The Spirit of Co-Creation
"Co-Creation" is a term that is currently emerging into the vocabulary of modern spirituality. Often, it is used to describe a form of creative relationship that might exist between ourselves and the Holy Spirit. However, such a concept would suggest that we are somehow separate from God, and that the creative spirit already within us is something other than divine in nature. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to describe the process of "Co-Creation" as the expansion of our personal creative abilities whenever we enter into agreement with other like minded people, and thereby co-create the highest good for all. This subtle shift in meaning is consistent with a much more profound process of spiritual evolution that is described in the Holy Bible.
the Mountain Top
This practice of turning away from the activities of the world to more fully realize our relationship with God is an important one. It's an essential and necessary part of the evolution of our soul on its journey toward spiritual enlightenment. Regular communion with the Divine provides the place where we develop our personal relationship with God. In turn, this relationship contributes to a more abundant experience of life.
Two or More Are Gathered
On numerous occasions Jesus proclaimed that, "the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Then, he proceeded to teach us how the Kingdom of Heaven could be ours, and how it could be revealed among us. "Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:19-20) Applying this message to our world today, we see that when "two or more" come together in the Presence of God and enter into "one accord," this Living Presence becomes consciously active in us, through us and all around us.
Let's look more carefully into this shift in consciousness from the Old to the New Testament. After we have become established in our personal relationship with God through "daily dedicated spiritual practice," we will find that group spiritual practice actually accelerates the process of healing within our soul. From a state of wholeness, God is no longer perceived to be just on a mountain top, but is actually within us and is always acting through us to reveal the Kingdom of Heaven which "is at hand" in our lives.
Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, wrote that, "Christ is the Truth about ourselves." As we engage in a regular program of Co-Creative activities and practices, the Truth of Christ is more fully realized as being both in us, and among us. It is the Kingdom of Heaven which is truly "at hand." Through our devotion to both individual and group spiritual practice, we actually make a movement in consciousness from the more personal and rational nature of Mental Science to the more transpersonal and mystical nature of true Spiritual Science. This is actually a movement from living under spiritual law to living in the "Grace of God."
As a spiritual practice, "Co-Creation" is a procedure for initiating a process of group healing that in turn releases a cooperative creative impulse through each member of the group. The procedure of Co-Creation is the step-by-step methodology that initiates the process. However, the process of Co-Creation is a spontaneous activity that reveals the wholeness of the participants. This revelation produces new conditions in our lives that exceed our greatest expectations.
The first step in bringing this group into agreement was to discover the hidden beliefs that keep them from experiencing perfect Peace in the present moment. Thus, they would first have to recognize, uncover and heal their own mental obstructions and false beliefs. These were the hidden elements in their consciousness that kept them separated from the experience of their highest good, which is God.
Some of the errors that were uncovered included beliefs in ignorance, lack, separation, unworthiness, victimization and violence. Once these beliefs were exposed to the Light of Truth, through both individual and group spiritual practice, the passageway for Spirit to reveal Itself through the group was greatly expanded. Every "error belief" that was released by them, created an opening for the Spiritual Light within them to shine more brightly through them. In this way, each of them truly became a "light unto the world," as Jesus had promised.
Once the healing work was completed, the group then engaged in a cooperative process to collect their highest aspirations for creating "world peace" in their own experience of life. These ideas were assembled into a document called a "Sacred Covenant." Each person's final covenant represented what they could fully agree with and commit to. It also provided a document that could then be prayed for, as well as shared with others. The fulfillment of this "Sacred Covenant" will result from the practical application of the promise of God, as given through Jesus, "that when two or more agree as touching anything on earth, it shall be done by the creative process of Life Itself flowing more freely through all creation."
In conclusion, we can now see that Co-Creation is an interactive process by which the wisdom of God finds Its expression through us, both individually and collectively. The real 'Spirit of Co-Creation' is Love. For Love alone dispels the fear that allows our Faith to emerge. As our fears are dissolved, the obstacles in our lives are removed and the opportunity is provided for the "newness of Spirit" to manifest Itself as an experience of "Heaven on Earth."
Marcia Sutton - Rev. Lloyd Strom
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