There are two meanings to the word “inspiration”: taking an in-breath and receiving a creative brainwave. The two have much in common, not least that they both largely come of themselves but can also be influenced, in part. Both just flow.
This is one of the great mysteries of being human. Where does this flow—in physical breath, in imaginative insight—come from? What is it for? Where does it go?
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.
Meditation is a form of intentional rest. 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.
Sounds and No Sound
Inspiration Meditation uses sound and the absence of sound as its focus. 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 every day, 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.
Although physically expressed as sound and silence, the real essence of Inspiration Meditation is the soundless focusing of mental and imaginative faculties by drawing the attention inwards, leading to subtle alterations in consciousness, that radiate 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 categorized.
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