The Creative and Levels of Mind
An important aspect of creative change is to honor and respect the various levels of mind. Our lower mind is that of conscious everyday activity and thought. But we have access to a much larger mind one that can help us create, change and generally be healthier, happier and more at peace. We could call that mind The Creative. So how can you begin to dance with this larger energy/consciousness?
You can make room for The Creative to develop within you by letting go of inferior habits and thoughts– anything that doesn’t serve you or benefit your highest good. Such habits would include judgments about other people, careless words and thoughts, lack of compassion, intolerance, frantic actions and more. Cultivate integrity, goodness, patience and humbleness. Open yourself to help from others. Allow your High Powers to guide your actions. Change what you can about yourself and accept what “is.”
Making Room for the Creative
How do you make room for The Creative to accomplish this acceptance, or the letting go of that which no longer serves you whether it be old patterns of behavior, difficult emotions or repetitive thoughts?
Research has demonstrated that our physiology actually changes when we develop acceptance, shift focus and embrace positive qualities. Scientists have studied the process that successful people use in this regard and as a result have discovered that we can learn to set the stage for letting go through some fairly simple steps.
The steps are simple however the changes that occur in the brain and throughout the body involve complex biochemistry. These changes not only involve a letting go and arrival at acceptance, they also improve health, enhance mood, open the door to creativity, increased learning, out of the box’ thinking and boost productivity.
Letting Go of Stress Opens the Door for the Creative
The beginning of this process involves stress! The stress may be imposed from outside or it may come about as you seek to solve a problem or resolve a situation. The stress may be useful in the beginning in some ways, but if left unaddressed it typically builds as resolution of your dilemma is not forthcoming. If this continues your physical and psychological well-being are impaired.
You can intervene in the stress cycle in a healthy way by taking a break and engaging in an activity that will trigger more beneficial and helpful biochemistry that will lead to the solution to your problem as well as the aforementioned other positive changes.
Activities to Encourage the Creative
What types of activities are helpful now? Something that takes you completely away from your habitual and familiar thoughts, feelings and ways of reacting is essential. It can be helpful to consciously be aware of all the information and facts etc. regarding your stress but it is also helpful to engage another level of wisdom to enter and help you. This is done by shifting your state of mind and not continuing to actively resist or fight with the cause of your stress.
Repetitive activities that help to quiet the mind and body are the key. You may choose meditation, yoga, prayer, knitting, singing, housework, gardening, contemplating nature, conscious breathing, walking, biking or hiking. The important component is that these are changes that break the pattern you were in and focus your attention elsewhere.
What happens then is a series of intricate shifts within your biochemistry and neurology that sets the stage for an AHA Experience and the resolution of your problem. The next step is a return to normal life with a heightened sense of well-being.
The first time you practice this approach may not feel exactly like an enlightenment experience! Be assured however that with practice you will be strengthening pathways and laying the groundwork for new abilities to grow within you. Spiritual energy and great creative forces surround us at all times but we must do our part to become worthy partners in the co-creative dance.
Deep relaxation of mind and body such as that on Relaxation 101 is really helpful to opening space for the higher mind to come online.
Emotional Freedom Technique is a great tool for removing old emotional patterns of feeling and belief from your system making way for even greater intuition and resolution to enter your awareness.
Imagery or inner child work focused on releasing past core issues are enormously helpful to open and release the fundamental roots of stress so that your inner space can be free and clear to allow more creative flow within you.
The fundamental creative power of the universe is unrestricted and available to all. A process that allows for letting go of the old and welcoming a new creative flow, moves you gracefully beyond stress into a whole new way of being that is enlivening, affirming and life enhancing.
Some of our recordings that are helpful with this process:
Letting Go the Heart of Healing
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