Weekly MMM – Elul Creativity
This week’s MMM has to do with creativity. One of the main reasons I’m doing this now is because, according to Kabbalistic teachings, every day of the final month in the Jewish year, Elul, is a day of creativity. From the first day of Elul until the last day, from higher primordial worlds all the way down into our world, every day is another new creation in process.
When G-d is creating, then we can create. It’s auspicious and we have a natural connection to creativity more so than at other times of the year.
So, I’d like to explore the idea of creativity once again. And I’ll divide my exploration into two parts:
G-d’s way of creating and some tools we can use to do some creating, too.
Let’s start with emulating G-d’s way of creating – first we have to study it and then try to adopt it into our lives.
For example, we have four worlds. Each world has a different way of creating. All the way from the highest world of Atzilut, where the way of creating is emanating and infusing, to the lowest world of Assiyah, where the way of creating is doing.
In the higher worlds there is less of me and more of G-d in the creation. In the lower worlds there is more of me and less of G-d, because there’s no focus on bringing G-d into the situation.
Kabbalistically, we also have ways of Divine Creating, in terms of “fixing the world,” of walking though the world, seeing what needs to be fixed, understanding it and fixing it. We can be resolvers of problems in that way.
We emulate G-d’s way of creating by seeing the end in any situation we’re trying to create, and we create by seeing the end first, as G-d did when he created the world. He saw what would happen in the end and he started at the beginning point.
We emulate G-d’s creation Sephirotically. We go through each of the Sephirot and try to overlay them on different aspects of reality to see how they raise up different states of being.
We try at all times to unify things that have polarity, a natural antagonism, because when we can unify them we can release a huge amount of wellbeing for ourselves and for others.
We try, as G-d does, to bring the infinite into the finite by uniting that which happened prior to Creation with Creation.
The TzimTzum Creation Process is what we call what happened when G-d was completely present in the beginning, and then he restricted his presence, which creates a tension and a drive to return to our former completeness.
This opens up all kinds of creating for us. For example, holding on to a paradox, being very focused on what’s going on, making room for others, turning constriction to expansion and birthing things in the world. These are some of the ways of emulating how G-d creates.
And now, here’s the second part. Here are some of the tools I’ve used to create, to be a creator:
1) One tool is simply to practice. Just create. Write for an hour a day, or talk or read poetry or play music. Just do it, and it will open up doors that would otherwise not be open to you.
2) I compile the highlights of my life and try to learn from them, to discover who I was, who I am and who I will be. That way, I can see what is working, what I resonated with and what G-d’s reaction is to what I’ve been doing in my life. That’s a form of creativity as well.
3) I use combinations of tools. In teaching, I combine Torah and music and poetry and right-brain productivity, the more artistic side of life. It’s the more experiential, feeling side of what’s usually taught in Torah as a left-brain discipline.
4) I try to create my own life, in conjunction with other people’s lives, to combine a life that I love.
5) I try to communicate in creative ways, unorthodox, unusual ways.
6) I try to love other people in creative ways.
Those are just a few of my favorite things, ways to create that are somewhat unusual. And I’m always searching for new ways, too.
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