By Amarachukwu Okpunobi
Becoming Conscious of the Responsibility of our Creations
We are all creators, one way or the other, in one thing or another. In this piece, Andre Maria Portal Ruiz, reels out the importance of becoming Conscious of what we create. Read on…
Creating is part of the nature of living beings, as they all shape their environment through their natural impulses and biological needs. This affects their own species, other species and the ecosystems themselves.
Thus nature evolves, diversifies and expands. There is not a single element or living being in nature that does not leave a trace, that does not have a function, that does not form part of a greater complexity.
Human beings also enjoy this intrinsic ability to create. However, it is undoubtedly expressed in us with greater intensity. We cannot deny that the ability to create, that our species possesses, is fascinating. The effects of this are more than evident all around us.
For the human being to live is to create. We live in a constant creation, originated by ourselves, by other people and by the rest of life forms.
Is it possible to live without creating? No. Because living implies creation. To create is a vital imposition. We cannot free ourselves from our desire to create things, to give life to projects, ideas or specific actions.
We all think, imagine, dream, yearn, feel and experience. Something in us encourages us, pushes us to express ourselves, to externalise, to interact. We cannot detach ourselves from that vital force that wants us to go out there and leave our mark on the world through creation.
People are dynamic creatures. We are in constant physical, emotional and mental movement. We are designed for action, to act. And every action inherently entails a creation. So we can conclude that we are all, without exception, creating something at every moment. We all have an impact.
But what kind of impact characterises our creations?
Do we create selfishly or do we integrate the common good?
Do wisdom, respect and love predominate in our creations?
Do we pay attention and presence to what we create every moment, every hour, every day?
Creating is a very powerful action. Imagine how things would change if we would use our power of creation in a balanced, wise and compassionate way. We would create a better world not only for ourselves but for everyone. This is where the practice of conscious creation begins.
We are responsible for what we create
Today, there is an immense amount of content of all kinds and for all tastes. Everyone talks, writes articles, expresses their opinion, sells their products, offers classes or courses and performs actions without questioning too much or at all what implications this will entail. It could be said that there is an excess, an overcrowding of creations of unconscious origin.
We feel we have the right and freedom to create. And we are right. We are also driven by a natural force to express ourselves and to act that is beyond our control.
However, when we begin to acquire a certain level of awareness, we realise that the concept of freedom is ambiguous and depending on the perspective with which we embrace it, it is even wrong.
My humble reflection is that we are free to create and express ourselves, that’s right, but without forgetting at any time our responsibility as creators.
We cannot get rid of our responsibility, as we often do without realising it. We may not like being responsible, but we are. That is the truth. We may want to try to ignore it, but the truth will always remain true.
It is therefore a fact that the right to freedom itself has embedded in it the responsibility that comes with being free. To create is an intrinsic right, a power, but the freedom of all power is always limited by responsibility. Freedom means taking responsibility for our own freedom.
We need to realise that our creations influence others, nature, our culture and our society and will continue to influence the next generations. The scope of our creations is unimaginable and unpredictable. We can do a lot of good but we can also do a lot of harm.
Becoming more aware of our responsibility as creators, is not about constantly reminding ourselves to be careful what we create, to be anxious or overly cautious.
Perhaps, then we may appear at first, insecure and indecisive, overly reflective. That happened to me when I began to question more deeply my impact on the world. Thus we will observe how our creations arise more and more from consciousness.
Without our intervention, without forcing it, without organising it or foreseeing it, the consciousness expands in our lives and soaks our creations, takes possession of them, directs them.
It could be said that we cease to be the subject that controls our creations to become the consciousness itself, the observer who realises how life flows through him and breathes his making.
Creating consciously in our lives
When we create consciously, it usually happens that we create less, but that our creations are more valuable, of higher quality, have more life. That translates into more joyful living for us. At the same time, we are performing a beautiful service to others and the world.
Thus, a certain slowing down is taking up space in our creations. We begin to have more control and create more wisely. We know how to differentiate what is important from what is not important. We focus on what is important in a natural way.
We do not invest so much energy in mediocre creations that will bring us little or nothing, that are based on selfishness. Our creations yearn to point to higher human values and are influenced by love.
They integrate a holistic vision of life that includes not only ourselves but also other human beings and nature. We do not create for ourselves, we create for life, we are servants of life.
To create consciously diminishes the suffering that exists in the world. We save ourselves and others a lot of suffering by becoming more conscious of what we feel, think, wish, say and do.
When we create unconsciously and from ignorance, we bring conflict around us. And that has a series of effects that we can hardly understand. But no matter how much its consequences are beyond our control, it is still partly our responsibility, because we have been its origin.
What is to create consciously? To give life to something that benefits you, others and all other expressions of life. To bring to the world something from the vision of unity, from love, taking into account everyone and everything that exists. Expressing from consciousness, from presence, from the deepest part of your being. That is to create consciously.
The world in which we live is the result of the individual creations of all beings. But the creations of human beings have profoundly impacted the planet and other life forms.
The world collective of consciousness that we observe today is the result of the level of consciousness of all its members. The future of humanity will unquestionably depend on the individual creations that each person carries out in each instant.
If human beings continue to create from selfishness and ignorance without taking into account the vision of unity that encompasses all life, we will continue to observe great suffering in the world manifested in a whole series of problems, challenges and tragedies.
If, on the other hand, we wisely face our responsibility as creators and give life to conscious creations, I do not doubt that the world will shine in all its splendour. That splendour is a potential reality, a reality aligned with our truth. It arises in the mere act of forgetting ourselves to surrender in turn to the immensity of life.