The creative process is invoked through words according to Unity. God creates through the power of words. In Genesis 1:3, for example, God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. Jesus went further in Mark 11:23 and told us that what we ask for using words (with the unified power of heart and mind behind them) will be granted.
One of the most familiar manifestations of creation through words is the ability of poetry to evoke vivid emotional empathy within us when we have experienced the circumstances described and greater understanding of those circumstances when we have not. There are those who are born with the gift for crafting words with such power as part of their earthly mission which provides great inspiration for our minds and our souls. Their works of art come down to us through history and their names, such as Gibran, Rumi, Shakespeare, and Dickenson, are well known. Then there are those of us who, when our paths encounter immense pain, loss, or joy, find no greater comfort than attempting to put our words into verse. Some of these words may become known to a few others, while some remain locked in the pages of our personal journals. Yet they have the power to heal.
In today’s world, poetry remains at a distance for many and can actually evoke discomfort. Such attitudes reflect the mistaken idea that poetry is only for the highly educated. These attitudes can also reflect the fact that we have not been taught how to be comfortable with poetry. We have not been afforded the experience to hear it read as it should be in our educational systems and easily become visually intimated by different line structures and punctuation when trying to read it for ourselves. The brief video accompanying this article showcases Dylan Thomas reading his poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.” The difference in the power of the spoken words are striking compared to simply seeing them on the pages of a book, especially if the individual lacks the fundamental skills for reading poetry.
An opportunity to experience poetry as it should be read and to express your own words, if willing, is being offered by Unity North Atlanta Church. “Poetry Night” will occur on Friday, August 3, 2012, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church foyer. The talents of three Unity poets, Cecelia Smith (author of “A Differing Light”), Michael Burke, and Phoenix Lea, will be featured followed by an open mic segment for anyone who wishes to share their own work. Registration for this event is not required and there is no charge other than a suggested love offering of $10.00 to cover expenses. Refreshments and coffee will be provided.
Unity North Atlanta Church is located at 4255 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, Georgia 30066. The church campus is located in the Atlanta suburb of East Cobb. Take I-75 North from Atlanta to Exit 276A – Canton Road (5 Spur) going north. At the first light, turn right onto Sandy Plains Road. Follow Sandy Plains for approximately 6.7 miles. The church is located on the left side of the road. Make a U-turn at the next intersection.
Available related texts on Amazon include: (1) “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran ($10.20 in hardcover); (2) “The Essential Rumi: New Expanded Edition” by Jalal al-Din Rumi ($10.87 in paperback); and (3) “The Rumi Collection” by Jelaluddin Rumi, Kabir Helminsky, and Andrew Harvey.
Several helpful resources on the creative process are available through Unity’s website: (1) “Let There Be Light” by Elizabeth Sand Turner ($14.95 in paperback), and, (2) “The Creative Process in the Bible,” a CD version ($19.95) of the online course by the same name which does not allow access to online course or award credit for the online course, but affords an opportunity to learn the steps in the creative process and take a new look at the Biblical creation story through the metaphysical interpretations of Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore at your own pace without having to be online.