Human Creativity–One Aspect of the Image of Our Creator
Using examples from Biblical descriptions of our Creator, we are able to understand what it means for humanity to reflect the image of God. Some examples are as follows: we have existence or being; we have emotions that we express as we communicate to others; we can choose how we wish to act; and we can think, imagine, and create what we can envision within our minds.
Why is this important? You and I by our Creator’s design are able to live intentional lives. To live intentionally is to choose to be healthy in spite of our circumstances. The means to that goal is part of our Creator’s design. By living intentionally you can use your mind to the fullest. This becomes the basis for managing stress and conflict in life leading to health.
The number one way to accomplish intentional living is to create within your mind a landscape that will establish mental and emotional boundaries which orient you to the present moment. This landscape within your mind begins as simply as taking a moment to breathe.
Intentional breathing is to clear your mind of thoughts while paying attention to each breath. If any thought intrudes in that moment, you can picture that thought as a cloud drifting across the sky and disappearing. That allows your mind to clear and your breathing pattern to calm you. If you worry that ignoring that thought that mean missing something important, fear not! If the thought is truly important it will return at a more appropriate time. For now you are learning to calm your mind and body. In so doing, you become the CEO of your mind rather than others’ expectations.
The next step is to create an image of a landscape of 20 or 200 acres of a place that you can associate to safety and calmness. You will learn features to add to this internal landscape of the mind as you follow each of my posts.
An Example–Psalm 23
Look at the words King David probably wrote as a young lad while tending his father’s sheep. The first three verses are translate as follows in the New Living Translation of the Bible: Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT)
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
David begins with grounding himself in his relationship with his Creator. David acknowledges his Creator as a provider of all his needs. He then pictures a place within creation as he knew it – the green meadow with quiet streams where he could rest in total safety. The image contains food, drink, shelter, rest, restoration, and wise guidance. All these are components of safety that you and I can use for our own personal landscape.
Create your own safe place using these ideas as a foundation for structuring your own internal world. This safe place is to always remain in the present. Nothing of the past or future, no person, place, or thing has a right to be there in your mind. That boundary is perhaps the most important of all. A simple example that comes to mind is from those who learned these tools from me. As Joe sits quietly, picturing the image of safety, he hears in his mind his father’s voice. Dad’s words to Joe whenever he saw him sitting still was, ” Hey, you lazy bum. Snap out of it! There are a lot of chores to do!” Joe heard all his life that to be quiet or still was bad. To sit quietly, even if it was to pray, was being lazy.
Joe learned from that mental interruption in a present moment of calm, he had his Creator’s permission to experience quietness. The verse from Psalm 46:10 (NLT) became affirming to Joe, allowing him to be grounded without the voice of his father from the past intruding in that present moment.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
Another Biblical translation, the New American Standard Bible, replaces the phrase “be still” with “cease striving”. This may be more descriptive of your struggle like Joe’s. You may have been taught that you should always be doing. Our Creator intended us to exist and be, not just to always do or be constantly on the go.
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