Kosmic Creativity: How to Manifest a Universe
In this keynote presentation from the 2012 Kosmic Creativity conference, Ken Wilber explains how we can connect with the creative spark at the core of every moment, and how we can harness that creativity to manifest our own unique vision and purpose in our lives.
Running time: 2 hours 12 minutes
Written by Corey W. deVos
Images by Android Jones [+view gallery]
What comes to mind when you hear the word "creativity"?
Do you think of great artistic achievements like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel or Van Gogh's Starry Night? Do you think of musical masterpieces like Beethoven's 9th or Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland? Or do you think of those great triumphs of human intellect, such as the moment Einstein peeked behind the curtain of time and space and discovered the elegant simplicity of E = mc2?
These are all examples of tremendously creative moments that continue to shape and re-create the world around us. But this is also a tremendously creative moment—right here, right now. There is an inherent creative spark at the core of each and every moment, within every single drop of experience you've ever had. That is, every moment has an element of karma (including the patterns of the previous moment, so that the manifest world continues to exist) and an element of creativity (transcending the patterns of the previous moment, so that something new can come into being). Which means that creativity is itself inextricably woven into the fabric of the universe—in fact, one useful definition of "spirituality" might simply be the ability to recognize and participate with the creative openings and opportunities of every passing moment.
You don't need a paintbrush to be creative. Your own unique perspective is your brush.
You don't need an instrument to be creative. Your body-mind is your instrument.
You don't need a canvas to be creative. Your friends and family and relationships are your canvas.
You don't need a masterpiece or grand theory to be creative. Your life is your masterpiece.
In other words, you don't need to be an artist to be creative. You just need to be someone who truly wants to awaken to the sublime beauty of this and every moment. We are all evolutionary artists, regardless of our particular skills or talents or styles of self-expression.
Because in the end, life is not about finding yourself.
It's about creating yourself.
As Carl Sagan reminds us, "if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."
So let's create a universe together.
Then we can have some pie.
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If I could distill into words exactly what motivates me to create the art that I make than it would not be worth making it. Instead I have chosen the Pen. Honestly I don’t know why I make this art, or what compels me to keep creating it; it’s a mystery I intend to pursue for the rest of my life, and each image brings me closer to the Ultimate Truth.
Ken Wilber is the founder of Integral Institute and the co-founder of Integral Life. He is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. His many books, all of which are still in print, can be found at Amazon.com. Some of his more popular books include Integral Spirituality; No Boundary; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; and the "everything" books: A Brief History of Everything (one of his largest selling books) and A Theory of Everything (probably the shortest introduction to his work).