e live in an infinitely creative universe — and with every passing moment we have the option to actively and consciously participate with that creativity. We can either follow the familiar rhythms of our own habituations and comforts, or we can make a different choice altogether — we can do something new, something unpredictable, something that allows this creative novelty to work through our own nervous system and spill new forms of beauty into the rest of the world.
Because we are all artists at the end of the day. We are constantly creating new realities and conjuring new possibilities, both for ourselves and for the rest of the world. Every decision we make is a creative act, whether we are aware of it or not. Sometimes we live our art in unconscious ways, following a path of least resistance as far as we think it will take us. But we are also invited to bring more embodied awareness to our creative expression — harnessing the untamed sounds, colors, and energies of nature and willing them to bend in the service of beauty, meaning, purpose, and connection.
This is what Ryan and I explore in this special episode of Inhabit — how to more fully align ourselves with our own deepest source of beauty, inspiration, and creative emergence.
Watch as we discuss:
- The creative confluence that exists between beauty, evolution, and spirit,
- The importance of a 2nd-person perspective to your creative process,
- How the neoliberal commodification of art influences and/or limits our own creative expression,
- How our immersion in entertainment culture can make us overly critical of art,
- How the integral mindset allows us to increase our enjoyment and enactment of art,
- The importance of beauty and aesthetics for the healing process,
- How work with our own creative blocks and ruts
If there are any topics or questions that you would like us to explore in future episodes of Inhabit, please let us know in the comments below, or by getting in touch with Corey.
Written by Corey deVos
Music by Justin Miles and Stuart Davis
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Inhabit: Your Speech
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About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.
About Ryan Oelke
Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, he is a Buddhist Geeks teacher, and is a fully certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC with his partner Alyssa and stepdaughter Fiona.
This was a really fun and full-hearted episode of Inhabit, and particularly energetic! Which made me think of Shakti, the name in Kashmir Shaivism and Tantric yoga traditions for the creative dynamic energy responsible for the entire world of form. Sometimes called “the will-power of God,” and considered feminine, Shakti is in a sense both the “original muse” and the original and on-going means for creation.
And since we’re using Sanskrit terms, the Sanskrit root “kr” or “krta” means to make, do, or perform. The word ‘create’ is related to this root, as is the word ‘karma,’ which means ‘action.’ (The word ‘Sanskrit’ itself comes from the longer word ‘Samskrtan’ which is made of the syllable ‘sam’ meaning “together,” and ‘krta.’ So the word Sanskrit means “to put together, well-formed, perfected.”)
The word ‘create’ also has Latin roots that mean “to make, bring forth, produce, beget, cause, and to make grow.” It is related to the Latin word ‘crescere,’ meaning “arise, grow, be born, increase.” The words ‘crescent’ (as in waxing or growing moon) and ‘crescendo’ (a steadily growing volume or pace) are closely related.
Perhaps a moral of this etymological story: our creations (whether of a thought, word, deed, self, world, or thing) birth and “grow” something, and produce karma. Karma of course can be both ‘good and bad’ or either.
This Inhabit episode with its all-quadrant look at creativity produced some pretty good karma, I would say. Really enjoyable; thank you!
Thanks for the warm feedback LaWanna! It was such a fun episode, and it also felt like we only barely scraped the surface. So much more to come.
Hi Corey this was a great Inhabit episode. Looking forward to more, you guys do an amazing job. What’s your email address please, I’ve tried to send you mail but it keeps bouncing back. Cheers, Imago
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