Updated: Mar 6
Some of our behavior is learned, there is great truth in that, but have you ever thought about something suddenly and your mind went into a certain state and you just knew how to do it, or you had an epic idea? Yes, sometimes it’s a simple brainstorming, but I’m talking about the moment where you just know, or see an image, or have a feeling.
Letting go of the need for inspiration
Listen to your dreams
Have you thought about a thing called the collective unconscious and how you can use collective unconscious to gain inspiration?
Carl Jung defined the collective unconscious, sometimes called the objective psyche. It refers to the idea that a part of the deepest unconscious mind is genetically inherited and is not shaped by personal experience.
Think about it – every word everyone had ever said or thought, became a vibration, and this world is based on vibrations and their correlations. It might be hard to grasp, but our DNA is also vibrating.
And what are we but a huge percentage of water, and water remembers things! Not just from the present, but for the past. We basically drink the same water the dinosaurs drank. That water comes in our system and we "become" it.
But this is more than water, this is also concerning a specific connection of all minds, and let me not expand on other topics too much.
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Jung's theory on the collective unconscious was that it is made up of a collection of knowledge that every person is born with and is shared by all human beings due to ancestral experience. Although individuals do not know what thoughts and images are in their collective unconscious, it is thought that in moments of crisis the psyche can tap into the collective unconscious.
Phobias. When we think about phobias the first thing that might come to mind is that people today are afraid of something that could kill our ancestors, thus the phobia manifests today in people who, in all reality, are not at all endangered by the thing they’re afraid of.
Next time I see a tiny spider, I will not blame my ancestors, I will blame the collective!
Have in mind that this theory is still considered pseudoscientific, but let’s go back to vibrations for a moment. Have you heard of the Akashic Records?
Oh my, this is getting out of hand! But wait!
Akashic Records are defined as “a collection of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future. They are believed by theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the etheric plane. There are anecdotal accounts but there is no scientific evidence for the existence of the Akashic records.”
Basically a collection of knowledge. But how do we access it? And why would we?
We can become aware of higher knowledge. We can pull our inspiration by tapping into the Akashic Records or the collective unconscious because everything is already there!
“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.” Nikola Tesla
Collective unconscious can give us immense creative breakthroughs. Many famous authors have claimed that they have written some of their best work as if possessed, dictated, unconscious!
“I wrote the book almost unconsciously, like a somnambulist, and was amazed when I realized what I had done.” Goethe on The Sorrows of Young Werther
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But how do we access the collective unconscious? How do we reach a universal mind that contains all the ideas and knowledge?
First and foremost – we mustn’t let our minds block us. It’s a weird thing to think about if you plan to get on this journey of tapping into the collective unconscious for inspiration, but you must realize one thing – your mind is the thing that has kept you alive by solving problems.
Ever noticed how when you’re bored, you think of the worst possible scenarios? That’s your mind, giving a problem to itself to get you all worked up and in a state of fight-or-flight. Your hormones get wild, giving the brain a necessary fix, and then “he” is awake to “solve a problem and save you”
You are wired to survive, but in today’s day and age, there is no need for this kind of behavior – cheetah will not chase you, I promise! – so your mind is playing.
All it takes is a realization that this is happening in moments when it does to change it! Practice.
Once you realize that, you are ready to go a step further, closer to collective unconscious and you will be free to tap into the collective for inspiration.
Remember, everything is a vibration, and our brain enters a state of higher vibration while we meditate. Now it’s time to mention one more thing – good things and emotions like love and creativity, have a higher vibration. That’s why we must lift our own vibes to reach it.
Letting go of the need for inspiration
When we say we need inspiration to the vibrations around us, we vibrate as we don’t have whatever we need. That’s why we’re not receiving it. Observe it as a mirror – if you say “I need to be inspired.” Your reflection will respond “Yes, you need to be inspired.” If you release the need for inspiration and say for example “I am the inspiration.” Or “I will write what I wish for.” That’s what you will get in return. You will notice ideas come to you out of the blue. The important thing is not to obsess about not receiving. When you’re obsessively thinking about not receiving, again, you sent out “I’m not receiving.”
Listen to your dreams
Some people get most of the inspiring thoughts and emotions during sleep. Write down your dreams or practice lucid dreaming to release the wildest imagination.
This exercise is quite close to meditation. As I spoke in one of my early YouTube videos, try visualizing the garden of ideas. You are in the garden and whichever flower you pluck can open your mind and inspire you. Observe the flower and let its beauty take you over. When you are done with visualization, rest for a while, and try not to think about what you wanted to write. This also works well with writer's block.
The important thing to remember is how you feel once you receive what you wished for. By remembering that feeling it will be easier for you to tap into it again, recognize it and reach what you want faster.
For a deeper understanding of the concept of Akashic Records or collective unconscious I recommend you read The Law of One (The Ra Material).
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