Creation and Transformation

The best way to predict the future is to create it (Peter Drucker)

Imagine being a wizard. If you were, you would have the powers of creation and transformation. You would be able to bring things into existence and transform what you dislike into something you do like. If you had such powers, what would you create? What would you change?

If we would awaken from our slumber, we would discover we ARE, in fact, wizards. Once we awaken to this fact, we won't put up with a life of mediocrity any longer. Think of the fun, excitement, joy, and wonder that will fill your life, if you would only use your powers.

Sandra took the same bus to work every day. So did Mary. They were strangers sharing a long bus ride in silence. But one day Sandra took the initiative and started a conversation with Mary. They were soon friends. Think about it. Their friendship was nonexistent, but through their powers of wizardry, it came into being. Strangers were transformed into friends. A boring bus ride magically became a joyful time.

You need to become aware of your powers for two reasons. First, to take advantage of them and create the life you desire. Second, to avoid misusing them and creating havoc. You see, whether you're asleep or awake, aware or unaware, your powers remain. But when you act without awareness, you may unwittingly create what you don't want. For example, rather than creating friends, you may be creating enemies, and instead of experiencing joy, you may be experiencing misery.

As children we grow up with miracles such as cell phones, computers, and books, but soon take them for granted. We become complacent. We become satisfied living as a magician with a bag of tricks instead of as a wizard with a sea of potentiality and infinite possibility. As Albert Einstein (1879 ~ 1955) said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

One of the greatest miracles is that we are created in God's image. Like Him, we have the power to create and transform. We can, for example, create goodness and transform grief into joy. Indeed, nearly 4,000 years ago, Zarathushtra taught that our purpose is to join God in creating a world of goodness. We are the tools God uses to enhance His work. Or, as Luigi Pirandello (1867 - 1936) expressed it, "Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels."

To become aware of our power is a cause of joy. Poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877 - 1938) is so overcome with joy that his words may appear a bit arrogant, but that is not the intention when he writes, "Thou didst create the night, but I made the lamp. Thou didst create clay, but I made the cup. Thou didst create the deserts, mountains and forests; I produced the orchards, gardens and groves. It is I who made the glass out of stone, and it is I who turn a poison into an antidote."

Let's move away from a philosophical consideration of our great powers to a practical application. If you were a wizard, what would you do? Would you remove the burdens you have to carry, the problems you put up with, and the pain you endure? All wizards do precisely that. They make their burdens light; they transform their pain into gain, and they change problems into solutions.

How do they do so? Well, wizards are wise. They understand that if they wish the world to appear pink, it is far easier to wear pink glasses than to paint the entire globe pink. If we wish to eliminate our suffering, it is foolish to try to change the world, for it won't change. Instead, we need to put on the glasses of awareness. When we do so, it is not the world that changes, but our perception of it. What do the glasses of awa