There is a traditional story told of an enthusiastic student of mysticism who was given the assignment to write a poem. He worked through the night and rushed to his teacher the next morning with the following poem:

A Butterfly
Remove its wings
And you get a pepper

His teacher looked irritated and shook her head from side to side. She took the paper from the boy and wrote the following:

A Pepper
Add wings
And you get a Butterfly

The teacher was telling the student that for an act to be truly creative, it must be con-structive rather than de-structive. It is not enough for an idea to be revolutionary; it must be evolutionary.

A small sample of this month’s Jivamukti Focus of The Month on the topic of Creative Action. What I loved about this focus is the choice of how to decorate our homes… and by home I mean body and mind. Spring cleansing is known to be a time for cleansing, when the earth is in a state of re-birth. I have personally asked myself after a few necessary turn of events in both my personal and professional life… what is it that I want to renovate, repair, or demolish within my body and mind? I have always loved redecorating because it creates a fresh new space, with new energy, and inspiration for anew.

“When John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved into Tittenhurst Park, a large house outside London, they chose to leave most of the rooms empty and painted everything white. What if you acquired a house and needed to decide on the perfect way to deconstruct it and to construct a new, perfect house. Does it just need a renovation? A few repairs? Complete demolition? Aluminum siding? Landscaping? And then you have to choose what to fill it with. All the stuff from the old house, kept in the meantime in some out-of-the-way storage facility? A lot of new stuff? The most modern equipment, furniture and library?

You have inherited a house—from your own past actions—called a body and mind. Your parents named the house, and you began to fill it up with stuff. You must decide on the perfect way to revolutionize it and construct a perfect new one—to perform the ultimate creative act, producing an angelic body, a butterfly, the House of the Lord.”

~ David Life