"If your creative force now turns to the
place of the soul, you will see how your soul becomes green and how its field
bears wonderful fruit." - Carl Gustav Jung
"We live in a world where ideas and innovation are paramount. People
can't be creative if they are exhausted. When people work when they are tired,
they make mistakes. If we have learned
anything from the quality movement, it is that the cost of finding and fixing
mistakes is greater than the cost of
preventing them. So, give people time off."
- Jeffrey Pfeffer
Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford
"The boundless free flow of creative
expression is what keeps us physically and mentally supple, as a child. When we
attempt to control it, limit it, mortgage it to the acceptable and safe, then
the bounds of that safety project themselves onto body and mind, subjecting
both to a severely limited range of motion that hardens over time.
does not require willpower to stay focused and overcome
our natural desires; it is natural
desire manifest. When we play, we are willing to try things without guarantee
of their eventual usefulness or value; yet paradoxically, it is precisely when we let go of
such motivations that we produce the things of greatest use. Because the
creativity of play is spontaneous, unbidden, and impervious to any rote
formulization, we must consider that it comes from a source beyond ourselves."
to create is to:
give rise to = cause;
fashion out of nothing;
make, constitute, produce
invest with a new
form, office, or character;
produce through artistic or imaginative
effect by the agency, and under the
laws, of causation; to be the occasion of;
complexity of highly creative folksCreative individuals have
great physical energy, but they become extremely quiet when resting. This
restful period can lead others to think that they are not feeling well or that
they are unhappy, when in truth they are fine.
Creative folks tend to
be both highly intelligent about some things and completely naive about other
things at the same time.
people are disciplined and playful simultaneously. In some creative people,
this can mean that they are responsible and irresponsible day in day
Creative thought patterns move
between a spectrum of fantasy and
imagination and a firm grounding in reality.
They live in the present, keep in touch with the past and think about the
Creative personalities are both introverted and extroverted,
expressing seemingly opposite traits at once. An image to explain this might be
that they are shy showoffs, if you can imagine that.
Creative thinkers are sincerely
humble and extremely proud in a childlike way. It requires
ego to have a risky, fresh
idea. It takes self-doubt to hammer it out to a workable
Creative rebels don't feel
as tied to cultural roles. They
feel distinctly individual. They don't feel the barriers of authority. They
are willing to bend regulations and rules basing their conscience on
natural moral law.
Creative speech may be thought of as
rebellious. To be creative one has to understand and internalize the
traditional culture therefore creativity comes from deep roots in tradition.
Creative people are traditional but see beyond the cultural
A creative Eternal Soul
is deeply passionate about its work, yet it can be extremely detached and
objective when discussing it.
Creative hearts are highly open and sensitive, which exposes
them to pain and suffering, but also allows them to feel higher values of joy
"For the wrath of God is revealed from
heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of
men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about
God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his
invisible attributes, namely,
his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since
the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are
without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor Him as God or
give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their
thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they
became fools." - Romans 1:18-22
universe of created things
crystal clear water
in which shine
consciousness, justice, mercy
are like the stars of
reflected in the crystal clear
Kings are the theater
royalty of the Ineffable;
Sages are the
Generations have passed on,
a new generation
The moon is the same
the water is not the same
Justice is the same
knowledge the same knowledge,
but generation has
long unbroken endless chain.
Generation after generation
passed on before us.
The divine attributes of Reality
The water in the
has changed innumerable times;
while the reflection of the
moon and the stars
eternally remains unaltered.
origin is not in the water
but in the light-kingdom
of the heavens.
Creation all of
is defined as:
everything that exists
the act of creating
human act of creating
the Earth and all things in it
something for the first time
all creatures or a class of
the fact or state of
having been created
the act of investing with a new office or
the event that occurred at the beginning of something
the act of
bringing the universe or the Earth into existence
original product of human invention or
the divine act by
which, according to various religious and philosophical traditions,
Earth was brought into existence.
that which is created; that which is
produced or caused to exist, as the Earth
original work of art or an
The one great end in the
work of creation is the manifestation of the glory of the Creator
(Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11; Rom. 11:36). God's works, equally with God's word, are a
revelation from him; and between the
teachings of the one and those of
the other, when rightly understood there can be no
Myths of Creation found in the writings of
the ancient inhabitants of the plains of Lower Mesopotamia, the Akkadians and the Sumerians,
closely parellel the creation stories found in
the Old Testament
Hebrews are descendants of either a Sumerian (4000 - 2279 BC) or an Akkadian (23342279 BC) couple with the first names
of Adam and Eve.
who had been enslaved in Egypt and were known as Hebrews in the Old Testament
were most likely descendents of the Akkadian Babylonians as their mythology
bears so many striking resemblance.
These previously enslaved Akkadian
Babylonians, clerks and court servants in the spirit of Joseph (son of Jacob),
adopted the monotheistic religion of
the court of Pharaoh Akhenaten.
1323 BC Pharaoh
Tutankhamun is murderd and the Akkadian Babylonians of his court are
exhiled from Egypt when traditional Eygptian religion is reinstated. This group
of wanderers following Moshe Rabbenu,
previously followers of Pharaoh Akhenaten,
became known as Hebrews.
Living a nomadic desert life became increasing difficult as
the land had been stripped over several
generations. The fertile agricultural
land of Canaan was ripe for the plucking as it was no longer protected by
Cult of Yahweh, tired of
nomadic ways sweep down out of the desert, conquer the
land of Canaan and destroy Ugarit.
mythology of the Canaanites of Ugarit is now synthesized with the Law brought
down from the Mountain by Moshe
Rabbenu but strict traditionalists within the
Cult of Yahweh up until
the Alexandrian Hebrews continue to resist the resurrection/fertility cycle
opting instead for more the Zoroastrian
This mythology first appeared written in the
books of the
Old Testament the first drafts
of which were penned by the Alexandrian Hebrew
Prior to this time Hebrew
religion was known only orally as the
Oral Torah. It was understood at
that time that language evolves and the
written word could be easily misinterpreted a century later. This is why
Jesus the Tekton chose to become
Enûma Elish has about a thousand lines and is recorded
in Akkadian on seven clay tablets.
Enûma Elish has existed in various
versions and copies since 1700 BCE.
Enûma Elish describes six
generations of gods whose creations parallel the days of creation in
Genesis, followed by a divine rest.
Enûma Elish and Genesis, the creation proceeds in the
same order, beginning with light, and
ending with mankind.
Elish names three primeval gods: Apsû, the
fresh water, Tiamat, the saltwater, and
their son Mummu, the mist.
Apsû was the
name for the mythological underground
fresh water ocean in Sumerian mythology.
Tiamat is a combination of the
Sumerian words ti = life and ama = mother meaning "the mother of all life."
In the Enûma Elish, Tiamat controlled saltwater seeping into the
In ancient Sumerian, the word mummu
translates to "the one who has
The ancient empire of Sumeria collapsed when the
soil at the site of ancient Sumer on the central flood plain of the Euphrates
River became laden with salt due to unsustainable irrigation
mythology parallel that of Enûma Elish
can be found in the Baal cycle recovered in the
Canaanite city of
The Canaanite texts of Ugarit include "Legend of Keret", "Legend
of Danel", "Myth of Baal-Aliyan" and "Death of Baal" - all belonging to Old Canaanite
Ugaritic texts have proven
that many of the patriarchal stories
Old Testament were based on
written Canaanite documents.
Ugarit's political, religious and
economic height occurred around the 12th
Ugarit's period of greatness occurred directly before the
entry of the Israelites into the land of
Canaan is a form of "Cana" derived from
cannabis. "Cana" implied that hemp was grown
in the area.
The Canaanite city of Ugarit foundations were built in the
Neolithic period around 6000 BC.
The oldest written evidence of the
city is found in some
texts from the nearby city of Ebla written
around 1800 BC. At that time both Ebla and Ugarit were under Egyptian hegemony.
The population of Ugarit at that time was roughly 7635 people.
city of Ugarit
continued to be dominated by the Egyptians through 14th century BC about the
time of internal upheavals caused by the heretic Akhenaten.
All of the tablets
found at Ugarit were written in the last period of its existence (around 1300-1200 BCE)
The style of
writing discovered at Ugarit is known as alphabetic cuneiform.
a unique blending of two styles of writing - an alphabetic script, like Hebrew,
and cuneiform, like Akkadian.
This style came into
being as cuneiform script was being replaced with alphabetic scripts.
Ugaritic is a bridge from cuneiform to alphabetic scripts.
Ugaritic poetry is very similar to
Ugaritic literature is
composed in poetic metre.
poetry follows Ugaritic
poetry in form and function. There is
parallelism, qinah metre, bi and tri colas, and all of the
poetic tools found in the Bible are found in
It seems apparent
that many of the biblical
Old Testament texts evolved from
the Canaanite texts of Ugarit.
The prophets of the
Old Testament rail against
Baal, Asherah and various other
tribes of Israel worshiped these gods along
with, and sometimes instead of, Yahweh,
the god of the nomadic
warrior cult that conquered Ugarit and the Land of Canaan.
of the Canaanite gods in understandable in the light of the Ugaritic texts, for
at Ugarit these were the very gods that were worshiped.
originally Ugaritic or Canaanite hymns to El
which were adopted by the Israelites, much like the American National Anthem
was set to a beer hall tune by Francis Scott Key.
El was the chief god at Ugarit. In Psalms
and the Ugaritic texts the very same attributes for which
Yahweh is acclaimed are the same for
which El is acclaimed.
El is called the "father of men", "creator",
and "creator of the creation".
These attributes are granted
Yahweh in the
inhabitants of Ugarit, Yahweh was
viewed as a son of El.
worshiped at Ugarit were El Shaddai, El Elyon, and El Berith. All of these
names are applied to Yahweh by the
writers of the Old Testament.
The Hebrew theologians adopted the titles of the
Canaanite gods and attributed them to Yahweh in an effort to eliminate them.
This process is known as assimilation. (The
Roman Catholics made saints out local gods to get indigenous peoples to worship
as the Roman Catholics wished them to worship.)
The most important
of the Canaanite lesser gods were;
Yam, the god of the sea, and
Mot, the god of death.
Yam is the Hebrew word for sea.
Mot is the Hebrew word for death.
Asherah, is called the wife
of Baal in the
Old Testament; but she is also
known as the consort of Yahweh.
In the cult of Yahweh,
"When they did evolve,
when the ancient Hebrew tribes put together their notion of
YHVH by combining
YHVH and the Elohim gods ("Elohim"
is plural), and borrowing from other
religions, they put together a YHVH from which, in some important
ways, we are still suffering. Biblical scholars are clear that
YHVH evolved originally from a
tribal chief, and has always kept much of the
authoritarian character of that ancient tribal
chief. The covenant between that YHVH and his people was based on an
earlier Hittite treaty between a ruler and his subjects. That covenant says
"I'll be your ruler and you will be my people. I'll protect you if you obey,
and punish you if you disobey." That's the attitude that still lets Western
believers move way too effortlessly to persecuting or murdering those who believe
differently. It's been harder to shrug that
YHVH off as irrelevant, because its
followers may kill you for it - as many martyrs throughout history have
discovered the hard and painful way." - Davidson Loehr
"I'll be your ruler and you will be my
I'll protect you if you obey, and punish you if you
Baal is named 76 times.
protested constantly against the compassion affair the Israelites had with
Yahweh as a god of the desert and so
when they arrived in Canaan they thought it only proper to adopt
Baal, the god of fertility. For these Israelites
the nomadic warrior god Yahweh was
useful in the desert but not much help in the fertile
land of Canaan.
One of the central
Ugaritic myths was the story of Baal's
enthronement as king.
In the story, Baal
is killed by Mot in
the Fall of the year and he remains
dead until the Spring of the year when he is reborn and re-enthroned as king.
The Old Testament also
celebrates the enthronement of Yahweh.
As in the Ugaritic
myth, the purpose of Yahweh's
enthronement is to re-enact creation.
Yahweh overcomes death by his
continually recurring creative acts, the bestowing of life.
difference between the Ugaritic myth and the
biblical hymns is that
Yahweh's kingship is
eternal and uninterrupted while
Baal's is interrupted every year by his death in
Baal as the god of fertility dies, so the
vegetation dies; and when he is reborn so is the Earth in the Spring.
Not so with Yahweh; for
since Yahweh is always
Yahweh is always powerful.
Israel and Ugarit both practiced a
yearly ritual known as the sending out of the "scapegoats"; one for god and one
for a demon. A goat is sent into the
wilderness for Azazel, a
demon, and one is sent into the
Yahweh. This rite is known as a
"eliminatory" rite; that is, corruption, in this case
communal sin, is placed on
the head of the goat and it is sent away. In this way it was believed that,
magically, the corruption and communal sin was removed from
"Aaron is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat
and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites - all
their sins - and put them on the goat's head. Aaron shall send the goat away
into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. The goat will
carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release
it into the desert." - Leviticus 16:21-22
The same ritual was performed
at Ugarit; with one notable difference -
at Ugarit a woman
priest was involved in the ritual as well.
The rituals performed in Ugaritic worship involved a great deal of
alcohol and sexual promiscuity.
Worship at Ugarit was essentially a
drunken orgy in which priests
worshipers indulged in excessive drinking and excessive sexuality.
worshipers were attempting to convince Baal to
send rain for the crops.
Rain and semen were seen in ancient time as of
the same essence, both produced fruit.
fertility religions typically behaved in this manner.
In the cult of
priests were forbidden to partake of wine
while performing any rituals and females were barred from the precincts of the
temple, a patriarchal approach of severe separation of self from emotion as opposed to a
compassionate matriarchal approach of
"Recent archeological digs have provided evidence
that Jerusalem was a big and fortified city already in 1800 BCE ... Findings
show that the sophisticated water system heretofor attributed to the conquering
Israelites pre-dated them by eight centuries and was even more sophisticated
than imagined ... Dr. Ronny Reich, who directed the excavation along with Eli
Shuikrun, said the entire system was built as a single complex by Canaanites in
the Middle Bronze Period, around 1800 BCE." - The Jewish Bulletin, July 31,
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