The Status Quo

Society recognizes creative people and rewards them with trophies for their creativity. With glitz and glamour, they celebrate many different achievements too often forgotten six months after they’re given out. It’s difficult for creative people to fit into comfortable and acceptable societal situations. Flux and change, the very soul of creative genius, threatens static and staid mindsets that can’t tolerate unconventional lives. The status quo’s oyster-like shell rejects irritations that create pearls. Once that pearl manifests as a work of art, the status quo bids top dollar to collect as many of these pearls as finances permit. The artist swims upstream against social currents that attempt to drown creativity. He or she treads water in a whirlpool of inspiration that exists beneath life’s surface. It’s a vision of personal truth they need to survive.

The public recognizes artistic genius in paintings, music, theater, cinema, and works of literature. It rarely sees truth in daily life; it derives comfort from stagnant states of being that dull desire for creative purposes. Their goal is to be a non-threatened subservient mortal – a slave to society who never rebels against dogmatic demands, lives like a cog in a machine and reduces individuality to ground zero. They fit perfectly into life’s economic conveyor system as predictable non-entities, easily enslaved and controlled by social and economic rules and regulations. Their desire for an inner life is dimmed by polarities that obscure spiritual goals. They journey through a labyrinthine maze of thought and opinion that dictates everyday action. They’re consumed by that labyrinth and creative output is almost always limited to the ordinary. To escape the ordinary, there must be an internal rebellion against mediocrity as a means of survival; one must rebel against the malaise that forces them to succumb to the conventional; one must find means to overcome fear, insecurity, jealousy and a host of blockages that interfere with a connection to Higher Energy.

Flux and change, the very soul of creative genius, threatens static and staid mindsets that can’t tolerate unconventional lives.

If an artist breaks out of a mold, pierces the third wall between himself and truth, and no longer fits into the cubicle that’s controlled by those who support him, the relationship between artist and benefactor takes on a new dynamic. The benefactor’s control fades into the past. The artist’s success brings new people into his circle and opens doors to alternate ways of living. Both the artist and the benefactor must give each other room to explore life’s changes. They can’t let success stifle creativity.

What does this have to do with Tantra? A lifetime search for truth demands internal strength that transcends the ordinary. One seeks an intangible goal hidden beneath a tsunami of opinion fostered by fear, insecurity, and ignorance, a goal that surpasses whatever the human mind can comprehend and nurtures creative zeal in seekers who want nothing less than truth. One can ask: What is truth? Is it a question that can be mulled over from today to the end of time? The answer is “yes.” There’s no definition of truth. A vision quest will take the seeker on a journey that reveals extensive wisdom, knowledge, and experiences that transcend the mundane. It will reveal a host of profound insights that convert everyday life into a series of miracles. But truth, ever evasive, will force the seeker to continue to climb a mystical ladder into the unknown. It will force him to shed multi-layers of mental and emotional protection, embrace newfound knowledge and allow that knowledge to guide him on a journey to the infinite.

Enlightened human beings are few and far between. They’ve embraced a state of nothingness, shed personality, charisma, fear, anxiety, and all internal devices that resist the unknown. They’ve found inner peace and can live each day with an open heart, a twinkle in their eye, and sustained happiness. They’ve converted a lifetime of tension into a connection with Higher Energy. There’s a wonderful Japanese maxim: “Before enlightenment, carrying water and plowing the fields, after enlightenment, carrying water and plowing the fields.” The only thing that changes is the inner life of a human being. The job, profession, business, and family do not have to change, but an internal wake-up call has transformed a seeker after truth…

(To be continued…)

Painting by the 19th century German artist Caspa David Fredrich

Painting by the 19th century German artist Caspa David Fredrich