Materialise the Invisible Pt.1

Something that genuinely sets us, humans, apart from the rest of the creation and creative world is our desire and ability to create. 

Before we dive into that thought, here is some context for the images. I had a spontaneous moment on a Monday evening to exercise my deer spotting skills. So I googled where I'm likely to find deer, found a suitable spot, called a friend and we located ourselves in Richmond Park, SW London. The underlying thought of this post was not birthed at the park itself because I was too fascinated by these antlered creatures!

The detail on each one meant that not one had the same design as the other. They were stunning but minded their own business, ate grass, roamed the savannah of TW10. Even the younglings seldom received special attention - they were left to wander, knock, seek and find as they chose. 

On my way back home, I began my journey into the book 'ARTISAN SOUL' by Erwin McManus. I was listening to McManus describe his process that led him to writing the book. Now what I am about to share is by no means a proposition or formulaic; rather, it is an idea to challenge the carelessly adopted notion that only a few of us are 'creative'.

For a moment, I'd like to emphasise God as the master artist, who creates and sustains - allows the created to create. He created humans out of imagination - NOT nothing... dust and breath were key ingredients (..let us create mankind in our own image..) - God the creator investing an idea, an imagination, a thought to himself, the Trinity, the source of all beauty, all wonder, all communion, all artistry, all dynamics. He created man and woman, works of art.

Then God affirms us. Reproduce, multiply, pro-create, 'make as I have made'. 

The components of the material world is fixed, those of imagination increase by a continuous and irreversible process, without any destruction or rearrangement of what went before - what is already created. This represents the nearest approach we experience to ‘creation out of nothing’... This experience of creative imagination in the common man or woman - the artist - is the only thing have to go upon in entertaining the concept of (first) creation.
— Dorothy Sayers - The Mind of the Maker

Let me ask you a couple of questions... Have you every imagined anything? Do you cook? Do you buy clothes that look good and go with the desired outfit or collection? Do you tidy the house? Do you imagine and plan weeks in advance and organise your life? Do you sustain your bank balance by keeping a steady account of income and outgoings? Do you imagine and plan for the future? Do you plan for events, meet ups, coffees?

Okay, that was more than a couple.. BUT - if your answer to any of those were yes, you are creative. Being creative is more than playing an instrument or dancing or designing something. I believe that everyone is born 'arty'. The difference is how that is nurtured through life. We are born expert linguists! Languages, what a thriving mode of communication! Yet, it takes a 2 year old no education to speak the language spoken around them. Phonetics, turn into words, into phrase, into sentences, into conversations. However, by the time they hit early teen years most kids believe that they are not creative. HOW? (That is a rant for another day..)

McManus simplifies what Sayers has beautifully expelled: All humans have the ability to materialise the invisible, capacity to imagine something and translate that through passion and skill in to something tangible, something matter-full. This statement is respective of all those questions I asked above.

Why the photos of stags..??

Glad you asked! 

There some very creative, wise animals on our planet. Living in an ecosystem, as part of a food chain. The ways birds make nests, bees make homes to store honey, wild cats hunt for food.. all of which are creative lifestyles but not imaginative ones as powerful as humans. I haven't heard of a cheetah that developed wifi, or an ant that pioneered the use of electricity or the wise owl that created the email services to be organised. No. That is something I'd like to shine a light of for every single one us - each one of us, extraordinary, with an unthinkable amount of potential to imagine and live the creative life that we are born with. 

Since this is only part one.. I'd rather not spell out everything straight away, but I'd like to wrap this one up with the following. 

Regarding being created in the likeness of God, this is what Dorothy Sayers has to say: I suggest that you read this patiently.

Man and woman... ...How then can they be said to resemble God? Is it their immortal souls. their rationality, their self consciousness, their free will? A case may be argued for all these elements in the complex (not creative) nature of man.

But had the author of Genesis anything in particular in mind when he wrote? It is observable that in the passage leading up to the statement about man and woman, he has given no detailed information about God. Looking at man and woman, the author sees something essentially diving, but when we turn back to what he says about the original (God) upon which the ‘image’ was modelled, we find only the single assertion, ‘God created’.

The characteristic common to God and humankind is that: the desire and ability to make things.
— Dorothy Sayers - The Mind of the Maker (The Image of God)

Well - I hope you got a glimpse of the fact that this idea or challenge addresses something so fundamental that most of humanity has missed out on. My aim to help every human realise that they are creative. No one started of exempt from it.

Cephas AzariahComment