The Practice of Creation Meditation
“The purpose of art is to take the senses on a journey back to the source of perception, which is Pure Awareness.” – Rupert Spira
The practice of Creation Meditation is an opportunity to shine the light of your attention inward, and in doing so, transform consciousness. The potency of the practice develops in two ways:
Refining attention through meditation. The nature of the mind for most people includes a high amount of distraction and division. Generally, the mind wanders and cannot stay still. On the whole, it is full of worry, fear, doubt, stress, and anxiety. A practice of meditation, as it is described here, uses one point of focus (such as the breath or a mantra) to anchor the mind to the present moment. This helps the mind gain one-pointedness. Meditation also trains attention to stay present, facilitating opening and inward receptivity.
Resting attention on the place from which inner experiences arise.This practice is called Creation Meditation because what arises from within is considered to be Creation or Nature itself. The creative force is not only what we use to create poems and paintings; it is the driving force of the universe. When a person opens up to the creativity within and develops a relationship with it, he or she can access the intelligence of Nature. A regular practice of creative expression can take place through writing, painting, dancing, or even sculpting. The modality doesn’t matter. What’s more important is placing attention within where known and unknown meet. Of course, at the start of one’s practice, this inner place may not be so easily found. However, as one continues to practice, he or she continues to move through the layers of the mind, particularly with a co-existing practice of meditation. At first (and in almost every period of creativity) there is an initial phase of emptying. One needs to empty him or herself of the thoughts, worries, and concerns that exist on the surface of the mind. Once empty, a person becomes more receptive to what is naturally arising from within. It is here a practitioner arrives at the sacred place within where conscious and unconscious minds come together, where known and unknown meet. A deepening relationship with the unknown and with what is naturally arising from the unknown facilitates an ever-more conscious participation in the evolution of one’s life.
In time, these two practices (meditation and expression of what arises from within) become a means to transform the heart and mind. A sustained practice of bringing attention to the sacred place in which known and unknown meet facilitates introversion – the experience of attention sinking deeper and deeper inward. For instance, during creative expression, attention can reach for something that is faintly arising into consciousness, no different than trying to remember parts of a dream. Doing this facilitates the drawing of attention deeper into the layers of the mind. Over time, as one’s attention deepens, the content of what arises changes. The inner experience may become more transpersonal versus personal, objective versus subjective. Ultimately, this practice can, as the above quote by Spira suggests, provide one with a conscious experience of the Source from which all form (Reality) arises.
Creation Meditation is a spiritual practice oriented in non-duality –the idea that existence and all of its various forms are ultimately expressions of One essential reality. Eternal Awareness (or Pure Awareness) is the One indivisible consciousness in which all form appears and disappears, the no-thing-ness from which all things arise.
C R E A T I O N Meditation is a practice of:
Cultivating and Realizing Eternal Awareness Through Inquiry, Observation, and allowing Nature.
Inquiry – being curious about the inner experience (asking questions of oneself throughout the creative process)
Observation – being the witness to inner experience (becoming more and more aware oneself through meditation and creative expression)
allowing Nature – allowing all that is naturally arising from within to have its expression (In this practice, what arises from within a unique human being is considered to be an expression of Nature. Just like a flower, mountain range, or animal has its own unique essential nature, so does each human being have his or her own essential nature, which can be uncovered in the river of creativity that arises from within.)
More on the Creative Energy
The creative force isn’t only something you call upon to paint or what you invoke to write a poem. It is the driving force of the universe. It is the expansive and all-inclusive energy of the cosmos. It is the energy and intelligence that keeps the universe in motion. It transforms seeds into trees, embryos into infants, and dust into vast and expansive galaxies.
Creativity is the inherent nature of the universe. Right here, in this moment, new things are born: your breath, a thought, an idea, a bodily sensation. Just like the clouds and waves that ceaselessly come into and out of existence, so do all forms of reality enter this world of phenomena. When we, as human beings, become creative, we can access this energy and intelligence. Just as new buds uncurl from their seeds, so does new life sprout into our being. When you orient yourself to this force, you create a power center within you that can guide, heal, awaken, and transform.
When you go within on a regular basis and shine the lamp of your attention there, like a lighthouse scanning a black sea, you can experience the creative fountain within. When you connect with that energy on a regular basis by observing what is arising within and by nonjudgmentally expressing it, you can transform your life.
Creativity as a Spiritual Practice
Creation Meditation involves both meditation (25 min) and creative expression (60 min). Meditation helps create spaciousness within, cultivating greater access to deeper parts of your being. Non-judgmental creative expression is a process of listening and allowing. It’s a practice of giving outer expression to the inner experience.
Whether it is fear, love, joy, pain, or sorrow, simply write, dance, pain, or draw it out. (It’s best to choose one creative modality and stick with it.) Allow everything to be exactly as it is while continuing to give the inner world non-judgmental expression. If an angry thought arises, jot it down. If feelings of shame appear, let it come through you by painting it out. Allow all of life to pass through you regardless of what your mind may think is right or wrong. Creating this non-judgmental attitude about what surfaces inside (and this gets easier with a practice of meditation) can lead dis-identifying with thoughts. In other words, thoughts arise and pass away versus having a particular meaning about your life. In short, they don’t carry so much weight.
Furthermore, most spiritual disciplines insist on evolving into higher states of consciousness by controlling or denying your desires and experiences of the senses. However, this practice teaches that you cannot experience complete liberation while restricting any part of your being.
Most importantly, this is a spiritual practice of:
• cultivating awareness.
• observing life as it is, without changing it.
• dis-identifying with the separate self.
• studying the microcosm (your inner world) in order to realize the macrocosm (the universe).
• deepening your relationship with the unknown.
• developing the ability to experience that which is subtle.
• recognizing who you really are.
• allowing Nature or your natural self to emerge.
• inquiry, leading to the source of the separate self and finding out that it too is a mere expression of a greater Intelligence.
- Feel more deeply connected to yourself.
- Feel more deeply connected to your life and its path.
- Feel connected to a deeper source within.
- Restore the instinctual and intuitive sides of yourself.
- Accept and express more of yourself.
- Experience wholeness (Read more here.)
- Experience awakening. (Read more here.)