Monday, July 13, 2009

Osho on Creativity

"Meaning has to be created in life, meaning is not given already. You are given freedom, you are given creativity, you are given life. All that is needed to create meaning is given, all the essential ingredients of meaning are given, but meaning is not given.
Meaning has to be created by you. You have to become a creator in your own right. And when you become a creator in your own right, you participate with god, you become part of god."

This past week was Liberated Muse's First Tuesday's at Jojo's in Washington DC. A small group of folks from the Liberated Muse family came out to feast on dirt cheap eats and get their drink on. I had a nice time, as I rarely get a chance to make it, since around this time, my daughter is usually being picked up from school. Maceo usually runs First Tuesdays. But, he was unable to make it this month. I had a pleasent time. During a point in fellowshipping, one of the ladies present brought up how she wished she was creative like the artist Sharon Burton who designed the cover of the book Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. I (of course) had laid the books out to sell, and she had picked up a copy, admiring how beautiful the cover's artwork was. This woman, very beautiful and creatively adorned and put together visually, exclaimed, "Oh, how I wish I was creative!"
Those of us at the table immediately responded in turn. It was photographer Camille Mosely-Pasely who was at the table who made it clear when she said, "Everyone is creative. You just have to find what it is you create and do it."
As I read Osho's book on creativity, this conversation at First Tuesdays comes to mind as an example of Osho's wise words on what creativity is:
"Be creative. Don't be worried about what you are doing -- one has to do many things -- but do everything creatively, with devotion. Then your work becomes worship. Then whatsoever you do is a prayer. And whatsoever you do is an offering at the altar. Drop this belief that you are uncreative. I know how this belief is created: you may not have been a gold medalist in the university; you may not have been top in your class; your painting may not have won appreciation; when you play on your flute, neighbors report to the police. Maybe -- but just because of these things, don't get the wrong belief that you are uncreative."
Have a wonderful and CREATIVE Monday and rest of the week...

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