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Creativity

“Performance and Truth”

"Looke upon the rainebow, and praise him that made it, very beautifull it is in the brightnesse thereof. It compasseth the heaven about with a glorious circle, and the hands of the most high have bended it." — Ecclesiasticus xliii: 11–12

At one time, for a period of several months, I had almost no inclination to write anything: general essays, research findings, or even my so-called poetry. I initially thought that this was some form of blockage, then I realized that it was but the next stage in a process that had become apparent over the previous few years, which included the giving up of my “composing”—and especially of my seminars and lectures. At this time, when I received a speaking invitation my immediate thought was how to get out of it. It was not performance anxiety—I have never experienced that—but rather the absence of the desire to perform. And this I regarded not as a problem but a virtue, not as an impediment but a breakthrough.
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“A Different System of Aesthetic Criticism”

I believe that the purpose of all artistic endeavors, and, for that matter, every activity, should be to enhance Life Energy: to encourage the Embracing of Life – enthusiastically, passionately, wholeheartedly and gratefully.
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Video: The Original Purpose of the Arts

The original - and truest - purpose of the arts was for healing.
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Video: The Two Wheels on Dry Land

"The Two Wheels on Dry Land" is the creative activity that will most readily raise the Life Energy of the person.  For many years this has been a key part of Dr. Diamond's approach to using creativity to enhance the lives of sufferers.
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“When You Know That the Artist Was Inspired”

When you Know that the artist was Inspired, and therefore that his art was Aspiration, then – whatever it may appear to be – it is an Instance of God, a gift from the Spirit World.

And every, every act on Earth – and Beyond – is such an Instance. It’s just that with some it’s more obvious.

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“Georg Groddeck on Art”

“The sole foundation of art is this power of losing one's separatedness, of feeling oneself at the same time a whole and yet a part of something far greater.” -- Georg Groddeck
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“Georg Groddeck on Inspiration”

“The power to be impregnated, and not the writing of poems, the painting of pictures, or the composition of music, is the essence of art, the being an artist.”* — Georg Groddeck

In my terms, Groddeck is speaking of the Inspiration that is then succeeded by Aspiration: the still meditation then the active.

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“Creativity as Aspiration through Meditation”

What unconscious does the artist bring into conscious expression?

The superficial – with always some hate, often more than the love,
or the Deep Unconscious of Pure, Pure Love?

In a sense, it all depends on meditation. Did he, does he, meditate? And what Guidance does he receive from it?

It does not have to be meditation in the more formal sense, only some means of surrendering himself to Inspiration.

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“To Know Our Mother’s Soul”

It is imperative, I believe, for us to see, to Know, our mother’s Soul, her Godliness, her Buddha-Nature. Only then can we Know our own – and so, at last, be relieved of our anguish.

This does not mean that our mothers need to change but only our inner image of her.

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“Creativity is Being Breathed by Amida”

Creativity is not just the doing, but the taking in and then the doing. The chi, the spirit, being breathed in, and then being breathed out. An act of Creativity is a breath cycle of Amida. She breathes into us as Inspiration and then out again as Aspiration.

Creativity is being breathed by Amida.

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