by Coral Hull –
“The universe begins to look more like
a great thought than a great machine.”— James Jean
Art and ethics can only be anathema to one another when a society has lost its moral conscience and its spiritual connection to a universal consciousness. As Ken Wilber writes, “Because the universe has direction, we ourselves have direction. There is meaning in the movement, intrinsic value in the embrace.”
Similarly does Ralph Waldo Emerson write, “We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which by any other name is Spirit. […] We — and all beings as such — are drenched in this meaning, afloat in a current of care and profound value, ultimate significance, intrinsic awareness. We are part and parcel of this immense intelligence, this Spirit-in-action, this God-in-the-making … “
As sentient beings, we are a pond that reflects the surface of the soul of the world.
As creative practitioners, we reflect this process by the product of our creations. The landscape and the sentient beings that inhabit it, must become our sacred mind. All must be our religion, our place of worship, our commune, our sanctuary and our art.
Our true potential can only be achieved by shifting our consciousness from one of ego to one of multidimensionality and compassion. Love cannot exist while we continue to destroy nature and to torture, maim and feast on the corpses of murdered sentient beings. The slaughterhouse of the gut must be transformed into the temple of the heart, if we are to evolve both consciously and creatively.
Creativity relies on a physical connection to the subject, so that the observer becomes the observed. We cannot connect with that which we destroy. Hence, when we destroy, we cannot create. As writer George Bernard Shaw wrote: “We pray on Sundays that we may have light/ To guide our footsteps on the path we tread;/ We are sick of war, we don’t want to fight,/ And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead”.
To be non-caring to the suffering of the other, is to lack both spiritual and creative insight. As Helen Keller wrote, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart. “
Throughout history, both creative thinkers and spiritual thinkers have shared this same vision of world peace for all beings, from Thomas Edison who wrote: “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages”, to the Buddha who taught; “To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana”.
Since consciousness affects matter and other consciousness around it, our thinking creates our reality both in the spiritual and the physical world, until both worlds are intersecting, interlocking and existing simultaneously. Both are the one living, breathing, thinking universal consciousness expressed in different forms. Loving creativity is the way to universal truth.
Therefore it would stand to reason that the less harm that I inflict upon other sentient beings, the more I am able to hold their peace and beauty within my own soul. The more I am able to act as a living conduit for the benevolent universal consciousness, the more I become not only a creator, but a co-creator who contributes to the conscious being that is the universe.
The universe is evolving towards love.
Any sentient being who is not allowing themselves to become a part of this continuous process will suffer as a result. Where l-o-v-e exists, suffering ceases to exist, since once we become benevolent, the benevolent universal consciousness reflects and creates alongside us, working towards our best interests. And our best intentions are in the interests of all.
Author Roger Penrose writes, “The universe is made of stories, not atoms”. The landscape is consciousness and the sentient beings of consciousness are the mirrored soul of our being, or that which we love. Creative artists and creative thinkers can assist in this process by embracing and holding external realities within. In this way, all knowledge becomes accessible, all time eternal and the ongoing universal expansion of creativity possible.