The process of Creating is the same whatever project we set out to build and there are clear stages that need to be taken.
We will here look at what we might call ‘Basic Magic’. This covers the techniques used to create anything at anytime anywhere - and these techniques are always used whether they be used consciously or unconsciously.
In the section 'Creativity we go on to see how this basic process needs to be modified when we are working with a spiritual project.
The concepts we are exploring are applicable to any project but the specific details vary in every case
We hope to build upon these ideas as we get input from others.
Magic is often seen as being a non-scientific process, steeped in superstition and unrealistic beliefs. In fact it has been at the centre of spiritual teaching for millennia and now underlines the process of most current self-help books. The very essence of this ‘magic’ is the understanding that
‘Energy follows Thought’.
Everything created, whether it be a book, a piece of music, a bridge or a community project, has its origins in a thought in the mind of the creator.
A thought not only starts the creative process but appears to create an ‘energy field’ around it which attracts similar thoughts. This concept might not be acceptable to conventional scientists, but is a hypothesis that we need to accept if we are to proceed with the ideas that we are exploring. It is helpful to understand the process and how it works, but it is not necessarily to intellectually comprehend the concept for it to work. But whether it is understood or not, it is unconsciously use in every creative process.
Positive and creative thoughts start to draw positive and creative things towards us. Similarly when we fill our minds with negative thoughts, and fears of possible destructive outcomes, then surprisingly enough these are the things that start to materialise in our lives.
The essence of understanding magic is recognising the influence that the mind has upon achieving practical results. This knowledge can be used to help with every day affairs. The steps to be taken by the initiator to make the most of this awareness are as follows:
- Feel a powerful desire to create what is to be brought into being. This might be a book, a piece of pottery, a painting, a business or something as solid as a bridge – virtually anything. To be effective this idea needs to carry with it a powerful sense of purpose and destiny.
- Clearly formulate the idea. The finished project is visualised in every detail, with absolute clarity, and then recorded in writing. Whilst writing the details will become clearer and it will be possible to assess the worth of the project by using discernment and discrimination.
- Believe, with absolute faith and confidence, that the envisioned objective is achievable. Here we see again the word Faith. To make something happen, it is necessary to have faith that its achievement is possible. This faith may appear to be ill founded by other observers, but despite this, the initiator believes in eventual success. Without this, nothing great can be achieved.
- Visualise how you will feel when the project has been successfully completed. Holding this vision will help to give the strength required to move through periods of difficulty.
- Complete the initial research. That is thinking through what will be required in the way of premises, facilities, people, advice and resources.
- Commit to the first steps of physical action. This may be a nervous moment as it will not be clear exactly how the final objective is to be achieved - but the very first steps will be obvious and apparent. There may be hesitation and dithering because all is not clear, but it is vital that the very first steps are taken to start the process moving. There is a temptation at this stage to endlessly mull over the possible detailed requirements – what is needed is to take the first practical step. The very process of taking this first step seems to enable ideas to flow and for the people and resources to arrive.
- Hold the original vision with tenacity of purpose – this is vital in order to survive the inevitable pitfalls and disruptions. Momentum has to be maintained despite all adversity.
- Be open to new ideas as the project progresses. As new people join the project there will be new ideas in the way in which it should be handled – from these ideas will arise the temptation to make changes simply for the sake of reaching agreement. But changes should only be made if it is apparent that such changes will help to attain the original objective
- If the original idea was clear, the vision held with tenacity of purpose, and all adversity tackled with calmness and clarity, then the objective will be achieved.
An essential understanding of the creative process is that the final result may be different to the originally envisioned objective -
nonetheless the final result is what was destined to be.
The essential steps that we have outlined above are necessary for the creation of any project, whether or not it is spiritually inspired. Every great achievement in the arts, business, engineering, science and every other aspect of human activity, has followed these basic principles, whether or not the initiator was fully conscious of process.
We need to understand that this process works for any individual inspired with their own personal desires who follows the necessary steps, regardless of the ethical or moral stance of the project. It works equally well building when building the Forth Bridge or designing Gas Chambers.