When you feel really inspired, particularly in creative pursuits, things seem to flow easily. New ideas arise readily, you generate an abundance of work, make clever choices, and do creative things. You feel uninhibited and enlarged, even, intuitive. It’s a state you’re in when you’re awesome!
Where does inspiration come from, when you are inspired and you are inspiring?
Does the upsurge of energy originate in the brain or come from somewhere else? And how can you tap into it more often, so it’s a river flowing through you rather than a sprinkler that sometimes turns on and then off again? Don’t we all want to ride the epic wave of creativity?
Well, yes, of course!
I have been artistically inclined all my life and created in different ways. I don’t always write or paint, but usually do one or the other, and when I do, it kind of takes me over. When I’m not doing either, I feel unfulfilled and depleted.
As a teenager, I studied art at school. However, the most exceptional creativity of my life occurred following some remarkable spiritual experiences I had in my early twenties, which completely transformed me and my understanding of creativity (the inspirational kind).
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.
In Chapter 7 of her book, she refers to a notable increase of creativity in people following spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) and how this surge of inspiration can be a catalyst for continued transformation in the experiencer’s life.
This has been my personal 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’ following spiritual experiences.
Not the usual bursts of the imagination, rather it’s an energy that flows copiously and effortlessly, and seemingly, magically at times, through the experiencer.
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 inspiration, and to learn from it.
Inspiration, imagination, thoughts & creativity
Spontaneous inspired creativity is the ability to create in a spontaneous (sometimes automated) way, without any planning or forethought. From this, spiritual insight may be gained.
Inspired creativity is creating directly from Spirit. By Spirit, I mean, life-force, that is pure inspiration. It is a spiritual energy that is received. It does you rather than you doing it.
Though inspiration fuels the imagination, it is not imagination. So there is less imagination in inspired creativity and ample inspiration.
Yes, inspiration enlivens your thoughts and feelings thus blossoming your imagination.
A thought always has another thought before it. And feelings are stirred by thoughts.
Inspiration, however, arises from perfect emptiness – from silence – the divine.
Who can do inspired creativity?
Can people who haven’t had a spiritually transformative experience do ‘inspired creativity’?
Yes. Why not? Inspired creativity is a practice of letting go; surrendering to the Spirit – allowing your soul to shine.
With inspired creativity, you are required to surrender your ego from the act of creating.
The best way to achieve this is to get absorbed in something other than yourself.
This, in turn, triggers transcendence, in the same way, meditation does.
Any kind of creativity, where the creator is completely immersed in the act of creation (thus dissolving identity and time) may be a catalyst for inspired creativity.
By putting your thoughts in the backseat and disassociating from them, you allow inspiration passage through you, and into this world.
Then, inspired creativity has the opportunity to manifest in your work and hobbies, and many other aspects of your life, and with great meaning.
My inspired creativity journey
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 desire to write poetry.
The Light filled me up with an abundance of inspiration and it poured out of me in words that merged my inner and outer worlds with spiritual meaning.
At age twenty-two, I had an epic out-of-body experience that 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 me taking up the paintbrush, in quite an impassioned way.
I vacated my academic life, and my dream of becoming a lawyer completely dissolved, as I journeyed the artist’s life.
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!
“Similar to the classic near-death experience, Linda’s sense of being flooded with lessons from a transcendent source awakened her artistic imagination, which launched her on a career as a brilliant painter. Her book is a document of hope to all and should expand the horizons of human psychology.”
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.
At times 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 when creating these works.
Over the years, observing my practice and interpreting my art, I’ve come to understand that this ‘something greater’ is Spirit.
We are all spiritual beings, and we can all access awesomeness, it’s our birthright!
From inspired creativity, I learned how to surrender to the natural flow, life has a rhythm – yours and mine – yes, it actually knows where it’s going, despite our best plans!
Painting has helped me develop a relationship with my higher-self, trust in the inner-voice, trust in my ‘knowing’. Committing regularly to creativity, you will experience beauty and 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 it. When did you first begin creating and how has your creativity developed? What have you learnt 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.