The Presence of Now and the creative process

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The Presence of Now and the creative process

Post by pardes » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:05 am

Since discovering Eckhart Tolle's writings, I've taken a second look at the creative process of writing. What I have discovered is that some writing celebrates and perpetuates the painful past and fearful future, while some writing seems to transcend it in a way that offers the promise of freedom.

You know the old saw definition of pornography as "you'll know it when you see it?" The same can be said for creative pieces of art whether it is writing, painting, whatever. What I couldn't really define before other than it just seemed positive, revolutionary, exhilarating, even if it spoke about negativity and the shadow side of human beings....well now I see that what I was responding to was an author who remained in the present moment when writing thereby offering the same freedom to readers.

Amazing! Truly amazing since when I first started pondering this topic I was worried that spending one's time doing creative writing might not be a good thing. Naturally, that was a short-lived thought because I was drawn again and again into the freshness, "nowness" of works such as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Grapes of Wrath," and others.

Interestingly, and synchronistically, I have been listening to Natalie Goldberg's latest book on writing, "Zen Howl" where she and another Buddhist monk speak of presence and now and right thinking. All right on target.

Sigh. I'm a happy camper and happy writer. Glory Be.

I would love to hear your thoughts on creativity and the presence of Now.

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Re: The Presence of Now and the creative process

Post by MeMeMine » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:17 pm

It appears that you have a good understanding of the process... Like you, I am in a creative based field as a craftsman. Over the years I have witnessed, as I work, an effortless flow where the whole concept of time escapes me. One of my helpers has noticed it too - he says " I love doing this because all of my problems go away when I am doing this work". In essence, this is the presence or flow as written by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and Tolle for that matter.

As I have been reading Tolle lately, I am beginning to return to this place more frequently as I work. After many years of doing this craft, I noticed that I was beginning to complain about everything... boredom, tired hands, and that sort of thing. Now I am seeing that a large part of my exhaustion was 'of the mind'. The incessant internal dialog was having a debilitating effect... now I am catching it as it arises and there is certainly more joy in the day to day workload. I'm seeing ego based thoughts and pain body thoughts as they arise. And laughing more often as I am recognizing it for what it is.

I think the creative process is really all about letting go and being present with what you're doing - as if that's some great mystery around here :lol: . This place is loaded with brilliant awareness.

Enjoy your writing.
Seize the moment and ride that moment into eternity. J. Matus

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