And number seven is…:
When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God.
Opening ourselves to who we are is frightening. It is terrifying, utterly terrifying, to truly know ourselves, to come face to face with ourselves and with who we really are. Opening ourselves to our creativity – to our Us-ness – forces us to do just that. It forces us to confront the light in us as well as the darkness. It forces us to confront the ways in which we have been hurt and scarred, the ways in which the scars make us uglier – and the ways in which the scars make us stronger and more beautiful, transformed by what we have been through.
Being known is a frightening concept, especially when we are known with love and without judgement. Knowing ourselves is even more frightening. And being known by God, the Source of all life, the Creator of creation, the gentle, vulnerable force in which we live and move and have our being – well, that is the most frightening of all. Because being known by God, opening ourselves up to God, makes us vulnerable to being burned by compassion.
True compassion is, I think, the hardest thing I have ever faced, harder than anything else I have been through. The reason for this: true compassion forces us all to confront the fact that we are worthy of receiving compassion.
But it turns out that being brave enough to open ourselves to the Sacred is the only way to be brave enough to live as who we really are. Alrighty then.