This is my Sensa article from May 2014.
The text below is kind of a free flow of thoughts that ran through my mind. I wrote everything in a half meditative state, into a notepad, without thinking, without a single break. The capital letters you see sometimes, is not yelling. It's just a dialogue I was suddenly involved with and without any conscious decision, this is how I separated the questioner and the one who answered. When you see text inside the parentheses, it's me explaining something on a later time, while putting this article together on my ipad. This is not a normal article, it's an interesting creative process and it happened to me last week. Enjoy.
Are you sure we should start this article like this? YES. They (you the readers) might think I'm crazy. YES, YOU ARE. Why do you say so? WHAT IS CRAZY OTHER THAN SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY? YOU ARE NOT ORDINARY. And that is ok? OF COURSE. IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE CRAZY, RATHER THAN ORDINARY. (I could have asked why it is so, but I just wanted to get going). Ok, so what should we write about? CREATIVITY. So let's start with an introduction. What would you like to say about creativity? CREATIVITY IS LOVE IN ACTION. Really? You know I don't like all the "love stuff" that is written in the magazines so often, right? YES, THIS IS NOT THE SAME LOVE. CREATIVITY AND CREATION IS A PROCESS OF EVOLUTION WHERE ENERGY FLOWS FREELY TO CREATE A MASTERPIECE OF LIFE. THIS PROCESS IS WHAT WE EXPERIENCE AS LOVE.
(Still continuing with the free flow.) This is what I have been doing for the past three days. Three days ago I got a strong inner feeling that I should take a week off from "work" (teaching yoga is not really work) and stay home and meditate. My family was in Haapsalu, so I could stay home and really focus on this properly.
This is what I did. I went to the grocery store and bought a box full of oranges, apples, lemon and ginger. This was going to be my food for the next few days. I set up a a place in our home for meditation and I was all set.
The idea was that I would sit and meditate, as long as I could and as long as I felt appropriate, I would juice the fruit I bought (no solid food) and I would occasionally write if I felt the impulse to do so. I have never done this type of a home meditation retreat before, so I really didn't know what to expect. So how has it been going? It has been purely amazing. I have been doing everything as planned. Just sitting in meditation, preparing and drinking juice, writing, and sleeping during the night. I added one activity to that plan though, and if anyone ever plans to do something like this, I recommend you also do it. Short walks outside, preferably in a forest, inspires you a lot and the oxygen you breath can make your mind more clear.
So I sat and meditated. I asked questions by writing them down on a notepad... I'm actually writing this article on it as well... and during my meditation sessions I often received some answers. Occasionally I didn't receive answers but ideas that lead me to some books that where located just in front of me. (and the books delivered some answers that I needed at that point). At some point this process became a lot faster, and I started receiving answers before I had even finished writing the question. So I wrote them down as well. This happened over and over again, and suddenly I noticed that I'm having a conversation with myself. This process is exactly like the one Neale Donald Walsch describes in his book "Conversations with God", the only difference is just that I was having a conversation with myself, a different part of myself. (Like I believe mr. Walsch was doing.)
The themes I/we went through varied a lot, but day two I noticed that creativity had become the main subject. Now, if I dare, I will add some of those conversations here...
(That was my plan, but I guess someone else had some other plans.)
Change of plans. I wrote this text above in about ten minutes and decided that I would now continue with meditation. I closed my eyes and out of the blue, a question popped into my mind... (This is the process. It wasn't like my mind was wandering everywhere but from a place of a still mind, a clear thought/question just appeared.)
Is meditation important for creativity? YES. Why? By the way reader... This conversation is happening now, in real time, no editing, no thinking, no analyzing. BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY YOU HEAR ME. Hear you? YES. AS YOU MEDITATE, YOUR MIND IS FREE FROM NOISE, SO IT MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION. Us? Who are you? WE TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE, BUT BECAUSE THIS GOES TO THE MAGAZINE I'LL REPEAT IT AGAIN. I'M THE CREATIVE IMPULSE. Yes, you mentioned it before in our conversation, but you didn't explain it properly. What does it really mean? CREATIVE IMPULSE IS THAT STRONG BURST OF CREATIVITY THAT YOU FEEL SOMETIMES. (Here you see the speed of this conversation. I still didn't properly answer this question to myself, but because there is no thinking/analyzing involved in this process, the story went on.)
Does everyone have it? YES, BUT THEY OFTEN DON'T LISTEN TO IT. Why? THEY DON'T TRUST IT. LOOSE ALL DOUBT. LIKE I MENTIONED YESTERDAY. IF YOU HAVE 1% DOUBT, YOU HAVE 0% TRUST. LOOSE ALL DOUBT AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE. A CREATION IN PROCESS. LOVE. Here we go with the love again, but I have to say it kind of makes sense to me. I don't know what the readers will think, but I guess I can't worry about that. Wow, I've written all this text in about fifteen minutes. (Hard to say exactly how long it took because I wasn't in a regular state of mind.) My fingers hurt from writing. I'm writing so fast that I don't have time to write down all the words. I have no idea of the character count. My article is supposed to be 6000 characters, but unfortunately my notepad (old school paper one) doesn't have a character counter. :) I will take a break now and come back to this later. Thank you, the creative impulse of myself. :) THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.
(End of free flow)
Now as I read this, about one week later, I realize it might be a little confusing. You really had to be there to experience it correctly. :) I really wondered if I should just write a regular article where I explain the insights that I had during my amazing home meditation retreat, but I think I still rather keep it like this. A raw example of the creative process I was involved with. Maybe I'll let the magazine decide it? If they want, I can write another, more structured article for them in couple of days.
This process was truly amazing and in some way I believe it was a transformative experience. It doesn't become clear from this article, but from the silence and especially from the discussions I had with myself, with the creative impulse of myself, with my higher self, I received many deep insights. Understandings that I could never have had by reading them from a book, or hearing them from a teacher. They where deep realizations combined with a true experience. If the magazine approves this article (this is the first time I ask them), I will write about my insights in the next one.
The experience I had was great but the best part is this... I can still continue the dialogue with the knower within... Are you there? LIKE I TOLD YOU BEFORE. I'M ALWAYS HERE WITH YOU...
(If you follow me on twitter @jockesalokorpi or my instagram @jockesalokorpi, you will get more updates about some of the insights)