My Hopes

For the Turning of the Year, I Wish for Everyone…

creative expression, joyful appreciation, robust health, and an overflowing cup of loving kindness. 

Creativity

I wish everyone the experience of creating — whether a job or sweater, an idea or relationship, a moment’s peace, a sigh of relief, a kind touch —

I wish for each of us the privilege of giving and receiving in all transactions.

The joy of fair and open exchanges and the laughter of freely offered and accepted connection.

Create your life, this new year, and express your creation to your utmost. And may Creator be with us all.

Osho Zen says:

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things….
Not everybody can be a painter – and there is no need also. If everybody is a painter the world will be very ugly; it will be difficult to live! And not everybody can be a dancer, and there is no need. But everybody can be creative.
 
Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine. You become more divine as you become more creative.
 
All the religions of the world have said God is the creator. I don’t know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in God. So he must be the creator because people who have been creative have been closest to him. Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it – whatsoever it is!  ( Osho A Sudden Clash of Thunder Chapter 4)
Commentary:
From the alchemy of fire and water below to the divine light entering from above, the figure in this card is literally ‘possessed by’ the creative force. Really, the experience of creativity is an entry into the mysterious. Technique, expertise and knowledge are just tools; the key is to abandon oneself to the energy that fuels the birth of all things.
This energy has no form or structure, yet all the forms and structures come out of it. It makes no difference what particular form your creativity takes – it can be painting or singing, planting a garden or making a meal. The important thing is to be open to what wants to be expressed through you. Remember that we don’t possess our creations; they do not belong to us. True creativity arises from a union with the divine, with the mystical and the unknowable. Then it is both a joy for the creator and a blessing to others.
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