Meditation is often associated with bringing about peace of mind for the practitioner or perhaps clarity. Meditation is also helpful with mental receptivity; in this sense, it can be very creative. Meditation can support the arising of new thoughts, illuminations, and inspirations.
The Indian sage, Patanjali, calls the mind-space that precipitates these thought-forms “the raincloud of knowable things.” Through meditation, the mind becomes magnetic and new thoughts are attracted – they rain down. And as the brain registers and interprets these knowable things, one can experience a sort of Eureka! moment or an expansion of the mind. New thoughts arise, new connections are formed, or there is a sudden understanding of a previously unreachable concept. This is the creative and intuitive mind at its best.
This is the perfect time to pull out a seed-thought meditation. It is one way to move your practice in the direction of insight. This technique works by “planting a seed” in the form of an intentional thought and then holding that thought in the light of the mind; this allows it to germinate and blossom… the thought becomes attractive, not unlike a beautiful flower.
This may seem similar to an affirmation practice, which brings light to the mind by affirming and integrating the energy behind a high-vibration statement. The difference is that affirmations are used to create new mental habits… as within this practice, an affirmation is repeated. This generates new neural pathways, which will direct the mind toward registering experiences related to the desired statement.
Affirmations work flawlessly when effort is properly applied. Seed thoughts work on the mental plane—with mind matter, while affirmations work on the physical plane—with brain matter. Seed thoughts attract and generate new and expanded thought-forms, often well after the meditation itself. We simply need to recognize them as they appear and apply the insights to our lives.
Sow the seeds and in time… reap!