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Tom Evans : The Physicality Of Inspiration

The Physicality Of Inspiration

Extracted from Blocks: The Enlightened Way To Clear Writer's Block and Find Your Creative Flow by Tom Evans.

BrainThe brain is about two per cent of the adult total body weight but consumes something like 25 percent of the energy from our bodies. It also burns about 25 percent of the body's nutrients and it is estimated it takes 70 percent of the glucose we consume.

This is one reason we can faint to protect ourselves, as I mentioned earlier, and you can become mentally exhausted if you are thinking and processing too many things. This is, of course, where using your vestigial minds really comes into its own.

It might come as no surprise that with all this new brain and mind activity, it is a good idea to pay attention to our fuel intake.

It's natural when you are embarking on a journey to make sure you have enough food and liquid to sustain you — or have the means — a credit card perhaps — to get what you need. A creative writing journey is no different. What you take into your body dramatically affects how we perform as anyone who has ever been inebriated will testify.

While food is an obvious form of energy, you have been providing your brain with lots of energy already through many of the exercises in this book by simply breathing.

Another reason why breathing and paying particular attention to your breath is important is to do with how and when thoughts to appear from the superconsciousness.

If you look up the word inspiration in a dictionary, you will see the following definitions:

  1. An inspiring or animating action or influence.
  2. Something inspired, as an idea.
  3. A result of inspired activity.
  4. A thing or person that inspires.
  5. Theology.
    – a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
    – the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.
  6. The drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation.

The first four you will probably have expected but it's maybe a surprise to see that there is a fifth theological connotation for inspiration.

The last definition is one that most people don't think of even though it's perhaps fairly obvious. Inspiration is one half of the respiration process.

Further insight comes from its etymology, or root meaning. The word inspiration is comprised of the word in and the Latin spirare, to breathe.

We speak on the out breath. Could it be therefore that ideas come to us on the in breath?

Eastern mystical practices such as Taoism use breathing exercises in meditation to balance Yin and Yang energies and encourage the connection to the divine.

The visualisations in this book work in the same way. You are encouraged to breathe in from the base of your spine to the top of your head and down again.

You can enhance the effectiveness of this breathing pattern by imagining that ideas and wisdom are coming in on the in breath and then thanking the superconsciousness (or the universe or your god or guardian angels) on the out breath.

This technique also draws the inspiration past all your vestigial mind centres which allows the idea to come in different forms. You may get it directly in the third eye point as knowledge, or it can come in as a gut instinct or a heart-felt feeling. The clairaudient can receive actual words.

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