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Transforming Fear to Joy

Creativity & Consciousness — You can’t have one without the other

In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life.  What wisdom traditions also call spirit.     Deepak Chopra

Consciousness has also been defined as the subjective quality of the experiential mind, or simply put, the mind’s awareness of itself and the world.  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, 19th century philosopher, stated “the history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.”  Implicit in Hegel’s statement is the recognition of freedom as a driving force in human development and evolution.  Gratefully, in countries like Canada, physical, religious and political freedom is protected.  Although Canadian (and other ‘westernized’) society may share in this broader sense of freedom, freedom from fear still eludes most people.  I would venture to say, the next step to raising consciousness on humanity’s evolutionary ladder is the challenge of freedom from fear.

. . . we’re seeing a higher level of consciousness and many more opportunities
for people to challenge their present ways of thinking and move into a grander
and larger experience of who they really are. 
    Neale Donald Walsch

Just as we use our rational, scientific abilities to evolve our intellect, we use our creative abilities to evolve our humanity.  It is the integration of head (intellect, reason) and heart (intuition, emotion) that ultimately evolves our individual and collective consciousness.   Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson, believed beauty manifests unexpectedly and consciousness evolves when we allow extraordinary insight to inspire us.  The art of manifesting unexpected beauty is the act of creativity wherein extraordinary insight emerges intuitively.  All of this occurs only if fear is not present.

So, how can we detour around our fears so we can create our own unexpected beauty?  The answer is present moment awareness.  Barbara de Angelis proffers, “only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson or delight that moment has to offer.”  Intuition comes to us when our mind is clear of regrets about the past and worries about the future (fear).

We are never more present to the moment than when we are in the act of creation.  In my own creative journey, I discovered this fact — when I am inspired and involved in creating something new, there is no room for fear.  The predominant emotion experienced during creative acts is joy — maybe excitement, never fear.  Because human consciousness cannot hold two different thoughts (or feelings) at the same time, we can through our creative actions eradicate or at least lessen how often we are fearful.

If you do not consider yourself a creative person, now is the time to change this thinking.  We are all creative people, however our ability to be creative, like any capacity, may be underutilized or dependent on less sophisticated methods.  The more we can practice creativity, the more we will expand our individual and collective potential and consciousness.