The nature of mind in the creativity perspective 

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Nature of mind in the creativity perspective
Mind as a switching station
The limitations of mind and the minimum set of requisite experience   
Using mind in creative endeavors
Holding our creativity sacred

The concept of mind as used in the creativity perspective and within the energy consciousness model is similar to its everyday use but has some salient differences. The basic concept of mind and its relationship to consciousness is discussed in the topic “Mind and Symbolism of the head.” The salient issues of mind relative to creativity is discussed in the topic “Nature and issue of mind in creativity.” This discussion is focused more on how to use mind in our creative endeavors and how it can be used to hold our creativity sacred.

Mind as a switching station (Top)

Within the energy consciousness understanding, energy and consciousness are one and the same. In essence, whatever energy is, consciousness is. Whatever consciousness is, energy is. Whatever consciousness believes, energy is. Whatever energy is, consciousness believes as existing and/or experiences as a creation. As a result, energy readily forms itself into what consciousness thinks, believes and desires whether or not consciousness is awake and aware of this fact. The form that energy takes is then experienced by consciousness as an experience of Creation/creation.

Mind is the property of consciousness that hold the memories of the experiences of consciousness. We will not and cannot escape it. But we can learn to work with it. Mind and the ego it creates are often seen as something to transcend rather than vehicles of creation to be understood and utilized. Mind and ego are to be savored, enjoyed and effectively and properly used.

Our mind is always changing by what we experience for every experience we have changes how we view the world. Some experiences reinforce the view we have whereas other experiences causes to change what we believe. Nevertheless, in any one moment, mind is changing. Mind synthesizes and assimilates all that has been experienced into a view or perspective from which consciousness perceives Creation. Based on that perspective, consciousness makes choices, decisions, judgments and the like. These choices, decisions, and judgements, in turn, determine the flow of our creative life energy and what consciousness experiences. In this regard, mind acts like a switching station for the energy of creation turning it one or off and/or directing it in one way or another. The goal within the creativity perspective is to do it consciously.

The issue with mind is whether or not it holds onto what consciousness experiences and holds and binds our creative life energy within a fixed and rigid form. Or, does it let go and allow the energy to freely flow to be available to create the next experience. This is why many esoteric traditions encourage individuals to live in the “now” or be fully present in the moment. In being present to what is, as it is, we step out of mind and reduce the ability of mind to hold us to the past and/or binding our creative life energy to the past. There is nothing wrong with holding a particular thought if it is what we desire to create and/or experience. This is the whole basis of meditation and crating a single point focus.

It needs to be understood we cannot “forget” our memory or remove it. But we can free it from holding any energy. Whether an experience is painful or pleasurable, the memory of that experience hold no energy unless we allow it to hold energy. Some of the most joyful experiences can become painful if we realize we have been betrayed in that joy. Similarly, there are painful experiences which can be remembered in tremendous freedom and/or provide enormous growth in our ability to feel and create what we desire. All memories of themselves are neutral. They can be seen simply as a piece of a movie for which we have no attachment. It is our thinking and beliefs and how we hold or release what we experience which determines what our memories hold. The goal is not to judge our memories not allowing them to hold energy and it is to learn to use them to create experiences which serves us. What serves us allows us to move into the fuller experiences of the infinity of our own being.

Who and what we are is the sum total of all that we have been and what we have been will always be with us. We need to transform the experience and/or what we think and believe in some way such that we hold it differently. We hold it in a way that it not longer holds us and binds our creative life energy  and creates pain in our life. Remember, within an existing creation, energy is neither created or destroyed, only transformed. This includes all of our memories and all that we are at every level of our being for all they are is energy held in a fixed pattern or form.

We only needs to understand what serves and does not serve our creative spirit and to create something that serves it. What ultimately serves our creative spirit is to have the experience we incarnated to have. We know what we have to do to fulfill that incarnation by the experience of the fulness of being in what we do and/or feel full of life as a result of what we do.

The limitations of mind and the minimum set of requisite experience
(Top): The limitation of mind is that mind cannot know what it has not experienced. Mind only knows what it has experience. It does not know the unknown. Mind is only the collection and composite of our past experiences. Mind does not know what it has not experienced. It can characterize what it has not experienced only to the degree it has some other experiences that has attributes which overlap that which it has not experienced.

What mind has experienced is not necessary what one has experience with their body and the whole of their being. It is the difference between a classroom experience and a laboratory experience. There are things we know but never have experienced. It is possible when we have an experience of something we know, we may not even know if we know anything about what is happening because we never made the connection between what we know and what we experience. Many what are called mystical experiences are like this. Our mind has one idea what the experience is like whereas the experience is different than mind expects so we don’t recognize it when we have it.

Relative to creative endeavors, what we do in our creative imagination is the equivalent of the classroom experience and the manifestation of that idea is the equivalent of the laboratory experience. The two can be quite different. We will have to experience the two and how different environments affect the manifestation if we are going to manifest what we desire. Some environments are readily supportive of our dreams, others do not. But the fact our current environment does not support our creative endeavors only means we may have to change the environment to create what we desire. This relationship is further explored in the topic “Environment and the Unfoldment of a Creation

Any experience mind has, it characterizes the best it can based on the experiences it has had. Education has been so powerful because it is a way to learn from the experiences of others. There is the proverbial statement, “an individual learns from their mistakes, a wise individual learns from the mistakes of others and a fool never learns.” We can learn from the experience of others but we need to understand knowing something in mind is not necessarily the same as actually having directly experienced it and/or its implications. To think of throwing a ball to hit a target is a different experience than actually throwing a ball. To exercise our creativity and to experience what we know mentally we will have to do our own experiments with what we know to know the truth of what we know for ourselves as opposed to regurgitating the truth as stated by others. We will have to do our own experiments to make what we know in mind a experiential knowing. This is especially true relative to our creative power.

Mind, at least as we normally know it and experience it, is the produce of the experiences of life that we have had. As such, any new experience one has may, or may not, be properly characterized by mind. Unless one has a minimum set of requisite experience to understand a new experience, mind will improperly characterize or describe what it experiences. As one gains the pieces to this minimum set of experiences, mind will more accurately characterize what it experiences. Hence, whenever one experiences something that is truly creative and has not been previously experience, mind will be hard pressed to provide an accurate interpretation of what is experienced. Other than discarding experiences it does not understand as it sometime does, it will look to its past to find that experience or those experiences that most look like what is currently being experienced. Additional since what it faces is unknown, it may find itself projecting some or all the fears on that unknown rather than looking objectively face the true hazards that it may face.

Using mind in creative endeavors
(Top): As was above, within the creativity perspective and the creative process to create an experience we desire the mind can be seen as a switching station which channels and/or directs our creative life energy into or out of the experience we desire by how we focus our attention and awareness.

There are three ways to use mind. One is to allow the heart to intend the direction of our life through the use of the feelings within our being and allow mind to attend to the details to make it happen. That is, to align with the in fulness of being and what makes you feel alive and full of life that we experience when we are out of mind. Then allow mind to attend to the details to keep in alignment with that feeling. If we allow the fulness of being and what gives our life and pulls us into life to intend the direction for our life this means we align with the flow of energy that created and sustains our life. To live where the heart intends and the mind attend to the details, mind “throws all the switches” or chooses a way of thinking and believing that allows all the creative energy to flow to manifest what the heart desires.

The second and third ways to use mind is for mind to intend the direction for our life and there are two ways for mind to intend the direction of our life. In either case, mind throws all the switches to allow the creative life energy to flow into creating what mind wants. What is different is how mind throws the switches. The second way to use mind is for mind to intend the direction for our life is for mind continue to do what mind thinks needs to be done until we create what it desires. This approach tends to be trial and error and tend to neglect what we feel. This is the way most of us think about creating and is typical of the way we create if we asked some how they would consciously create something. However, we can’t really create if we rely on mind for mind only knows the past and what it has experienced. Here again, creation is about bring into existence something not previously experienced.

The third way is for mind to hold a clear intention and then allow the energy generated by that intention to guide our actions into and through the creative process. In this regard, this third way for mind to intend the direction for our life is almost identical to allowing heart to intend and mind to attend. The difference is whether we choose the flow of energy that sustains our being direct our life or they choose to have the flow of energy generated by the intention mind holds to direct our life. Otherwise the two approaches are identical. Yet what each creates is profoundly different.

Which method you use depend on what you wish to create. These three ways of using mind lay the foundation for the three levels to the Releasing Your Unlimited Creativity technology and the dance between heart and mind. Mind intends and does what mind thinks needs to be done is more characteristic of the first level of the technology. Because of the nature of mind and its difficulty in properly characterizing a new experience, for any creative endeavor the approach at his first level is to assist the individual to get more into their intuitive guidance and out of mind rather than continually relying on mind.

Exploring the depth and breadth of our creativity is characteristic of the second level is focused on allowing what is symbolized in the heart to intent the direction in life and mind attending to the details to make it happen. This is done by looking to align with the intention for our life or to manifest the dream within our heart. This is done because in looking to align with the intention for our life we both optimizes the creative power available to us and simultaneously we move toward the source of our being and the Source of Creation for that is where the intention for our life arises. 

The third level of the technology is about becoming a conscious creator and knowing how to dance between heart and mind such that one becomes very intentional but allows heart to lead the actual creation process from the source of our creative power.

Holding our creativity sacred (Top)

To hold our creativity sacred, we look for those activities in our life which allow us to experience a growth, broadening, or expansion of our creative power and creative abilities. Some experience this growth and broadening as enlightenment. Others experience increased awareness. Some experience the siddhis and related psychic abilities. Some access and release their charisma. We each will experience something different.

Hold our creativity sacred usually entails several steps. The first is to access the intention for our life to know where it is leading us or become aware of what gives us a feeling of fulness of being and use it as an internal compass. The second step is to look for those activities that allow us to continually become greater than what we perceive ourselves to be. It is to continually move past our own imposed limits. It is to become comfortable moving past our limitation at any level of being. The third step is to study and become knowledgeable in how Creation/creation works. Then use that knowledge to create a world and a life that serves the depth and breadth of the person who we currently think we are and to create the experiences that allows us to further expand ourselves into the infinity of our being as an infinite creative being.

Related topics
Mind and symbolism of the head
Nature and issue of mind in creativity
The problem of mind and the experience of the Source of Creation - the trap of mind

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