Life Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously

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Spirituality and Life

The creative process always amazes me… and I want to share a recent discovery with you.

When I was wondering what I wanted this video to be about, one of my favorite bumper stickers popped into mind.

SPIRITUALITY IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK!

The first time I saw that bumper sticker, I laughed out loud, remembering all the times I had been with people who were arguing about religion and spirituality!

‘Spirituality is not what you think,’ popped in, answering the question ‘what do I want to write about,’ so this must be it… right? It felt right, and I began.

I did research, I wrote, I pondered and after awhile found that I was making thinking about spirituality VERY HARD, and I was in a very contracted state. I was hardly even breathing!

What was I doing?

I experience spirituality as expansive, and here I was writing about it as if my life depended on the outcome.

Here are some things I learned about my creative process.

Step 1. I asked myself ‘what do I want to write about?’

Step 2. The thought popping in my awareness… spirituality is not what you think… this must be the answer.

Step 3. Then I wrestled with it, thinking about spirituality from different points of view, history, religion, comparing, analyzing…. The list went on and on.

Step 4. I stopped and took a moment and became aware of what I was doing, which led to another realization: that how I was working was the antithesis of a spiritual experience!

Step 5. This awareness sparked a memory of a quote by Oscar Wilde:

Life is too important to be taken seriously!

Which led to another session of bursting out laughing.

That was my creative trail and I wonder if you can relate?

Life is too important to be taken seriously!

What do these words mean?

Life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death; spirit.

Important: of great significance or value; likely to have a profound effect on success, survival, or well-being, significantly original and influential; expansive.

Taken: to reach for and hold.

Seriously: a solemn or considered manner; earnest intent; not lightly; to a degree that is significant or worrying because of possible danger or risk; contracted.

What does this quote mean to me?

Our time on Earth with the spark of life – spirit – is of such profound significance that to spend our lives in the contracted state of seriousness is a great loss.

Life is meant to be lived wholeheartedly, in awe of the mystery, learning new things, experiencing all of it with curiosity and the full range of emotions.

As all these ideas were swirling around, another thought popped into my head.

What we put out there comes back to us.

What goes around comes around. Karma.

As we sow… so shall we reap!

Step 6. This is where the creative process led me, and I entered what is called ‘flow state,’ where things just flow, and writing was easy.

I switched from a bumper sticker to a quote, from wanting to do something perfectly, to being present in the moment using my creativity.

I switched from agony to – yes – ecstasy, from contracted to expansive.

And low and behold the realization that both quotes are really saying the same thing!

This life is so precious. Experiencing it, having the courage to jump in all the way instead of thinking about jumping in is where the juice is.

You and I are free choosers in an unlimited field of choice, choosing moment to moment. The question is: are you and I choosing what we really want to experience?

Expansive? Contracted?
Juicy? Dry?
Love? Fear?
Positive? Negative?

I share these thoughts with you:

Spirituality is not what you think

and

Life is too important to be taken seriously

Now I wonder what your creative process will do with them. Let me know!

With love and gratitude,
Kris

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7 Responses to “Life Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously”

  1. Jhet says:

    I Choose Love. It’s infinite. I live, laugh and dance like a child. Yes I am a spiritual being having a human experience. Creative juice flowing. Thanks for the reminder Kris.

  2. Vicki Berg says:

    Thanks, Kris! I am always ‘at choice’–so empowering!

  3. AlanKnight says:

    turn off the water focus on the message. Something is loss with the narrative style of your inner thought process. Make it present and 1st person.
    I feel the message of Wings cannot be transferred via the web, sorry but it takes time in process during the workshop for the message to crystalize. I understand the need and desire to expand contact but the dilution effect subtracts. Does everyone have to be wired into all ports of communication energy?
    I love Kris and I cannot connect via the web.

    • Jim Nelson says:

      And yet, so many do receive messages via the web. While we may prefer Wings Seminars for their depth and richness, Kris’s blog carries a worthy message and (in my humble opinion) does so very well.

      Over the months I have watched Kris’s videos improve. This last may be the best so far, but I know that even better videos will come.

      I am a dinosaur. Old, preferring face-to-face communication. My son is a young adult who soaks up the new form of communcation. I am grateful Kris puts this out for the many who take some centering comfort in this form.

  4. Christine Drake says:

    Perfect timing for me, Kris. I’ve been taking a situation and myself way too seriously. Both your quotes made me LAUGH OUT LOUD!
    Thank you

  5. Lela McDonald says:

    Wow! This piece really struck a chord within me. I’ve been “thinking” about a process for so long and so seriously that I have become frozen- inactive -and unable to launch forth toward a creative goal. Thank you Kris for sharing your process. How delightful to see that the juice is there just waiting for me to just let go and dive in.

  6. Tom Baird says:

    One of the nicest things I’ve done for myself is to put myself in Kris King’s presence. Spirituality: sitting on a stone along a trail in Nepal, a little bit sick, a little bit tired, leaning back against your back; at peace, at joy; alive.