Meditation and Creativity

July 20, 2009

It’s always a surprise to me. Every single time. I record a guided meditation, do some editing and pass it on to Richard. And then before I know it, he’s added some music and voila — it’s done. Just like that, he listens to the meditation at his keyboard and the music seems to get composed effortlessly. And I always love it. It always feels just right for the meditation. And I’m always in awe. How did that happen? How is it that every single time, on the spot, the music comes?

Even though I’ve experienced how effortlessly things can get created, I’m still amazed. And yet, when something new does come into existence, it is by nature a spontaneous, effortless event. If it’s new, it’s never been seen, touched, heard, known before. How could that come with effort? When we make an effort, we are working at something. We have an end in mind — we draw on everything we know and have experienced before; we use our logic; we try to connect the dots. But something completely new can’t be found in what we have heretofore experienced and known. It comes from the source of all of that, and the functioning of the source lies outside the functioning of our own will and actions, even though it influences them. So “true creativity” can only be effortless. While we may work at shaping an inspiration once it arises, we cannot force the inspiration to come.

While that explains to me the effortlessness of Richard’s composing, it doesn’t explain the consistency of it. And here I turn to my understanding of meditation for answers. Meditation can align us with the source of all creation (and hence creativity). The mind shifts into a more open, intuitive mode, beyond intellect and logic. ┬áComposers have to “get out of the way” for their music to come into being. Meditation in its most essential form gets us out of our own way.

Richard gets into a meditative state to compose. After all the years of meditation, it’s easy for him to do that. So Richard gets out of the way and the music comes. I should understand that — it’s how my meditations come. It’s how everything I’ve ever accomplished creatively has come. And yet it still surprises me when it happens. It is always a wonderful, awe-inspiring mystery. It is always a gift.


Richard’s beautiful, meditative music is available on our Pure Light album (a compilation of background music from our podcast and CDs.)


5 Responses to “Meditation and Creativity”

  1. Karen Lee on July 20th, 2009 9:24 pm

    What a gift, indeed.

  2. chris on July 22nd, 2009 7:20 am

    And getting out of the way is what makes them so great. My friend was introduced to your meditations about two weeks ago. He has been a long-time ‘ooooooommmm – er’ but could never quite connect.

    Monday he did, a spiritual awakening. Before I gave him some of your meditations, I told him, “I don’t know what it is but there is something about Mary’s voice.” He listened and said, “not only that, but (Richard’s) music is cinematic.”

    We laughed yesterday about how amazing your meditations are at helping people really connect….the ego cracks and then Spirit/Creativity pours through. I have found that my life is suddenly making sudden and positive changes.

    You know about my Dad, Mary That incident helped us grow closer together. We are each doing things that we have never done: expressing love – recognizing, like you said – that behind all the busy-ness, is Love.

  3. Mary on July 22nd, 2009 9:10 am

    Chris, your words mean so much to us. We’re humbled, really, that these things happen. It’s a mystery to us. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences.

  4. Ed on July 23rd, 2009 10:48 am

    I believe you just summed up perfectly the whole point of meditation and even religion and spirituality. Reasoning and logic have their place, but life is meant to be lived from a spontaneous intuitive level where all our thoughts, words and actions flow from our oneness with the Source.

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