Relative to our creative
endeavors, accessing our own truth and holding our creativity
sacred, there is one guiding principle that is recommended. It is to
allow effectiveness to be your measure of truth. It is recommended
and necessary for several different reasons.
First and foremost, a truly creative endeavor takes us into the
unknown. It takes us into experiences that have not been experienced
by us and quite possibly not previously experienced by others. Mind
only knows the past and what it has experienced. It will not
necessarily know the truth of a situation unless it has the minimum
set of requisite experience to understand what it sees and
Within the creativity perspective, we each are seen as a
unique infinitely creative being. We need to see the truth of
what is as we perceive the situation we face. How and what we
perceive is unique to us. No two individuals perceive any situation
exactly the same way even if they are standing right next to each
other at the same point in.
What works for me, may not work for you. You are unique. By using,
and relying on what is personally effective for you, then you will
access your own truth and you unique creative abilities. The more
you try and live someone else’s truth and deny what is effective for
you, you deny your own creative abilities.
The truth and the effectiveness we are talking about may be as
simple as watching a movie. My truth may be that I like comedies.
Your truth may be that you like drama. If my intention is to be
entertained and I deny my truth by watching a drama to please you, I
limit myself and my own creative abilities. If however, my intention
it to help you to be entertained and I take you to a drama and sit
with you through that drama, I am not denying my truth for my
intention is not to be entertained but to help you to be
In the same way if my intention is to have you entertained and your
intention is to be entertained, and I take you to a comedy because I
like comedies, I deny my own truth which it to have you entertained
by deny you what entertains you. In doing sow, I cause you to deny
your truth because you are watching something to please me that does
not really entertain you. In this process, we both lose access to
our unlimited creativity because we are denying our truths and do
lose what is effective for us to achieve our desires.
Whether or not what we observe is completely correct for the
situation of which we are a part is another question since creation
takes us into the unknown and mind only knows the past. We may or
may not have been involved in a similar and parallel situation and
we will be unable to infer what is true as we would like to do. Yet,
we can take what we observe and allow effectiveness to be our
measure of truth. If what we observe is effective for what we wish
to create, and the inferences we make seem to be correct, then we
can probably safely say that what we observe is consistent with the
process of which we are a part. If it is not effective, then we have
to look to some other understanding or make some other assumptions
about the process of which we are a part. If we truly understand and
see the truth of, or within, a situation, we will be able to
influence that situation based on that truth and have it responded
to our influence the way we desire. If it doesn’t respond the way we
perceive, ne don’t know the truth of the situation.
When we understand something, and the method that we use allow us to
repeated achieve what we set out to do, we have an understanding of
truth In that understanding we are effective for what we are trying
to do. Similarly, if we are effective at what we are trying to do,
we must possess some understanding of truth. It is encouraged that
we apply the same approach to our life allow what is effective in
our life be the measure of our truth. If it works for us use it. If
it is not working, then try something else.
We may never know ultimate truth of a given situation we face but we
do know what is effective in our lives to create what we desire. So
it doesn’t matter what we think and believe or are told about
something. If it is effective we will be able to create what we
wish. Something that is truthful is effective and we can let its
effectiveness be our measure of the truth for the situation we face.
If something is effective, it is predictable in that it will work
the same way all the time under the same conditions. You never have
to doubt because it is truth.
Even something that is probabilistic or random functions the same
way under the same conditions and we can learn to work with the
randomness. Although there is a randomness to something that is
probabilistic, there is a pattern to the randomness that can be
predicted, for example, using probability theory. And here lies the
power of truth. When something is true it is predictable in that if
we know the conditions that exist the outcome will be predictable.
The outcome maybe random but nevertheless predictable.
The important point here is that when we access a truth, we can use
that truth to effect a change that is lasting. If we effect a change
that is not based on truth, things will go back to the way they were
for we have not accessed and changed the truth of the situation. If
we cannot get two stones to stand on top of each other, we have not
accessed the truth about the stones we are trying to stack. If we
cannot break a habit of mind, we have not accessed the truth of that
habit. So, if we run across something that is effective in our life
and capable of making permanent changes, then we can be sure there
is some truth within what we see that is effective. So we can let
effectiveness be our measure of truth.
The more effective something is across time and space the greater
the truth we have accessed. All that we need to understand for
whatever is effective in our life is whether or not we have accessed
something that is a relative truth for the situation at hand, a
personal truth unique to who we are, something true for us and not
necessarily true for another, or an ultimate truth that spans space,
time and all facets of Creation. However, we will not know the level
of truth we access until we do some experiments to see its depth and
breadth, or lack there of.
Since creation is about transforming from one way of being in the
world to another or replacing one part of our world with another, we
will need some type of performance measure for how we will determine
success for whatever we set out to do. It is recommended that here
we also allow effectiveness to be the measure of what is true for
us. In any change we can always look at how effective we are either
moving towards what we desire to manifest or what we desire is
actually manifesting in our life.
This principle is an utterly practical one when we face new
experiences. Using effectiveness to be our measure of truth allows
us to organize and act upon information in the way most suitable for
the purpose at hand. What needs to be understood is that any
organization or system of knowledge organizes the facts for what it
desires or was designed to create. A different organization of the
same knowledge could be just as valid for other purposes.
Whether we realize it or not, effectiveness is, and always has been
our measure of truth. If we are effective at getting what we want,
we are perfectly happy with things the way they are. Just look the
lives we live? Do we really attempt to change things that we believe
are effective? Normally some outside influence disrupts, or
threatens to disrupt, things as they are that forces us to change.
The same exist at every level of our being and even when we are in
relationship with other individuals. We believe we are being
effective and it normally takes some outside influence to disrupt,
or threatens to disrupt, things as they are that forces us to
However, many of our problems start because we are doing what we
believe is effective when in fact what we do has little
effectiveness and little to do with what is happening we do more in
unawareness than we consciously realize. Unless we are desperate
because some change has already occurred, our lives tend to work and
we don’t challenge our assumption about how effective we are.
Additionally, since life seems to be working, we do not wish to
change anything in what we do or we assume we will lose the
effectiveness we have. And, as we all know, since change always
seems to be disruptive, why disrupt what is effective? Why change
what is effective?
It needs to be noted that the difference between science and
superstition is that in a science, we know what each and every step
of a process achieves. In superstition, we think that something in
the process works, but we really don’t know what. So whatever it is
we do, we don’t want to change it. If we know what we are doing, we
will know how to change what we do and what results we will create.
If we understand what we experience and know the “science” behind
what we experience we are free to change it. Otherwise we will be
holding onto the past. If we don’t understand what we do, we will be
terrified to change anything.
Although we are inundated with science and technology today, we
rarely apply a rigor to our life to examine what we do in our lives
and see if what we do is effective. Of course, to learn what is
effective, we will have to be free to play, explore and experiment
with our life. Sometimes what is working has nothing do with the
process we are using. The reason for this is that there is a flow
and a pattern to energy and all the manifested world is
based on the flow of energy.
In this regard, much of what we do in life is superstition since we
assume that what we are doing is the cause of our effectiveness. A
boat on a river with the motor running but the motor is not
connected to the propeller will be pushed along by the currents. It
is common to believe the motor is making a difference when it isn’t.
Yet this is what we do. We never examine what we do to understand
what other ways or what other options can be pursued and be just as
effective. If we did, then we would realize that there was no real
basis to assume that what we did was the real cause of our
effectiveness. In many cases, the process of the activity in which
we are engaged, or life itself, determines what needs to be done,
and our actions and our choices are much less important that we
realize. We often we assume we have more choices available to us
than we do. We think we are the cause when in reality, we are the
Similarly, the revers is true. Often we have more choices that we
assume but yet we never seem to see all the choices that are
available in a given situation because of what we believe about how
things have to be done.
creativity perspective recommends and encourages that one allow
effectiveness be their measure of truth. If it is works, use it.
However it is equally effective at challenging what one believes to
be true because what they believe appears to be effective. The
approach in the creativity perspective is willing to challenges what
one assumes about the situation to determine what really needs to be
done to be effective. It will work to eliminate all that is
directing one’s creative life energy into ineffective uses that does
not support what one desires to create in their life.
On this note, there is an additional step we may want to take to
explore the depth and breath of the effectiveness that we
experience. For any truth that we have that we think is effective,
we may want to experiment to see how effective it really is. For
example, we think we know how to shoot a bow and arrow because we
can stand a certain distance away from the same target and
continually hit the center of the target. And of course we do, for
we are effective a repeating our performance. However, if we shorten
or increase the distance, or we create a moving target, we may no
longer be effective at hitting the target.
What this means is that we are effective for certain conditions but
not in general. To become effective for other conditions, we will
have to modify how we shoot our arrows. We will have to change what
we do and know when to change and not to change. Yet once we make
those corrections, we can vary the distance of the target and move
the target and still be accurate. Hence, we have increased the truth
of what we know about shooting arrows.
So too with any aspect of our life and what we think and believe is
true especially if we think we have an ultimate truth. Unless we do
some experiments any truth that we know may only be applicable for a
very limited set of situations. If fact, the experiment that is
suggested is you take this principles, “Let effectiveness be your
measure of truth” and do some of your own experiments with it and
see if effectiveness does measure truth?
Relative to the development of our creativity, some thing and
activities are more effective than others. We will have to
experiment and see what works for us. It is recommended that we
allow effectiveness to be our measure of truth. But what is
considered creatively effective?
If we find what we use allows us to expand and allows our creativity
to deepen and broaden, then use it. If we find what we use causes us
to contract, shrink, withdraw or cause us to remain stagnant, then
find something that better suits our unique needs. Allow ourselves
to be and feel as if we are a flower unfolding and blossoming where
the blossoming never ceases. We are such a flower. We are an
infinitely creative being unfolding into an understanding of our own
creativity. Since our creativity is unlimited, we can always be
flowering and unfolding and never contracting if we choose to do so.
The only recommendation that is made here is that we allow a little
time to see if something becomes effective or not. Since many
efforts will grow over time like seeds, we may want to give
sufficient time to our endeavors to see if the bear fruit. If we
wait a sufficient time and nothing is growing in our life in the
direction that we are choosing to go, then we may want to look for
more effective techniques.
The question then become, “How long do we wait to see if something
is effective?” In this regard, it is recommended that we look to our
internal compass. In the same way the needle of a compass sifts as
we change directions but it may take us some time to reach our
objective in this new direction, effectiveness and listening to the
internal compass work the same way. The feelings within our being we
wish to create is our compass needle. We will need to discern and
learn what we desire to create feels like.
Since we are a unique creation, what we will feel in a given
situation and/or for a particular desire will be like no other
feels. We will need to learn what our desires feel like and follow
our own internal guidance, not the guidance of some external
authority or reference. As we choose an action we need to allow what
we feel to be that compass. As long a we move true to what we feel
and toward what we desire to create, we will come to see how
effective our actions have been at getting us where we want to go.
When we reach the effectiveness of our actions, or rather reach the
limit of their effectiveness, we will experience a change in the
feelings which comes from the action and we will know we have to
change what we do and utilize a different technique. However, mind
may have created a habit and have become comfortable with what we
were doing. We may find that to change what we do to follow the new
direction we may need to break some habits of the mind that have now
become personal preferences.
If one can’t do something with the information and beliefs that they
hold and make things happen in the world around themselves, why be
attached to them and hold them in our life? Holding ineffective
beliefs and information in our mind is much like having our house
full of “things” that we no longer use and only cause us to stumble
and have little freedom of moment to maneuver in our own home. We
are challenged to look carefully at what is and is not effective in
our life and to replace them with beliefs that are effecting for
obtaining the world we wish to create.
There is however one note of caution in using effectiveness to be
your measure of truth in any creative endeavor. In using
effectiveness to be our measure of truth we need to realize whatever
we perceive as being effective is based on the past. If one relies
only on what has been effective in the past, one will recreate the
past. In this regard, one needs to be careful about how much of the
past one projects into the future by using what has been effective.
The way to get around projecting the past in using effectiveness as
our measure of truth is to continually seek a way that is more
effective that we have. So, allow effectiveness to be your measure
of truth but continually seek to explore and discover how to become
In allowing effectiveness to be our measure of truth to create what
we desire we do not compromise our truth or the truth of another. In
doing so we can come to see Creation as magical enough to allow our
creative spirit and that of any other to unfold true to itself.
If what we think, believe and can act on in the world is effective
for holding our creativity sacred, then use it. If not, then find
something that is effective. If something we think, believe and/or
do binds our creative spirit and/or is painful in some way, look to
see how and why we are being bound and from where does the pain
Returning to a state of play to
see what is effective
This brings us to the concept of
play and a way to see what may be effective in our life. The
most powerful and effective creative state is that of play. Many
of us have so clouded and denied our own truth that we don’t really
know what is effective for our own creativity. Many of us have
denied our truth for so long even our play, which is suppose to
reinforce our creativity, actually ends up denying our creativity
for we have turn play into such things as a competition and doing
what we learned was acceptable as play rather that those activities
that truly allowed us to play. By returning to a state of
creative play we can recalibrate ourselves as to what is
effective in our lives to give us life and make us feel alive. In
learning to what makes us feel alive and give us life, we can learn
to follow our own internal truth gives us the inner satisfaction
that never runs dry that we all ultimately seek.
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