This morning, in the garden, I stopped to look at how the rising sun was illuminating a spider web. As the light played with the dewdrops lining the threads of the web, and bounced off the fat spider apparently asleep at its centre, I found myself having one of those moments: when beauty dissolves time and creative consciousness rises to the surface.
I knew the spider and her intricate, luminescent creation, with that particular form of knowing the ancient greeks used to call aisthesis — when we’re touched by the world through all the senses that we have names for, as well as some that we don’t.
English has let go of this useful Greek word (though we’ve retained so many others, from academy to zone) and so we don’t have a word that expresses this kind of knowing in our language.
I was aware of it within me and without, rising up to meet the branches, and the clouds beyond the branches, and the blue beyond the clouds.
And aware of how it contained creation at more than one level. Here was the spider’s creative impulse and its output: her web. Here was what the Judeo-Christian tradition calls “Creation”: the whole universe, from the spider and me in a North London garden all the way up into the Milky Way and beyond.
And here was a human consciousness somehow co-creating it all, in the moment.
The Creative Process
We are awed by the creations of other species, as I was by the spider, but when it comes to creation, we humans are truly unparalleled. From our morning alarm clock to our bedtime routine, the range of things we make, of sounds we sing, of foods we serve, of experiences we shape and relationships we forge, are daily proof that the question is never, as some people think: “Am I Creative?” but rather, “What Am I Creating”?
That so many of us doubt our creative capacities is the result of a cruel process of attrition, through discouragement and condescension that begins in childhood.
For a while now, I’ve been working on a series of books about the creative process, Go Creative! It’s Your Native State. It teaches how to reconnect with the creative capacities that have been eroded in us.
And how to apply the creative process to anything in life you might want to create. Not just the things that we normally think of as creative, like books or music or art, but anything.
The same process that creates one thing creates everything.
This book shows how that process works and how to tap into it. Over the coming weeks I’m going to be blogging the book here, for blog subscribers, in advance of its publication in September.
If you’d like to receive these blogs to your email inbox, you can sign up (right) to receive them. I’ll be blogging most days and there will be seven weeks worth, 49 posts in all.
And as seven seems to be a key number in this book that talks about seven stages of the creative process and seven states of creative presence, it seems fitting to begin today: on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year.
I hope you’ll find these posts — and the book — useful in deciding what to create in your own life and in making it manifest.
Next time: How To Create Anything