It continues to amaze me, that the surge of personal development books started the same year John came into my life. It leaves me a bit awed that Point Zero – creativity without limits was released the year Mom died.
Coincidence? I think not – without John as a positive mirror, I doubt Stephen Covey or Wayne Dyer would have connected; ditto Michele Cassou’s wondrous book on creativity – it feels like it came out at the same time that I was finally able to stand up & apart, as an individual.
When I first started my quest for an emotionally healthy, whole sense of self, the image in my mind was of a swan. In 1976, I felt like a swan, able to only skim along the top of a pond; I wanted to become powerful enough to dive through the water to the pond floor, then back up. I even drew a picture of a swan, atop a pond with layers of water, each layer with a goal.
Do I still have that picture? Can’t find it. As I recall, the layers related to drawing deeper & deeper into connection, relationships.
By the time I read Point Zero, it felt like I’d met a semblance of that goal, but more needed to be drawn up from below. So, I redid the drawing! Still a swan, still atop a pond with layered water – the swan skims through my familiar habits, below which is not-quite-so-familiar, followed by less familiar, even less familiar, a bit more natural, more natural, more & more natural, delightfully natural, NATURAL. Me myself & I.
Point Zero was one of the first books I journaled after my first read through. Bits & pieces that stood out include:
What happens when matter stops? Reality begins.
The Universal ENERGIES are constantly desiring to clue me into the reality that The Way is cleared for me. Yet, I have to find my own way. I have to start at POINT ZERO.
Power of PLAY, SPONTANEITY, INTUITION.
Once begun, always complete worthwhile projects. Think “midwife.
Move through & out of Life’s highs & lows by opening the door to the mystery of the Unknown.
Creativity transcends learned techniques.
Point Zero aims us toward Authenticity, Personal Style, Aliveness.
Release teachings; move beyond knowing.
Dissolve patterns of Knowing; melt into Mystery (chrysalis).
A creative quest takes us into the Wilderness of our Soul, into the UNimaginable & UNexpected.
Point Zero is a place of no interference; it’s the background of all that is. It’s where the real FUN begins!
Would you rather live with a fossil of happiness in your pocket than with an untamable flow of Life in your blood?
At Point Zero, our will surrenders & we move into the greater picture; we sail so far out, we lose sight of land – the unexpected lives in DEEP waters.
To CREATE, we do not need a plan, but rather that taking away all plans gives NATURAL originality, style, and wisdom a chance to manifest from our intuition.
When we orient our questions toward Point Zero, they stimulate us to come back to the place of ALL possibilities, allowing our intuitive self to bring forth unimaginable combinations.
When patterns of knowing dissolve, the heart becomes engaged.
Inside us lives the worst judge & the most tyrannical ideas of what we SHOULD do & HOW something should be experienced.
DRAGONS resist change & exploration. They feed on criticism, comparison, evaluation.
Dragons use any means at hand to keep us distracted & to draw our attention & awareness AWAY from realizing that the most powerful thing anyone can do is to get out of the way & let things happen, naturally & spontaneously, at their own rhythm.
Let INTUITION guide, not the limited mind.
What needs to appear does not come when it is expected.
When we plan, we create in the past. Creation follows natural rhythms.
Intuition is never tied to reason; its outcome is mysterious & unexpected.
Creation is a response – we deliver the colors & shapes that the Great Postman of Creation entrusts us to carry.
Intuition is not reasonable. To create is to move in the unknown.
Unfold at our own rhythm.
Don’t ask our mind for its opinion – don’t speak to our dragons. Good questions speak to our heart.
We EXIST to give form to what is hiding inside us & let our DREAM world unfold.
Feel the JOY of unending possibilities.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ~ Dostoevski ~
Live in the Nowhere that you came from even though you have an address here.
How can reason alone lead to anything spiritual? Not possible.
Instead of going inward to what already is, go outward to what isn’t yet.
Don’t approach creation; let creation SEIZE you.
Be a warrior spirit, wielding genuine questions as our authentic weapons.
Trust the timing; go where it’s ripe.
Go where the feeling is, rather than dwelling on future prospects.
NOTHING can release a creative block except a true movement toward your self.
Use blocks as wondrous stepping stones, genuine reminders to let go of attempts to get/maintain control.
To reach Point Zero, go to the place that was BEFORE judgments took over.
True intuition speaks with images, not words.
Point Zero – a place before stories are born.
Genuine creativity invites each of us to practice emptying our stories & letting go or perceived meaning.
Break away from what I think I am, away from my homemade life story.
Expressing a story only confirms what I already know. Go to Point Zero & DISCOVER what I do not sense & cannot imagine.
Nothing can grow until the earth is turned over and crumbled. ~Rumi ~
Do you want a map & an agenda ~OR~ do you crave wild spaces, unexpected discoveries?
Creative passion is born out of using our self FULLY, all the way to the EDGE.
What would I do if I didn’t hold back anything at all?
Give dragons an opportunity to meet me along the way; to be loose enough for images awaken ancient or latent feelings; for the unknown & its mystery to enter my consciousness.
Dark & Light are at work; everything unfinished comes out when the time is right. All is put in motion for healing, harmony & growth.
Let healing happen.
Questions take down the barriers we unknowingly set for ourselves. They help us unzip our own being, let us be vulnerable.
A rich imagination can come up with a multitude of possibilities & options within minutes; intuition knows but ONE answer at any moment.
Imagination & intuition do not mix; each is used for different purposes. The one cannot survive in the other’s habitat.
Living from intuition, you never choose an action – it arrives, born naturally of your inner world.
Intuition calls upon us to DO only what we are genuinely interested in doing, what calls us, what pushes through us for unknown reasons.
Intuition guides, passion creates, workmanship completes.
What kind of question do I need to ask myself in order to live, to express, the the whole of me?
Do not attempt to force what is not ripe.
When an experience or a perception via the mind is finally understood in the heart; it comes directly from the meeting of my whole being with Universal Energies.
Intuitive creation stimulates the birth of natural wisdom because it puts old beliefs & patterns out of the way, allowing sight from new eyes.
The only way to contact wisdom is by letting things be as they are & letting them move us.
Instead of staying in the little schoolhouse where you learn only what others have learned, what has been passed down & recycled many times, you MOVE OUT & LEAVE that enclosed space.
Nothing is missing.
What prevents pure creation is attachment.
Spontaneous creativity can touch buried resistance, hidden feelings, spiritual perceptions at their core, all the way to our soul. We are held in an amazing power that looks for harmony & happiness.
Every time intuition is used, the spirit dance starts & with it the love of the Universe minds the soul,
I must leave my personal history & knowledge of life behind.
Creativity looks for what is NOT known, beyond all imagination & stories.
The fire of the Great Unknown burns everything but the heat.