Cloud in an Evening Gown
I often say, explaining Intentional Creativity is like trying to put a cloud into an evening gown. How lovely and luminous that would be! Yet many sacred things defy a proper image or metaphor because only the real thing will do. Things like breath, the sea, the smell of a baby’s head, or falling love. How can you speak to such ordinary magnificence? You have to experience the sacred know if for yourself.
When I think about all of the writing I have done about ‘Intentional Creativity’ there is no question that all of it arose out of an actual experience of creating with amplfied awareness. One of the most natural things in the world that humans do is to intentionally create, we do it automatically.
You have always been practicing Intentional Creativity even if you didn’t call it that or weren’t as mindful about it as you are now. Knowing that you matter, helps a lot and that you have influence on how all this goes. You did this as a child when you first drew a picture for your mom and gave it to her, remember how that felt? You did this as you made hand-made Valentines for each member of your class, as you wrote their name and drew the hearts. You did this when you gave your heart necklace to your best friend when you were a teenager, knowing, somehow truly knowing, that necklace was infused with your energy. The little golden heart you so much wanted for yourself had become something real through touching your skin, where it will now touch their skin. You did this when you made the bed with the softest sheets, and placed the pillows just so, because your lover was coming to dinner and might just spend the night. You did this when you put the scrambled eggs, sourdough toast and berry jam you just made on a beautiful plate to share with your family. All of this is Intentional Creativity, being aware of what you do and how you do it. You amplify the presence of the matter you are working with with your focused energy. As an artist who works with materials, this awareness takes on yet another dimension. Infinite potential increases with your level of focus, and ongoing access to how it works.
The artist infuses what they make with intention, this is a transference combining matter and energy. The intention goes out from the artist in both energy and matter, and amplifies what is being made. What is being made reflects a transmission back to the maker. All of this is a sacred, mystical experience when we are present to what is happening. We are witnessing with eyes that know something is inherently changing because of our observation.
All of the things we do with love have power. Yet, intentionally focusing this love, paying attention to the impact it has and being present in the changing field is what makes it transcendent.
Once you wake up to working with Intentional Creativity, many believe there is no going back to the less conscious life, Pre-IC. All that we do, we do with a higher level of respect and awareness. Those things we can have no love for, or that hurt us, we begin to release one at a time. Only surrendering them is often easier than before because the things you don’t want to put intention into begin to lose their attraction for you. The act of choosing to live with this level of intention begins to change the shape of our lives, and in time our identity. Is the art making us, or are we making the art? Yes. Both.
There is a gloriousness to living this way, that invites us to slow down and fall in love. We are changed, from the inside out and our world begins to reflect more of what we hold as sacred. This also empowers us to navigate change and trauma with more capacity, because we have something we can literally DO that changes and focuses the energy and the experience.
So while it is impossible to try to put a cloud into an evening gown, I think of these Intentional Creativity Teachings as an offering on the altar of creation. Just when I think I have crested the edge of knowing what this is all about, the science and spirit of it, new information is revealed. Jonathan says ‘awareness is access’. You have to know about the intention part for it to really work the magic. We can rely on this practice for life, it will never leave or betray us as long as we practice. And it is exponential – there isn’t a cap on how good it can feel or how big it is. It just keeps expanding like love expands us. For me this is a devotional life of making art, gathering community and curating consciousness.
If you haven’t been relying on Intentional Creativity as a creative and spiritual practice, you can start today. It is so simple. You can draw a heart right in the air with your finger, and send love to me, and somehow, I will receive it. I just sent you one…did you feel it?
Signed in stardust,