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Monday, December 3, 2012

Daily Musings - December 3rd, 2012 - Creativity - 創造力 - Chuàngzào lì

 Creativity - 創造力 - Chuàngzào lì

Stormy seas break upon the shore,
dark clouds and charged atmosphere;
Heavenly revolutions
generate all movement.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

Without movement, nothing can be created. The revolving of the heavens allows wind to blow, rain to fall, thunder to echo, and lightning to flash.  The revolving earth enables us to experience night and day, the cycles of weather, the tides, and organic growth. Movement is responsible for creativity.

Followers of Tao already value initiative, but initiative made up wholly of aggression is insufficient. One must introduce creativity. This allows the individual to solve complex problems, think of unusual strategies, and to compose a wide-array of artistic expressions. In all of these instances, one moves in concertwith Tao, not blindly copying, but providing an intelligent counterpoint to harmonize with Tao. Creativity does not mean arbitrarily creating something from our cultural/spiritual mind. Rather, it is spontaneous movement, in association with Tao, a movement which will stimulate life without furthering misery.

One has reached the ultimate level of creativity when the skill is mastered so completely it is forgotten. Look at heaven and earth. Does either entity consider creating weather, administering the seasons, and monitoring the cycles of growth?   They do not exercise conscious control, but instead simply follow their revolutionary nature. The phenomenon we experience are generated without any thought on their part. This is truly effortless action, and is considered one of the highest skills a Taoist can obtain.