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Meditations to Encourage Your Trust in Your Creativity

So much of inspired, substantial creation is a matter of shifting consciousness. It’s not about “Am I talented or not?” or “Can I create a great work or not?” It’s much more a matter of putting the frightened ego to rest so that the true depth and beauty — and guidance within us — has room to emerge, and we are available to let it in and work with it.

Artists know — no matter what ego-obstacles may make their appearance — that the real lure of creating is to be a sacred instrument. Not fame, not fortune, not even 100,000 followers on social media. (Not that these, too, can’t happen; just that they can’t be the goal if we truly want this divine connection to happen.)

The creative process as it works through you is a perfect, innate way to connect with the Divine. When you long to make deep contact with something real inside yourself — when your inner doubts, fears, comparisons, and other typical obstructions don’t totally take over — then the connection with the One you seek who is also seeking you is only a breath away.

Listen to the story told by the reed,
of being separated.

“Since I was cut from the reedbed,
I have made this crying sound. 

Anyone apart from someone he loves
understands what I say. 

Anyone pulled from a source
longs to go back.”

. . . Intimacy and longing for intimacy,
one song.
—Jelaluddin Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks and John Moyne)

The unutterable joy of being an instrument for something true, of being able to articulate that deeper connection to our true nature — this may be why we seek to express ourselves in the first place.

Modern poets, too, have given voice to this. In the case of William Stafford’s “When I Met My Muse,” the poem is a doorway that you can enter:

I glanced at her and took my glasses

off — they were still singing. They buzzed

like a locust on the coffee table and then

ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the

sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and

knew that nails up there took a new grip

on whatever they touched. "I am your own way

of looking at things," she said.

"When you allow me to live with you, every

glance at the world around you will be

a sort of salvation." And I took her hand.

And so I include the following meditation to help you move through that opening door to bring the music through the flute of your own being. To take your Muse’s hand.

Meditation to Connect with Your Muse

Before doing this meditation, find a quiet, comfortable place. Put out a pen or pencil and some paper within reach. You will be using this towards the end of this meditation.

  1. 💓 Sit in a comfortable, supportive chair, or lie down on a couch or bed. Let the structure of what supports you — the chair or the couch or bed — really support you. Let your body relax and ease into this support.

  2. 💓 Let yourself become aware of your breath. You are always breathing, but you may be caught up in other thoughts and activities. Right now, let your breathing be the whole of what is happening for you. As you breathe in, notice how your belly and/or chest expand. Notice the temperature of the air as it enters your nostrils. As you breathe out, notice how your belly and/or chest contract. Notice the feeling of letting the air out.

  3. 💓 Now notice how the incoming breath is given to you. It just comes. You don’t have to work at it. It’s a gift of life from something deeper and larger than your thinking mind. Sit or lie with this gift of breathing for a little while. You may find that your breathing comes more easily, that the volume of your breath is greater, or that it is coming from a different place in you. Your breath might have a finer quality to it than usual. You might even smell a faint fragrance, or hear a ringing sound in your ears that is somehow familiar, perhaps even inspiring.

  4. 💓 As you notice yourself coming closer to yourself through your breathing, let your attention come to the region of your heart. You might put your hand on your heart, if that’s helpful. If it helps to feel your heart beating, do so. You might begin to breathe in rhythm with your heart, and see what that opens up. Perhaps stray thoughts may settle down like pebbles in a lake. Perhaps you may feel clearer, more centered, interested in what wants to be known.

  5. 💓 As you focus on your heart, you may wish to make contact with a desire in your heart. It might be a specific desire, or it might be the experience of desiring. Let yourself be with this experience. Feel what it’s like to have your heart expand with this desire.

  6. 💓 Consider the possibility that this desire is being met by a way to give voice to this desire, and that by giving voice to this desire you can bring yourself closer to its fulfillment. Consider that what you are seeking is also seeking you.

  7. 💓 Allow yourself to let a word, a phrase, an image, an inner atmosphere, or something else of that nature come to your conscious awareness. You are not making anything happen — you are simply available to receive from your deeper nature. See what wants to give itself to you. Inside your heart, open your “hands.” You do not need to receive a lot; even a small amount is enough. It may be like a bit of colored thread that, when pulled on, keeps coming. Take your time. If fear or agitation makes its appearance, return to the rhythm of your breath, and again turn with interest to your Muse’s gift for you.

  8. 💓 When you have received something (and you don’t have to necessarily know more than that you have received something), take a conscious breath and gently open your eyes. Pick up your pen or pencil and paper, and begin to write what’s there. Write only as long as it feels like it’s coming. Take your Muse’s hand. When the gift comes to a close, let go and give thanks.

  9. 💓 Close your eyes again for a moment. Take a few deep breaths. Feel your heartbeat. Feel the support of the structure that upholds you. And gradually open your eyes, look around at the room, notice the light or the view out the window, and return to your day or night, noticing the effect of this interaction with your Muse on your feelings about what you have written and your desire to stay with it over the next day or more.

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{“Angel with Lute,” by Melozzo Da Forli, 15th century}

More meditations coming soon. Stay “tuned.”