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Something big is coming.
It's still secret, but arriving everywhere.
For many of us, heaven meets earth through creative inspiration. We may not all be working artists, yet each of us was born with a creative soul. Along the way, part of it may have become shrouded, squelched, devalued, injured or ignored altogether. Too often, we're forced to choose between our creative longings and everyday practicality. So, we deny that part of ourselves, linger through our days obliquely, and wonder why we feel bitter. The current flows around us and we slowly drown in our own life.
How do we save our creative spirit? As a lifelong writer and student of consciousness, I have stumbled upon a workable truth: real creative power is actualized from being clear, pure and wholly connected to Creation itself. When we embrace the sacred, we free our creative genius. Once free and open to the infinite, we become as prolific as we choose to be-in our art, in our heart and in our daily life.
Because I'm a self-prescribed specimen on life's Petri dish, I sometimes want to be grabbed and shaken from my familiar, microscopic existence . . . levitated to a higher, fertile ground that contains the seeds of all my unrealized potential, awaiting germination. What takes me there again and again is faith in the Unmanifest, the genesis of all that is. To be creative and conscious are synonymous in this way: both require that we acknowledge the presence of a transcendent energy that can take us to unimaginable places (yes, beyond the imagination). And yet, neither the spiritual nor the creative are known paths. Each must be sickled blade by blade throughdedication and devotion.
Today's spiritual enthusiasts aren't necessarily seeking full enlightenment or just a fresh dosage of woo-woo. We're more interested in being present now. We understand that a full-out integration of our physical and higher selves is simply part of our larger evolutionary process-the missing link between chaos and order. We appreciate that we can't "get there from here" by following a straight line towards some end point, because accessing our highest potential is an immeasurable, continual process-maybe even happening on multiple levels of reality at the same time. And when far-out things happen in our meditations and other daily practices, we immediately seek to make sense of their meaning and value. We do this to ultimately learn something new about ourselves, and reflect it back to the world through our chosen mode of creativity so that others, too, may learn about themselves.
First, let's define consciousness, the consciousness that is ours in this instant. In simplest terms, it's our state of awareness. No one has set the limits of our awareness; they are set by us alone--and the degree to which we are aware greatly determines our capacities within our human experience. We may come to certain moments in our lives when we realize that our self-imposed limits no longer serve us, that it's more appropriate to look beyond ourselves, at a broader vision of reality. God-consciousness represents the highest consciousness attainable to us, wherein we are aware of all things-including ourselves in the highest state. We can then see through all conditions and circumstances. As both ancient masters and modern-day mystics have described it, the veil is completely removed between our mortal selves and Spirit.