The Philosophy of Inspiration

Inspiration is that ineffable experience, where emotions and ideas meet in a burst of fire that can spark an avalanche of new concepts. However ideas are not born completely out of darkness. Instead it is like being in a boat moving slowly toward the shore. Everything around you affects your minds, adding up, contemplating, assuming and rejecting until new shores around reached and new pinnacles are attained. However, these are only the tips of the known world which you had already been living in.

There are two kinds of inspiration. One is the burst of creativity, that spark that allows you to connect to the solution, or to understand just what a character should say. The other kind is a slow, oozing type of inspiration. It drives you on slowly, giving you a steady beat of new ideas over time. Most people experience both types of inspiration in varying degrees throughout their lives. Striving towards creative goals is one way to jump start and increase the amount of inspiration that one will experience.

One of the problems with an idea is that you can’t think about it, without having another thought. Our contemplation of our own thinking is forever influenced by that thinking. That makes it impossible to get an unbiased opinion of the process.

However we do not experience ideas in just a logical, rational manner. Instead we are creatures of emotion. We feel concepts, we breathe our ideas, and we explode in inspiration. It is this very feeling that makes inspiration such an enjoyable experience.

Inspiration is intricately tied into the psychology of a person. Many times people will lose their inspiration after undergoing a trauma, or having a difficult experience. It is almost like the train of creativity hit a snag, and it is impossible to get it moving again.

For other people inspiration will fly into and out of their heads at random, with both joy and sadness working equally well to fuel the fire, but with the artist left without any control over their passions.

Different people think and feel in different ways, and so the experience of inspiration or the lack thereof, is entirely unique and individual. This too makes it difficult to truly understand the nature of inspiration, as you will get two different answers when asking two different people about how they experience it.

The generation of inspiration is often tied into beauty, art, decorating, and design, or the result of other people’s inspirations. This can be due to jealousy, or can simply be the artists mind taking in a concept and then questioning how it would be if things were a little different. This isn’t stealing, it is simply the subtle webs that make up our thought processes, and can be quite unconnected. The beauty in a sunset can lead an artist to the creation of a novel, which never once mentions a sunset. That is because the artist was inspired by the feeling evoked, more than by the vision seen.

Inspiration is an ineffable thing. We understand it in rough, personal ways, but we do not control it. It feels wonderful when we have it, and terrible when we don’t. We know its tied to beauty and art, and can be evoked by the presence of these things, but it is not the art itself that is important. Instead it is the psychology, and the emotions of the person that can lead to the generation of new thoughts and concepts.

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