By Cathy Eck
The Normal Creative Process
The normal creative process involves setting goals, deciding what actions to take for success, and finding the motivation to do what must be done. Getting the goal, or the perks associated with the goal, is the purpose of creating in this way.
This process takes willpower, hard work, and dedication. Once our mind accepts that creating happens from the outside in, it requires that we continue to do so. It can become exhausting over time. We live in the future instead of the present.
Creating from the inside out is different. We still create a goal, intention, or desire, but the purpose of that desire is simply to set our direction – achievement of the goal is secondary. We focus our attention on the beliefs and thoughts that stand between our current reality and our desire. We clear the gap between them. Once we are congruent with our desire in mind, body, and spirit, it must manifest.
The Mind is Key
Most people have evolved in their thinking to recognize the importance of their mind. However, most have replaced physical hard work with mental hard work — visualize the dream, say those affirmations, believe and you will achieve. Willpower is still key, and more people fail than succeed.
True inside-out creating looks new, but it’s actually very old. It was the way that initiates created in ancient times. It was said that the initiates entered mystery schools as mortals and exited as Gods.
The initiates knew that problems had mental causes – beliefs created the gap between mundane reality and the desired result. The initiate let go of his or her beliefs until the gap disappeared.
Schools of initiation made great leaders, with pure, loving minds that manifested anything they desired effortlessly. The initiate didn’t take action until it was effortless and inspired. The majority of their work was mental.
In the ancient mystery school, you weren’t permitted to convince others to believe or support you. You weren’t permitted to change your behaviors unless inspired. You weren’t permitted to request advice. You weren’t permitted to fix the effects of your beliefs. You weren’t even allowed to change your mind. You simply let go of your beliefs so completely that it was as if they had never existed. You were only allowed to ask for support in letting go. Your mentor, or initiator, helped you to discriminate until your mind became clear.
Why is this so powerful?
When you work toward fulfillment of desires in this way, you become completely inner directed. Instead of focusing on results, you observe and let go of the thoughts and feelings in your mind and body. You move out of the future into the present. You focus on your own life instead of others. Of course, the past has colored the present so the past does arise, but only so that it can be examined, reviewed, and let go. The initiate’s mind becomes a discrimination machine, separating the wheat from the chaff until only the truth remains. This was called finding the kingdom of heaven first so that anything could be made manifest.
If you do this process and your desire is not right for you, you’ll lose the desire. You won’t get it, and you won’t care. A true desire doesn’t disappear; it expects to be fulfilled. You can’t screw this process up, and you can’t harm others by letting go. That alone makes it a wonderful process.
Beliefs can be let go, but you can’t let go of the truth. In addition, the desires you fulfill this way will never have a backlash that you’ll have to deal with later on. The process is holistic and pure.
Our human challenge comes from sharing earth with others who have different desires and goals and allowing them to fulfill their dreams while traveling down our own lane. Eventually, we learn that we win when others win; that was the final lesson of initiation. The initiate realized that competition doesn’t work; joy is in cooperation and co-creation.
It’s Worth It
At first, this way of living creates a mental apocalypse. People are shocked when they begin to witness their minds. Their complex of beliefs, which the ancients called the false self, doesn’t go down easily; it has tricks and traps. Letting go can feel as if one is fighting the battle of Armageddon within.
But each small victory over the false self exposes more of the True Self. For some, the false self wins; and they get pulled into the outer-directed world once again. Others will remark. “I know I was born to do this; it just feels right.”
So it is a choice — a way of living that’s there for us when we choose it. You know you’re ready when you can’t find the motivation to create in the old ways anymore. You just can’t say one more affirmation, follow one more practice, or force yourself into action anymore.
For me, this way of living became so much more than creation. Creating from the inside out is completely win-win. Jealousy, fear, and anger go away. You become incredibly cooperative and find joy in others realizing their dreams. You find aspects of your life improving that had nothing to do with your goals. Health improves, problems cease to exist, and relationships become easier. You laugh more at life because it becomes much less serious. In short order, you can’t imagine going back to the old way of creating.
In the ancient world, this divine way of life was only available to those who could leave their homes and families. But now, we can all choose the path of initiation and achieve mental and emotional freedom in this life.
Here’s an article about a local San Diego woman who did create from the inside out.