I did an online Dr. Joe Dispenza course and something really hit a home run with me in one of the lessons. He was speaking about people being in two modes of living: Survival Mode or Creation Mode.
Now this takes me back to around 2011 when I was being regressed by a metaphysical healer. She took the opportunity to ask my ‘higher self’ the ultimate question, ‘what is the point of living – what’s the meaning to all this?’ to which I answered, ‘Creativity, duh!’
It seemed logical enough and made sense at the time, but, now — with that simple statement and the course I’ve completed in tow — it’s really starting to ignite the cogs and wheels in my mind and they’re turning big time!
Let’s Take anUnadulterated Look at Survival Mode Living
Society gears us to run in survival mode — that ‘fight or flight’ concept. We are continuously stressed out which fires up our adrenalin, which alerts the body to an inherent danger (as in there is a cheetah around the corner). This sparks our adrenal glands to produce said adrenalin that elevates our heart rate and blood pressure (and a whole lot more technical stuff that I’m not going to bore you with here) and basically works us up to ‘react’ — which (in the case of the cheetah lurking around the second bush to your left) would be a welcomed response. However, in our modern day living, only causes us to build up anxiety and — let’s face it — heart disease and countless other undesirable conditions.
“There’s a terrible price to pay for stress in your life – it really takes a hit on your heart”. — Leeza Gibbons
If you’re under constant strain, your organs are under this constant strain — you are going to experience dis-ease. Stress is probably the no. 1 killer in the world and I have backup. According to the American Psychological Association, acute stress is linked to these six primary causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. Stress-related ailments also account for approximately 75 percent of all doctor’s office visits.
And why? Because we are programmed to chase that proverbial dangling carrot (you know the one — it has the colouring of Trumps fake tan and the body shape of Kim Kardashian’s derriere) — we’re trying to survive in a capitalist societal structure that places no credibility on creativity. Creatives are usually mad, right? Mad or broke or both.
This irritating, high-society, titillating carrot can come in many shapes and sizes, usually dressed up as a house in a safe, little suburb (white picket fence optional — nowadays it’s more like an electric 6 foot tall picket fence. Scrap that, make it a Vibracrete wall), the 2 and a half kids running in the back yard (which brings day-care/school/college/university fees and extra mouths to feed and bodies to clothe), a fancy car (because you’ve got to keep up with the Jones’s et al) and a 9-5 job to pay for the lot and keep you firmly fixed on that loop until you can retire at say 65 and get a gold watch and a hand-shake.Whew! That was a mouthful.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing off beam with wanting your basic needs met and to raise a family, I just don’t think society is putting too much credence on your well-being in the galvanized modality of contemporary living in the twenty first century.
Now Let’s Take a Look at Creative Mode Thriving
Here’s where we get to express ourselves through ingenuity, imagination and vision. Now this can be anything from the usual suspects: art, music, poetry and dance to pretty much anything else. You can inject creative flare into any job — from landscaping, architecture, being a mathematician to street sweeper, toilet cleaner or house keeper. Let me share my favourite story of a particularly artistic bathroom attendant at our local petrol station. She decorates the basins with beautiful arrays of flowers, foliage and leaves that she picks fresh every day. She does the most outstanding arrangements. Not only does this make you smile when you walk into the facilities (spreading joy) but she gets good tips (energy exchange). It’s her way of beautifying her surrounds and making the experience a good one for others too. We could all take a leaf out of her book (literally and figuratively).
“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” — Bill Moyers
When we are able to express ourselves creatively, we get into the ‘zone’. That zone brings us infinite pleasure and joy. This affects our surrounds and the people with whom we interact; it also gives us a sense of purpose.
When we suppress our urges to beautify and express, we start to feel anger and resentment — the world starts to hold no meaning for us. Why? In my most humble opinion, it’s because creative mode is our natural state. It’s why we came here. The universe is ever-expanding and we are a microcosm of the macrocosm. Ergo, we want to expand our creative experience too. Creation involves birthing new ideas and innovative ways of being and living, new forms of art and entertainment, it includes physical birthing and raising your children in a creative space and it brings about the desire to beautify your space albeit your office, home, garden, community, etc. We seem to have an inherent desire for beautiful things — we’re like human magpies, we just can’t help ourselves. I think this is perfectly wonderful to feel this way.
When your environment is looking glorious and your garden is lush and green, it immediately gives you a sense of inner peace and calm. When your environment is messy and your garden is dry and dead or full of weeds, it dampens your spirits.
If you are in a job you hate but feel trapped (believe me…I’ve been there, done that!), there is always a way to make a change. You can always choose to experience something different, something that showcases more of yourtrue creative genius — something that will satisfy your soul more than a daily grind. This doesn’t mean you have to quit your job right away. It’s always good to have a game plan. If you don’t know what you want to do, just put it out there. Ask the universe to show you signs and synchronicities as to which direction you should take to make you happy and to enter creation mode. Make a vision board, speak to people about your dream (you never know who might hold an opportunity for you) and set aside time (it can be just 10 minutes) every morning and evening to visualize where you want to be. Don’t worry too much about how you’re going to get there — just put your feelers out and wait for a response from the universe. It will come if you’re willing to look for it and have faith. When the opportunity arises, take action.
I can’t tell you how many jobs I went through before I found what I really wanted to do. I’ve been doing that for over 10 years now, I’m self-employed and I’m loving it! I never thought in my dizziest daydreams that I would be doing what I’m doing now (which is painting, writing and music) and making a living from it. I remember being told that artists either starve, go mad or both and only make it when they die, writers live on the bread line and musicians…well, what can you say about musicians — they’re bums, aren’t they, busking on every street corner?
Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Your reality is what you make it out to be. If you believe this malarkey, then this could very well be your reality. I decided to choose not to believe that my chosen skills would bring me a life of struggle and strife — quite the opposite, I chose to believe I would thrive. Now, I’m really glad I chose not to buy into that reality (even though it did take me about 10 years to change tracks). I truly hope you choose a belief that points you towards living the life you came here to experience!
This article was written by Cherie Roe Dirksen. You can read more at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com — don’t forget to subscribe and get your FREE eBook, ‘Creative Expression — How to find your inspiration…”
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