Meditation makes you more creative. That’s the conclusion of a number of scientific studies, including this detailed look at which precise kinds of meditation foster creativity and creativism. But writers and artists have long known this.

Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882):

We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal One… not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.

We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul. . . . Here is the fountain of action and of thought. Here are the lungs of that inspiration which giveth man wisdom. . . . Whenever a mind is simple, it receives [this] wisdom.”
Filmmaker David Lynch (January 1946):
“If you have a golf ball sized consciousness…you’ll have a golf ball sized understanding [but] there’s an ocean of pure, vibrant consciousness inside each one of us, and it’s right at the source and base of mind, right at the source of thought. And it’s also at the source of all matter… Meditation allows any human being to dive within, experiencing subtler levels of mind and intellect and … this ocean of pure consciousness… called by modern physics ‘the unified field’…”

At times my state resembles sleep: a misguided person may think it is sleep. Know that my eyes are asleep, (but) my heart is awake: know that my inactive form is in action… I am the ruler of thought, not ruled, because the builder is ruler over the building. . . . In the view of him that has not experienced (meditation) this is (mere) pretension; in the view of the inhabitants of the (spiritual) horizon, this is the reality.

Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892):

“My mind seem’d wing’d with knowledge and the strength
Of holy musings and immense Ideas,
Even to Infinitude. All sense of Time
And Being and Place was swallowed up and lost
Within a victory of boundless thought.
I was a part of the Unchangeable,
A scintillation of Eternal Mind,
Remix’d and burning with its parent fire.”
From: At Armagedden

Beatle John Lennon (1940-1980):

“I’m convinced it works in the way they say it works. There’s a lot more to learn yet but I’m willing to find out. You don’t have to have a great faith or anything. The whole thing is so simple – as though it’s too marvellous to be true.”

As for me (oh yes, I like slipping myself into lists of the great and brilliant), I had so much to say about meditation that I wrote a whole book about it but if I had to boil the most important thing you need to know about it down to one sentence, it is this: “Meditation doesn’t take time, it makes time.”

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