I’m obsessively fascinated by and with creativity. There’s just
something so mysterious about it. I’ve devoted so much time to pondering
it and thinking about it and reading about it and practicing it…but I
still don’t think I’m any closer to understanding it. And actually…I
think that’s what I love the most about it.
I think that being involved in some kind of artistic endeavor, or
participating in some form of creative practice means coming to the
realization that you are more of a conduit than a ‘creator’.
Creating is never creation ex nihilo, it’s never creation from nothing, it’s never out of nothing.
I think there’s always something teeming just below the surface, just
out of sight. Even ‘nothingness’ isn’t ‘nothing’. Nothingness isn’t a
vacuous void of utter absence. It is empty of essence but it is
permeating with presence. Nothingness is an emptiness pregnant with
‘everything’. It is the raw possibility and potentiality percolating
within every present moment.
In this regard, I think that ‘creating’ is more about facilitation
than it is about fabrication. It’s more about opening a door and
stepping out of the way.
In the newest episode of my podcast we try to talk about creativity and the creative process.
The book is called The Lotus and the Rose: A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism and Mystical Christianity. The book is a series of transcribed conversations between Lama Tsomo, an American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and Matthew Fox, a former Roman Catholic priest.
Lama Tsomo is not only a teacher and author, she is also the co-founder of the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch. Matthew Fox, as we stated previously , is a former catholic priest within the Dominican order. He became an Episcopal Priest after being expelled from the Dominican Order for “disobedience”.
Fox seemed to have ruffled a lot of feathers with the Roman Catholic Church because of his theological stances that run counter to the Church’s and because of his refusal accept and promote stances on certain issues advanced by the Church. Thus, Fox was ultimately dismissed. He sounds like my kind of guy.
If you’re kind of a religious studies nerd like I am, then this book will probably spark your interest. I’m currently working on a podcast episode and an accompanying YouTube about this book.
So stay tuned for that!
Keep showing up, keep doing the work, fail boldly, and let’s make something meaningful!