Open Cups Receive - Thoughts on Inspiration

This is Part 2 of a discussion about thought, inspiration, and motivation. You may want to refer back to the entry on quantum thought and guarding your heart for Part 1.
At the end of that discussion, I chose to define inspiration as "being in His
creative image." Whether you believe all inspiration is divine or not, we can all agree it is creative.

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All true revolutionary thinkers first utilized inspiration, before reason, to manifest the quantum leaps in scientific discovery we enjoy today. Inspiration comes in an instant flash of light upon the unseen, whereas, reason comes from the critical analysis of what has already been seen. Undeniably, both are required for scientific re-discovery.

All is an exciting game of re-discovery.
Solomon reminds us,
"There is nothing new under the sun."
All that seems new, is our understanding of the truth at any given point in time.

One must change the question in order to re-discover something completely new.
One must search the unseen, or nothing new can manifest.
All great thinkers know and apply this truth.

We have all been blessed with those magical moments when we created a masterpiece, spoke an undeniable truth, wrote something profound, or deeply touched
another soul. Moments when we simply knew we were not working alone.

Inspiration cannot come when we are reasoning. It cannot come when we are striving. Inspiration only comes when our mind is still. Eastern faiths refer to this as mindfulness.
I like to think of this as
abiding with God. This usually comes during a run.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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The cup of inspiration must not only be open, but it
must be still in order to receive. How difficult this is, and how increasingly difficult it will be for our next generation.
My personal cup needs to be a better role model. Our lives are filled with emails and voice mails, instant messages, and instant gratification, over stimulation and
high expectation.
Life is glaring and fast and loud.

May we mentor a next generation of scientists who are not afraid of the dark, not afraid of the silence, and not afraid of their heart.
The exciting age of
quantum science and the ancient age of the spirit meet to show us,
it is in the unseen that truth is found.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see"
Hebrews 11:1

Please share your comments. Michele

"I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking."
- Albert Einstein