Where does inspiration come from? The ancient Greeks thought inspiration came from the "Muses". Even in the modern day, inspiration has been known to come from dreams, waking dreams, visions, or even gods and goddesses.
Ordinary people sometimes think they get their inspiration from "somewhere" outside of themselves. Musicians, artists, and other creative people get in "the zone" where inspiration comes to them freely.
Where is this inspiration coming from?
In this article I will explore inspiration in terms of morphic fields, causal planes, and archetypes.
Inspiration from Dreams and Visions
Many famous people have claimed their inspiration comes from dreams or visions.
The mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes claimed some of his philosophy stemmed from both dreams and waking visions.
The mathematician Ramanujan said he received mathematical formulas, fully formed, from a goddess in his nightly dreams.
Friedrich Kekule claimed that he had a dream of the benzene molecule that he discovered the properties of.
Many writers, such as Stephen King, Richard Bach and Stephanie Meyer claim that stories arrived through dreams.
These are just a few of the people who have claimed inspiration through dreams and visions. Many ordinary people have claimed this too, especially creative people.
I have personally gotten inspiration from both dreams and visions. These thoughts weren't my own, they were from somewhere else. More than once I have been "in the zone" while sculpting. I can loose minutes to hours where I don't consciously remember doing the work. My best pieces happen during these times. I know I am tapping into an archetype when this happens. I will now discuss where I think inspiration comes from, and how it works.
Inspiration and Morphic Fields
Where does inspiration come from? Is it "out there" somewhere? Melodies, poetry, these things may be already in existence in some form to be plucked from seemingly nowhere. What if they are contained in morphic fields? These same fields that I believe contain our forms and instincts.
Morphic fields exist on the Platonic, or formative plane. Some people have called this plane of existence the causal plane. I believe it exists. We can tap into these fields. Some people are better at it than others they have an affinity for certain types of morphic fields. Some people tap into mathematical fields, some into musical ones. It is a matter of taste and ability.
The fields exist out of space and time. They are designed before this world was made. It's all already out there. Morphic fields are what control and organize everything in this world. One good example is a murmur of starlings. I don't think they are signalling each other to move in certain directions. It has never been proven. It looks too fast for signalling anyway. It appears to be instantaneous. Are the birds tapping into a morphic field? Rupert Sheldrake came up with the theory. It is not my original idea, I just believe it.
Information in morphic fields are stored as archetypes. In the next section I will describe what archetypes are.
Archetypes and Inspiration
Archetypes are like models, or blueprints. They are the basic structure or form of an idea. Everything exists as an abstract form until it becomes a part of the material reality that we call our universe.
This is best expressed in the matter of stories. There are only a certain amount of basic story lines. An author, if he is sensitive enough, will tap into that particular archetype for his story, whether he knows it or not. That's why we get the same stories over and over again. That's why the Lion King is the same basic story as Osiris and Horus.
People tap into morphic fields on a subconscious level. When something clicks, there is the "Aha!" moment.
Carl Jung described the world of archetypes as existing in the collective unconscious. I think he was expressing the same idea of morphic fields as I am. I think the collective unconscious is just a word for morphic field. It is the same idea.
Jung thought the collective unconscious could be tapped into by everyone, especially during dreams. The dream state must be more "similar" to the collective unconscious than the normal waking state. The waking state partially shuts us off from accessing the unconscious.