Preface to CoCreator Handbook

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

The word cocreator is not meant to imply a separate creature cooperating with a larger Creator. There are not two, The Creator and the created. There is only creating. Creator, creating, and created–they are one and the same. There’s only one thing going on, ever. There is no second cause, no external force to which to appeal to curry favor, or fear retribution.

Experiencing and creating are also the same–ongoing,never-ending–and all that is ever happening. Whatever is being experienced, is what is being created. That said, the word CoCreator in the title implies the union of what is often believed to be separate aspects of the One. Instead, it implies unity, where typically there is thought to be something outside, “out there,” that creates this life. It also confers the unitive status “as one,” with the “we” that appears to be, in a movement such as that which is suggested in this book.

What is being proposed is a Renaissance, a new way of being, culturally, spiritually, scientifically, economically, cognitively, and artistically. Imagine a world where the creative impulse becomes the highest form of currency, where money and art, money and creativity, go hand in hand, where everything, not just money “and,” goes hand in hand. The tyranny of the bottom line, as well as the archetypal starving artist, become a thing of the past, like the dialup telephone.  Continue reading

The Renaissance Has Begun

 

Dinosaur

Dinosaur

It is time for a new world order. It is happening, now. The old behemoth of corporate tryanny is starting to creak and list, and soon will fall. There is something appearing that can take its place.

All around us the creative impulse is apparent, is thriving. If we shift our attention away from what appears to be wrong, if we notice what is flourishing all around us, read the new ideas appearing across the internet–in economics, science, philosophy, in grass roots social and political movements, and most of all, if we pay attention to the creativity that seeks to express from within our own hearts and minds–the world looks new, fresh.

Like the Renaissance of old, it is time for an upsurge of the creative endeavor. Let art, in whatever form it takes, replace the struggle for the bottom line. Let artistry, imagination, and creativity be the newest, most powerful and valuable form of currency. The tipping point has come, for the entitled oligarchy to lose its tenacious yet insupportable stranglehold on the economy, governance, and well-being of this world, and for the irrepressible voice of creativity–in philosophy, design, and unbridled imagination–to take its place, now.

Investment banking, publishing, and other strongholds of industry are becoming decentralized, as we see in the growth of crowd funding, and self-publishing. Rigid control by a few, in the arena of ideas, inventions, and causes, is no longer tenable. The gatekeepers are losing out on the best ideas and talent. The exclusivity factor, maintained by its own self-ascribed elitism, is no longer a barrier. You schmooze, you lose.

Let the “starving artist” motif be a thing of the past. Support the arts and artisans, and bold new ideas. And make your own creative spirit primary rather than secondary. Give your ideas and inspirations room and time to grow, to come to fruition. “Work to live” can become “live to create” something new.

Let the Renaissance begin, and let it begin with you, now. If not now, when?