August 2000 - Creativity

Harvest time arrives. Traditionally the month of August is the time when the harvest begins. Fruit ripens, grain is gathered, people experience the abundance of the earth and her gifts. Everything pulses with energy. The life force is strong at the time of harvest. The creative energies come to fruition, demand to be expressed, harvested, brought forth, manifested, given form. It is a month of creating, making, singing, dancing, writing, painting. The harvest is not a time of rest. The rest comes later as in the autumn the light begins to lessen and the attention turns inward. This month is a good time to pay attention to your creative energy, however it chooses to express itself. Maybe your creative energy wants to go roller-skating, play tennis. Maybe that creative energy wants to write or sing or dance, or find a way to be of service to others. Maybe the creative energy in you wants to lie under the stars or the trees and just feel that life force flowing in everything.

Meditation is a creative act. In meditation one enters into the stream of creative energy that is constantly flowing in this universe. All around one there is birth and death, creation and destruction, the life force flowing, manifesting. The meditation for this month, then, is to experience that life force, in yourself, in the world around you.

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Most people can feel and sense that energy in their hands. In the palm of the hand is a chakra or energy center, that attunes to, receives, and feels the life force energy. People experience it as a warmth, a tingle, a glow, a vibration.

Take a few moments just to sit quietly, with the palms open. Set the intention to experience the creative life force energy of the universe. Breathe.

Notice how the hands receive that energy, respond to it, hold it. Ask that life force energy to freely express itself through you. Feel what it is your hands want to do as they glow with that energy. Do they want to move as you dance? Do they want to hold and embrace? Do they want to shape a clay vessel or hold a paintbrush or pen? Do they want to mix different ingredients to make a beautiful meal? Do they want to play music? Meditate with the wonder and miracle of your hands that receive energy and give energy, that make, and shape and touch. Notice the dance of your hands throughout the day.

After sitting with the hands open, bring them together. Let one hand feel another. Place your hands on your heart, or anywhere on the body you have tension. Feel how that life force energy flows from your very own hands into your very own self. Hold a flower, or a rock. Feel the vibration of that little bit of the cosmos enter your being. Be aware of the textures and feel of that which you touch. Notice how the tips of the fingers have such Awareness.

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The harvest is a time to celebrate the creative energy of the universe, the earth, and of your own being. It is still possible today, in your own mind and heart, to join in that ancient celebration.

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May all beings be happy, peaceful and free of suffering.

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