Today, I’m on a roll. The momentum of my writing life proves Sir Isaac Newton right again (he came up with the bit about a body in motion staying in motion). Yup, Marya Summers the law abiding citizen here, doing what I can to uphold the laws of physics.
While still on the subject of science, I’d like to acknowledge that part of what got the old ball(point) rolling is the spirituality I find within my creativity. Julia Cameron’s “Basic Principles,” which I believed before I ever found them in The Artist’s Way, aptly expresses my own ideas on creativity. (Thanks, Julia, for doing the work of setting these out).
1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure, creative energy.
2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life — including ourselves.
3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
5. Creativity is G-d’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to G-d.
6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to G-d: good orderly direction.
8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but power changes to be expected.
9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.
Principle #8 brings me back to Newton. His law states that a body in motion tends to stay in motion unless the body is compelled to change. It’s good to remember for those moments when we’re giving things a push but nothing’s really moving. Maybe the friction that’s slowed things up is that the writing (or the writer!) is undergoing a new development.
There you have it: science and spirituality united in the writing life…and two philosophers united by hairstyles.