Meditate. Create.

There are two words for the mission statement for Alchemy Collective. It's at the bottom of every newsletter and on the first page of the website: meditate & create. This is parallel to a Sanskrit phrase from the Bhagavad Gita; Yogastha Kuru Karmani, which roughly translates to established in Being, perform action.

According to Webster's dictionary, the word create means: to make or bring into existence something new.

My definition of creativity doesn't necessarily involve creating something new but finding the connection between two seemingly unrelated things. In other words, where are you finding unity between one thing and another? This connection is the basis of innovation.

Nature is always pulsing out creative impulses or downloads, but only those who are awake are candidates to take action. Any good artist knows this, that inspiration happens after we show up. This is also why we can have two films on Truman Capote in the same year or Paris fashion houses producing similar collections in an age before there were computers. Nature doesn't discriminate, so our job is to become more curious and open to these downloads. And the process of creation isn't just for artists; whether you're a stay at home parent trying to get your kids to eat vegetables, or a CEO of a company, tapping into those unexpected connections and impulses is key to living a life of design.

Creativity is also an expression of the Divine. When we are engaged in the process of creation, we are stepping aside from the ego mind into the unknown, allowing a process of flow from one thing to another. In meditation, that flow is from small self to larger Self. This allows us to pick up those downloads more easily. And once we do receive those downloads from nature, we act without hesitation. Martha Graham sums this process up in an exchange to Agnes DeMille:

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.” -from “Dance to the Piper and Promenade Home” (1982) by Agnes de Mille

The results are not what's important, but it's the process of surrender that makes us come alive. If you're a meditator, you're an artist because you've broken the bounds of what it means to be alive for the vast majority of people, which means planning, speculating, and rehearsing under the false promise of "security." And meditators know there's something else beyond security, which is the unboundedness that underlies all experiences. We meditate so we can favor and remember that. The voice of fear and doubt may still be there (spoiler alert, it always will when creating something new), but we have a choice not to give credence to that fear. We simply favor the natural flow of Nature's intelligence that is occurring, which will give us the right info at the right time that we need to know it. But we must leap first and think later.

As we do this repeatedly and exercise a trust in this process, we begin to understand why fearlessness is the pinnacle of human development. By stepping into the unknown, we're trusting that Nature knows how to organize the details, allowing us to truly trust our own intuition, and create more of what we’d like.