The Courage to Create

By Terry Shea

October 30, 2017

Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock

Posted In: Spiritual Wellness, White Rock

As I sit down to write this blurb, I realize suddenly how perfectly timed it is to move from Larry Dossey’s work on the One Mind to what that BodyMind does. Its main and perhaps only function is to create. For the last several hundred years from the Age of Enlightenment we have been aware of the Mind as creator, or perhaps more accurately discoverer: discoverer of everything from how the brain works to the speed of light; from radio waves to Quantum mechanics. What has escaped us, I fear, is the role that the Creative Process has played in our evolutionary push.

The story or Myth is ancient, old even by our standards and yet versions of how the earth, man and everything came into being are part of every culture. Despite how different they appear on the surface the message is always the same from Africa to the indigenous peoples of BC to China. First there was nothing but an Energy, a Presence out of which all was created. In the aboriginal Myth of creation in the midst of a deep stillness the Father of All Spirits instructs the Sun Mother to go and awaken the Spirits of all life. In her travels the light coming from her gives birth to all living things.

In New Thought we recognize Spirit as the masculine conscious Mind, giving instruction to the feminine Subjective to bring things into being by a very specific process, introduced by Thomas Troward in the Edinburgh Lectures, and later explored more deeply in his book, “The Creative Process in the Individual”. Ernest Holmes acknowledge his indebtedness to Troward for his own work on why and how Mind is creative and ultimately in his development of Spiritual Mind Treatment.

I’ve often wondered why, when I or someone else is struggling, we don’t go for a Treatment or treat/pray for ourselves. The answer is simple. Creation is a brave act. It is nothing less that creating something new with the understanding that the old will pass away; will have to make space for the new. The painful, awkward or limiting familiar will be replaced by the new, the unknown. This brings us to our book for this month and the class which begins on Thursday, Nov 2, “The Courage to Create”. In his book of startling simplicity and poetic richness, Rollo May says this about courage:

“The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical in creatures like them. But a man or woman becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage.”

I look forward to sharing the thoughts of this amazing thinker and writer and exploring our Creative Process in depth with you over the coming weeks.

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