Can TSK Inspire Creativity?

“Internally, however, rhythm comes ‘before’ the ‘logos’, whirling the points of measured time and space into being, ‘establishing’ the ‘logos’ and its ‘order.  ‘Points’ express the rhythm through which they arise and which sustains them.  First they emerge from the ‘body of energy’; only second do they conform to the ‘order’ of the ‘logos’.” (DTS 85)

Copying out this passage, I noticed how often words (before, logos, establishing, order, points, body of energy) are bracketed by single quotes.  Both the content and the form of this passage convey an inspiring message: the act of pointing (using words) and the pointed to (of linear time, substantial objects and codified knowledge) are first and foremost the ‘body of energy’.

Words themselves appear to bear an energy more fundamental than their ability to point.  Words express the creative rhythm on which both the naming and the named depend.  Sometimes we are more on one side than the other of a tendency to congeal that seems the nature of our human relationship with this creative flow.

 Sometimes I am energized, creative, flowing in rhythm with dynamic energy.  Sometimes I grapple with the hard surfaces of a world that presents as if I’m walking across the jagged surface of a lava field.

A flower lifts up, fills with life, when water flows up its stem and sunlight greets its unfurling petals.  The surface of a river with sunlight glancing off its undulating surface is not false–it is just not the perspective of the fish swimming in currents beneath. Similarly, whatever side on which we feel ourselves located, within the polarities that we posit, we remain free to expand our awareness into a ‘body of energy’ that connects all points and all pointings.

Are there any tests to the premise that TSK inspires creativity?

The best evidence for ‘rhythm’ is that it gets inside and we dance, tap our feet, and respond creatively to an energy that cannot be confined within our notions about it.

About Michael Gray

I first started studying TSK in the mid 1980's and have since attended a number of retreats and workshops at the Nyingma Institute, in both TSK and Buddhist themes. I participated in the life-changing Human Development Training Program in 1991, and upon returning to Albuquerque co-founded an organization, Friends in Time (with a friend who has Lou Gehrig's Disease), which continues to serve people with similiar disabilities. I contributed an essay to "A New Way of Being"--the last one in the book--in which I describe how learning to honor who I have been has broadened and deepened my openness to present experience. I live in New Mexico with my wife and two sons.
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