Getting Real About Your Life: The Secret to Creativity

Creativity

By Cathy Eck

 

Creativity

Creativity occurs in the gap between our vision and our reality.  Ideally, that gap is constantly diminishing.  That’s when we enjoy our journey.

In business, I loved creating an insane challenge and then fulfilling it.  In technology, the value of a computer system was measured in years.  A three-to-five year payback on investment was normal at that time.  I promised a one-year payback.  My normal system, which was more expensive than the competition, paid for itself in three-to-six months.

Bringing down the payback period taught me a valuable lesson.  Much of my success was the vision I set for each project.  What I must share, however, is that no one believed my vision was possible.  Even the companies that hired me would say, “Yea right.  You can’t do that.”  They couldn’t do it, but I knew I could.  Only in hindsight, do I understand why.

 

Fantasy

People tend to fall into two groups.  The first group lives in the fantasy world.  They say their affirmations and focus on the positive.  They daydream of better days while ignoring the reality that they don’t believe they can achieve those days.  The extreme metaphor for these people are lottery players.  Their life is so dismal that they believe that the only way out is to win something that has one chance in a million.  These people usually have right-brain oriented views of life.  They tend to visualize, talk all the time, and philosophize, but don’t get much done.  They use cognitive dissonance to bridge gaps in their belief systems.  When their reasoning breaks down, they usually insert an angel, a miracle, or fate.  They manufacture religions.

 

Realism

The other group is so grounded in reality that their face is stuck in the mud.  They tend to be left brainers.  They get shit done, but often make a mess of things when they do it.  They have good memories, which they use on others to bring up things they did thirty years ago.  If science doesn’t have the answer, there’s no answer.  Nothing exists beyond reality.  Incurable is their death sentence.  They create lots of problems and want rewarded when they fix their own problems.  They get a small reprieve after they fix something — a brief moment of satisfaction.  Then something else breaks.  They argue for political, religious, or any one-sided point of view until they make everyone around them want to vomit.  These are the scientists that waste time and money proving their reality is the truth.

The place of creativity isn’t in either extreme.  Remember the old triangle process (above).  Creativity, and all the other joys of life, are at the top of the triangle.  Fantasy and Harsh Reality live at the bottom.

 

Enjoying The Journey to the Top

Creativity lives at the top of the triangle.  To get there, we must get honest about our current reality.  That’s our starting place.  It isn’t what we deserve, it sure as hell isn’t something we need to accept, and it isn’t something we need to face for very long.  It’s an honest assessment of our current situation.  Fantasy, the other side of the triangle, is where we want to be.  It might look possible or impossible.  That doesn’t matter.  When we bring together the right recipe of these two ingredients, and we let go, we ride the creative wave to the top.

Anyone who appears to have natural talent rides that wave every day, but often only in one aspect of their life.  I could thrive among the best in my field because I knew I could.  I didn’t “know” because I thumped my chest every morning while looking in the mirror and mimicking Tony Robbins.  I didn’t believe I could.  In fact, I actually had no beliefs that I couldn’t.  (Although after watching “The Wolf of Wall Street,” I tried out the chant-chest thump technique; I gotta admit, it was kind of fun. It made me feel like a he-man.)

 

Letting Go

I left the business and technology world because I wanted to learn why that worked for me and why others couldn’t do it.  I also wondered why I couldn’t do that in every aspect of my life.

It was clearly something in people’s minds that veiled their natural gifts.  I only had to find out how to reverse that man-made error.

First, I got painfully real.  Most of the world believes they have no talent.  Most people feel like pawns with no chance of fulfilling their dreams.  Most people have strong religious and family-cultural beliefs that they view as the truth.  Most of the world accepts their reality as God ordered.  There’s more, but you get the idea.  That was my “Get Real.”  Now I was done with getting real — just needed my accurate and honest starting point.

Now what’s my vision?  This was the question I wanted to solve.  How can every person unveil their unique expression, gifts and talents, and true perspective?  But I also had other conditions that clarified an acceptable answer.  I wanted the answer to be something anyone could do — not just MENSA members, not just those belonging to certain religions or clubs, and not just rich people.  It had to be win-win and possible for everyone on the planet.  It had to be simple, able to be done alone, and easy to remember.  Pretty high stakes.

Fifteen years later, I had the technique.  It met all of those conditions.  But I had to let go of a zillion beliefs to get there.  What appears to be a God-given gift or talent is actually a black holes in our mind where we have few or no beliefs.  That’s all.  Letting go, not cognitive dissonance, removes the gap between our vision and our reality.

Our beliefs rest between our get real and our vision like a big block of granite.  We keep chipping away at those beliefs with our little chisel.  One day, there’s nothing left.  We’re free.

 

 

 

The False Self as a Container and Level Confusion

beliefs separate

By Cathy Eck

 

We Are One

One of the most dangerous beliefs to come out of the New Age Movement is, “We are One.”  It’s hard to understand why this statement is dangerous because it’s true.  However, it’s only true at the True Self level.  When we put True Self thinking on top of false self beliefs, we create serious level confusion.  Our false self usually projects an opponent that we abhor, and we can’t escape them because our false mind thinks we’re one with them.

The last thing we want is oneness with other false selves.  If our false self believes in oneness, it will also become one with other people’s confusion, pain, or suffering; or it will take responsibility for things that we didn’t create.

Once we understand that our false selves weren’t designed to be one with other false selves, the process of letting go gets much easier and faster.  The false self is like a creative container.  In order to create anything, we do need some beliefs.  We hold the beliefs we need in our false self container while we create or co-create; then when we’re done with that creative act, we erase the container and start over.  This was called remaining a mental virgin in the ancient world.

Beliefs were never meant to be permanent.  The True Self holds that which is permanent or immortal; it can’t be erased.  Therefore, letting go of the belief in oneness is totally safe; and it can be life changing.

 

Mind As Computer

The computer is a near perfect analogy for our minds.  When we buy a computer, it comes with an operating system.  Everyone gets an  operating system.  You could say that computers are the same at birth.  But the operating system doesn’t do much; it only provides creative potential.  Likewise, our True Self is our mind’s operating system.  It provides the potential, but we need beliefs or programs to create.

Once we take over creative responsibility for our computer, we load programs, many of which we share with other users.  These popular programs could be likened to cultural or religious beliefs.  If we enjoy a particular program, we’ll want to study it or talk about it with others.  We might take classes in that program or join a user’s group.  We might not want to ever delete that program, but we can.  And, most important, we don’t have the right to sneak into another person’s office and install our program on their computer.  We must honor the privacy of  others and leave their hard drive alone.  Our passion is meant to fuel our own creativity — not to become an evangelist for our programs.

After loading programs, we add data, sound, and images that are uniquely our own.  In a short period of time, we won’t find another computer exactly like ours in all the world.  We can’t let go of the operating system or True Self because that would destroy our creative capacity.  But we have complete control over our hard drive (our false self).  We can add or delete programs and data as necessary depending on what we want to create and who we want to co-create with.

 

Back to The Mind

The data or programs we load into our false mind create uniqueness.  If we chose our programs carefully for creative purposes, we’ll love the focus and potential that our false mind provides.  We won’t feel separate from others because our True Self has oneness handled.  In addition, we’ll easily erase the beliefs when our creative focus changes.

But if we didn’t choose our programs, we’ll lack creative uniqueness.  We’ll only be able to copy others.  We’ll find it difficult or impossible to erase our hard drive.   We’ll fear that erasing the shared programs or data will produce loneliness (when the exact opposite is true).  Our perfect creative tool has now become a high security prison where the prisoners make sure that no one escapes.

If we’ve had controlling people in our life who thought they owned our hard drive, we’ll fear the programs (beliefs) of others.  We’ll fear that everyone wants to take over our hard drive.  When we fear that another can do such a thing, they do.  This is a huge problem in the world today.  Everyone is afraid of everyone else’s beliefs.  They keep trying to strengthen their firewall (boundaries) with more beliefs and programs.  They don’t realize that in order to fear another’s belief system, they have to hold it in mind.  If we let their beliefs go from our mind, we lose our fear of them.  Our immortal True Self provides far better protection than even the best program.

 

False Self Example

If my friend and I share a belief in hard work, and I delete my belief, her mental container remains unaffected.  I can’t delete beliefs from her mind.  But now I’m leading an easy life while she’s still working herself to death.  She could let go of her belief and join me, but she’s proud of her hard work ethic.  She gets approval for her martyrdom.  From her veiled perspective, I might look lazy or like I’m cheating at life.  I’m now her enemy.

The false self bonds or creates the illusion of oneness using beliefs.  It looks for like-minded people for comfort and security.  It wants other prisoners around it to validate its false rightness.  It feels lonely without like-minded support.

After letting go, we’re often tempted to turn back because those we care about believe we’ve abandoned, rejected or hurt them.  But we must keep letting go until we clear our mind completely and rediscover the place where WE REALLY ARE ALL ONE  — the place of no borders.  We didn’t abandon or reject them; they’re creating their own painful separation by holding on.  Once our own mind is free and our judgment gone, we can hold out our hand.  And often they reach up, grab on, and let go.  Now, WE ARE ONE.

 

The True Self is Simple; Complexity is False but Interesting

Truth versus Lies (Beliefs)

By Cathy Eck

You Don’t Need to Learn the Truth,

You Only Need to Let Go of What Hides It

When I was in business nearly every day someone yelled, “KISS” (keep it simple stupid).  People in intellect-driven fields, like accounting and technology, often make something really simple into something very complex.  Complexity costs money.  Often it’s born from someone trying to prove their personal superiority at the expense of the team or company.

Those who could keep it simple were valuable.  They could move a team of diverse people though a project and get it done without problems.

 

Preachers and Teachers

I’m often reminded of this when I listen to intellectuals explain their view of consciousness.  They see sacred geometry, worm holes, and parallel universes.  It’s cool, and I love to read about their perspective.  I enjoy their lectures and love that they shared them with me.  But I see it as their perspective.

At one time, I’d accept other’s perspectives as THE truth, often because they were convinced that their perspective was the absolute truth.  I’d stuff their perspective into my already cluttered mind.  Later, I realized that their perspective wasn’t completely true.  Often cognitive dissonance traversed their broad canyons.  Most perspectives are a blend of true and false — that’s human perception.

Right-brained people see divine images of Gods and Goddesses or the cosmos; they hear channeled beings.  That’s all cool too; and it produces amazing art and stories.  But once again, if we turn it into THE truth versus their truth, we create confusion.  The truth that we all share, uniquely expressed, plus our beliefs create our life perspective (our reality).  I don’t dislike beliefs.  But, I abhor when someone makes their beliefs the truth.  That causes every problem in the world; it keeps people in prisons of misery.

 

KISS Equals Freedom

I learned from my business years.  I keep my ideals for this website lean and simple.  When our intellect isn’t engaged, letting go is easier.

First, I want everyone to have the ability to find their truth, their wisdom, and their creative genius inside.  That’s a human right.

Second, I want to expose beliefs that people have sold as the truth so that they no longer hurt people.

Third, I want to empower people to “JUST SAY NO” to other people’s beliefs if they don’t enhance their life.  I want people to know they can let go and how to do it.  That way, if they want to, they can clean up their mind and live their perfect life.

 

Simple Works

I offer simple analogies and techniques because when you tear open the mind, you find that it’s simple.  Learning and memorizing made our minds so damn complex.  If we feel emotion when we think something, it’s false.  How can anything be more simple than that?  It’s the false mind that added masculine/feminine, projection, and psychological reversal so that we’d get confused about what is true and what is false.  It’s the false mind that said that beliefs are true even though they feel bad.  When we add complexity to our mind by filling it with beliefs, we make ourselves rigid and ordinary.  We cover up our True Self.  Complexity breeds problems and then solves those same problems.

The processes that I suggest are simple, but don’t discount them.   We’re often afraid to let go of our knowledge because we think we’ll become grunting cavemen.  But that hasn’t been my experience at all.  Our false mind tells us that it’s giving us what can only come from our True Self.  Our false mind lies because it’s afraid of dying or being exposed.

 

Which is more beautiful?

Looking at a rose or reading the biological description of one.

Which is more loving?

Holding the person you love or studying their biological anatomy.

Which is more real?

The Army’s beliefs and emotions or the number of people and date that he killed them.

When we intellectualize something, we move away from the essence of it.  We become incapable of true love or being our authentic Selves.  Hurting others becomes easy.

That’s what society has done.  It’s tried to explain everything with logic.  In doing so, it has lost the simplicity, the beauty, and the love that’s natural.  We don’t need to know every line in a play; we just need to know our part.  But we’ll think we need to know and control everything if we can’t trust the other people on the stage.  We’ve become more knowledgeable and less trusting because knowledge can’t be trusted; it isn’t wisdom.

Knowledge is becoming worthless as it should be.  We’re living at a time when we can let computers store the facts and data, while we focus on being ourselves, being creators and innovators, or being true lovers.  People go to workshop after workshop to learn what’s true when they have a perfect discrimination system inside that they don’t use.  There are classes on how to hook our soul mate, but why?  If the soul has a mate, can’t it find the damn thing?   We see our True Self as weak.  Thanks religion.  We must realize how stupid we’ve become since we’ve accepted knowledge and let it go.

The intellect isn’t bad.  I’m still an intellectual person, but I know when to pull on the reigns and stop the horse from going the wrong way.  When a belief is hurting myself or another, I let it go.  When a belief has to be held together with duct tape to work, I let it go.  When a belief keeps me from a dream that feels peaceful and calm and right, I let it go.  When another demands me to think like them, I let them go.  It really is simple.

Beliefs can be fun and creative so long as we never forget that no matter how cool beliefs might be, they aren’t true.  And if they no longer serve our needs, we can let them go.

All One or Alone: The Creative Mind as an Individual Container

 

Minds are individual containers.

By Cathy Eck

 

All ONE

One of the biggest areas of level confusion to become popular with the New Age movement was the idea that we’re all ONE.  At the level of the True Self (or God), we’re absolutely all ONE.  That oneness can’t be broken or destroyed.  It’s a bond of unconditional love, peace, joy, and freedom.   It is eternal and lives beyond the boundaries of space and time.

But our minds were designed to also separate us from others so that we could individually create.  Imagine if we couldn’t hold individual thoughts.  We wouldn’t be able to focus on an individual creative project or be separate unique beings.  We’d become constantly confused by the thoughts of others.  Sadly, this is exactly what happens when we accept the idea that were all ONE at the level of false selves.

The way we’re designed, our True Self develops an idea.  As creators, we have to make that idea physical.  In order to do that, we create beliefs to bridge the nonphysical idea with the physical manifestation.  These beliefs are false, but they aren’t harmful if guided by our True Self (also called first-cause creation).  Time, colors, shapes, space, and tones are all beliefs that were created by our True Self for creative purposes; they bring us great joy.

 

Left and Right Brain

The structure of our brain mirrors our false mind.  Our left brain is masculine in nature.  It’s intellectual and allows us to hold ideas, intentions, memories, and beliefs.  Our right brain is feminine and receptive.  It receives inspiration and wisdom to bring our vision to life.

Ideally, our masculine mind sets a pure creative intention.  Then our right brain (feminine) receives wisdom and creative inspiration to move toward the vision.  The left brain holds the wisdom (now beliefs) received by the feminine mind, and the process continues until we reach our destination.  Then we let go of the whole false mind so we can create again.

If we get off the path and start missing the mark of our vision (sinning in the ancient world), we get an emotional signal from our feminine, which gently guides us back on to our path.

When we use our individual mental containers (false minds) in the way they’re designed, we move toward our vision without stress or problems.  We effortlessly travel the delightful journey from idea to fruition.  But as you can see, we must listen to our emotions and self-correct as needed.

 

What Went Wrong

We all came to the earth experience with a unique perspective.  In a perfect life experience, we’d naturally accept the creative projects that are right for us.  We’d choose only beliefs that are necessary to fulfill those desires.  We wouldn’t hold on to anything that’s unnecessary.  We wouldn’t get caught up in other people’s beliefs or desires.

When my children chose to unschool, I noticed that they innately understood what they needed to learn.  If a subject wasn’t part of their future, they didn’t want to learn it.  I could not motivate them.  They even knew that things like cursive writing would become obsolete as we moved toward mobile devices and email.  It became obvious that I was a very poor substitute for their True Self, which clearly had the big picture.

However, in the illusion, we think teachers know what we need to learn.  We think preachers know what we should believe.  And we think authorities are needed to keep us in line.  We think doctors, dietitians, and trainers know what’s best for our bodies.  We act as if we have no clue what’s right for us.  We put everyone’s beliefs and knowledge in our containers, filling them with worthless crap.

We assume that what’s right for another, especially if they’re an expert or authority, is right for us.  We wonder why we’re so unhappy with our lives.  We’re constantly faced with decisions and problems.

 

Cleaning Out the Container

If we want to live from our True Self and create as designed, we have to clean out our mental containers (false selves).  We have to take responsibility for what we put in them.  What isn’t true or necessary for our perfect life needs to go.  If others don’t like us letting go of their precious beliefs or judgments, that’s their problem.

We must let go of the beliefs that don’t serve our own creative desires.  We must let go of allowing others to tell us what to believe and how to live our lives.  We must trust that letting go never hurt anyone, and we can’t let go of what is True.  We must use our emotions to show us what to let go when we’re confused or indecisive.

As we clean, our mental containers become virgin.  They only have within them what we need for our own divine creative experience.  We live fully in the present without trying to be in the present.  Our past supports our present and our future.  Our mind is quiet except for what we actually need to think or believe.  We have no decisions to make, no confusion to unravel.

When we achieve this level of clarity, we’re still all ONE at the level of the True Self. However, our minds are now well-stocked, but neatly organized, individual containers at the level of the false self.

When we erroneously combine our false selves, we sadly end up ALONE.  Loneliness occurs when we are hoarders of the beliefs and desires of others.  Our containers become so full of worthless information that we can’t find our True Self.  We spend our life looking for who we are.

Other people’s beliefs belong to them, and they don’t just jump into our mind.  We allow them to come in, and we hold them hostage.  If we use our mind as designed, we live as creators in the image and likeness of God.  We’re loving True Selves that are ALL ONE and perfect creators with virgin false selves that are ALONE.

Creative Genius: Emotions, Going Within, and Letting Go

Gateway To Gold God

By Cathy Eck

Going Within

Jesus said again and again that the father is within.  Yet, religions (east and west) preach going out or up to find God.  Jesus spoke like an initiate.  I’d put my money on him.  When we go within, we find God, truth, and creative genius.  Of course, that makes religions obsolete.

Going within requires facing our emotions.  Most people would rather face a man-eating lion than feel their emotions.  That’s why religion is so attractive.  You go to church, put a few bucks in the pot, and get a cheap pass to heaven.

People with a western religious point-of-view avoid their emotions completely and go to the happy place with lollipops and sunshine.  They project their evil on the non-believers.  People with eastern religious perspectives believe they’re going within when they meditate, but they actually push aside their thoughts and emotions.  They project their unwanted thoughts on to the unenlightened or lower classes.

 

Mind of the Creative Genius

There was one group of men throughout history who were very close to fitting the pattern of the initiate.  (I’m talking about men because initiation has been associated with men for the last few thousand years.)   These were the creative geniuses like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and writers like Dostoyevsky (many others used pen names or called themselves anonymous to stay alive).  Creative genius is in the dance choreography of Baryshnikov and the music of Beethoven.  These great men saw through initiated eyes.  Einstein and Nikola Tesla were creative geniuses in the form of inventors.

The creative genius knew the truth of life, but they often didn’t know what to do with the collective mind of their time.  They sadly believed that the world saw through sleepy eyes and didn’t understand them or appreciate them.  They never challenged that belief because they held it as true.  The creative genius lived in hell for the sake of ideas.  Today, those of us who choose the path of initiation stand on their shoulders.   But we don’t have to live in hell; we can let their beliefs go turning hell into heaven.

 

Gold is in the Earth

Just like the gold is in the darkness of the earth, our creative genius (or True Self) is also in the darkness of our own mind.  The True Self resides in the same place as our emotions, our memories, and our beliefs.  One who goes after the creative prize often goes insane or becomes reclusive because it ain’t pretty in there.  Initiation stories were filled with horrible myths and metaphors of the battle we face when we go inside our own mind to find the holy grail of creative genius.  That’s where the Apocalypse happens.  It’s where we must excavate if we want to live as a creative genius.

The creative genius of the past didn’t believe they could change the collective illusion.  They didn’t know how to let go.  They had the courage to face the crap inside of their mind for the sake of artistic expression, but they often believed the crap was real.  It wore them down and robbed them of their life force.  They despised the religious teachings of their time, but they still believed them and gave them power.

We prove the collective beliefs wrong by going within, facing the beliefs head on, and letting them go.  Running from beliefs or suppressing them makes them stronger.  We lose our creativity; or worse yet, we recycle the creativity of others turning it into vomit. Fear of our own beliefs and emotions is what eventually takes us down and makes us ordinary.

People often ask how I came to understand the initiates.  I studied their work; then I let go of my beliefs until I understood them.  When you go into the gateway to real gold, you find endless creative genius waiting to be explored and expressed.

 

The Prize

I’ve also learned that when I let go inside, I receive continued confirmation on the outside.  Yesterday I read a quote that was a beautiful confirmation surprise.

In Los Angeles at the Writer’ Store, I picked up a book called “From Where You Dream, The Process of Writing Fiction,” by Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer Prize winning author.   Butler was comparing the artist’s zone to the athlete’s zone.   He explained that the athletic zone is often shallow, fueled by superstitions and repetition, often called body memory.  This won’t work for a creative genius. Here is what he wrote:

Now, there’s one big difference between the athlete’s zone and the artist’s zone….When Michael [Jordan] received a pass at the top of the key in full flight and he left the ground, he defied gravity, floated through the air, let that ball roll off his fingertips and into the basket…When he did that, he had to be in the zone.  He could not be thinking about what he was doing.  But to make his zone exactly analogous to the art zone, you have to to add this:  every time he shoots, in order to make a basket Michael Jordan would have to confront, without flinching, the moment when his father’s chest was blown apart by the shotgun held by his kidnapper.  You know that happened in Michael Jordan’s life.  Michael would have to confront that in order to make a basket every time.  Without flinching.  Now his zone is equal to the artist’s zone.  And now you understand the challenge of being an artist.

What Butler described perfectly and elegantly as the artist’s zone is true creative genius, living from the True Self, or initiation.  It is within everyone; we simply have to be willing to dig where most men and women are too afraid to go — inside of their own belief-ridden minds.

They say humans are not capable of perfection.  That is not true.  But they must be willing to live completely within the hell of their own mind until the shotgun moments become just a dream and creative genius becomes their normal reality.