At the art festivals and in the co-op galleries, when people ask about my paintings, I speak as if I know what I’m talking about, with enthusiastic descriptions of the flow of “Creative Energy” as it relates to me and my art work. Today when I decided to write about Creative Energy I discovered that, in my mind, I wanted to validate my beliefs. After all, when we publish something on the internet, it’s there forever for anyone to agree or disagree, to praise or ridicule, support or challenge – right? Writing about it is different than talking about it.
So I googled “Creative Energy.” I found sites that encourage us to be creative when producing energy (to power our machines) and which linked to pages attempting to define energy from a scientific perspective and then back down stating all the ways in which energy can be defined, but is elusive and not really definable. (What?!!)
From Wikipedia there is this definition: “In physics, energy is a property of objects which can be transferred to other objects or converted into different forms. The “ability of a system to perform work” is a common description, but it is misleading because energy is not necessarily available to do work.” So much for validation. My Google search was abandoned – too confusing! But I did find this interesting discussion about energy that might provide some backup to my theories from a Scientific perspective., written in a language that even I can almost understand. I encourage you to take a look at it if you’re still interested after reading the rest of my blog http://www.ftexploring.com/me/everything.html.
After all my research I have decided that my explanation of Creative Energy is quite reasonable and needs no validation other than the paintings (and adventures) it has produced, and more important – the experience of knowing what it feels like to have Creative Energy flow through me. Today I’m going to merge my Creative Mind and My Critical Mind, allowing Creative Energy to flow freely and fearlessly through me, to create a blog. All of the information which I’m about to share with you I learned from my paintings, filtered through my own life experiences.
And speaking of Life Experiences, here’s a little background. The year is 1969. I am 25 years old. I am at my friends’ apartment. We are six friends, seated on pillows around a low square table. The room is softly lit by candles and the scent of nag champa incense and cigarette smoke fills the air. The room is cozy and we all feel safe with each other. A reel-to-reel tape recorder fills the room with the music of Ravi Shankar, The Incredible String Band, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Procol Harem and others whose names I will never know. We have been waiting all week and preparing ourselves for this evening. We sit and lie on our pillows and the music fills us while we wait for the Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD or “acid”) to take effect.
I am transported to the next scene as smoothly as in an expertly edited movie. I am standing in front of the refrigerator and I can see as clearly as if I were looking into a powerful microscope, the atomic structure of the refrigerator. I am aware that it is not solid, or static, but that when I breathe in, the atoms that were an instant earlier part of the refrigerator are now part of me. And as I exhale, my breath is becoming part of the atomic/molecular structure of everything else in the room. I see that there is much space between the atoms and within them and nothing is solid. I learn that I am part of everything in the Universe and that everything in the Universe is part of me – or We Are All One. I am swimming in the cosmic soup of Life.
And that, my friends, is how we hippies of the 1960’s became tree huggers. Forever after, I knew what the Native Americans knew – that we must respect the earth – for when we walk on it, it gives us energy in exchange for energy and so it is with everything in it and on it. I learned that we are wonderfully and beautifully made from the “dust” (or atoms) of the earth, to return to the “dust” of the earth at the end of our physical days – we are made in the “Image” or Likeness of the Ultimate Creator, who is Pure Creative Energy. That means that we are also Pure Creative Energy and that It flows through us without prejudice, and we get to choose how we want to direct it and what we want to create with it. The Creative Energy is what connects the atoms and molecules that make up everything. The Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but is continually in motion – flowing – through us and through all that is.
Without getting too technical, I can say from my experience that we connect to The Ultimate Creator and the flow of Creative Energy through the Mind. Now it seems that our mind has two parts: One I call the Creative Mind and the other Ego-Mind or Critical Mind. Each part of the mind is equally necessary but it seems, at least for me, that the Critical Mind has picked up some habits through the years that impede the flow of Creative Energy while Creative Mind is submissive and gives in too easily to the overly-cautious Critical Mind. Through practice we can learn to balance the two parts of the mind, and balance allows Creative Energy to flow freely.
Critical Mind wants us to do what is comfortable. It wants us to be careful and safe. It wants to know what the Rules are and wants to follow them precisely. In its most imbalanced state, Critical mind is paralyzed with Fear and will do anything to avoid risk. Creative mind loves to explore and play. It wants to ignore the rules and go to places it’s never been before. It cares not for safety and loves surprises. In its most imbalanced state, Creative Mind quickly loses focus and has no interest in seeing a project to completion or satisfaction.
When a balance is found between the Creative and the Critical Mind, the result transcends what the Conscious Mind is capable of pre-conceiving.
When a balance is reached between the Creative and the Critical Mind, Creative Energy flows freely and merges the two into a state of meditation. In the Meditative State, there is a merging of the mental, the physical and the spiritual. The resulting expression, or product, or work of art vibrates with the Creative Energy through which it was conceived. The vibration calls to others to mingle their energy with it, to continue and consummate the exchange – the Flow of Creative Energy. This is true when the product is music or poetry or painting or sculpture, or a garden or a cake or an automobile or anything that results from this merging of the Creative and Critical Mind through the Flow of Creative Energy.
Each of us is a unique individual. There has never been and will never be another exactly like me. I bring to my work my own unique perspective from my own unique experiences. When I allow my Creative Mind and my Critical Mind to merge, the result is a unique expression of who I am, whether it is a painting, a poem, a sculpture, a garden, a cake, an automobile or anything that comes forth through the flow of Creative Energy.
Let it flow. . . .