The Go Creative! series offers a variety of methods of meditation under the umbrella of inspiration meditation and there is also a formal guided, sitting meditation method, explained in the book and audio by that same name.
~ Find out more in the Inspiration Meditation book and audio
An inspiration meditation can be as short and simple as the length of just one conscious breath—less than a minute—or as long and demanding as a full on-the-cushion 20-minute sitting session and beyond.
What distinguishes inspiration meditation from other relaxation, deep breathing, and meditation methods is its guiding intention.
In meditation we learn to hold the subtle dynamic of intention without turning it into what the Buddhists call “a gaining idea.” Our intention during inspiration meditation is to connect with and foster creative flow.
We rest intentionally because we know creative rest fosters insights and ideas, helps us deliver good outcomes, and eases our minds.
But we don’t pursue any of this in a linear, goal-centered sort of way. Do that and the thought-free rest we need will evade us. We need to let go. Let go of the thoughts, let go of gaining ideas. We frame our intention, then let that go too.
Letting go is incremental; we can always shake out some more, loosen another notch, ease another degree, sink a little further into the moment, take a deeper breath or a deeper rest.
One of the things that happens when you rest in this way is you become more conscious of what you’re creating in your life and how that begins in your head. You start to notice your own self-talk.
There are two meanings to the word “inspiration”: breathing in and creative ingenuity. Physical inspiration has much in common with creative inspiration, not least that it largely comes of itself. We can consciously influence it, but only in part. Mostly, it just flows.
This is one of the great mysteries of being human. Where does this flow—the physical breath, the imaginative insight—come from? What is it for? Where does it go?
Inspiration Meditation uses sound and the absence of sound as its focus and therefore is a mantra meditation.
It has three components:
- A word phrase
- The spaces between the words of the phrase
- The sound of All
Words have great power. Because language is so everyday, we often overlook its significance, but sound, originating as a vibration, has the power to deeply affect consciousness. Language, music, everyday sounds and the “sound of silence” all can alter our feelings and experience of life.
Sound “not only shapes our individual consciousness,” says Erica Brealey, author of The Spirit of Meditation, “but is said to be the creative force underlying the evolution of the entire universe. It is this creative power of sound that is the basis of mantra.”
Although physically expressed as sound and silence, the real essence of Inspiration Meditation is the soundless vibration of the creative energy within. It works by focussing the mental and imaginative faculties and drawing the attention inwards, leading to progressively higher and deeper states of consciousness, radiating outwards and inwards.
It’s a profound and very pleasing experience.
The phrase we use for Inspiration Meditation is Know ~ Your ~ Truth ~ In ~ Me ~ Open ~ Allow ~ Be.
During the meditation, each word is separated out and repeated many times. So the phrase is not approached in the logical, linear, sense-driven way we normally approach a sentence.
It is not really a sentence. It makes some sense, but its meanings and emphases are not fixed.
Know ~ Your ~ Truth /~ In ~ Me ~ Open /~ Allow ~ Be.
Know ~ / Your ~ Truth ~ In ~ Me /~ Open/ ~ Allow /~ Be.
All words come trailing fronds of meaning. Some of the meanings of these words may attach themselves to your meditation. This is fine.
Or you may find that the repetition has the curious effect of detaching them from what they normally mean. This, too, is fine.
Just as important as the words in the phrase are the spaces between the words.
Everything that exists arose from nothing, is surrounded — inside and out — by nothing, and will return to nothing.
Unlike words and experiences and things, silence and space and nothingness cannot be divided or categorised.
Words contain silence, and silence contains words. Experiences contain space, and space contains experiences.
Nothingness contains things, and things contain nothingness.
Inspiration Meditation draws attention to this interplay of form and formlessness.
The Sound of All
The word “All” contains the vowel sound that is found in so many of the names given, over the centuries, to what is most commonly in Western culture called God : Yahweh, Allah, Ra, Jehovah, Krishna, Kali, Yeshua, Tao, Shiva…
It is also the sound in Mom and Dad, Mama and Papa, Gran and Granddad. The sound of satisfaction. The sound in art. The sound in heart.
As All is sounded into the space between the words of the Inspiration Meditation phrase, new meanings emerge:
Know ~ All ~ Your ~ All ~ Truth ~ All ~ In ~ All ~ Me ~ All ~ Open ~ All ~ Allow ~ All ~ Be.
Again, we let any such meanings arise without weighing them with any more thought. We sound the sounds and return to the space between.
Find out more in the Inspiration Meditation book and audio