creative manifesto

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CREATIVE MANIFESTO

 

1. We are editors of life.

We cut and paste its daily beauty and pain with the sharp scissors of our minds on the canvas of humanity. We tell the untold stories.

As human beings we can only assimilate the world through a learned, selective perception. The more we train our perception, the more aware we become of the world around us, in its light and darkness.

We turn into what we digest on a daily basis. Due to our spongy nature, we must absorb carefully and learn to filter through the eyes of our own truths.

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2. We regard Art as a dynamic matter of Now.

Art is not just a museum affair. Objects are less than people and no work of art is ever finished. We are our own living collage of images, memories, experiences, relationships, thoughts and feelings.

As such, we must constantly make Art that is synonymous with Life, in order for it (for us) to keep on being art. By existing to our fullest potential we become our own greatest works of art. We become our own masterpiece.

Whatever comes out of us is secondary to what’s already in us.

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3. Life is short and it’s running through our fingers.

Our hour won’t come in some kind of imagined, distant or near future, our hour is happening this very moment. Wherever we are – or are at, we’d like to make it count.

Don’t wait to be mindful later. Don’t wait to say ‘yes’ next time. This is our time. And there is much to be done. Each breath precious, every heart beat numbered. Don’t wait. Do. Not. Wait.

Be here now. And now. And now. And now. And now…

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4. The only censorship we apply to ourselves is the kind that will censor other people’s genuine right to be whole.

Love the way you want to be loved and recognize a piece of you in every piece of life. Pain, suffering, rejection, abandonment, betrayal, delusions, sadness and anger are not prisons. And they are not justifications to critically taint a non-existent past or future. They are doors leading back to you.

There are no strangers in this room. It’s just a bunch of Us. There are no tribes or constellations. Only lonely stars with a light of their own guiding each of us home.

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5. Life is homemade, painful, intelligent and beautiful. We avoid nothing, we want it all.

As creators, healers and journalists it is our duty to curate reality and communicate it in our own, unique words. We don’t want the shortcut, we want to walk on water and walk on burning ashes.

Give us the whole package, even if it takes longer and it demands more. If we’re going to jump anyway off of life’s inevitable cliffs, we might as well pick the highest one and use our own heart as the only parachute.

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6. We long and steer toward the light but we don’t hide or get rid of the darkness.

It’s only by accepting, integrating and finally reusing every bit of ourselves that we are able to meet and face life for what it is, in all its brightness and all the shadows it casts.

Fear is biodegradable fuel. We will never get rid of it, but we can recycle it into a more human-friendly version.

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7. There is no time for apathy or mindless distraction.

We’re natural, organic, living tissue. We are the skin of a broken world and as living metaphors, we must reflect it in both its greatness and its desperation.

There’s so much good to do, much to be mended and healed. One lifetime isn’t enough and less than our everything is too little.

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8. We regard the human experience as an indivisible whole that includes all aspects of the human experience: physical, intellectual, relational, emotional and spiritual.

We also recognize beauty and pain as the two common threads running through all of our life scripts.

For most of history, our different human elements have been divided, segregated, hidden, punished, misunderstood and ultimately, separated from the whole.

We want brains and beauty to make peace with each other, we want heart and mind to be friends, we want body and spirit to be a home to each other.

All our parts are created equal.

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9. Our virtuality is just the tip of our iceberg-humanity. We are so much more than our words and the speed of our fingers.

The internet is, perhaps, the only truly democratic medium left, which allows us to reach freely across countries and oceans, intolerance and preconceptions and dive straight into each other’s hearts.

Thanks to our online connection, we’re now reuniting with each other and, in a strange way, with ourselves. We’re just one click away, so close we almost hear each other breathing.

Beyond this screen we’re also flesh and bones, with broken hearts and sweaty hands. We must never mistake our frames for the whole picture, but use this virtual frame to better understand our real pictures: the real, complex, breathing You and Me and everyone we know.

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10.  Hey Frodo, it’s a lonely battle, and we need help taking the ring to Mordor.

In this lifehouse, we collaborate, we share and e-hug daily. We can’t do this (or anything) alone. We need each other badly. The only way through, is together.

The only possible form of existence is co-existence. Beyond our own, unscripted individual stories, we’re part of a bigger, universal story to which we add every day with our thoughts and actions. We are responsible for the course of events and desperate status of our world.

When it comes to technology and communication, we’re at a place of synergy and synchronicity like never before. It is imperative that we make a mindful, heartfelt use of it.

Please hold my pixel hand, I promise you, the skin is there, even if you can’t touch it.

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11. Our shared stories create markers along a dark and weathered path.

We choose growth versus fitting in, feeling versus insensitivity, flowing water versus stagnation, and a life fully expressed versus holding our wild, writhing stories captive within.

Through sharing, we create a ripple that extends from the center of our collective beating heart. When we connect, beyond the narration of the brilliant mind, our centers expand and we offer illuminated nourishment to a shadowed, hungry world.

Each of us holds a torch. The thing we seek and feel deep inside of our own being is the counsel of our tired, relentless hearts. When we offer our most vulnerable, naked truths, we know that someone, somewhere, someday will read our words and recognize their own voice and their own experience.

And they will see their reflection, on your pages, and it’ll be read by the light of a burning, passionate eternal, revolutionary once-upon-a-time heart that had Your Name tattooed all over its walls.

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12. We know enough, we have enough, we are enough and we care enough to make it wonderful.

Now.

JOSEPH

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45 Comments

  • Alice Hinman commented on August 13, 2012
    perfect
  • Akanism commented on August 16, 2012
    To be manifested. Thank you (bow)
  • dayanmari commented on September 4, 2012
    I am at awe with your words forever. I love you and your words.
  • Darlene Longo commented on September 5, 2012
    Life is short make it interesting.
  • Rebelle Society
    Rebelle Society commented on September 19, 2012
    Thank you. Yours in creative rebellion.
  • Susan commented on October 1, 2012
    Exquisite. Delicious. Soul satisfying. I’m in!
  • Psychic Confesssions commented on October 17, 2012
    Oh yea….The art of life is that… all of life is art…the creation of the emotion, depth and beauty… the ugly underbelly of truth raging sword cutting the laughter of the heart of the matter… each moment is precious, rough, soft and tender elegance of choice. be true to you is all you be and reveal the gentle essence of all you can be. Road trip of life is an adventure… let the good time roll.
  • Michael Beck commented on December 12, 2012
    Yes!No mindless distraction,this, howling in the wind. A prrr of cards shuffle, queens n knaves, ones n nines, you stack the deck in my flavor. The Love stranger might be the purist Lover of all.(thank you)
  • Buzz burza commented on December 14, 2012
    My my…I sit in Delhi and read your cyber thought and know I am not alone…thank you for what you say becuse IT IS…
  • floruit commented on December 26, 2012
    I sit in France and also read this with great excitement. So glad I’ve been led to this website. Thanks a lot for those inspiring thoughts.
  • SR Atchley
    SR commented on January 6, 2013
    Read this again for the first time. Excellence in prose. Well done. All thanks and rebellious love, S.
  • Jim Fry
    Jim Fry commented on January 12, 2013
    :: ponders how others perfect scribing stuff i feel ::
  • Tai Carson commented on February 7, 2013
    A cloud has lifted. A song to my ears. Other hearts speak. Thank you!
  • Diana Love commented on April 29, 2013
    I am surrounded by the beauty of the high mountains where I choose to make my home. Far from the world as we know it. I am connected now via the internet, and am drawn to the kindred souls here and the simple beauty, and truth of your words. love is a vibration and its only purpose is to transform. as such it is the vibration that makes the universe dance in the light of its own creative being. The soul of the world is love.
  • Kerry Orr commented on May 14, 2013
    there are no shortcuts to loving fearlessly- let me open to it all and be able to bear it- we can’t do it alone- i am so grateful to have come across your site- it is a balm and an inspiration!
  • Chery commented on May 25, 2013
    I found you through my wild woman friend, Iona…no surprise…and now that I’ve found you I will share you with others for your words are living poetry and they inspire the wonderful wild woman within…thank you for sharing..
  • Tonia commented on May 26, 2013
    Amazed!!!
  • thunderbirdlifeacademy commented on May 29, 2013
    My whole body tingles when I read these. Even my nipples. Hope you like that as much as I do ;) LOVE THIS.
  • scot commented on June 11, 2013
    THIS is it…..
  • yjiang9888 commented on June 19, 2013
    This is so perfect and beautiful. I’ve felt alone and terrified of my vulnerability and sensitivity for all my life. Your words give me the courage to embrace it and to realize that my greatest strength is my great vulnerability. Thank you for this gift.
  • Adrienne commented on June 20, 2013
    Ditto, ditto, ditto! Finally a society that’s fit enough to belong to. I have a new “my-nafesto” and….family, ….home for all the things rattling around in there. A symphony of is-ness! Yippee!
  • Kim Marie - Sophia Rising commented on July 8, 2013
    Love this!!! What a great manifesto!
  • gentlylivinggently commented on August 5, 2013
    Thank you for making it real and whole… two of my most favorite positions in life! So tasty good to make your acquaintance!
  • TiffanyDoodleWiesend (@Tiffany_Doodle) commented on August 23, 2013
    Thank you I’m so glad I found this website!!!!! We are all one!
  • glenn commented on September 12, 2013
    i love the manifesto! i am a Joe Campbell fanatic and return to his writings often… thank you for existing R.S…. whoever you are… :)
  • Robert commented on September 17, 2013
    This Manifesto is lacking one essential point or perspective: “I of my own can do nothing”. Without this perspective it is another illusion of progress, though a nice one. The Hero’s journey is always accompanied by its illusion the path of Sisyphus: -) It is difficult to see the difference: -) That is why hell is pawned with good intentions.
  • courseofmirrors commented on October 10, 2013
    My kind of patch. Thanks for being and becoming so recklessly.
  • Eveline commented on November 13, 2013
    From Holland with Love; please manifest and spread abundantly.
  • Nellia commented on November 24, 2013
    This is Incredibly well written, resonates deeply and speaks the words of my heart that i never had the courage to. Thank you so so very much.
  • Kris Lord commented on December 15, 2013
    Every single string of words in this manifesto is beautiful. So very happy to read this today.
  • Rev. Rebecca. Guile Hudson, MA commented on December 20, 2013
    Beautifully and eloquently put. All That Is Is Now, and we are part of All That Is as it’s a part of us. There is no separation, regardless of our illusions. As Albert Einstein said, “what we perceive to be reality is all an illusion, albeit a persistent one.” We are indeed all one because we all share Universal Life. Thanks for this exquisite communication.
  • Raymond L. Greenberg commented on January 16, 2014
    very nice
  • Jay Becker commented on February 17, 2014
    “Due to our spongy nature, we must absorb carefully”, good advise!
  • Evie Lindemann commented on March 10, 2014
    From New Haven, Ct: Yes, Yes, Yes.
  • Azania Maitland (@AzaniaMaitland) commented on April 30, 2014
    Beautiful and Truth.
  • em webb commented on May 11, 2014
    11 beautiful truths
  • Nikki commented on May 29, 2014
    Thanks for this, feels like coming home to me
  • Barbara Hays commented on July 4, 2014
    Evolution is making itself known. Joy to the world!
  • Firoz commented on August 1, 2014
    Pain is Pleasure
  • bobbie commented on November 3, 2014
    Thank you so much for sharing such soul-touching and uplifting words of wisdom! I’m so grateful that I came upon this site, which happened in Divine perfect timing and order. Continue to be an amazing gift to humanity and beyond. I wish you many blessings. ^_^
  • Valorie commented on January 27, 2015
    This is wonderfully written. Every thing resonates with me and inspires me so much. I am so glad my mom shares this site with me it just what I needed!! -Your newest loyal RebelleSociety gal
  • Gabriela commented on February 23, 2015
    beautiful!!! I love the way you dived me into the truths of life.
  • Michael commented on February 28, 2015
    a chance in a chance less world for words to cut through the BS
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