October 19


Creativity blends all the best elements of human nature: perception, imagination, intellect, courage, intuition, and empathy. We need to be able to see, feel, taste, hear, and smell the magnificence around us, lifted from “the no of all nothing,” as e.e. cummings puts it, into “everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.” We need to take in this magnificence at more than face value, imagining its innumerable possibilities. We have the grand honor of being conduits for divine imagination. Thus not only do we embrace all that’s freely given to us — the very definition of gratefulness — we also magnanimously participate in developing and fulfilling this gift. As we share in the creativity which emanates from Ultimate Mystery, we experience perhaps the greatest gift of all.


I will sing praise to my God while I live.
Psalm 104


Try to shake your mind free of ruts and clichés and see anew even if you seem to be faced with the same things you have encountered before. Try to glimpse the hidden meanings of things.

Suggested Readings

This is why I speak to them in parables:
Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
Matthew 13:13-16

The eye that sees nobility and beauty in what another would regard as ordinary is the eye of prayer.
Wendy Beckett

It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us.
Joan Chittister

The infinite beauty of God is constantly being discovered anew.
Gregory of Nyssa

Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.
Deepak Chopra

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.
James Russell Lowell

Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know.
Jean Houston

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
W. Somerset Maugham

Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
Igor Stravinsky