Co-Creating with Humility

“O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,
Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?
O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?”
– William Butler Yeats

When I admire a beautiful work of art or music, such as Monet’s Water Lilies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, I cannot help but wonder – who is the true creator of this work? In a way, there is ultimately no separation between the artist and the artwork (or the composer and the composition) as they are made by the same creator. There is only one source of creativity that is expressing itself in a multitude of forms through its own creations.

Creation is an ongoing process in which everything is constantly being created and destroyed in this temporal world. Just look at the wild geese in flight, the dance of leaves caught in the wind and the ripples on the surface of the lake – there is not a moment that is identical to next. Similarly, in our lives, both our external and internal states are constantly changing. Though there is constant evolution and apparent separation between different life forms, there is a common thread that runs throughout all of creation – the imprint of the one creator. In the words of Mary Oliver, “there exist a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else.” All of life is sustained by the same source of creation.

As creations of God, we are gifted with the power to co-create. Yet, we are too often consumed by hubris and we forget that this creative ability does not originate from us. Nothing that we create is truly our personal accomplishment. Even things that we label as man-made are merely creations that we have been enabled to create. In addition, we often forget that everything we create is intimately connected to everything else. As a result, we often misuse our creative ability for our personal benefit at the expense of others.

Our intention to create must be aligned with the intention of the universe to create through us. Only then can we create things with collective benefits that are sustainable. True creativity stems from an attitude of humility and surrender. The only step we have to take is to lean into the source of creativity and allow for its expression through our individual gifts and talents. What we create is inextricably linked to all of creation and we will bear the brunt of our own creations in the end. In the words of Mary Oliver, “the pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves – we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destiny.

© nightdawnday
p.s. Leave a comment if this resonated with you. I love to hear your stories!

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Robert says:

    We create out of the materials God gives us, by His creative inspiration. He creates “ex nihlio”- out of nothing but His own creative power!

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  2. Ruth Kirk says:

    100% agree! XXXXXXXX

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  3. billtonnis says:

    This very much resonated with me. I believe we are all here to create…and co-creators with the Creator. Actually…the Creator is doing the creating through us if we cooperate. I’ve recently been co-leading a retreat titled “Creative Pathways to God.” The team is made up of an artist, a creative writer and me (singer-songwriter). It’s amazing how free and alive people feel after doing creative exercises!

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  4. I agree! Just this morning I read the following:
    1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV)

    23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

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  5. In one of the books of The Maccabees there is a Scripture that says
    Obey the physicians for God gave them to you(paraphrased)

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  6. Ash says:

    I absolutely love this! Being of service matters so much to me 💜

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  7. Lesley says:

    Beautifully written!

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  8. John Weaver says:

    I enjoyed reading your post, and felt the theme of humility as a basis for co-creation resonated with my own perceptions. Regardless of race, religion, means, location or species; we inhabit the Earth together.

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  9. kirkrstevens says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with this idea. It reminds me of a TED talk from Elizabeth Gilbert. In it, she shared a bit of history. Most memorable to me that genius was a being, much as a daemon was to the Greeks. All creation was a cooperative process between men/women and genius. It was not until the Renaissance that we applied the term genius to a person as a descriptor. An act that could place the entire onus of creation in the hands of man alone.

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  10. Ron Bouchard says:

    John 1:1-5
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.
    The Word was with God in the beginning.
    All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.
    In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.
    And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.
    Praise his Name! Jesus!

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  11. We create because we are born to create. The creator of the universe gave us gifts to use in this world. We can make a difference through our gift around us. And in all the things we do it is important to reminds ourselves that God is sovereign. He is above all things, so we have to keep an attitude of humility and surrendering to leave him the space to fill us like a vessel until we overflow to share what we receive. What receive from God is more powerful than what we try to do by ourselves because He is the one who can touch people’s heart.

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  12. JAYANT says:

    For a moment while reading this post, I felt there’s humanity and kindness all around me but suddenly I realized that reality is far contradicting 😕

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