Bringing the Infinite into Finite Form; or more musings on creating

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I was reading some writing advice from Stephen King and some of his words really struck me.  He said,

“The magic is in you.”

I think I’m going to hang this one on my wall above my writing space.  We get distracted with the mundane life and somehow this gets forgotten in the hustle and bustle.  

In the book, “The Mission of Art”, Alex Grey goes on to say that “the artist brings the infinite into finite form…”“An artist’s divine imagination, their soul, links the infinite presence of God with the finite physical world where the artist brings spirit to form.” This understanding of my art merges with my current understanding of my spiritual beliefs. As Inigo Montoya says in the movie, The Princess Bride, “Let me explain…no, there is too much. Let me sum up…” 

Imagine the beginnings of the Universe… Everything condensed into one single point, which exploded outward filling the emptiness with matter. All the matter/energy of the Universe, forming and coalescing into suns and planets. Our tiny planet spinning and transforming. The energy solidifying into matter becoming water and land and living things. Single-celled creatures mutating and transforming into more and more complex forms. Complex living things in the ocean, moving onto land, transforming and changing. Such a wonder of variety… fish, insects, birds, mammals and people. Green things transforming the energy of the sun into itself. Animals eating the plants/sun-energy and transforming it into itself. We are all made of “star stuff.” We are matter. We are energy. Other names that have been used to identify this energy can be Spirit, Magic or God. We have that God-force within us and are continuing the process of creation. We imagine things and then we turn that energy solid; into art, relationships, writing or inventions. 

Science tells us that very element heavier than hydrogen has been forged in the heart of a star. In the television show, Babylon-5, J. Michael Straczynski stated through the wise character of Delenn the perspective that all living beings are created from the same elements that make up the Babylon-5 space station and the stars (ie. nitrogen, iron, hydrogen, etc). Delenn states, “We are star stuff. We are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out.”

Different thinkers have come to the same conclusion and have been able to verbalize it in different ways… Ann Kent Rush stated, “Creativity is really the structuring of magic.” Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali mystic stated “ The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day, runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass, and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” Stephen Nachmanovitch, a musician, author and computer artist said, “The imagination is our true self, and is in fact the living creating God within us.”

That wonderful energy fills me up and flows out of my fingers in my artwork. I feel like the 13th century poet, Rumi, was talking directly to me when he wrote, 

“Hundreds of thousands of impressions from the invisible world are eagerly wanting to come through you. I get dizzy with the abundance.”

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“All of Creation” by Patricia Robin Woodruff 11″x14″ mixed media (ink and watercolor)

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4 thoughts on “Bringing the Infinite into Finite Form; or more musings on creating

  1. sherry o'shea

    “In the begining God said let us CREATE man in Our own image” We are created in the image of God the creator of the universe and all it contains. This doesn’t make us gods but creators and the possibilitys are limitless. Beyond anything we can imagine if we open our hearts…Enjoyed what you wrote and your art. Best of creation to you.

  2. I have always thought that creative types somehow “channel” their information just as any “mystic” does. And then I feel anyone, creative or not, are all connected in some way. “The magic is in you” absolutely. This post also made me keep singing the Moby song “We are all made of stars”. Thoughtful post! (visiting from yeah write)

  3. Very nice way to draw connections between science, imagination, and spirit. I like the commonalities you found among some very different thinkers! (visiting here from yeahwrite.me)

  4. Your post reminds of the question I just answered in my online course,about creation God, ego ,infinite and finite and when I read about Tagore I was overjoyed,he is my most favorite poet and thinker.He is a Bengali, I am also from Bengal,I love his songs, poetry everything. Thank you for this.

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