Empathy and Creativity

February 23, 2012

Eckhart Tolle and Sir Ken Robinson, two of my favorite thinkers, had a convo about creativity and empathy:

“Human beings uniquely have extraordinary powers of imagination, the ability to bring into mind things that aren’t present… we can enter other people’s consciousness, virtually, which is what we mean by empathy. And if we imaginatively engage with somebody else’s consciousness, if we’re empathetic, then we broaden our own lives.

It’s always interesting to me that in times of war and conflict, the first thing we try to suppress is our empathy for the people that we’re rising up against. It’s only when we suppress our empathy that we can do things that are literally unimaginable.

From that power comes all powers of practical creativity. There’s a literal sense… that as human beings we create our own lives. We create our own realities. We compose our lives. And we can recompose them, we can recreate them, we can choose to see things differently.

Often the most dreary circumstances can be transformed, not by the circumstances changing, but by our attitudes toward the circumstance changing; that in due cause may change the circumstances.” – Sir Ken Robinson

 

The ultimate creative act is that – not neccessarily to create something, but not to be a reactive entity, to create your own life.” – Eckhart Tolle

 

By Marcelle at Dreamosity.com

Quotes to Get You Going

January 21, 2011

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” – Barbara De Angelis

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie

“Life will always give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” – Soren Kierkegaard

“Nothing is impossible, we just don’t know how to do it yet.” – Cudmore, L.L.

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.” – Denis Diderot

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing …. which God is sending as a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ” – G.K. Chesterton

I ab-soul-lutely love this quote:

“One thing we do know: Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

 

Thanks to Tina Su, my very first blog crush, for reminding me of this gem!

Their names contain the same five letters… They both wear red… and … um… those used to be the only commonalities I could think of. But today I was exposed to this thought:

Satan and Santa are both figments of man’s imagination, conjured up to control behavior.

Hot damn!!!!!

How true is that?!?!?

I’ve never felt comfortable about lying to children about Santa Claus. I just don’t believe it’s right to lie about anything, whether or not our society finds it acceptable. I never understood why this bothered me so much – until today.

Adults are controlled with threats of hell and Satan poking them with a pitchfork (or something like that). And children are threatened non-stop for the months leading up to Jesus’s birthday – Santa’s watching you, so be good for goodness (and for gift’s) sake!

If I ever have kids, I’m not gonna lie to them about either one!!!

 

By the way, that mind-blowing truth came from Abraham / Esther Hicks. I learned about Abraham a few years ago, but the quotes and teachings never really did anything for me or resonated with me until this year. FYI, Esther channels Abraham, which is … cosmic wisdom? The oversoul? Not sure how to describe it. It is kinda weird, but after having read and listened to a TON of their teachings, I’ve gotta admit – #1. Esther is pretty goddamn consistent and #2. I don’t think I’ve heard her say something that didn’t resonate with me as being true. She, or them, or it, is/are crazy wise.

Also, after a few years of reading/studying/thinking/talking about the teachings of my favorite Wise People – Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, Byron Katie and Abraham-Hicks – I’m seeing a convergence of beliefs. It boils down to: Stop resisting (by breaking down the ways society has trained you to resist) and just ENJOY your life.

Just this morning I was thinking that if I ever got to ask Abe a question, I’d ask their thoughts about Eckhart Tolle’s teachings. Two hours later, I go to read Eckhart Tolle’s newsletter in my inbox, and what is the main article of the newsletter about? Why, it’s about Manifesting and Abraham-Hicks.  TOTALLY outside of his normal zone. Synchronicity is fu&#in’ weird!

 

“The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind.”  – Eckhart Tolle

“People are starving for love, not knowing their heart is a magical kitchen. Open your heart. Open your magical kitchen and refuse to walk around the world begging for love. In your heart is all the love you need. Your heart can create any amount of love, not just for yourself, but for the whole world. ”   – Don Miguel Ruiz

“When you do The Work, you see who you are by seeing who you think other people are. Eventually you come to see that everything outside you is a reflection of your own thinking. You are the storyteller, the projector of all stories, and the world is the projected image of your thoughts.”  – Byron Katie

 

I have the digital edition of the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, and I love it. (Thanks Lowell!).

I think I found the quote below under the Meditation entry. I need to do a W’NB on Meditation (I’m a convert!), but since it’s past my bedtime, I’ll be brief:

“What we call ‘normal’ in psychology is really a psychopathology of the average, so undramatic and so widely spread that we don’t even notice it ordinarily.” Meditation disciplines have been suggesting this for over 2,500 years, teaching that individual “normal” minds are untrained and often unconscious, which inhibits them from reaching their fullest potential. The intention behind meditation is to “wake up” from a suboptimal state of consciousness: Wake up to a person’s true nature.”

The quote is from Abraham Maslow, the guy who came up with the heirarchy of basic human needs, and one of the first psychologists to begin to explore the positive side of things. It totally resonates with me, and also lines up with the teachings of some of my favorite guys, Eckhart Tolle and Don Miguel Ruiz.

It also reminded me of another favorite quote: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” That’s Jiddu Krishnamurti. I wonder if he and Abe were friends; they lived around the same time.

I’ve always felt like I needed to wake up. I’d have moments of clarity and knowing and realization, and then those moments would be covered up by the fog and distractions and bad ideas and skewed beliefs of society and I’d revert to reactionary, habitual ways of being.

Meditation gets you back in touch with The Truth, in the only place you can find it – in the stillness within you. It puts you back in touch with your pure awareness; it wakes you up. Tolle says, “You are awareness, disguised as a person.”

Another quote I came across today: “We say to others only what we need to hear.” Byron Katie.

I hope I don’t ever come across as preachy in these blogs. I only write about any of this stuff because *I* need to be reminded of it. I share things because they resonate with me – not because I think that it’s something that I need to teach to other people. I just hope that by sharing what makes sense to me, I can help others connect with that feeling of resonance too.