The Great Mystery and Creativity

I’m reading this fantastic book called Natural Grace: Dialogues on Creation, Darkness, and the Soul in Spirituality and Science by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake, published in 1997. Fox is a theologian who writes about creation spirituality, while Sheldrake is an innovative scientist and author. They discuss the intersection between science and spirituality, particularly given recent discoveries of quantum physics.

I found this quote to be especially intriguing. In talking about dark matter, Sheldrake writes:

This “missing mass” or “dark matter” turns out to constitute ninety to ninety-nine percent of the matter in the Universe. The cosmos seems to be grounded in dark matter, but no one knows what this substance is. This is currently a fertile field of speculation in theoretical physics.

Through the discovery of dark matter cosmology has, as it were, recognized the existence of the cosmic unconscious. The kinds of matter and energy that we know about are floating on the surface of a vast, unknown ocean of darkness – just as the conscious mind floats on the unconscious mind.

Life is much more mysterious than we admit most of the time. Where do your dreams come from? What about your creative inspirations? How do you account for the amazing synchronicities (which some call coincidences) that show up in your daily life? What about all the unexplained phenomena that is happening all the time?

Like the stars and planets, your conscious mind rests on a vast unknown sea. And your personal unconscious mind is part of the human story, the collective unconscious, which in turn is part of the cosmic unconscious, or the Great Mystery. Think for a moment about the gems of wisdom that must be contained in such a vast expanse of energy.

One of the best ways to tap into the wisdom of the mysteries is through creativity. When you sit down to create, allow yourself to be open to inspiration and ideas from sources beyond your own conscious mind. Start by centering yourself: close your eyes and breathe deeply. Feel your energy expand beyond your body. Notice where you intersect with the rest of the cosmos, both without and within. Let yourself be moved, awed and inspired by the vastness of the Universe.

Use your creative time as a moving meditation. Focus on the process, not just the outcome. Let the effects of your cosmic connection ripple outward into all facets of your life. You might be surprised by the power of your inspired creations.

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