The Dynamic of Your Creative Power
By Matthew Joyce
What is God to you? Your answer says much about how you view your own creative power.
Allah, Yahweh, Atman, the Great Spirit, Zeus, Osiris, Gaia, the Divine Feminine, the Force, the Field. We are surrounded by other people’s conceptions of God. Some are deeply ingrained in human culture. Others date from ages past and no longer seem to apply. A few are newly emerging.
God has countless names, yet billions of people agree there is a universal creative force that is everywhere and in everything. Maybe you think so too.
If so, it might be time to reconsider how you think of God.
What’s Your Answer to These Questions?
- Is your concept of God one that someone else gave to you, or is it one that you crafted for yourself?
- Does God have a form, such as Jesus, Buddha, or Ganesh? Is God a formless being or an invisible force?
- Is God a being to be worshiped or supplicated, or something within from yourself?
- Is God firm, paternal, gently supportive, or someone you can have personal conversations with?
- Is God the blind watchmaker of evolution or random chance?
Maybe you do not believe God exists at all.
You Design Your Own God
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. God naturally takes on the attributes most important to you.
If you sometimes feel powerless, then perhaps you look to an external source of power. If you often feel angry, then perhaps you see God as wrathful, or conversely you look to God as a source of forgiveness. If you feel love for the world, then perhaps you conceive of God as the source of love. If you want support and guidance, then perhaps you look to God for that. And if you feel you’ve got it all together on your own, then perhaps you feel you don’t need a God concept at all.
God Is the Dynamic of Your Creative Power
However you’ve framed it for yourself, it’s worthwhile considering whether the concept is one you’ve adopted consciously or unconsciously. Because your concept of God signifies the dynamic through which you interact with the creative power of the universe.
Do you recognize that a creative power exists at all? Do you see it as something that exists beyond yourself? It is something that you access from time to time, or do you feel it stirring inside of you with every breath you take?
Using these questions to evaluate your concept of God can be a powerful meditation to help you determine which aspects work well for you and which might need to be reconsidered.
As you consciously redesign your ideas about God, you expand your awareness of how that universal force is working in your life and in the world. The point is to help you recognize the possibility that this creative power doesn’t merely exist in all things, but within your interactions with all things and at all times.
Increased Awareness Leads to Increased Creative Power
To expand your concept of universal creative power try to see how many ways the idea or the feeling of God presents itself to you. Try to see God in an icon on an altar, in a picture of a saint, in a clergy member, or the singing choir.
But don’t only look for God in the typical people or places. Look for God in a laughing child, a pleading beggar on the street, in the person who cuts you off in traffic. See God in everyone you encounter.
Don’t limit yourself to seeing God in people. Notice that creative force in the magnificence of the sunrise and the simple beauty of a fallen flower petal. See It in the hawk soaring high overhead. See It in the flies buzzing on trash in the gutter. Feel It in a sudden burst of creative inspiration or love you have for someone close.
When you expand your previously held notion of God, you open yourself to a much wider range of creative power. The more you see God in the life around you in every moment, the more you’ll be in touch with that same creative force within yourself.
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