Creativity: Mind, Emotions, Body


Henry Thomas Schafer, Feeding The Doves

Humanity has reached that place in its evolutionary development where conscious initiation of a predetermined goal of growth and development can take place. This discovery by humanity “en masse” of its creative potential is close, and all human beings are responding to it in one way or another. The “do it yourself” idea, and the great need for self-improvement are examples of that response.

When we consider the implications of the new truth to be embodied by the whole of humanity they are awe-inspiring indeed. Throughout the history of humanity’s past, its growth has largely been an unconscious response to its environment. It learned those lessons that were necessary to its survival, and lived within the framework of that necessity. Then people began to want more than survival. They wanted comfort and luxury; some people wanted power and control and all people grew to want security of both a Spiritual and a material kind. Today humanity wants love, peace, good will and brotherhood. A great many people want knowledge, and a few desire wisdom above all else.

Soon a new truth will unfold within the consciousness of humanity. Even now, it is impacting. That truth is self initiated growth. People can be, within themselves, anything they want to be.

They are their own cause insofar as their life and affairs are concerned. To initiate something is to set into motion the cause that will produce a desired effect. Consider the person who is admonished to “love thy neighbour as thyself”. They seldom consider it a possibility for they know their own built-in responses, which are the limitations within which they live. The new truth will show them how to initiate that growth which will make it possible for them to love their neighbour as themselves. Thus, people can overcome, via a process of self-initiated growth, the limitations of their early environmental conditioning.

To do this they must learn to change their inner ‘state of consciousness. to conform to their ideal. Pause for a moment now, and consider your ideal of yourself. What kind of a person would you really like to be? What kind of an influence would you like to bring to bear upon your environment? Let this ideal come from the heart to reveal itself in your mind. It is possible for you to envision the ideal and then, if you are really sincere, to embody it in this lifetime via the process of self initiated growth. A person’s inner “state of consciousness”, like everything else, is threefold in nature, i.e., composed of three distinct aspects. These are:

1. The inner thought life. This is that subjective aspect of people’s lives which is seldom revealed either to others or to themselves. Actually, we are rarely acquainted with the sum total of our thought life, though it orbits around and within us constantly, producing an effect upon everything we do.

2. The inner emotional life. Here again is a vast subjective aspect of a person’s life that is seldom revealed to them. It is a result of both thought and outer experience. Every thought entertained by them has its corresponding emotional feeling form. Every outer experience builds or adds to an emotional feeling form. All of these forms, these emotions, which produce automatic responses within us, are constantly present, either acting or waiting to act, to produce reactions within us to life itself. They give power to that which we think and to that which we do. They move us in this direction or that, according to what we happen to feel at the moment.

3. The physical brain consciousness. This is that aspect of the inner ‘state of consciousness”, which is more apparent, being above the threshold of awareness, and constituting the actor. Here is the conscious thinking “I” with its brain awareness, which changes from moment to moment according to that which is impacting upon it from the inner thought life, the inner emotional life, and the sensory system of the physical body. It has its particular habits, its way of thinking and feeling and its way of responding to various stimuli particularly those reaching it via the sensory system.

The impression we make upon the world, the way we look, feel, and act all of these are dictated by that inner “state of consciousness”. Here is our creativity. For the substance of our bodies, of our environments, and of our experiences is moulded into shape by that inner “state of consciousness” within which we live. To change our outer lives, we must first change our inner lives. Once this is realized and accepted the process of self initiated growth can begin; and one is given the opportunity to decide the way of one’s own destiny.

In: Creative Thinking, Lesson 4, Lucille Cedercrans

Spiritual Alchemy

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Leonardo da Vinci, “Lady with an Ermine”

Transmutation, or Spiritual Alchemy, is a science based upon Divine Facts in Nature, which we, as conscious Souls, can learn and apply to the betterment of our world. In a very real sense we are, in this series of instruction, dealing with the transmutation process. We begin first with the very core of the ideal identification.

New ideas have to be formulated as the blueprint after which is patterned a positive disciplinary program for the persona. What are the basic characteristics of this Spiritual being the student intends to become? They are three in number, three characteristics which form a triangle of Spiritual force about the central core of Christ Light. They are:

1. Divine Will. This is the first point of the triangle. Divine Will is inherited by the Son from the Father. It overshadows and infuses Him from above and directly aligns Him with the Father. Divine Will works out in the inner being of the persona as it (Divine Will) infuses the threefold nature (mental, emotional, and physical) of that persona, as the Will to Good. It is expressed outwardly in the world of affairs as good will toward all members of the human family.

2. Divine Love Wisdom. This is the second point of the triangle, located below and to the right of the first point.

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Divine Love-Wisdom

Divine Love is the basic nature and therefore the essential characteristic of the Son Himself, created by the interplay of Divine force between His Divine Parents. It constitutes His atonement with all other human life. Divine Love Wisdom works out as Right Understanding or Empathy or Altruism in the innermost nature of the persona as it infuses that persona.

It is expressed outwardly as brotherhood, and constitutes the quality of the His actions as well as the reason for them.

3. Intelligent Activity. This is the third point of the triangle located below and slightly to the left of the first two points.

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Divine Love-Wisdom
Intelligent Activity

Intelligent Activity is inherited by the Son from the Mother. It underlies and substantiates Him, giving Him appearance or form.

Intelligent Activity works out as the creative imagination (the ability to formulate ideas into plans) in the innermost nature of the threefold persona as it infuses that persona.
It is expressed outwardly as right action in the life and affairs of the persona.

We have now the basic structure of the ideal a point of Christ Light and Life within a triangle of Spiritual force, that triangle constituting the basic characteristics of the ideal.

The next step is the rounding out of the essential identity and its characteristics into a whole being. To do this we have but to add the four attributes that form the magnetic aura of the Spiritual Soul, or ideal. These attributes are:

1. Divine Harmony

All of the tones of the persona have been tuned to the pure tone of the Christ, and harmony prevails in the auric influence of the whole being. They are in tune with the One Life. The effects they create in the world of affairs are in harmony with the Spiritual growth and development (The Divine Plan) of humanity.

2. Concrete Science and Knowledge

The forms within their magnetic aura are patterned after the Divine Facts in Nature. They are rational, reasonable, positive, and constructive. They are the application of the basic characteristics, found in the triangle of Spiritual force, in the daily affairs of the persona.

3. Devotion to an Ideal

The magnetic aura is aspirational in nature. It devotes its attractive force to that which is of Spiritual Import, and is thus constantly filled to overflowing with the Life of the Spirit.

4. Divine Law and Order.

All forms within the magnetic aura are attracted into right relationship with one another and the One Life so that order prevails throughout the system of the whole entity. The Son of God lives according to Divine Law, therefore, manifesting via His auric influence, Divine Order, within the life and affairs of those whom he contacts.
The ideal is now formulated. Sincere students know what it is they wished to become. They comprehend in degree the goal of Spiritual growth and development they are initiating. They have only to relate the abstract ideal to concrete form, to step it down into a planned activity that will enable them to embody it. This they do via meditation, application, and reflection.

Lucille Cedercrans, Creative Thinking, Lesson 27

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Lady with an Ermine

As in many of Leonardo’s paintings, the composition comprises a pyramidic spiral and the sitter is caught in the motion of turning to her left, reflecting Leonardo’s lifelong preoccupation with the dynamics of movement. The three-quarter profile portrait was one of his many innovations. Il Moro’s court poet, Bernardo Bellincioni, was the first to propose that Cecilia is poised as if listening to an unseen speaker. This work in particular shows Leonardo’s expertise in painting the human form. Cecilia Gallerani was a member of a large family that was neither wealthy nor noble. Her father served for a time at the Duke’s court. At the time her portrait was painted, she was about 16 years old and was renowned for her beauty, her scholarship, and her poetry. There are several interpretations of the significance of the ermine in her portrait. The ermine, a stoat in its winter coat, was a traditional symbol of purity because it was believed an ermine would face death rather than soil its white coat.

The symbols of Leonardo



Creative Thinking

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Olga Suvorova, Russian painter

A woman of unusual opposites, Lois Lucille Stickle Johnson Cedercrans Schaible (born in Canada on April 4th, 1921) was wise and knowledgeable beyond any traditional education. She brought a new form of the wisdom of the ages into this world. In striking contrast to the conservatism of her Depression-era, rural upbringing and early adulthood, her methods and training for awakening spiritual growth in herself and others were more esoteric and incredible than expected in that time.

Although she had six children, Lucille travelled extensively, developing and moving from one group centre to another in response to an inner call. She would throw her things in suitcases and rush off. Because of this unpredictability of the work, many of her personal records were lost or scattered. This mobility and constant movement was by design – Lucille’s intent was not to form an organisation or institute but to find and train people who can embody the work by practice and whose only authority was the soul.

Most people know Lucille Cedercrans Schaible as the author of meditation resources such as The Nature of the Soul, The Soul and Its Instrument, or Corrective/Creative Thinking. Developed from 1948 to 1963, her work is called the New Thoughtform Presentation of the Wisdom (NTFPW). In the early 1970s, she began to shift her focus to Tibetan Buddhism, which she was authorized to teach until her death in 1984. We may describe her method of teaching as ‘learning through application’ – one that is inspired by her Seventh Ray personality.

We divide the work of Lucille into 3 categories:

1.Training materials in the form of lessons and projections

2.Establishment of groups trained in utilizing these materials

3.Beginning of the manifestation of the Synthetic Ashram

During her life, Lucille Cedercrans has opened the gateway to wisdom for hundreds of followers from Spokane, Washington to Washington DC in North America, as well as in many countries in Europe, South America and Australia.

Creative Thinking is a course in cleansing or purifying the persona, in aspiration to the Overshadowing Spiritual Soul. If actively practiced, it would prepare the persona (mind, emotions, and body), to become a vehicle for serving the One Life.

When the vehicle is prepared, the Spiritual Soul can be called into it. As the work of Creative Thinking proceeds, the practice of The Nature of The Soul begins. The incarnate soul aspires to and atones with the Overshadowing Spiritual Soul. The two, individual identity and group realization, become one, and the life and affairs becomes an embodiment of the Soul.

Creative Thinking first incarnated in 1957, as a series of dittoed lessons titled “Corrective Thinking” or C.T. The present edition of the text has been renamed “Creative Thinking”. This alternative title was suggested by the author, and the editors feel that it accurately represents the content, and helps make the work more accessible to modern seekers. This course is a faithful reproduction of the original printed edition.


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