I’ve been working with a very powerful talk Swami gave on Creativity and Initiative. The way he describes the process of creative thinking and implementation of ideas is very inspiring and intriguing. He starts the talk with an explanation of the caste system in India and how we can all work through the levels of consciousness and awareness, from lower to higher, and how this progression leads us to higher levels of creativity.
He explains the three levels associated with creativity: 1. taking something that other people have done and improving on it, 2. doing something that is your idea and comes from deep within and 3. doing something that comes from within, but doing it and seeing it as not defining who you are – realizing that God is doing it through you.
Another point Swami mentions in the talk is that that if we want to really tune into our creative potential, that meditation is the key. I’ve certainly found this to be true. I’ve learned that when I can meditate with enthusiasm and depth, that many unexpected things come from that.
After a meditation recently, the idea came to host a virtual meditation in Swami’s apartment at Crystal Hermitage. The Moksha Mandir dedication is coming up in May and it seemed that people would really appreciate the opportunity so get a tour of the progress on the mandir construction and be able to meditate together. I hadn’t previously been thinking along those lines at all, but it seemed like a very good idea. I checked it out with people, and it flowed very quickly so that the already established 3 hour Sunday evening meditation by the Ananda Village monks was relocated to Swami’s apartment. The meditation will be broadcasted freely for people worldwide.
You’re probably wondering about the stale cookies. It’s a much less inspired idea, but it also came out of the blue and I wondered how I thought of it at all. I later felt that the energy that inspired it came from going over and over the talk Creativity and Initiative. I take very helpful but bitter herbs each night before bed and usually take something sweet after the bitter drink. Even though I had other fresh sweets available, I spotted the Pamela’s Gluten Free Shortbread cookies high up in the cupboard and they had obviously been there a long time. “It’s good to use these up,” I thought. Almost without thinking, I took out a small fry pan, added coconut oil, then browned one of the cookies in it. The result was a warm and delicious treat. So there you have it, the creative ressurection of a stale cookie! Let me know if you try it.