Making music analogy for the creative/creation process


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We can look at the creative/creation process in the way music is made.

Consider the piano making a musical note. The music is made by a key being pressed on the key board. The key pulls on a cord which raises a hammer that fall on a string. The string vibrates and the vibration is picked up by a sound board or resonance cavity to cause a disturbance or sound wave to ripple out in the air from around the piano. We here the vibration as a musical note.

We typically say the music starts when we hear the note for our focus is on the sound of the music. Since our focus is on the sound, the “seen” world is the world of sound and the “unseen” world is all that is not heard. However the process that makes the musical note or the sound started before the note existed. It started when the hammer was raised off the string to strike the string. But that part of the process is in the world of the unseen relative to the world of music and sound. It does not exist in the world of music but yet is it what gives rise to the music.

If the piano is continually playing the note, never stopping, the hammer continually rises and falls onto the string to produce note after note after note. In this case, there is neither a beginning nor an end, just an endless continual cyclic process. If you look at any part of the process, for example listening to the music, there will be the appearance of a beginning and an end to each note. Each note comes into existence and leaves existence but the same process produces each notes. If we change the temperature of the room, the environment in which the music is created and heard change and the sound my be different. For example the tuning of the strings creating the music may change because of the temperature. However, the creative/creation process remains unchanged but the creation may be different because of the different environment. So too the creative/creation process we study. The process itself does not change but the environment can and will cause the creation to be different.

The key steps in the creative/creation process and as applied to the musical note is as follows:

  • Conceptual formation - some one chooses to play a note on the piano [action in the unseen relative to the music heard]

  • Creating the space for creation - preparing the environment - there is an environment for the creation of the note. There is a piano or some other musical instrument on which to create the note. [action in the unseen relative to the music heard]

  • Energy generation - The key is push. [action in the unseen relative to the music heard]

  • Seeding the creation -  - planting the seed and/or uniting component parts. The hammer strikes the sting. [action in the unseen relative to the music heard]

  • Gestation/germination - the sound board takes the vibration of the string and transforms into a disturbance in the air. [action in the unseen relative to the music heard]

  • Separation or birth - the musical note, the vibration in the sound board separates from the soundboard and goes into the air as the note. The energy separates from the piano and moves away from it in the form of a musical note. [The note is born into the seen world of music]

  • Nurturing to self sufficiency - the note travels out into the world as the energy which created the disturbance sustains and nurtures the note in the form that was created. [Seen world of music]

  • Growth and unfoldment - The note goes in an expanding distance from the piano sustain by the energy which created it and nurtures it. [Seen world of music]

  • Death and dissolution into component parts - the expands so far that the energy is totally dissipated and can no longer sustain a vibration of in the air. The note “dies” and disappears.[Seen world of music]

  • Return to conceptual formation - a decisions is made as to what key if any is struck to make another notes. [action in the unseen relative to the music heard]

What is important to realize from this example is that from the world of mucic, there is an unseen realm which gives rise to note. The note appears to arise from “no-thing-ness.” Yet, there is a material out of which it forms that cannot be seen by the note for it is the note. Similarly there is an unseen realm that exists in the quite, formless, “no-thing-ness” space between the notes. What occurs in this realms is what is giving rise to the note. When viewed from the perspective of the note, there is no way to understand and/or comprehend what is occurring in the unseen realm. Similarly the note has no awareness or knowledge as to why a particular key is pressed as opposed to any other key.

Yet, if we can stand outside the world of the noted we can see a whole process of which the existence of the note is only part of the process. As long as we stay within the realm and reality of the note, we cannot see beyond the note. So too our awareness. As long as it stays within the realm of beliefs that it is the body and we are our bodies within the world of the body we cannot see past world of the body. There will be an unseen realm or realms which we cannot understand nor comprehend.

However, when one detaches from the body and the mind that body has created to become that detached witness we can see into the unseen. What we seen depends on how and on what we focus our attention and awareness. If we set the intention to see the creative/creation process for what it is and/or what is giving rise to the experiences we have, we can find what we seek.

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