A couple of weeks ago I wrote a letter to Lindon where I felt inspired to talk to him about the innate characteristic I believe is buried deep within the DNA of every single child of God – the power to create.
I could go on and on about this subject; it’s been one of my pet projects for many years. I’ve studied creation and creativity from almost every angle possible.
When Lindon got the letter I sent him he suggested I write a blog post regarding what I shared with him. So I’d like to share with you some of the thoughts I wrote to Lindon about that he liked so much. It is my hope that what I teach today will inspire you and bless your life.
In Proverbs 29:18 is says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” There is more truth to this than meets the eye (no pun intended).
One of the most targeted areas the enemy of your soul tries to attach is to blind you from a clear vision of who you are and the potential you have. If you can be distracted, or blinded, or never really truly come to even know (see) your full potential then the enemy wins. And so, if the enemy can get you to set your heart upon the things of this world, or to seek after the honors of men (D&C 121:35), or get you to think all is well in Zion, and you don’t really need to try any harder (2 Nephi 28:21), or worse cause you to be angry with God, and turn your back on Him (D&C 121:38, 2 Nephi 28:19-20), then he cheats your soul and destroys you, and carries you down to hell (2 Nephi 28:21-22) to be miserable like he is (2 Nephi 2:27).
All because you lose your vision.
That is one of the saddest commentaries of life. Here, we have the indisputable proof-positive DNA markings that we can become like God, and yet we let ourselves be totally destroyed instead, all because we lose our sight. Sorry, I’m not going to sugar coat it – that’s just plain stupid.
Do you know just how much hangs in the balance? If you did you would see for yourself why I so clearly state how stupid it really is to let the loser of all losers win.
Let’s talk about creation.
The definition of the word create is: To bring into existence.
Plain and simple: It wasn’t there, you create it, now it exists, you are a creator.
God is a creator. Christ is a creator. In fact they are the ultimate creators. Being creators is who they are. You could almost say that creating is God, or in other words, God is to create.
Every single thing you see, touch, smell, taste, hear, breathe, feel is by definition a creation. YOU ARE A CREATOR TOO!
It is in your DNA.
Don’t believe me? Look in a mirror. Now smile. You just created that smile. You are a creator.
Notice the definition of the word create does NOT define the quality or size of the creation? It only defines what creating is – to bring something into existence.
You didn’t have a smile, you brought it into existence, you are a creator.
The world didn’t exist, Christ brought it into existence, Christ is a creator.
The reason I am hitting this so hard is that many people, in fact most people, don’t understand this important distinction, and therefore discount the idea they are creators. Like I said earlier, if the enemy of your soul can get you to be blind to your truth then he can carefully drag you down to hell. I’m trying to open your eyes. I’m trying to save your soul.
Indisputable fact – you are a child of God, you are a creator – period.
Do you see the magnitude of what I am saying? Yeah, Mike, I get it, you are saying that because I can create a batch of chocolate chip cookies I’m just like God. But God creates planets – that’s a far cry from creating chocolate chip cookies. I’m certainly not a god.
No, you aren’t a god … yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not in your DNA, or not in your potential. Vision folks, that’s what I’m trying to give you – a vision of who you are in the eyes of Him who made you. Open your eyes. Stop being stupid.
“Whatever God requires is right.” Joseph Smith
Let’s start out with the assumption you have a vision of who you are and what is required of you. If not, I hope throughout these thoughts you will begin to catch a vision of who you are and what is required of you.
First understand with great responsibility much is required. This is the part that most of us have the most difficulty with. We get the vision, but we don’t feel the full weight of it, at least not enough to press forward consistently. We are too sporadic – some days hot and some days cold. How do we stop being that way? Much easier said than done, I know, but I think the key is to keep in remembrance the true vision of who we are. It’s that vision that will pull us towards itself.
It’s the vision that forms the underlying structural tension of creation that is necessary to pull us through to its ultimate resolution. That’s a mouth full, but let me explain. There is a structure to creation – a pattern if you will. When we set out to create something the vision of the created object pulls the creator towards its resolution (its final existence). There is a space between “what is” and the “final creation.” This space is between where the creation doesn’t exist and where the creation does exist. In that space something occurs, that something is called tension. It’s almost as if there is a very strong rope tied between the “final creation” and the “current reality (what is),” and that the creation is pulling on that rope bringing the “current reality (what is)” closer and closer to its resolution (its creation, or its existence).
Think about creating anything. For example let’s say we’re going to create a cake. We desire to create a chocolate cake. Do you feel a certain amount of underlying tension to complete the creation once you have in mind what the final creation will be? Meaning, we want the final creation to be a chocolate cake, not a cream pie. Do you feel the final creation, the vision of a delicious chocolate cake pulling you towards itself, towards its creation? It’s like the final creation is pulling you to complete it, to bring it into existence. But you don’t feel that same tension when you think about a cream pie, why? Because the underlying tension is between “what is” and the chocolate cake’s existence, not the cream pie.
Does this make any sense?
I have a very large watercolor that I started to paint several years ago, I never finished it. It has been sitting around for many years. It calls to me. I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to just destroy it, or throw it away so it would stop pulling me towards its completion. I’ve got many excuses why I don’t/haven’t finished that painting. But the truth remains, it calls after me – the underlying tension is sometimes so very powerful. The creation wants to be resolved, it wants to exist.
You are a creator. If you really analyze the process of creation you will see that this is a universal truth, and it’s very important to understand.
“Faith is the moving cause of all action.” Joseph Smith
But there is another element that is almost as powerful, and probably the reason we procrastinate so much, or why we fail to create with our full potential, maybe why that watercolor still isn’t finished. That is opposition. In terms of creation it’s called “oscillation.” Oscillation is like a rocking chair, it rocks back and forth and back and forth, never really resolving.
Oscillation occurs because of fear – plain and simple. It’s the loser’s tool to stop creation in its tracks. Oscillation is like a rubber band instead of a rope. Instead of the creation pulling you towards itself, fear creeps in and like a rubber band that is attached to the “what is” that gets stretched toward the complete final creation, but the further away you get from the “current reality (what is)” the more tension it creates, until finally it snaps back and resolves the tension. You know, like rubber bands do that have been stretched and then snap back.
If you look at yourself, many of the times when you have wanted to create something but didn’t, fear crept in, and like a rubber band you snapped back resolving the tension. That’s what procrastination is – fear of stretching the rubber band and snapping back – so why even start – why create at all?
But what does all this have to do with you and your vision? When you have a true vision of who you are and what God is creating, when you truly hold that in your heart, it pulls you towards its completion. It’s powerful. In this state, you can do all things – there’s literally nothing impossible. Why? Because the tension that is being created by the creator – Christ, and you. The tension is powerful. There’s absolutely no such thing as failure. All things are possible under this structural model. All things.
But when fear sets in, doubts set in, oscillation happens. You feel like you are being stretched instead of being pulled. There’s a huge difference between a rope and a rubber band. One is pulling you towards itself, while the other is pulling away from the current reality only to be snapped back when the stretch becomes too much.
Look at your current situation. Have you ever experienced an ebb time? Why is that? Because you got tired and weary of pulling away from your “current reality (what is)” and so relaxed and snapped right back into the “comfort zone.” That happens in the oscillation structure – every time.
But in the true creation structure the creation pulls you towards it as fast and as powerfully as it can. There’s simply no stopping it. The creation wants resolution. It wants to live. It wants to exist. It pulls mightily.
The Lord knows these principles and is patiently waiting for you to allow Him to pull you towards Him. He after all is the Master Creator. He wants you to be the creation He has in vision for you to be. He has tremendous plans for you. But you have to stop oscillating and let Him pull you towards Him. But we oscillate and like a rubber band take steps forward until we just can’t take the pressure anymore and then we snap back to our comfort zone.
And like I said, that’s just stupid. I mean, what Christ wants to create of us is a masterpiece.
Now I want to introduce you to another angle that perhaps you haven’t thought about regarding creation, and that is the “why” of creation. Why create? Why do you think God creates?
39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39)
In other words God’s work and glory is to create Gods. That’s what He’s about.
When God Wants a Man
When God wants to drill a man and thrill a man and skill a man…
When God wants to mold a man to play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart to create so great and bold a man that all the world shall praise…
Watch His methods;
Watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects…
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into frail shapes of clay that only God understands. How his tortured heart is crying and he lifts beseeching hands…
How he bends but never breaks when His good he undertakes.
How He uses whom He chooses…with every purpose fuses him;
By every art induces him to try His splendor out…
God knows what He’s about!
When God wants to take a man and shake a man and wake a man…
When God wants to make a man to do the future’s will;
He tries with all His skill…
When He yearns with all His soul to create him large and whole…
With what cunning He prepares him…
How He goads and never spares him! How He whets him and He frets him and in poverty begets him…
How often He disappoints whom He sacredly anoints!
With what wisdom He will hide him;
Never minding what betide him…
Though his genius sob with slighting and his pride may not forget;
Bids him struggle harder yet!
Makes him lonely so that only God’s high messages shall reach him…
So that He may surely teach him what the hierarchy planned;
And though he may not understand…
Gives him passions to command.
How remorselessly He spurs him…
With terrific ardor stirs him
When He poignantly prefers him.
When God wants to name a man and fame a man and tame a man…
When God wants to shame a man to do His Heavenly best;
When He tries the highest test that His reckoning may bring…
When He wants a [god] or king;
How He reins him and restrains him so his body scarce contains him…
While He fires him and inspires him…
Keeps him yearning, ever burning for that tantalizing goal.
Lures and lacerates his soul…
Sets a challenge for his spirit;
Draws it highest then he’s near it!
Makes a jungle that he clear it;
Makes a desert that he fear it…and subdue it, if he can –
So doth God make a man!
To test his spirit’s wrath
Throw a mountain in his path;
Puts a bitter choice before him and relentlessly stands o’er him…
Climb or perish, so He says…
But, watch His purpose, watch His ways.
God’s plan is wondrous kind – could we understand His mind?
Fools are they who call His blind!
When his feet are torn and bleeding;
Yet his spirit mounts unheeding…
Blazing newer paths and finds;
When the Force that is Divine leaps to challenge every failure,
And His ardour still is sweet –
And love and hope are burning in the presence of defeat!
Lo the crisis, Lo the shouts that would call the leader out…
When the people need salvation doth he rise to lead the nation;
Then doth God show His plan…
And the world has found a man!
God know what He’s about. God creates Gods, and the ultimate reason is, and always has been because He loves us.
God is love. God is a creator. Creation is love. A = B = C, therefore A = C. Get it? Good.
Why do you create the things you create? What is that powerful force that pulls a creation towards its creation? Love. The purest most powerful force in existence – love.
God creates because He loves what He creates. He loves to bring that which He creates into existence. And what is His greatest creation? You! And what is He making of you? A masterpiece. A God. Because He loves you.
And it’s not fish love.
I watched this video the other day were a Rabbi asked a young man that was clearly enjoying a plate of fish he was eating, “Young man, “Why are you eating that fish?” The young man answered, “Because I love fish.” The Rabbi said, “Oh, you loved the fish, that’s why you took it out of the water, killed it and boiled it.” He said, “Don’t tell me you love the fish. You love yourself. And because the fish tastes good to you, therefore, you took it out of the water, you killed it, and boiled it.”
He then goes on to say that so much of what is love is fish love. He goes onto say, “So a young man and a young woman fall in love, what does that mean? That means that he saw in this woman someone who he felt was someone who could provide him with all his physical and emotional needs. And she felt in this young man somebody she felt she could be provided the same things. That was love. Each was looking out for their own needs.”
And then he continued to talk about what he calls fish love, “It’s not love for the other, but it’s the other person becomes the vehicle for their own gratification. Too much of what we call love is fish love.”
And then he talks about external love and says, “It’s not about what I’m going to get, but what I’m going to give.”
And then makes and extremely profound statement, “People make a serious mistake in thinking that you give to those whom you love. But the real answer is, you love those to whom you give. And the point is, if I give something to you, I’ve invested myself in you. And since self-love is a given, everybody loves themselves. Now that part of me has become in you because of what I’ve given you, there’s part of me in you that I love.” (Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski)
I believe the kind of love that God has for us has absolutely nothing to do with what He is going to get from us because He loves us, but everything to do with the truest and deepest kind of love possible – Gods love, or charity, the purest love of all. He loves us because we are part of Him. He is our creator.
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen. (Moroni 7:48)
Think about it. Ponder it. You know these things are true. And you’ve been taught that you can be possessed of this kind of godly love.
You create things because you love them.
The last quilt you created – you brought it into existence because you loved it. The last song you wrote – you brought it into existence because you loved it. The last origami creation you created – you brought it into existence because you loved it. The last blog post you wrote – you brought it into existence because you loved it.
You create because you love. You love your creations because they are a part of you.
Now let’s take this even further. Let’s imagine you are in Christ’s presence. You are going to shadow Him today, and He is going to teach you how He does things. He is going to teach you how He creates.
He’s at the grocery store, an elderly lady is in a hurry and turns the corner and ends up knocking over a display of boxes of soda-pop. Several of the cans start to spew soda all over the place. In that instant the Savior stops the scene, kind of like a 3D freeze frame, and turns to you and asks you, “What do you want to create? In this moment you have literally millions of alternative choices of what you would like to create. This is your world. What do you want to create?”
And then the scene moves on. You see many of the other customers hurriedly dodge out of the way so they don’t have to deal with this situation. You realize you could do the same thing. “But is that what I want to create?” you ask yourself?
You see a young man, out of the corner of your eye, snicker and jeer at the old lady, and say something under his breath like, “What a klutz.” You see that the old lady overhears this, and how she grimaces in embarrassment. Again, you realize you could have done that, and again you think, “But is that what I would want to create?”
Then the Lord looks at you and says, “Watch and learn,” as He looks over to the young man and says to him, “Yeah, we’ve all been in a hurry before and had accidents. But we all feel such peace when the people around us are understanding and kind. Right? How about you help me pick up all these cans? Would you do that please?” and then hands the young man a box of cans and points to an empty shopping cart, as if to say, “Grab that and we’ll throw all these broken cans in it.”
And then the Savior, in almost the same breath says so kindly and gently to the woman, “It’s alright my dear. You have unequivocally concluded that gravity still works. I and this young man here will have this cleaned up in no time. I notice you are in a hurry. Was there anything else that you needed? Can I help you find anything else, so you can hurry on your way?”
The woman is startled at the kindness, the humor, and the lighthearted way this man has just diffused this difficult situation. She begins to worry about the broken cans. The Lord says, “Oh, don’t worry about these cans, I’ll just get the store manager’s attention and we’ll get this cleaned up without a problem, I’m sure. Accidents happen all the time. I’m sure there will be no charge for this. But if there is a charge, I will cover it. You don’t need to worry. You were in a hurry. Go ahead and finish what you were doing. I’ve got this. May God bless the rest of your day.”
And then he looked to the young man who is reluctantly picking up boxes and cans. “Thank you. I’m so grateful you stopped and helped. I don’t want to take up any more of your time. I’ll take it from here. But thank you so much for helping. God is pleased with your kindness. I hope you are always this kind and charitable, especially to the elderly. You’ve been a true inspiration to me today. Thanks.” And then picks up the last of the cans and begins to look around to see where he might find the manager.
And then in that moment Christ freezes the frame again and teaches, “See, you have the power to choose what you will create in any given situation. You can choose to create beauty, goodness, mercy, love, happiness and a million other wonderful creations, or you can in that very same moment choose to create something that ends in sorrow, anger, unkindness, meanness, or any number of negative and ugly creations. The choice is always yours – always. What do you want to create?”
And before this little class is over the Savior ends by telling you, “Every minute of every day, always and in every way I chose to create love.”
And that my friends, is your power too. Every minute of every day, always and in every way you can choose to create love. Just like God is doing with you as He creates you into the creation He is creating because He loves you.
God knows what He’s about. He knows how to create you into the person He wants. Let Him. Stop being resisting and being fearful, and let go.
Ah, and now we come to yet one more extremely important law that is at play 100% of the time. It’s the universal law of resistance. There are two sides to this coin though, just as there are two sides to every coin, and it’s important to understand each side. One side of the universal law of resistance states that what you resist persists, meaning what you push against will always push back – always. In fact it will push back at the very same intensity with which you push, and for as long as you push. As long as there is resistance it will continue to resist.
This side of the coin is present in both the physical world and in the spiritual realm as well. It’s described in many scriptures, but not specifically.
1 And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor. (Moses 4:1)
You see, the great loser wanted to compel or force us to do his bidding that not one soul would be lost. And that would have been the ONLY way his plan would have succeeded – if he forced each of us to do his will. Can you see how this would cause resistance, and would have completely negated the agency of man? And as we learn in other scriptures, without agency, we would simply cease to exist.
The plan of compulsion cannot work. It couldn’t work for loser-face, and it certainly won’t work for us, because of the law of resistance that is always at play. We would have resisted this plan with every particle of our souls. Why? Because of the other side of the same coin.
This side of the coin is called the path of least resistance. All things will flow the path of least resistance – always. Or if not, will oscillate – period.
In other words, if there is resistance in a given situation we will always resist. But if within that very same structure there is a path of much less resistance, we will always take that path instead. But if we by sheer will-power choose to not take the path of least resistance, we will oscillate.
Let me explain these dynamics. Let’s use an overbearing parent who is trying to force a child to make choices that they want. Where there is compulsion there is resistance. So by nature of the laws at play, the child with resist the parent’s compulsion/resistance equal to the force of resistance at play. Unless the child chooses to exercise willpower and exerts to do the will of the parent. It may seem in this dynamic that the willful bending of the child removes the resistance, and for a time it does, but most assuredly the rubber band will at some point oscillate and will snap back – oscillation.
You see this happen all the time. Good meaning parents imposing/compelling their children to behave the way they wish them to, and for a while the child complies (so it seems), but as long as there is resistance there is an underlying tension, and the unwise parents wonders why their children are always snapping back into inappropriate behaviors.
But there is a better way and that is to do it without compulsory means, where it flows without resistance down the path of least resistance. But this path requires faith, patience, long-suffering, kindness, gentleness, meekness, and love.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile— (D&C 121:41-42)
But most people don’t understand the underlying structure at play here. They think like loser-face and believe that compelling others to bend to their will is the only way to successfully get the results they desire. But in the scriptures this is called unrighteous dominion.
39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. (D&C 121:39)
But in contrast, a person that understands the underlying structures of creation, can always create without compulsory means and their creations flow unto them forever, unimpeded. It is truly an amazing dynamic.
46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever. (D&C 121:46)
To stay humble is the key. To be patient, kind, long-suffering. To stay faithful, righteous and without compulsion. Wipe away your fears and doubts. Don’t listen to the insidious lies of the loser. You are simply better than he will ever be. Remember it. Garnish your every thought with these truths. Fill your soul with light – brighter and brighter and brighter.
“Never assume that you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him.” Gordon B. Hinckley
He is making you into the creation He loves. Don’t ever hesitate to turn to Him, follow Him, seek Him, ask Him. He is there for you. He is always there, in all ways.
And in case you didn’t catch it, in every minute of every day, always and in every way, ask this simple question, “What do I want to create?” And because you love it, create it, and it will pull you toward it.
That is who you are.
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