The holidays are here.
I love the lights, the music, the aromas and most of all, the seemingly necessary “excuse” to be kind toward one another.
Now with this being said, something interesting happened during the holidays last year.
It suddenly dawned on me that I tend to experience a more profound feeling of the holiday on Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas Day. It has always been this way for me, but until I had this epiphany, I wasn’t sure why.
But I think I know now.
And this insight, as far as I’m concerned, has a message within it that brings awareness to a new way of creating the results we experience.
The Magic of Creativity
If you think about it, Christmas Eve is a lot like cooking.
Have you ever noticed that while preparing a meal…
- The aromas are at their most potent?
- The pride in setting the table and making it look pretty brings happiness?
- The plating process involves the use of colors, decor and artistry?
- And the anticipation of what’s to come is filled with excitement?
Now think about this…
Once the meal is prepared, the aromas are no longer as noticeable.
What was once a beautiful table setting now has crumbs and spills on the tablecloth.
There is a mountain of dishes to do.
And the hunger that drove the preparation of the meal itself is now fulfilled.
Now. of course, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the after effects of the meal. Quite the contrary, it was something to be enjoyed and appreciated.
But that magical feeling that went along with the creative process is no longer present…and that, in and of itself, is noticeable.
It is to me anyway.
You may be wondering if I’m trying to make a point.
Stay with me.
Creating Anticipation vs. Experiencing Results
Think about what Christmas Eve looks like from a distance.
- The gifts are (almost) perfectly wrapped under the tree.
- The family members arrive and spend time looking forward to the expression on the recipient’s face as each individual opens their gifts.
- Everyone gets excited wondering what their own packages hold for them.
- People gather around and sing Christmas songs while looking forward to the holiday meal that awaits them the following day.
Basically, the energy of the holiday is at its most potent. This is because it hasn’t actually happened yet. Christmas Eve, technically, is still in the preparation/anticipation phase of the final stage – which is Christmas Day.
While Christmas day looks a bit like this –
The gifts are opened – the remnants of holiday wrapping are everywhere, along with a heap of other garbage and now empty packages.
They no longer hold the promise of what’s to come – as that mystery has already been solved.
Hopes and expectations may have been met, or they may not have. But regardless, the veil has been lifted. The results have been experienced.
The day goes on – and as it does, the overall feeling of what was once exciting has now been replaced with the knowledge that what had been thought about, planned for and stressed over – for at least month or longer is
Now I’m not saying this is bad, or that other feelings, such as togetherness and enjoyment of the food and gifts aren’t experienced, because they are.
I am simply sharing a perspective – or an insight that I had.
Still wondering where I’m going with this?
Hang in there just a bit longer. I’m getting to it.
The Living, Powerful Energy of Creation
It took a moment of clarity for me to see something from an alternate perspective.
But this perspective, as far as I’m concerned, sheds some light on what motivates human behavior.
When we are in the creative process, we are propelled by a sense of wonder.
It is in this phase that all possibilities exist.
Our present moment energy is alive, and in full force.
The excitement of creating and anticipating the result of the experience is what’s actually so powerful – whereas the result itself, while certainly satisfying, is often far less powerful.
It is no longer alive.
So what does this mean?
It means that while it’s cool to want things, to have desires and to even picture how we might like to see something happen…
What brings our true nature – the observer within us (the REAL us) to the surface of our lives is the process of creativity, not necessarily the experience of the result.
While it seems normal and popular to be such a results-oriented population, we tend to forget that results, in and of themselves, are nothing more than a natural extension of what happens during the creative process – which is where the energy…the LIFE of the process is contained.
The Law of Cause and Effect
“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”
For every meal we prepare, for every Christmas holiday we enjoy and for absolutely EVERYTHING else we will ever, ever experience – there will be the Law of Cause and Effect.
It is always the level of consciousness present in the creative process, the enthusiasm and deliberate awareness which involves the inclusion of Spirit that contains the most powerful, the most potent ingredient that creates the information that we experience as the result of that process.
Everything just seems more exciting when we are in the midst of using our physical abilities to bring possibilities to life.
This is the magic of creativity.
This is when we are so alive and filled with wonder. This is when, if we observe what we would like to experience, as opposed to becoming attached to a specific result, we get to have fun “during the during” – which more often than not, naturally allows for the results we wish to experience to take shape on their own.
It works this way with everything we do.
So while many of us get wrapped up in whether or not the gifts will be appreciated, or if the food will be enjoyed…it is the eager anticipation which happens during the creative process that brings those results into our physical experiences.
Creativity is where the magic happens. This is where the attention belongs.
If the creative process is met with full attendance, it brings deliberate energy to the results. We can’t control everything about life or whether or not our efforts will be met with gratitude or satisfaction by those who receive the fruits of our labor. But we can certainly connect to the magic of creativity regardless by simply loving what we’re doing for the right reasons.
This is what determines our experience regarding everything we do. It’s what gives rise to future projects – all of which bring possibilities, and therefore reality to life.
In a world that so desperately needs to change course – it will be in the creative process, where everything is still alive with possibilities – and where the true SELF observes and participates that will bring forth the results that we’ll experience.
It’ll never be any other way.
When it comes to dealing with what’s going on in the world, it’s important to understand that just because we experience a specific set of circumstances doesn’t mean there is no room for expansion or for a positive shift to occur.
There are many possibilities available. They all exist within our imagination – where creativity, met with a sense of enthusiasm, has the opportunity to bring them to life.
I feel it will be up to us to exercise that part of ourselves – that Spirit that inspires and energizes us – and allow this to be what guides us in our actions.
I hope the connection to the anticipation of the result vs. the result itself was clear.
It’s always about the present moment energy – where everything is still alive – that allows for miracles to happen.
And because of this, I will probably always enjoy Christmas Eve just a little more than Christmas Day.
Over to you…
Do you feel a more powerful expression of energy when it comes to the creative process vs the results?