Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Himalaya Code: Heart. Click on image to view more ‘inspired’ art by Linda.

When you feel really inspired by life, particularly in your creative pursuits, things seem to flow easily. New ideas arise readily, you generate an abundance of work, you make clever conversation, do great parenting and all the rest. You feel uninhibited and enlarged somehow, even intuitive. It’s a state you’re in when you do something awesome – you’re inspired and inspiring!

Where does this inspired creativity come from? Does the vital upsurge of energy originate in your brain or from somewhere else? And how can we tap into it more often, so it’s a river flowing through our lives rather than a sprinkler that sometimes turns on and then off again? Don’t we all want to ride the epic wave of creativity and discover new heights, insights, and capabilities? Well, yes, of course!

Hope Flies

I have been artistically inclined all my life and I’ve created in different ways. I don’t always write or paint, but I usually do one or the other, and when I do one, it takes over my life. When I’m not doing either, I feel incomplete. I’m my happiest when I’m being creative in these practices.

I was the kind of kid who traded chocolate Easter eggs for their colourful wrappers. As a teenager, I protested my angst with society by painting sad self-portraits. However, the most exceptional creativity to occur in my life followed on from some truly remarkable spiritual experiences I had in my early twenties, which completely transformed my life.


STEs and ‘spontaneous inspired creativity’

Dr. Yvonne Kason, a Canadian physician, and authority on counselling people who have had exceptional human experiences (now retired) mentions the term ‘spontaneous inspired creativity’ in her book, Farther Shores: Exploring How Near-Death, Kundalini and Mystical Experiences Can Transform Ordinary Lives.

In Chapter 7 of her book, she refers to a notable increase in creativity in people following their spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) and how this surge of inspiration can be a catalyst for continued transformation in the experiencer’s life. This too has been my experience, following my STEs, and is something I describe in my book, Where The Light Lives.

The term ‘spontaneous inspired creativity’ aptly sums up the experience of having a sudden compulsion to create, and having creativity ‘on tap’. Not the usual bursts of the imagination, rather it’s a spiritual energy that flows copiously and effortlessly, and seemingly, magically. When it occurs like this, all of sudden, from ‘nowhere’ and it persists in your life, as it did for me, you have the opportunity to observe pure creativity, and to learn from it.

I Am the Universe

Inspired creativity is an innate ability to create in a spontaneous way, without any planning or forethought. From this kind of creating a lot of insight can be gained into the psyche and the ultra-reality. It is often surprising, and always unintentional, what is brought forth for observation, interpretation, and feeling.

It has been my experience that creating spontaneously is creating directly from Spirit. By Spirit, I mean, the life force, that is pure inspiration. To access inspiration, we either consciously or unwittingly open ourselves up to our essence. Ordinarily, inspiration seeps through the crack between our thoughts in those pauses of nothingness. Our thoughts are then enlivened by this energy and become imagination.

Can people who have not had an STE do ‘inspired creativity’? I believe so, absolutely. Who not? Ultimately, it is a practice of surrendering our thoughts from the act of creating, which may even trigger a spiritual experience, in the same way meditation can. Any kind of creativity, where the creator is completely immersed in the moment of creating can be a catalyst for an expansion of consciousness.

By putting thoughts in the backseat, that is, by disassociating from them, we allow inspiration a passage through all the noise and distraction of the mind. Then, pure creativity has the opportunity to manifest spontaneously in our work, hobbies, sports, relationships, and life, and often, with great meaning.

Any kind of meditative practice like art, craft, music, dancing, cooking, gardening … (the list is long) can teach us, over time, how to disassociate from our habitual thoughts, and therefore, to have a deeper, more authentic communication with the ultimate creative energy, Spirit.

We are by nature inspirational beings

Creating directly from our spiritual essence, that is, our inspiration, is not so much a practice of self-expression as it is a self-discovery. It is not introversion but expansion from within. It is not a dysfunction of the psyche, rather healing of it. It is not a making of something, it is a surrendering to it. If anything, it does you. It grows you. It illuminates you. It brings into the ‘real’ world, what you really are.

We are all multifaceted creatives. Life itself is an act of creation and renewal. The universe we live in was created, is creating and will go on creating. The activities of our daily life, the work we do, and the conversations we have, are all acts of creating. You may choose to create consciously and in an automated way. Some automation arises from powerful habits, which we have learnt; and then there is an automation that is derived from pure inspiration. And this is where the magic is!

What is the meaning of inspiration?

Pure inspiration is all-knowing and yet is something beyond knowledge. It arises from nothingness but paradoxically, this nothingness is something. Thoughts always have thought before it, however, inspiration comes from the breath of the divine.

Imagination is an energised thought. It creates a vision and an intention that then motivates an action, which when taken, manifests an outcome in a tangible way. The effect of which is something we can observe, either because we can touch it, or observe a change in the conditions of our relationship toward someone or something.

Even though inspiration fuels the imagination, it is not imagination. Inspiration may affect thoughts and feelings, however, it does not arise from these but from pure consciousness, from that part of us which is pure spirituality – the Spirit.

My personal experience with ‘inspired creativity’

My very first STE arose directly from doing art. I was sixteen and I’d been drawing and colouring all afternoon when suddenly, I heard my name being called by ‘the invisible’. I was very absorbed in my art practise at the time. Hearing my name being called by Spirit was the heralding of a remarkable transformation that was to occur in my psychological life.

At the age of twenty-one, I had my first ‘divine-light’ experience and it followed on from this, that I had an overwhelming ‘need’ to write poetry. The Light filled me up with an abundance of inspiration and it poured out of me in words that described my inner and outer worlds, and my search for spiritual meaning.

At age twenty-two, I had an epic out-of-body experience which completely blew my mind and healed my life. It catapulted my creativity to new heights. Again, I received an incredible amount of inspiration from Spirit which resulted in my taking up the paintbrush, in quite an impassioned way. I vacated my academic life, and my dream of becoming a lawyer completely dissipated, as I took on the pathway of an artist.

I began creating inspired paintings in an automated way on my kitchen floor. I’d never before produced art in this way and it completely rocked my socks off! I would intuitively hear, see and feel how to paint these pictures. When I painted, I felt I was in the presence of powerful spiritual energy. Sometimes this energy passed through me with such intensity that my body and face quivered and twitched!

It was always very obvious to me that something greater than me was at play in creating these works. Over years of observing my practice and interpreting my art, I have come to understand that this something greater is Spirit. We are all spiritual beings, and we can all access this awesome creative power, it’s our birthright! 

From inspired creativity, I learned how to surrender to the natural flow of things, as life has a rhythm – yours and mine – yes, it actually knows where it’s going, despite our best plans! It has helped me to develop a rapport with my higher-self, to trust in the voice, within, to trust in my ‘knowing’. By committing to a regular creative practise you too can develop a keener sense of your spiritual voice and a broader trust in life.

I hope this post has inspired you to look at creativity in a new way. You may well be creating in an inspired way, and if so, I’d love to hear about your experiences. When did you first begin creating and how has your creativity developed over time? What have you personally gained from it? I’d love to know!

P.S. – If you would like to find out more about my experiences with inspired creativity, which I detail in my book, Where The Light Lives, click here.

P.P.S. – If you would like to view my online gallery, click here.

Linda Cull is an artist, author, and founder of Wilara Press®. Her blog Spirit my way® covers spirituality, inspired creativity, and transformative experiences. Learn more