In the first chapter of the Unification Principle, the Principle of Creation clarifies the relationship between the incorporeal world of spirit and the corporeal world of matter. According to the Principle, the incorporeal world is the subject/causal realm and the corporeal world is the object/resultant real.
Being that God exists in the realm of spirit and humankind in the realm of matter, it is a matter of great importance to understand the relationship and workings of these two realms as it pertains to inspiration in artistic endeavors. Principle affirms that God is the parent of humankind and as such endowed his/her children with the gift of creativity. Being able to connect to the Universal prime source of creativity thus becomes an essential exercise of artists who seek to draw on the highest source of divine energy. This in turn begins the process of achieving co-creatorship with God—a basic tenet of Unificationism.
Expounding on the source of his creative inspiration, Strauss stated, “Composing is a procedure that is not so readily explained. When the inspiration comes, it is something of so subtle, tenuous, will-o-the-wisp nature that it almost defies definition. When I’m in my most inspired moods I have definite compelling visions involving a higher selfhood. I feel at such moments that I am tapping the source of infinite and eternal energy from which you and I and all things proceed. Religion calls it God.”
Strauss’s reference to compelling visions of “a higher selfhood” indicates a synergy in which the divine nature of God, a spirit being of love, is realized through the creative process when an artist’s motivation are pure and unadulterated, thus realizing one’s “true self” and becoming a co-creator with God.
“I realize that the ability to have such ideas register in my consciousness is a Divine gift. It is a mandate from God, a charge entrusted to my keeping, and I feel that my highest duty is to make the most of this gift—to grow and to expand…definitely conscious of being aided by more than earthly Power, and that it was responsive to my determined suggestions. A firm belief in this Power must precede the ability to draw on it purposefully and intelligently.”
“I am not far enough advanced in my evolution to presume to define such a Cosmic Force, but I know that I can appropriate it to some extent and that after all is the main consideration for us mortals here in this world. I can tell you, however, from my own experience, that an ardent desire and fixed purpose combined with an intense resolve brings results. Determined concentrated thought is a tremendous force and this Divine Power is responsive to it. I am convinced that this is a law and that it holds good in any line of human endeavor.”
Strauss’s testimonies attest to the importance of an artist’s ability to cultivate a relationship with the spiritual realm and in so doing refrain from being easily influenced solely by earthly desires and considerations. Strauss’s finest music seems to be the progeny of his firm belief the “Divine Power.”