Letter from the Editor: From Inspiration to Transformation
I am very pleased to include in this spring issue an attractive new edition of the Findhorn Classic Encounters With Nature Spirits by R Ogilvie Crombie. It’s an enjoyable account of a solitary mystic’s encounter with a faun and with the great god Pan in the everyday streets and gardens of Edinburgh. Roc, as he was known, had been studying the esoteric for a long time, but these crucial life-transforming meetings did not take place until he was in his sixties.
It must be a blessing to have these moments “when the veil parts” and you glimpse a reality that is completely different from the everyday. Maybe it doesn’t dispel all possible doubts regarding an esoteric reality– I think I have written before that we might have to accept doubt as part of the human condition – but these moments are precious and I think it’s our duty where possible to tell people about them and encourage them on their paths, whenever we are blessed enough to have these experiences.
We should be on that path because
it’s the right thing to do. Because it’s a
path of love, kindness and generosity;
because we are working with the
universe and its unquestionable “will
to good”. There’s nothing wrong with
wanting to glimpse the supernatural
or even to witness a miracle, but that
has to be treated as a bonus, and as a
rare gift. Please also bear in mind that
you can sometimes only recognize the
miraculous in retrospect, after the event.
That’s why books like these are so
important. They too are gifts from
people who have done the hard work,
who have a constructive lesson to pass
on, or who might even have a miracle to
tell us about. We should cherish them,
read them slowly and absorb every last
drop of energy from them. Make them
special, make life itself special.
I have so many books and other
materials to look through, and I get
blasé all the time. There are books
that I pick up with almost unbearable
excitement, and which fifteen minutes
later are just part of a stack on my
shelves. I try not to take anything
for granted but that takes constant
effort. Yet it’s something we should be
striving to do every minute of the day.
The IKEA adverts on television have
as their catchphrase “The Wonderful
Everyday”. I think that their intentions
are ultimately different, but they have a
point, that greyness and predictability
have to be transcended consciously
and even mindfully in every moment.
Even though there are also times
when I would like the Everyday to be
some kind of distant memory!
I do think that all the books that follow are incredibly valuable, but there’s another one I would like to highlight – Conscious Creativity by Philippa Stanton. It’s a book that’s saturated with joy and colour. It’s full of techniques, tips, stories and wonderful images that can inspire us to be creative and take joy in our surroundings. Look around you and remember those items, those books, pictures, films, meals that inspired you once and you then moved on from – they can inspire you again. Remember those little moments when you said to yourself “Now I can change…now I can do that daring thing that I know will make me happy… now that risk doesn’t look quite so scary”.
I was at an exhibition in London
recently devoted to the Italian
architect Renzo Piano, who designed
the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the
Shard in London. Being an architect
must be thrilling: you are part builder,
part poet and part alchemist. In the
film shown there he says with passion,
“To be creative, you have to decide to
be creative”. That’s it. Don’t just wait
for the muse to visit, or for the stars
to be properly aligned in the heavens.
Do it now, and transform that
everyday moment. It doesn’t matter
if you think life has passed you by; I
don’t think that the universe could
care less how old you might be! But
just don’t “settle”, and don’t give up
on the adventure.
In the end, creativity and spirituality are so closely related as to at times be one and the same thing. Keep your spirit vibrant and look for inspiration. And also cherish these gifts that other brave and diligent souls have passed on to us, because there are lessons they can teach that might otherwise have been too difficult for us to learn on our own.
Finally, keep in mind that we are all in this together!