom and intuitive guidance to lead. The child does it quite naturally for they have little developed mind to define itself and to interfere. The adult is faces with dealing with the ego and the ego tends to protect itself rather than change or lose control. If ego allows body wisdom and intuitive guidance to lead it both the adult and child will lose control and we have to redefine ourselves as to who and what we thinks we are because we will come to see that our identity, the ego, cannot possible possess the depth and breath of the wisdom of the intuitive guidance and body wisdom. Hence the ego struggles against our intuitive guidance and body wisdom although the body wisdom and intuitive guidance provides more protection for they have our best interest at heart more than the ego ever could.

The reason for this is the body wisdom and intuitive guidance access the depth and breath of our infinite being and the interconnection of all things in the oneness of the universe. Ego, on the other hand, can only provided information from the limited set of experiences we have had and remembers that it uses to define itself. Although it will be more difficult for the adult to get out of mind and the ego, we are fully capable of doing it if we intend to do so and we are willing to work though the obstacles that may stand in the way. In doing so, we will find the rewards quite satisfying for they can access an inner satisfaction, bliss and joy that never runs dry regardless of what is happening externally.

Because the adult has a greater range of experiences, the expression of the creative life energy of what is symbolized in the heart as a child within a childís body and with a childís mind and its set of limited experiences and education will be characterized by its mind quite different than that exact same creative life energy expressed as an adult with an adult body and the adult mind and its corresponding experiences and knowledge. The adult simply has more life experiences to draw upon in which to characterize what they feel. However, it cannot be overemphasized adults are only theoretically better able to define what they are sensing and experiencing. If the habits and response patterns as a child are not the problem often the sensing and feeling is a problem because most adults have raised the threshold of what we sense and feel so we donít feel pain. Or worse yet, we numb and deny the pain and any subsequent sensations and feelings through some type of addition. In any case, it needs to be understood the images, thoughts and/or feelings that arise from the subconscious mind in response to characterizing the energy each experiences will be quite different.

Additionally, compounding this problem of how we characterize the energy we feel both as an adult and a child is that our perspective has, and will, change over time. We are a creative living process continually redefining ourselves. As we gain life experiences, the are usually better able to define what we experience. However, the ďIĒ is not frozen. It continually evolves and defines itself based on it experiences but it is selective in what it chooses to define itself. All the experiences it has are not used. Only selected experiences are used to define who and what ego thinks it is and how it has been harmed or hurt by the world. In more way that first realized, it is only because we experience what we do in the same body that keeps the identity that we have. Otherwise, we would see the evolution of our own being. It is only because in thinking we are our body that does not allow us to see that we change ourselves by each and every experience we have.

In the past, as a child we entered innocent child like play and suffered the displeasure of our early care givers and those pains and fears will continually arise as an adult. Any time as an adult we are faced with any situation that causes us to consciously remember or subconsciously remember feeling of the past, we will response in the response pattern we developed to protect ourselves. In this regard, as an adult, we must allow our existing images of the past to dissolve. We need to realize all those who created the limits and barriers that exist in our mind are no longer present in our life or at least in the way they were for we are no longer this defenseless little child . We are free to live the way we choose to live and express ourselves. We only need to create a safe and secure space with ourselves where we can be exactly who we already are and then response to the world from that place of inner knowing and safety. Otherwise we will always be responding to the world based on our past and what we think is going to happen rather than being present to the situation at hand.

We simply needs to understand that any child has very limited ways of expressing what it is we feel and wish to do. Whether it be to express the pain we feel or express our creative passion. As a child we just didnít have the understanding and experiences of life to find alternatives when any given response to life is thwarted. We had not yet learned the variety of ways of the world or ways in which the world can be experienced and find other paths and other options. Rather than finding another path to express our creative passion, we develop a response pattern to shut down our passion. Hence as an adult will need to both reawaken those aspects of our creative passion that have been shut down but more importantly, we will need to break and/or replace the response pattern of shutting down our creative passion. Otherwise is doesnít matter how much and how often we reawakens our creative passion we will keep shutting it down.

We, as an adult, have a much greater set of experiences and knowledge to draw upon. No part of our creative life energy needs to be shut down for us to protect ourselves unless we choose it to be shut down. Yet the habits many of us carry from our childhood shut down our response to life when we are thwarted in our efforts rather than finding another way around. The way an adultís mind is capable of framing the energy it experiences is much deeper and broader because of our knowledge and life experiences than as a child. In this regard we can have a much richer, fuller and more diverse way of experiencing the energy that is sustaining our being and creating a vehicle or way for it to freely flow into manifestation. As a result of this diversity of ways, as an adult we have much more to discover an explore than a child ever had.

Many schools of thought say we live in a world of infinite possibilities. Yet, in reality even they donít embrace the reality of these possibilities simply because it is too much to be believed so the mind limits itself only to what it is capable of understanding. To live in this world of infinite possibilities, we must be out of mind and the only really safe way to be out of mind is to be in a state of spontaneous and innocent childlike play of discovery and exploration for that is the way we came into the world before our current mind developed itself.

The issue of an adult body (Top)

The second reason why the play of an adult will look different than the child is that the adult has an adult body. An adult body is different than that of a child in two primary ways. One is that it is usually physically larger, and that of itself is important, but it is also mature. The body is no longer growing but finds itself repairing the structure that has been created. Additionally a mature body does function somewhat differently. For example, hormone balance is different.

What does need to be noted here is the difference between growing and repairing. It can be very subtle but very profound. Whenever something is changing, it is subject to the influences of its environment. For example, when a tree grows, the amount of rain affects the spacing of rings of the tree in its trunk. When something is repaired, a smaller and localized portion of the whole is affected by the by the environment in a way the rest of the structure is not.

The subtle influence can be seen if we think external influences as how a magnetic field affects a piece of iron as it cools. If the magnetic field is present, the atoms of the iron align to create a magnetic. If the magnetic field is not present, the atoms align in a more random way and the iron is not a magnetic. However, in either case the piece of iron functions structurally the same way.

So to with our bodies. As our bodies grow and/or change, it is effected by its environment. If we are living in great stress as a child or as an adult that stress gets built to one degree or another into our structure by how our atoms are aligning much like the atoms of a magnetic. Although the stress may predominately localize in a given organ or tissue, as a child, the stress will also get held in the parts of our body that are growing. As an adult, that stress will get held in the parts of our body that are being repaired. Hence the adult and child will be affected by the stress differently and that stress will stay with a person in those affected tissues until they are changed under an influence that can relieve the stress. Hence as we deal with the pain and sufferings as we faced as a child, we may have pains in body locations that we canít explain as the stress is relieved in processing the memory. As an adult, the memory will have less affect on our body because less of our body was changing. Here again the effect is subtle and is usually masked by other things occurring in oneís life.

As a result of the body differences, the energy experienced by that adult and the child will be characterized quite differently. If we remember that the body is an energy sensing device much like a antenna it is rather obvious the adult body is a larger energy sensing device (of course unless one is a midget) and will sense the energy quite differently than the child for the childís body is quite smaller. The adult simply has more mass to use to sense the energy. This of course true if we are open to feeling and have not shut down the sensing abilities of the body and we allows ourselves to feel what the body is actually sensing. Many have suffered pain early in life and they have raised their threshold of sensation such that there is much the body senses but they no longer feel.

In addition to a greater sensing ability, the body is no longer occupied in growing. It has achieved its desires size and the essence of its strength abilities. Although one may need to develop both the body strength and in inherent abilities, once the body matures, all these become available if one desires to use them. With a mature body one has both the mental and physical abilities it needs to go and physically change oneís environment to what one desires. That is something one is not able to do as a small child. Because growth is not occurring, the chemical balances are different and once can expect that they will sense their environment different because the chemical processes are functioning in a slightly different way.

Having a mature body allows for a greater depth and breath of physical experiences. But it must be remembered that an adult body is not a childís body and it functions somewhat differently that a child. A mature adult body will have the element of sexuality and it will come up as something you will need to discover and explore. To know who we really are and the depth and breadth of our creative abilities, we will have to explore in the innocence and freedom of child like play, the full range of your consciousness, and its conscious and nonconscious mind, and your body and the myriad ways it interacts with the external world including sexuality.

Sexuality, as anything else, will be somewhat different from individual to individual and what works for one may not work for another in quite the same way. In regards to this mature body, the adult needs to realize that their play will feel and be quite different than that as a child. If we are going to remain in that state of spontaneous and innocent childlike play of discovery and exploration and engage in the creativity that flows from the essence of our being, sexuality will be something that we have to allow ourselves to be freely explore the full range and depth of both the consciousness aspects of sexuality and the physical aspects for the two are integrally connected.

Additionally, sexuality will be influenced by our creative passion and the inability to express our sexuality will greatly affect our creative passion. If you deny one, we deny the other. If we deny the exploration of our own being at any or all levels, you will deny our play and the truth of our own being that we are a being with sexuality. It does need to be noted that in regards to sexuality we are not talking about what is colloquially called ďfreeĒ sex or sex without responsibility or promiscuity. Rather we are talking about the free express on our creative life energy as it is expressed in and through our sexuality and the freedom to explore that expression without denying it or suppressing it.

It needs to be clearly understood and emphasized that the limits we impose on one aspect of our being, we impose on the others. We are not a compartmented and segmented being no matter how much we have compartmented and segmented our life. In the same way the nonconscious mind and conscious mind are interconnected in the patterns they utilize so too is our consciousness and our body.

We only need to take full responsibility for your actions and accept the consequences of them within the current world we inhabit. The universe itself offers no judgement on what we choose or how we choose. Otherwise we would not have a free will. However, we do have to become adult about our creation and to take responsibility for what we do and realize and accept the consequences of we actions.

How we choose to explore our sexuality is, was and always will be our choice, but we will have to some day, some lifetime explore the fully range of what it means to have a physical experience in a human body. Here it needs to be noted, our conscious mind is not qualified to lead the exploration. It will only get us into trouble. It needs to remain out of the way. Our body wisdom and intuitive guidance will do quite well in a very safe and natural way, if we can step aside and allow it. This by the way is true for each and every level of our being. including sexuality. But for most, if sexuality is involved in any way, mind finds it very difficult not to jump in.

In exploring the depth and breath of our body and our consciousness, it is realized we canít leave the world in which we currently find ourselves and we canít live in and explore this same world like a innocent child. So what is one to do? The answer is to first realize that you are split between these two worlds- the world of the way we need to be to live and survive, yet simultaneously we need to be like that innocent child exploring both our internal and external world in intimate detail.

How you actually do this is unique to our being and our needs. Each of us will do it quite differently. What we need to do is to spend some time exploring this world of what is symbolized by the heart, pursing what the heart wants and following our creative life energy that is sustaining our being. All we need to do is to find a safe and secure space to allow ourselves to do the exploration. If we ask the Universe, God, or however we view the powers that we believe control our world for a safe and secure space to explore the depth and breath of our being, a person or place will be provided. However, we will need to allow our intuitive guidance to lead for what is provided may not, and probably will not, be anything that is at first acceptable to the mind.

Once we get a feel for what this world of the heart looks like and how our creative life energy communicates, we will see how this world of the heart is different from the view of the mind. We, in our own way will learn to walk in balance to do the dance between heart and mind in a way that both meets our needs and what we wish to create.

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