An excerpt from an article in Living Metaphysics: A practical spiritual guide, 'Play as Re-creation'.
ASSOCIATED with recreation and play is spontaneity. Spontaneity comes from the divine spark within us. Through it we develop confidence and release energy. It involves the ability to be flexible, to make new responses in old situations and to respond to new situations.
In their drama book Improvisation, Hodgson and Richards write this about improvising or spontaneity in daily life:
“There is a further aspect of improvising we meet in day-to-day living: we are continually having to adjust to whatever happens around us. The more unexpected the happening, the more spontaneous and frank the response is likely to be. Because people are less predictable than things, we are more often called upon to adjust to others in a way we cannot easily plan. If we are open and receptive, we can make discoveries about ourselves and others from these moments. If we are less receptive, the tendency will be to reproduce what we consider to be socially acceptable responses which become standardised and stereotyped.”
Love and creativity are linked together. Both have their source in spirit. In terms of relationships, a loving relationship allows the other to simply be. A creative relationship allows the other to be different in the future. We are constantly changing and growing, and in our relationships we need to be able to allow new things to unfold in another person, and new discoveries be made by us about them.
If you have a loving relationship with your own life, then you are competent at receiving pleasure and nourishment from that life; you can receive pleasure and give it by being delightful.
It is like the energy of a young child. If the child is feeling nourished, loved and included in the family group then that child will be full of joy and delight, but if it feels undernourished and neglected then the emotions turn to fear and anger and sadness.
The process of creativity works in the following way.
- To create – whether in art, science, business or relationships, you must begin with beingness, inner stillness, openness and focus.
- From this point of beingness the creator reaches out towards something new. Thoughts exist in the cosmos. The creator draws on such thoughts, moulding them and combining them in new ways. In this way we can say our creative ideas are inspired. From this the new can emerge – the art work, the stint in the garden, the communication.
- The manifestation, the “working at it”, is an act of love, for here also thinking is acted out through the will. Without the work of the will the idea cannot come to fruition, the communication cannot be born.
- The whole process is coloured and given life and warmth through the feeling element, through our response and our enjoyment in creating, in whatever area. Thus when we are creative, thinking, feeling and willing all work in harmony.
Spontaneity is necessary in order to express love in a creative way. If we want to respond to an old situation in a new way, or to respond to a new situation in an adequate way, then we need to become aware of the ways in which we can express our spontaneity. [These are explored in the course material.]