Nobel prize winner has flashes
Type of Spiritual Experience
Although this observation is from a Nobel prize winner it is typical of all those who acquire wisdom. There are months of laborious effort when one is in essence understanding the nature of the problem to be solved. Then at some point all this has to be forgotten – the problem is known, the background known, now one has to ‘forget’ all this and go for the solution but with a totally open mind – no reasoning, no logic, everything is down to the composer.
All the hard graft of the many weeks and months before mean that the solution when it does come will be ‘understood’ in the sense that it may appear totally off the wall, but its relevance will be clear. After that, comes more hard graft to unravel what it actually means.
Inspiration works in much the same way, but without the same amount of hard graft
A description of the experience
Breakthrough to Creativity – Dr Shafica Karagulla
A frank discussion with a Nobel prize winner on the "how" of his scientific discoveries made me more than ever aware that HSP must be understood and evaluated.
In addition to Dr. X's thorough scientific knowledge and training he certainly uses some higher faculty of perception than that of the five senses. He explained to me that he could focus his mind on any problem he was seeking to solve and get the answer.
He might spend weeks and months collecting all the known material and conducting his experiments. He thought about the problem constantly until at a certain point there came a moment of intense focus. When this happened it was as if a light went on in his head and the information or insight came in a clear flash. Some new and before unknown information, principle or concept solved his problem. It was then simply a matter of applying and confirming the information. He is credited with a number of new and valuable discoveries. He told me this method saved him years of slow trial and error procedures.