Transcending Victimhood with Creativity
Our inner power to create is strong, and helps us move through times of pain and uncertainty.
While we all undergo significant challenges in life and untold traumas in our lived experiences, it is critical we realize that we are not victims. At least not in the sense of who we truly are.
We are “here” to learn and to apply our learning in our interpersonal evolutions.
This is no easy task, of course, and it also the case that there is just about nothing that we cannot handle.
People have endured unbelievable injustices in our recorded histories, and have turned adversity into incredible triumphs of moral imagination.
This author will not divert energy or foci by diving into the extent or the specifics of our pain and suffering — to include some of the things he has witnessed or experienced — other than to say that in any given moment, no matter how incredulous or hideous the experience may be, there is always the opportunity to return to the Source of all Creation.
As expressions of All Divine Creation, we are co-creators. We all possess creative capacities, and actualizing them is a matter of reframing our beliefs about ourselves.
When we do so, we develop literacies of the imagination.
Creative literacies are what enable us to innovate, to disrupt, to question, to explore and to transform our realities for the better. We can also use our emotions, some of which are negative or unsavory, as a way to reference “where we were” and “where we are now” towards “where we can go next”.
Much in the same way intuition is the guidepost for the Soul, creativity and its unfolding literacies are the “way out of our own darkness”, bringing light to our passions and interests.
It is no great mystery then as to why and how the greatest masters and spiritual leaders of our time (the current timeline we are in) have overcome tremendous adversity to remind us of what we already know to be true in our hearts.
THE BUSINESS OF VICTIMHOOD
It is also critical to realize that victimhood is big business.
If we constantly view ourselves as victims in which “life happens to us” rather than seeing life as “something that happens as we create it”, then we are constantly stuck in the mindset of having “to fix ourselves” rather than becoming who we truly are.
Imagine all the sociologists, psychologists and social justice warriors who rely on convincing us that we need a “new ideology” or a “new life narrative” external to us in order to bring about the internal changes that already occur within us.
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This is not at all to say that these vocations aren’t valuable — they most certainly are — but really to say that they most often do not catalyze autonomous, self-sovereign states of becoming whole, human beings connected to the natural world, because they supplant our notions of “who we are becoming or may become” with “ways of being” that may not comport with our natural skills, talents and abilities to be unreasonable.
In other words, it is not enough to rationalize our way through tough circumstances, as logic and emotion already prove to be odd bedfellows.
If we look at the social movements of today such as Black Lives Matter or Me Too, this becomes quite obvious. The constant programming of “we are victims in need of reparation” relegates all of us as mere pawns of our own undoing, as we destroy our communities, our cities and our institutions in the pursuit of some strange, dystopian dream.
As a reminder, we are all important actors in the stage play of Creation. We all matter. And the only judgments we need are those which stand down great evil in the face of ultimate creation. This is divisible only in the ways each of us decides to divinely self-express the values which represent our truest, most loving, most creative selves.
Each one of us holds capacities to create with our moral imaginations, or literacies of the imagination, whether we count numbers, paint pictures, write laws, tell stories, grow food, make music or build technologies.
A WAY OF INNERSTANDING CREATION
Since all of our institutions and institutional thinking have become religions — in other words, deeply entrenched belief systems — it is apt that we unpack what Creation might actually be, since creativity itself is the harbinger of all possibility.
It is important to begin this exploration by making the core distinction between religion and spirituality.
In basic terms, religion is the practice of belief in a higher power, while spirituality is the practice of connecting to a higher power. They do not have to be mutually exclusive, but for the purposes of internalizing our responsibilities to the future, perhaps this is a good lens through which to reframe creation and creativity.
You might consider the manifestation of your spirit, in its purest, loving form, actuality.
We are already actualized as beings comprised of Love and Light, in holographic forms, that represent the expressions of Divine Creation experiencing Itself.
In realms beyond the third density (the physical world we call “reality”), Oneness is experienced through Everything That Is.
In the third density realm, we are all actors playing in the Game of making sense of What Is, while we find ways to co-exist as unique expressions of All That Is. Where our minds become challenged, and where the study of the brain can’t help us, is understanding what God is or isn’t. This becomes yet another dialectic trap.
Religions were created to establish a concept of “God”. “God” is a human concept, which is actually a misunderstanding of the original concept of “Creator”.
This is further confused, as there are many macrocosmic level Creators, or Logos. “God” implies some separate entity which is outside of you, which you must supplicate to and worship. Our One Infinite Creator, and almost all of our Logos and sub-Logos, do not require our worship.
The goal is to see Creation in its many wonderful forms, and your place within it, as a Co-Creator.
Ultimately, there is a “Supreme Being”, in the form of the One Infinite Creator, but we are all a part of It, rather than its subjects. None of the names given for this “Supreme Being” by our religions are the true name, but they are indeed correct, in that there is One Supreme Being, namely the Infinite Creator. They just have different concepts about It, which spring from the texts their religion is based upon.
Intertextuality — a concept brought forth by scholars like Julie Kristeva — shows us how similarities in the alchemy of secular narratives reaches across our most influential literature. Doing good, being good and having a moral imagination are all concepts that can be understood across religions and secular interpretations.
We can use devices like intertextuality to run experiments that test our creative capacities within ourselves, and with others. This author has been fortunate to be able to run many of these types of experiments over the course of his life and career.
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The results have always been surprising, if not transformative. Apart from commercial or civic breakthroughs, they reveal the expressions of the spirit that, at times, cannot be quantified, or even qualified, in normative metrics or applications that are easily accessible to the mind.
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They also reveal the unfolding characteristics of the creation archetypes we hold within ourselves, when we push ourselves into bigger, unknown territories of self-discovery and advanced learning.
All of which to say that there is a majestic path we undertake in discovering our co-creative selves.
ACTUALIZING YOUR CO-CREATIVE SELF
Ethos (ethics), pathos (pathology) and mythos (mythology) are also constructs which we learn over time, mostly through the lens of life experience.
What we tend not to see is the critical distinction between “being God(s)” and “acting as expressions of Divine Creation”. The former places its emphasis on the fortification of the ego, while the latter focuses on each of us becoming and acting as Co-Creators. Again, a dialectic trap. Hence why politics, climate activism, heathcare and economics have literally become religions.
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Moving beyond dialectics, we all seek Love and Acceptance, and have capacities to do great things, yet the core challenge resides in accepting that each of us, within ourselves, possess the power of Co-Creation.
In terms of manifesting positive Co-Creation we can refer to the concept of thought forms and emotions.
It is natural to have negative thoughts as we experience difficult situations (this author struggles with them all the time). Simply notice your negative thoughts as they arise, and literally “catch yourself” as you are having them.
You may not catch yourself “right away”, so perhaps give yourself some space to face your feelings, be present to them, and stand them down. Then, in short order, you can shift your perspective.
Focus instead on the things you like about a person, for example. How you love their smile, the sound of their happy laughter, the way they do such and such nice thing, how helpful and loving they can be. Keep putting those positive thoughts out. Persevere, as you may have a bit of negative work within yourself to undo first, but just keep catching yourself, and focusing on the Positive.
To clarify, this is not to suggest that you “remove” negative thoughts or emotions, but that you “put them in their place”, meaning that each of us can use negativity as a tool to see better outcomes.
Once we have engaged in a process of “balancing out” negative feelings with positive intentions, then we prepare ourselves for an “almost magical” transformation of our circumstances.
Always monitor your thoughts, and pay attention to their Quality; because what you think about is directly related to what you will see around you, and what Life will show you. It is the difference between conscious, unconscious and subconscious Creation.
What evidence is there of this, you might ask?
In terms of living in this three-dimensional world, or more accurately the third density realm, simple evidence is in the creation of our civilization and society writ large. We are constantly generating and regenerating ideas. Those ideas as thought forms become our realities. We constantly adapt to those realities, and Co-Create ways to change those realities, for good or for ill.
In a dualistic sense, we find ourselves attempting to constantly balance out the polarities of light and dark, good and evil, morality and immorality.
REMEMBERING WHO WE TRULY ARE
In more esoteric terms, the evidence is seen through the experience of death, and subsequently, rebirth.
If you’ve ever had a “near death experience”, as this author has, you realize that the Soul is eternal, even if our bodies and our lives in this timeline on planet earth expire.
When our lives expire, we return, as Souls, to the Source of all Divine Creation, the One Infinite Creator.
Sometimes we are given the choice in a death experience to come back to our lives and to make or create different choices as Souls inhabiting minds and bodies, sometimes realized in the form of Spirit, as this author has.
In other words, there is only physical death.
All life cycles through its evolutionary pathways such that beings, plants and other life forms live, die and are then reborn as other forms. The same can be said of reincarnation. If you’ve experienced deja vu it is for a good reason: You are likely remembering experiences from previous lives. In this sense, life is a process of remembering.
As such, life can be understood as a process of remembering, and death as a preparation for life, life that you experience now, and the purpose by which you live it.
In discovering who you really are and why you are “here”, your purpose becomes clear. Everything you think and do matters. Every action you take is like a ripple in a pond — every action affects every other action.
Hence why grounding in your purpose and engaging in pragmatic possibility through Co-Creation in this game called Life is so vitally important.