Creations Of Beauty

Monday, September 11, 2006

Creations Of Beauty


I believe that if every child is taught at an early age that they have an innate, God-given ability to create beauty in this world, our world would be a different place then it is today. The hope for our future resides in this simple, yet incredibly powerful concept.

Feelings of joy come from being present in the moment of experiencing something beautiful. Creations of beauty can be many things; music, singing a song, playing an instrument, art, painting, drawing, dancing, a photograph, poetry, planting a flower, tree or garden, cooking a meal for someone you love, a simple heartfelt hug, a genuine smile. Joy comes from experiencing another persons’ creation and in the process of creating something of beauty.

Ask an artist what happens when they are in the process of creating. Time seems to stand still. Minutes turn effortlessly to hours while the artist works on their craft. The flow of expression, of being fully in the moment brings a sense of calm, of peace, of joy while the creation unfolds. Allowing yourself to be fully present in the moment of creation is an amazing gift for your soul and for the souls of the people who experience your creation.

Joy can come from experiencing nature’s creation – a sunrise, a sunset, a waterfall, the dark night sky, filled with stars, the Grand Canyon. How often do we take the beauty of nature for granted? Beauty is all around us just waiting to be noticed.

I treasure the times I have been with my husband Kevin when he is photographing nature. It amazes me how he can see something so clearly, that other people over look. He can find beauty in the smallest of things. Taking time to notice the beauty, to carefully find the perfect angle to capture the essence of it, then inhale, “click” – the moment is captured. How many beautiful moments he has captured over the years are too numerous to count. And how many moments he has captured without his camera present only his soul can know in its entirety.

Some of the most powerful moments of my life have been while being alone and writing from the depths of my being.

I remember as a child in second grade being given an assignment by one of my favorite teachers to write a poem about BEAUTY. Even at age 7, I had a hard time getting the poem started – but once I wrote the first line, the rest seemed to flow effortlessly from a very happy connected place inside.

BEAUTY
Beauty is being loved by your mother
Beauty is the sun
Beauty is a flower
Beauty is a sparkling star
Beauty is the moon
Beauty is the earth
Beauty is people

Simple awareness of a child – a simple awareness that still resides inside of me, when I take the time to contemplate & celebrate the depth of the poems meaning.

Beauty is being loved by your mother: The unconditional love from a mother who has birthed a child – may be the closest experience to knowing God and the power of creation in it's truest form

Beauty is the sun: The energy of the sun brings life and light to our world – reminding us daily about our ability to overcome seeming darkness.

Beauty is a flower: The amazing stamina and life of a flower – starting out as a tiny seed that pushes forth through earth and the elements – to express in a unique & colorful way.

Beauty is a sparkling star: Gives wings to our imagination and dreams. Representing the spark of divinity that resides in each one of us. Amazing constellations – individual stars coming together to bring meaning and form to our lives.

Beauty is the moon: Reminding us each night of the cycles of life. Day & night – release and renewal.

Beauty is the Earth: An amazing creation of beauty – sustaining life.
On land – water, mountains, valleys – home to billions of human beings and other forms of wonderous life.
From space – a beautiful orb – turning, moving – along with a Universe full of other orbs. A Universe we really do not comprehend very well. We often forget in our daily lives just how amazing this creation we call Earth really is.

Beauty is people: That is the statement that truly gives me pause for deeper reflection. How many of us have forgotten to see the beauty in the people (God’s beautiful children) that surround us every day? We get so carried away by our problems, our goals, our own agendas – that we miss the opportunity to see and experience the beauty of the people in our lives, of the souls that help us fulfill all of our needs.

God works through the people in our lives to create the good we experience. Food, shelter, clothing, transportation, safety, work, entertainment – everything.
Think about it, truly think about it. How many people have been involved in creating the things, the experiences that are just in THIS very room.

God’s children, God’s perfect, wonderous creations of beauty are all around us.

Think of all of the experiences you enjoy sharing with another person. A hug, kiss, holding hands, laughter, dancing, the ooo’s and ahh’s watching a display of fireworks together, the powerful creation & birthing of a baby – a new soul embracing life – embarking on their own journey and ready to create their own unique beauty in this world.

Take the time to truly experience the beauty in someone else today – be truly grateful for that person and feel the joy that is created within you by being with them.

Nearly a decade ago, I wrote a poem that at the time was very special to me, one that I had put away and nearly forgotten about. Earlier this year as I began thinking about and writing “Creations of Beauty” – this poem resurfaced in my mind. I am truly amazed by my awareness back then to be able to write it – but now…I truly understand what it means and I am finally embracing & expressing the beauty that is in me.

I am a ball of clay.

I am finding the form that is truly me.

Finally willing to see
the beauty that has been intended for me.

I touch the clay ever so gently
Feeling the texture- damp.

Moving my fingers lightly across the surface.

Wanting to make sure
the work comes through
from inside the clay.

Not forcing the shape to conform to external conditioning.

gentle, lovingly

My soul is an historic piece of artwork.
None other like it in the Universe.

Here to express in my own unique way.


© 2006 Karen Renée Robb

16 Comments:

At 9/12/2006 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am delighted to be the first person to tell you how much I enjoy your site. I love you, Miss P

 
At 9/12/2006 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We hope you will write more. Miss P

 
At 9/12/2006 9:46 PM, Blogger CJ said...

What a beautiful entry. I have found so much beauty in the love between my children. Especially that of my oldest son. He was suddenly in the midst of not one, but two special little sisters and he adores and protects them to no end. It's a beautiful thing to experience.

 
At 9/12/2006 10:17 PM, Blogger Elaine said...

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At 9/16/2006 7:20 AM, Blogger Lil said...

What a beautiful, introspective post, and I love your poems! Thank you for sharing...

 
At 9/17/2006 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen,
Is there any end to your talents? Each time I get to share a little time with you I see so much beauty, talent and ability.

You know the old saying "You can give a man your money but when it is over and done you have just given him your money. But, if you give a man your time, you have given him part of your life". Thank you for being my friend and sharing a part of your life with me.

Love and Respect Always
Paula

 
At 9/19/2006 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good, can I remain anonymous? Hey, this is Jen. OH SHOOT NO ITS NOT. NEVERMIND! This is NOT Jen, don't even think about it being Jen. Cause it is definitely not. Jen, that is. Can you trace this? This is anonymous right? ;-)

Thanks for sharing your blog, your writing is great! Keep it up. How was the weekend seminar? I have something to send you, I will do it later.

Not-Jen

 
At 10/04/2007 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you ever write more? Please do....

 
At 10/08/2007 8:12 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Life's simple pleasures within the moment.

Yvonne Perry
www.right2recover.com

 
At 10/08/2007 11:15 AM, Blogger Jennifer Brown said...

Hubby and I have long had an arugment that goes something like this:

Me: You can't teach creativity.
Hub: Yes you can. You have to.
Me: No you don't -- it's inborn and lost.
Hub: I disagree. You have to arm someone with the tools.
Me: Oh really? Draw me a flower. I'll bet it is red or yellow or orange with a green stem and a few leaves.

My point being, of course, that once you teach someone how to be creative you have taken their creativity away by definition. By teaching them to be creative in your way you are only teaching them to mimmick you. They already know how to create. It's a given.

I agree, if every child born were told up front that they can create beauty -- their own version of beauty -- the world would be a much more beautiful place. And people would be oh-so-much happier. Thank goodness for those of us who have stubbornly hung on to our creativity despite the ongoing attempts of everyone around us to take it away. My flower is rainbow with a blue and purple polka-dotted stem. At least today it is.

Great site!

 
At 10/08/2007 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely poem. Your sentiments are beautiful.

 
At 10/08/2007 12:25 PM, Blogger Hal said...

Living in the now is a work of art.Creativity is our expression. Your work is focused awareness and it vibrates in harmony. Thanks for sharing your consciousness and introducing yourself.
Reconnecting is our path to peace and beauty.
With chi,
Hal

 
At 10/09/2007 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing post! I couldn't agree more that teaching others how to create and how to appreicate beauty would result in a better world.

 
At 10/09/2007 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh....this is lovely!

 
At 6/23/2008 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You teach me so much.... in so many ways....

May your spirit shine through eternity....

 
At 9/25/2008 6:32 AM, Blogger lee said...

WOW Karen, what beautiful soulful words. Blessings to you and Kevin

 

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