Try this out whenever you feel stuck or in a rut: I have mentioned this elsewhere on the blog, but it bares repeating. Just start writing…or drawing. No editing, no letting up with the flow of energy that is being expressed. Allow it to move, to gain momentum, to gain velocity and power. For this to occur, a deep letting go is required; a letting go of the desire to have things just right, releasing all attachments to how you think things “should be.” Of course the whole purpose is to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes it just needs a kick-start.
Just a sidenote: a lot of what gets expressed may be meaningless drivel…and that’s ok. You will find this exercise to be lots of fun and becomes easier with practice. The mind falls into a rhythm that takes the consciousness into a deep trance state. The energy gets relaxed and yet awareness is heightened.
This is similar to “stream of consciousness” or “automatic” writing. The power comes from getting into the vibration or rhythm of the experience. It is a form of meditation wherein the awareness drops into a state of just enjoying the moment…observing the energy as it expresses.
It is also similar to shamanic drumming, merging with the constant beat of the drum and allowing the mind to enter the deep states of trance. A lot of creative work can then be done from that mental framework.
Repetitive use of mantras and affirmations are other rhythmic means to access the inner states. This all ties in with the concept of “entrainment” wherein different states of awareness are influenced and “entrained” or brought into vibratory “resonance” with whatever rhythmic means are used.
If you don’t have a drum (or bells), try clapping the hands in rhythmic fashion (usually around 4 beats per second) to entrain the mind to enter the relaxed “alpha” and “theta” states.
Of course, there are infinite variations that shamans and healers use to prepare the body and mind, and there are certain rituals and protocols that can be used. Just find what works for you. Conscious walking or dancing can work. Again, the idea is to use rhythm to entrain the mind. The purpose is to use this mental state to generate the required energetic grid to magnetically attract what you envision or pray for.
I remember in high school running for the cross country team. We would spend hours running everyday. It did not slip my attention that during those moments and through each day, I always felt so good. I did not fall into moods for the most part. I wondered about this even then, attributing it somehow to the constant and hypnotic rhythm of our breath and the repetitive pattering of feet on the earth. Even now, one of my favorite forms of exercise is walking and jogging. My practice, however, involves the conscious use of rhythm, entraining the mind to revolve around certain sounds such as “Ah” or “Om.” Or I might use the repetition of a prayer or mantra. With practice you find the prayer going by itself, as though you’re just observing the energy move of itself. It’s fun and relaxing, never something “I have to practice.” It’s a great way to just be in the moment.
The idea of “runners’ high” is generally understood by people, that long distance runners create certain amounts of endorphins that give them feelings of well being. In a sense, runners seem to enter into a kind of trance state, getting into the “zone” as many athletes refer to.
In any type of practice where you consciously use techniques of entrainment to enter trance states, it requires a certain openness of mind that allows the possibilities that different states of consciousness and even different dimensions can be accessed beyond the ordinary and familiar states that seem to be so hardwired in our day to day awareness. In a lot of ways it is like learning to become as a child again, where magical creatures and spirits can be seen in places an adult might consider just “ho-hum.” In the world of the child, swaying trees can become dear friends that they love to climb upon and spend hours with. And through the eyes of the child, it is so easy to see mystical creatures and faces in the play of wind and leaves.
Whatever modality of entrainment is used, drumming, chanting, running, singing, writing, drawing, etc., another layer of awareness seems to open up which involves an intersection between dimensions of waking and dream states and also the dissolution of time itself. More on this later…