My Sensa article from August 2014.
In the last article I wrote about some of the themes that came up in the "home meditation retreat" I did this spring. Like always, I seemed to run out of space, so I will use this article to share some other realizations I had, during the interesting process of meditation and writing. If you want to know more about what I did and how I did it, please go through the previous three or four articles I've written.
Last time I wrote about the creative impulse. How the answer to my many questions was usually the same. Find the creative impulse. In this number I want to share some thoughts about the process of creation and maybe a little about the nature of it. About the water that always flows freely, finding a path that is the easiest for it, never struggling to take a path that is not the most natural.
I will try to create this article using the same principles that I'm sharing here with you. So what's the first thing in the process? Find the creative impulse. Quite down the mind and get some better knowing of what it is that resonates with you. Find that feeling of inspiration and enthusiasm, and let that fuel the process of creation. Before we continue going through the process though, I feel that I have to share something that I realized lately. This did not come up during the meditation retreat, but just a few days ago through some contemplation and coincidences. The thought/idea/realization was that to create something you need both the feminine and the masculine. Combine the two, wait for a while and voila, a child is born. So as the human being creates new life by combining the masculine and feminine, I've come to understand that, this is the way everything is created in this manifested world. It doesn't require a man and a woman, but it does require the two energies. The masculine energy and the feminine energy, both available for us all, no matter who you are. Combine the emotional energy (feminine) with the vision (masculine) and share it with the world through your heart.
(An hour later) That was a very nice nap. Like I mentioned before, I will try to use the same principles in creating this article. I felt like having a nap, so I trusted that feeling. It's Friday now and I have to send this article to the magazine on Sunday. I'm quite busy this weekend and I'm not sure when I will write this, but I trust the process. I will follow the creative impulse and let this article be created the same way the water flows in a stream. Effortlessly.
So after you have the creative impulse, either a feeling in your body (feminine) or a mental idea/a vision in your mind (masculine), combine it with the other and then you can take the next step. The next step is the process of planting the seed. If you have rich soil, water and a seed, but you don't put them together, nothing will grow. Your role is to plant the seed. This is what most of us neglect. We might have creative ideas, or strong creative feelings, but we don't do anything with them. Have you experienced that yourself? When you have a plan and the emotional energy to fuel that plan, you need to get the process started. You have to take action. If you don't, someone else will and you will gradually forget your creative idea/feeling altogether. What do I mean by taking action? Let's say that you have a creative feeling regarding a book that you would like to write. You don't know what/when/how exactly, but you feel a strong emotional desire to write a book. What should you do next? I have no idea of what you should do, but I would probably sit and quite down the mind with the intention of receiving some answers, a plan, a vision. This is how I would combine the feminine and the masculine. When I have the mental idea and the emotional charge to fuel it, I would do something. Anything. Just to get the process started. When the process is in motion, it's easier to know where to go and what to do next.
When you get the process going, then it's good to let the process take its own natural path. You plant the seed and the universe will grow a tree. You don't have to worry about the tree growing. You start the process and you support the process by watering it every now and then, but there are other forces that will actually make the tree grow into its amazing self.
I think this is the time when I share the experience I had with the water. I think it was during my second day of constant meditation. I was sitting in the shower and experiencing the water droplets from the shower penetrating my skin, flowing into me and eventually turning my whole body into water. I had the body I normally have but I experienced it to be only water. Like a water statue, but not a statue because I could move and breathe. Yes, this sounds weird and no, I didn't use any drugs to experience this. :) The water flowed into my body and flushed any impurities down the drain below me. It was an amazing experience. It was then that I had a visual played like a video within my mind. In this video I saw a stream. A small stream of water flowing down in some remote place, a forest full of life. I saw the stream flow down, making many turns, going around and sometimes over some obstacles, sometimes falling down like a little waterfall and hitting down on the rocks below. Eventually the water reached a still water after its exciting journey of turns and drops. When I saw this visual I realized something very important. I was experiencing a water droplet in the stream choosing the path of least resistance or the least effort. Sometimes the droplet met some obstacles, like a big rock. It had to go around it, or sometimes together with all the other droplets, they build the energy to go over it. Wherever the droplet went it was always the path of least effort. Eventually when it did reach the still pond, where the sun rays hit the water, the droplet was transformed into water vapor, moved into another location, where it started a new exciting journey, in a stream, in a wave or maybe in one of you.
This was a very strong experience for me. Not that there was any new information for the mind, but because of the symbolic meaning it had and the experience that I had as I was seeing this. The point of my experience was this. We are creative beings, that is what we are here to do, to create (and to experience). The water experience just showed me the nature of this creative process. Nature doesn't force it. It will always work effortlessly and naturally. Let's plant the seeds of creation, take some action and then let go of the expectation of results. Just let the stream flow down the path that is the most natural to it. Enjoy the journey!
Oh, that felt good to share with you. Sometimes I hope that people reading these articles could also sense the energy I'm experiencing as I write them. I don't worry about the results. I just experience the creative impulse and go with it. I don't have any plans, I don't analyze, I just let it happen.
Now it's time for me to end this article. I will end it with something else. Social media. When I started this column I had the wish to connect with you readers also in social media. That we could somehow have a conversation going on, in between the release of these articles. Would you be interested of this? If yes, come and say hi to me on twitter (www.twitter.com/jockesalokorpi) or on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jsalokorpi). I don't have a personal FB profile anymore, but you can reach me through my page. Come and say hi to me, share your thoughts about these articles, ask questions or share your own experiences about creativity. I appreciate it a lot.