March 16, 1987. In a flash of inspiration, I caught a brief glimpse into the deepest layers of reality. That moment shaped my life. I wanted to know everything about what I had experienced. That led me to devote my life to understanding the nature of inspiration.
Three decades later, here is what I can tell you about inspiration. For a moment, we come into the most intimate contact possible with these three fundamental truths:
1. There is only one consciousness—a unitary awareness that interconnects all things. This is the Creator of the universe—the source and ultimate essence of all creation. The Upanishads state:
In the beginning was only Being,
One without a second.
Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos
And entered into everything in it.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost self.
2. All of creation exists within that awareness and is imbued with it. The consciousness of the Creator abides in all thoughts, and there is no difference to be had between thoughts and things. To seek out an objective reality outside of our subjective thoughts is a pointless exercise, as quantum physicist Erwin Schrodinger pointed out:
"The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist."
3. The cyclical dance of creation and destruction unfolds within that awareness. Everything emerges from the awareness of the Creator and then merges back into it. But in truth, nothing can ever be created or destroyed. The act of creating is a wonderful illusion because everything that ever was or ever will be is here right now. The only thing that ever changes in the creative process is the contents of our own minds.
These three fundamental truths are captured in the creative trinity: Creator-creating-creation. If we maintain an awareness of that trinity and what it signifies, we can live in the space of inspiration. Over the next several weeks, I will share some specific ideas for doing that. You can also tune into my YouTube channel.