Thanks to regular reader Kristin for suggesting this post.
Can the acts of creating and inventing be divinely inspired and is it very common? I believe the answer is “yes.”
For me, there’s no doubt A Reluctant Spirit’s wording was sent from above to me. As most of you know, I spent a year trying to fictionalize my story. But once I committed to share it honestly, the words flowed out of my head and into my typing fingers quicker than I could keep up with them. Descriptions and my recollection of events were as crystalline as if I’d returned home from the Goldfield only a few days earlier. I believe God, who orchestrated the chain of events detailed in my book, wanted me to write about them and sent heavenly messengers to assist me.
Regular reader Kristin wrote to me that Georg Friederich Händel was inspired when composing “Messiah.” This epic work of art was created relatively quickly—in the span of a summer—and it is said that while Händel crafted the Hallelujah Chorus portion of the piece, his assistant found him crying. When asked what was wrong, he replied, “I did think I saw heaven open and saw the very face of God.” (Beliefnet.com)
Christian mystic and author Jakob Boehme had visions that provided him with great knowledge. He described one of those instances as “the gate was opened to me that in one quarter of an hour I saw and knew more than if I had been many years together at a university.” His book, Aurora, was inspired by insights he believed were bestowed to him by God. Unfortunately, it led to his persecution in many circles.
Perhaps the most astounding person who believed in the power of intuition was Albert Einstein. Here are two surprising quotes attributed to him:
- “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” I love that he used the word “sacred!”
- “All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge….At times, I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.”
People may argue the origin of an intuitive thought. One of the most successful inventors of the 20th century, Steve Jobs—the creative genius behind Apple—was said to think inspiration could be the byproduct of a parallel universe. He stated, “Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect.”
For me, intuition is a message sent from God’s emissaries to protect us, inspire us and help others. Regardless of what you may believe, intuition always requires a mind open to a world much greater than what we see around us.
Have you heard of anyone whose attributes their creation or discovery to heavenly insights? If so, please share them with us here.