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Monday, May 2, 2011

Three Kinds of Creation



This is an adaptation from the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.  I wanted to expand on the ideas to what i was thinking when i read the passage. This is both the passage and my own thoughts together.

The first is to be completely aware of ourselves when we finish our painting. During the process of our painting we are absent to ourselves and to our surroundings, we don't even realize that we are painting. We don't even realize we are playing basketball. We don't even realize we are driving. We don't even realize we are reading out loud. We just paint. We just shoot. We just drive. We just read. We are just there. That is the first step in creation. When you are there and everything else is there; everything is created all at once.  Everything emerges. The color, the feeling, the light, the brush, your hand, your eye, the room, the wet and dry, the smudge, the road, the sound, the ball, the net, the fire, the breath, the shape, the wind, the tree, the drum, the plant, the buzz, the ripple.

It all merges from nothing.

The second kind of creation is when you act, or produce or prepare something like french toast or a smoothie.

The third kind is to create something within yourself, such as education, or culture, or art, or achievement, or love or some system for our society.

So there are three kinds of creating, but if you forget the first, the most important one, the other two become meaningless.  Usually people work very hard on the second and third kinds of creation. That is why we have so many problems in this world. When we forget the fundamental source of our creating we become lost.

Why don't they just call it the Find Bin? :)

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