Out of the Nowhere, Into the Here
Posted Saturday, March 20th, 2010
As my family and friends will tell you, my mind stores an astonishing number of seemingly trivial bits of information that often manage to jump to the front of my brain and out of my mouth for no apparent reason. It’s an enjoyable, but odd, phenomenon.
This morning I remembered a phrase my mother quoted when she was visiting after the birth of our first child, Andy. It was “out of the nowhere, into the here.” As I remember it, she was referring to the miracle of birth ― a human being who was not previously present on the earth suddenly showing up and joining the human race.
I wondered about that phrase and tried to find its origin. Mom studied the Bible regularly, so I searched an online Biblical concordance and found nothing. Googling it produced very few instances of those seven words being used together in that order, and none of them seemed to have been significant enough for her to have found and held onto. So who knows?
I also thought about a comment I heard Wayne Dyer make once that the word “nowhere” could be divided into “now here,” and that offered an interesting perspective.
I’m fascinated by the whole concept of creativity and think about it a lot. I see creativity as a mysterious process through which a person serves as a conduit to allow something that never before existed in physical form to become physical reality. And the examples are limitless: it could be a work of art, a symphony, an architectural design, a board game, a tool, a recipe, a bird feeder ― or the writings that somehow came through me and ended up in Lessons from the Source.
As I was thinking about things showing up from “out of the nowhere,” I began to compare creativity with the way in which people and other living things appear in physical form.
There seem to me to be a couple of interesting differences. Human participation is essential to creativity ― or at least to my definition of it. We need to be open to the inspiration and willing to allow it to flow through us, and then we have to use the gifts we’ve been given in this lifetime, along with our minds and hands, to bring that inspiration into physical form. The Universe uses us to help make the manifestation happen.
But if we go beyond that definition of creativity, our involvement isn’t always necessary. Human participation is, of course, required to bring other human beings into the world (and that activity can be quite delightful!). And we also can plant seeds and nurture the growth of trees and plants and vegetables. But apart from those examples, most of the other living things we see around us came effortlessly out of the nowhere and into the here without requiring any effort at all on our part.
The other big difference I can think of concerns longevity. The living things (including us!) that appear from out of the nowhere all eventually end their stay in the physical world. Some of the non-living products of creativity, however, can last for millennia ― if not forever. Perhaps one of our gifts during our limited time here is the opportunity to create new bits of physical reality that can, in turn, be gifts we pass along to those who follow us. Interesting stuff to think about.
© Jack Armstrong 2010