Sometimes it seems the best thing we can do in life is surrender to the flow of the universe and trust that it’s all going to work out exactly as it’s supposed to. It’s generally not an easy pill to swallow because of our ideas about what our lives should or should not look like but at the end of the day it might be the wisest decision of all. We can try our best to establish goals and can formulate all kinds of elaborate plans in hopes that they allow us to acheive them, but behind it all there is an inner wisdom which is giggling at our strenuous effort.
Terrance McKenna, the well known ethnobotanist/mystic/psychonaut referred to this wisdom (and our resistance to it) as the cosmic giggle-which basically means that for all the pushing and pulling we do with our limited human intellect, there is a divine order behind it all which is laughing at our attempts to control it. It is the same order that beats our hearts and grows our hair and keeps the planets revolving in their amazingly accurate orbit. It is an order that is within as well as without.
Our ego (the thing that likes to consider itself separate from everything else in the universe) is like a single leaf on a massive tree. Sure, the leaf is unique and has its own direction when it detaches from the branch but fundamentally speaking, it is not separate from the tree-nor is it the tree Itself. It is both and neither. The leaf is subject to the laws that govern its relationship with the whole of the tree, so that even if the leaf has a special plan for its life and knows what it wants to accomplish, its destiny is subject to a much larger order.
What i’m trying to get at here is that our very essence is inseparable from the essence of all that is. If our egos are the leaves and the tree is the intelligence of the universe, then it’s not a stretch to believe that we are made of and also contain, that very same energy. Which ultimately means that when we let go of our intellectual need to control the way things are, we are in fact putting faith in our higher selves-or what is sometimes called “Big Mind.”
So, at this point you might be wondering what all this has to do with creativity and here is what I have to offer:
The energy that we use to create art with is no different from the energy which the universe uses to create stars and planets and galaxies.
In order to connect with this energy it would behoove us to step out of the analytical mind for a while and lend an ear to the silent wisdom within.
When times are tough and we are feeling uninspired we should stop, take a deep breath and learn to laugh along with the cosmic giggle.
Don’t believe anything I am saying here-just feel it out for yourself and see if these ideas inspire you as much as they have inspired me!