My friend Neil invited me to join his Satsang group, which I affectionately call “Hippie Church”. Wikipedia told me that Satsang (Sanskrit sat = true, sanga = company) is in Indian philosophy that involves (1) the company of the “highest truth,” (2) the company of a guru, or (3) company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life. Contemporary spiritual teachers in the West frequently come from the East but can come from any part of the world.
Neil’s Satsang consists of a lovely group of friends who get together about once a month to share a positive message and delicious food. Satsang is how I was introduced to Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, which I highly recommend reading. (Sidebar: Everyone I talk to about The Prophet says “Oh yeah! I read that in high school.” For some reason I totally missed the boat on that one. If you DID read it in high school, you should re-read it as an adult. The power in its simplicity is amazing.)
ANYWAY, at our last Satsang someone had just returned from a creative workshop with Julia Cameron, Author of The Artist’s Way and we discussed and meditated on creativity.
The Satsang conversation just sort of weaves around for an hour, so it’s not a typical “here’s what we learned about.” I will just tell you about what stuck with me:
– The Creativity River is always moving, when something or someone wants to come through me, I am a portal. I am the calm center from which all things are possible.
– This goes beyond creativity, but it’s worth writing down: Nothing that you want is upstream.
– In my relationships, I choose to be a Believing Mirror, not a Crazy-Maker. Crazy Makers destroy your creativity. They: break deals, destroy schedules, expect special treatment, discount your reality, pretend you are crazy, spend your time and money, are expert blamers, create unnecessary drama, and hate schedules (except their own). Prior to this Satsung I called these people “Dream Killers”. But Crazy-Maker has a much better ring to it, no? Believing Mirrors are the people who reflect positivity and possibility back to you unconditionally.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and famous?’ Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Maryanne Williamson (used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech.)