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On Being Weird
2023, January, Issue 27
Creativity, it has been found, is not about waiting for the heavens to open up and hearing the angels sing. It is about simply cranking out the work, without inhibitions or restraint—it’s about being rather weird. No one has ever become noteworthy by being normal or conventional. It is being completely unrestrained and playful, enjoying what is being created, letting it happen in an uninhibited fashion that follows natural intuition, as well as a sense of breaking all boundaries. In this sense, quantity far surpasses the quality of quality. In other words, quantity unleashes greater quality than waiting for lightning to strike. In this case, we become the bolt of lightning.
This isn’t something I learned from death. I learned this by reading studies about creativity and what makes great artists. Death confirmed these notions as being quite valid. I could see this clearly as consciousness emerged in the energetic dimension. It’s something that I need to remind myself of, when I start to wander away from my creative tasks at hand.
All the greatest artists and writers in the world have been discouraged and placed on a back shelf by someone or another, from time to time. The world has been robbed by narrow-minded fools who take it upon themselves to discourage creative genius. This is the state of the world, governed by subjectivity, confusion, pettiness, stupidity and insecurity. The biases inherent within institutions often create obstructions for nearly everyone. Only the most stubborn and determined remain to create. Most remain in obscurity until the end of their days.
Obstructing people with great potentiality is quite common. This begins at an early age. It’s not hard to find someone who has been told that they should not create art, or music, or literature. I had this conversation just a few days ago with someone that asked me about my books and paintings. This person, it occurred to me, could have been much better at it than me; however, he told me that he had stopped, due to a teacher telling him he was no good. Well, that was a lie, and that was no teacher.
We are limited by those who are themselves quite limited. This creative potentiality is really spiritual energy, expressed as light. In competitive materialistic cultures, it is common to see creative genius attacked. What we need to know is that anyone or anything that limits our potentiality is not important. Shrug it off, snip the strings of karma. Do what you need to do. Demons standing between us and the light should be pushed aside, treated as irrelevant and harmful. Protect your mind.
So, why am I writing about this today? It’s because I’ve been enjoying life, creating, sitting in deep contemplation, and I can see that everyone needs to discover what is important in life. We all need to remove obstructions in order to awaken. We need to know what that is.
In The Frog, you will find two chapters about dealing specifically with demons and how this relates to spiritual life and the Spiritual Path. You simply cannot let hundreds or even millions of demons stand in your way. We need to face them. The more open your heart and mind become, the more creativity you manifest, the more likely it is for demons to try to stop you from awakening. Creativity is an expression of divine light.
Now, what form does this take? I can’t tell you that. It’s unlimited, and it is your essence reflecting from our Real Nature. All I really know for sure is that it will be weird. If you create in such a way that is highly constricted, following nuances of normalcy and rules, then you are operating within confusion. If you are too joyful to be concerned about restrictions, then you are tapping into ultimate wisdom, which is the light of Dharmakaya. Be weird!
If nothing stands in your way, if all obstructions have been removed, then you awaken. This is important to know. The world is structured around limitations and ego. Awakening has no limitations, and ego becomes annihilated. It is ultimate creative energy, beyond even concept. Think about that a little bit, then rest in that knowledge. Be present in that. Understand that awakening has unlimited potentiality. If we start to exhibit unlimited characteristics, then that would be truly weird. Accept it as an evolution from your present condition.
Another thing to keep in mind is that when we release our creative energy, we bring unlimited beauty into the world. Respect that. We have the ability to be the well-spring of ultimate light, rather than being the sort of confused being who apes those fools who limit us.
I have no doubt, when we start to examine our own mind, as well as our own potentiality, that we will start to shake things loose by allowing ourselves to be weird. It will be nearly impossible for anything to truly stand in our way. We will all awaken.
Blessings of Light,