The problem is, most people get so caught up in the appearance of these ripples that the water never has a chance to settle. Again, just imagine looking into a pool of water…the calmer the water, the clearer the reflection. Again, the mind is no different, when the surface-thinking settles, it becomes much easier to see the contents of the mind – and therefore become conscious of the creative thoughts which you were previously not conscious of!
So, moments of downtime in the day, such as having a shower or taking a stroll, can help to explain why many great ideas wait until then to arise. It simply reflects a slowing down of mind-traffic, and therefore greater clarity and headspace. But there is something else happening in these moments too, which is equally significant. And that’s an absence of effort, an absence of trying, and absence of doing. We are so used to ‘doing’ things, that the mind can become very narrow, very limited. It loses the spacious quality from which creative thoughts manifest.
So, when we allow the mind to wander off in situations like taking a shower, it’s a bit like taking the mind off the leash, and it begins to behave very differently. The only downside with this approach is that it’s a bit hit and miss and we can’t guarantee when the next flash of inspiration will come from. And that’s why it’s so important to train the mind, to point it in the direction of an authentically creative space.
In many ways it is like the happiness analogy in the Blue Sky Animation. The creativity that we’re looking for is already there... we just need to learn how to sit back and allow it to appear. The more often we do that, the more familiar it becomes. In this way, it would be quite right to talk about meditation, in a creative context, in terms of ‘the discovery and familiarity of creativity’.