Chapter 4: Real Love
The first question:
I believed I was uncreative. What else can be creativity besides dancing and painting, and how to find out what my creativity is?
Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular - with painting, poetry, dancing, singing. It has nothing to do with anything in particular.
Anything can be creative - you bring that quality to the activity. Activity itself is neither creative nor uncreative. You can paint in an uncreative way; you can sing in an uncreative way. You can clean the floor in a creative way; you can cook in a creative way.
Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach - how you look at things.
So the first thing to be remembered: Don’t confine creativity to anything in particular. A man is creative, and if he is creative, whatsoever he does, even if he walks, you can see in his walking there is creativity. Even if he sits silently and does nothing, even non-doing will be a creative act. Buddha sitting under the Bodhi Tree doing nothing is the greatest creator the world has ever known.
Once you understand it - that it is you, the person, who is creative or uncreative - then this problem disappears.
Not everybody can be a painter, and there is no need also. If everybody is a painter, the world will be very ugly; it will be difficult to live. And not everybody can be a dancer, and there is no need. But everybody can be creative.
Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine.
You become more divine as you become more creative. All the religions of the world have said: The divine is the creator. I don’t know whether it is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in godliness. So it must be the creator because people who have been creative have been closest to it.
Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it, whatsoever it is - irrelevant of the fact of what it is.
Have you seen Paras cleaning this floor of Chuang Tzu auditorium? Then you will know: cleaning can become creative. With what love! Almost singing and dancing inside. If you clean the floor with such love, you have done an invisible painting. You lived that moment in such delight that it has given you some inner growth. You cannot be the same after a creative act.