“The meaning of life is creative love. Not love as an inner feeling, as a private sentimental emotion, but love as a dynamic power going out into the world and doing something different.” ~ Tom Morris, If Aristotle Ran General Motors
When most people think of love they think of romantic love. And though romantic love is a beautiful thing, this article isn’t about that. This article is about creative love. It’s about moving into ecstasy. It’s about achieving apotheosis.
Although creative love can be romantic, and romantic love can be creative, this article is about being Love itself. And when an individual decides to be Love, they become a creative force of nature, an ecstatic seeker of the numinous. They become the personification of proactive art. Their life becomes their canvas, a masterpiece in the making.
Here’s the thing: life is fleeting, a flash in the pan, a finite flicker in an infinite cosmos. We all know this to be true to some degree or another. Being Love is being so in love with life’s fleeting, so in tune with life’s impermanence, that you’re compelled to live each moment to the fullest.
And discovering what you are passionate about in life, and then filling each moment with that passion, is the epitome of living each moment to the fullest. Being Love is being one with what you love to do. This leads to a creative overflowing, which can lead to apotheosis.
Love as an overflowing:
“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.” ~ Robert H. Schuller
The flow of creativity that comes from discovering what you love to do, and then doing it, is incomparable. Love as an overflowing is being in love with what you love to do. It’s understanding that the greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
It’s the realization that magic is love and love is magic, and transforming passion into purpose is what makes life meaningful. It’s embracing the journey as the thing and intuitively letting it unfold, win or lose, into authentic soulcraft.
Love overflows when we’re actively out there doing what we love to do –mind, body, and soul. When we’re in the trenches of our passion, loving through the blood, sweat, and tears of our creative effort, our imagination is unquenchable.
We cannot be defeated, for even defeat is subsumed as a necessary component of the creative process. The overflowing gives us courage against fear. It gives us strength against adversity. It gives us intuition despite the unknown. And it sets us up for a deep romance with cosmic forces, a flood of agape love gushing out like a fountainhead from our interdependent connection with all things.
Thus, the numinous is tapped. Apotheosis becomes self-actualized. Surfing the overflow, risking the fall, clinging to the creative power filling us to bursting and then letting it go through ecstatic self-expression, was the act of courage we needed to discover our passion as dynamic power.
Passion as dynamic power:
“There’s a strange combination of a sense of power and a sense of insecurity which has taken up its abode in the soul of modern man: he has all the talents except the talent to make use of them.” ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset
If, as Henry David Thoreau said, “The world is but a canvas to the imagination,” then dynamic power is the will and courage to begin painting it. Once we’ve discovered what we love to do (see video), then we have our purpose, and purpose is our dynamic power. With this dynamic power, we have all the fuel we’ll ever need to remain committed to the hero’s journey of self-discovery and to create a masterpiece of our life.
Here’s the thing: You are the universe awake. It doesn’t matter if the rest of the universe is asleep. You have a responsibility to your “wakefulness.” You, and you alone, are accountable for being aware of your own awareness. Once you truly realize the immensity of this power, you will never be irresponsible with it again. For it is the source of all things, the mighty conduit, the providential fountainhead, the prodigious source of all things (as far as you know.) With it, you paint the vibrant canvas of your life. Without it, you are merely a smudge of white on empty black.
Being the universe aware of itself is an immense responsibility. Using your passion as dynamic power is the epitome of being responsible with your own awareness. It’s using your love as a passionate double-edged sword, cutting through the past and the future, and then piercing the heart of God in the present, in the heart of the Infinite Now. But this piercing is done in absolute love. It’s done with the purpose of unlocking imagination, to free the hero from fixed thinking, and to absolve the heaviness of the past so as to clear the path for the dynamic future.
As Osho intuited, “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” Indeed. It’s done in order to get the hero out of his/her own way, so that the hero can finally get to the purpose of life: to create love and to fall in love with creating it.