Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Psalm 104 Creativity

P1010676Image by Robert Pratten via FlickrWe have the opportunity to participate in the field of creativity each and every day. God is constantly reaching towards us (laying the beams of his chambers). We need only be receptive. This current of life imparts divine ideas (messengers) and the cleansing and purifying activity of Spirit (fire and flames your ministers).

Creation is the beginning of the formative activity of the mind called imagination. This gathers the waters together unto one place so that the dry land appears (you set a boundary that they might not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth). When unformed thoughts (seas) are gathered together and no longer cover the earth, the imagination begins a great multiplication of forms and shapes in the mind.
This is a very creative time for us. We find ourselves bursting with inspiring ideas (the animals and birds of the air). Spirit is the life force that gives these ideas life (springs of life gush forth in the valleys). God provides sustenance and habitation so that we may do God’s work. Food is spiritual substance (bread), which can be appropriated by us to do work. But God also provides us with simple pleasures (wine to cheer). There is a balance.

When we submit our will (moon) to the service of divine ideas it is an instrument of inspiration (marks the seasons). The sun (spiritual understanding) provides the knowledge that is needed for creative work (knows its time for setting). In darkness (ignorance) all of our ego driven ideas (lion) come out looking to be fed. But once the illumination of God (sun) is present, they withdraw into their dormant state (den). The time for human activity is in the glow of divine revelation.

God provides all that we need at the right time (give them their food in due season), when we are in harmony with the Divine flow. God renews us with the breath of life (you send forth the you spirit, they are created and you renew the face of the ground). The face represents the outward aspect, while ground stands for formed substance, the product of divine ideas.

It is the nature of God to be pleased with all of God’s works. We have the capacity respond to Divine ideas and be a part of manifesting God’s will in the world. Singing brings harmony to our entire being. When we quiet our minds in order to listen to God (meditation) we become instruments of Divine will (pleasing to him).

God creates all things in Divine Mind first, which is involution; then those ideas are given form and shape in our minds, if we are receptive, and this is evolution. We have the capacity and even the responsibility to participate in God’s process of evolution. We are created anew every moment of every day in Divine Mind (you renew the face of the earth). The only true creative work comes from the minds of those who are open and receptive to Divine inspiration. God is in, behind, and around all things regardless of appearance. That presence is an intelligence that creates perfect order and harmony in the world.

And so it is! Amen!
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