What Elizabeth discovered is worth sharing. She found that people in ancient Rome attributed the source of their inspiration to a genius (as they defined the term) or a higher power or spirit that inspired them to create. When their artistic work didn’t quite jell, they simply attributed it to the lack of genius, thereby freeing them from the fear of failure. If the work was indeed magnificent, they viewed their work as a divine manifestation.This gem of a philosophy somehow slipped through the cracks of history. Elizabeth’s speech is a testament or reminder that God lives and has inspired people since the beginning of time. It brings to light the idea that as we recognize the Great Creator we can become aware of the visionary voice that is trying to speak to us and as we tap into these wavelengths of creativity, we’ll be more creative. We also won’t unnecessarily fear failure as we realize we are just the medium, not the message. It’s the best way to approach the creative process.
Our culture has lost something by distancing ourselves from this divine source of inspiration. Like the farmer of olden times who knows his crop is dependent on the rain he cannot provide, he is in touch with how his food comes to be and who really made it. Modern culture is content to eat a Big Mac, not knowing how it got to the table or what is in it. We live detached from the source and therefore miss the spiritual experience of creation.
The ecosystem of the natural world, the stars of a night sky, the sequoia trees of an old growth rain forest all reveal that we are living inside a masterpiece. It all begs us to create, hopefully something that will influence the world. Take for example, the sequoia trees. These plants can live up to 3,200 years. That’s one heck of a shelf life. That means that such a creation could have been around since the time that David (of ‘David and Goliath’ fame) became king of Israel or since the alphabet was created by the Phoenicians. The physics behind creating something that could last that long is astounding. Most commercial products these days are good if they last a decade. The point is that we can learn something from our own Creator. Not just in creating something that has longevity, but in something that has meaning and lasting influence. To do so, we must follow what Elizabeth suggests, listen to that voice.
As Neal Maxwell put it, “…those who worship the Creator are exceedingly creative” (The Enoch Letters, 1975). In other words, those who wish to master creativity must first recognize the master of creation. If you know what your source of inspiration is, then you will be able to create something worthwhile.