Disidentifying with Results of Creation

Disidentifying with Results of Creation

First enemy of artistic endeavor. Fear. It creeps on us always from under the threshold of our awareness and before we know it it’s there in the driver’s seat taking us for a journey through hell. How else could we call that place that stops us from freely expressing ourselves by throwing at us images that shame us, make us seem inadequate and powerless. Showing us illusory wrong turns stem of failed decisions that we never make. There’s never a better time than now to stop handing it weapons that it turns against us. One such weapon is identifying with what we call our own creation. We can remove the concept of that weapon from existence by revising the idea about what part do we really play in the process of manifesting creation into our shared reality.
Our best thoughts come from others.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To remove ourselves from the need of judgment of what our hands are shaping as good or bad we remove the notion of failure. If we realize that we are just conveying ideas from the higher plane of inspiration, we are able to escape the mad circle of judging and comparing ourselves because we are not the creators!

Disidentifying with Results of CreationSwitching into the role of the observer, we are able to fine tune the channeling of the inspiration. We open up for listening where the heart wants to go and are quick to see the enemy throwing at us (un)reasons of why we can’t, shouldn’t and aren’t able.

In the “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” the protagonist is on the quest of understanding quality – this marriage of subjective and objective truth that escapes analysis yet is heart-felt by all. In his search he discovers that generations of art and philosophy students concern themselves with studying techniques and taking apart artworks, analyzing their construction as if this was to take them closer to understanding their genesis. When looked at how this works come to life, we observe a kind of intuitive expression, not laborious construction of single disjointed elements without the concern for the whole. Contrary to what their analysis would like us have.

Importance lays in the “doing”. Difficulty disappears if there’s no need for what we are doing to be good. If it presents itself in the form of inspiration, it is us. And it is for us to allow to freely express through our beings. Expressing ourselves is why we are here. Letting the movement pile up into growing avalanche of frustration is a non-alternative. Disarm fear. Ground inspiration without judgement.

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  • cinevit

    I agree with this statement. When I see my kid’s drawings, they are manifestation of pure expression, without any deep analysis or “artistic” deconstruction. Knowledge and technique is important. But it can’t get in a way of simple joy of creation. The joy of doing is the progress. The fear is inability and regress.

    • Marcin R Akowski

      I see knowledge and technique the byproducts of doing. We can even learn about knowledge and technique and never apply it. It just occurred to me that there are two ways of learning – learning to do (before doing) and learning while doing. Doing adds feeling to knowledge which I’d call experience. It’s like sitting inside a classroom and listening about how to ride the motorbike or actually going out and doing it. Yet, it’s funny how much we can learn after we started doing and compare that experience to what are other’s experiences about it. In conclusion: Doing first!

      • I think both learning and doing can be beneficial, it will really depend on the subject of studies. It is just a matter of finding the right balance.

        But in all aspects, doing trumps not doing any time 😉

        Also, I think the most important take away would be that attachment to the end result can often skew the result itself. I once read something in the lines of “treat everything as an experiment”. I think that with this sort of approach one can allow oneself to venture where he wouldn’t if end result have mattered.