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I'm a creative / artsy kind of person and sometimes I use intense emotional states etc. as a way to get into a creative flow. I find that a certain hyperactive mindstate makes me much better at creative activity. I work myself up with music or just extreme fantasizing and I find that my mind can generate all kinds of ideas very rapidly in that state. It's basically the opposite of equanimity and no-mind.

I've been doing daily 30-60min meditation and the longest I ever did was a 10 day Goenka retreat.
I'm looking to do something like a 60 - 120 day retreat but I'm worried about any potential 'dulling' effects it might have, since I will abstaining from sensory pleasures and all that. 

Just wondering if anyone here is a creative / musical type of person and whether deep meditation practice has had any effects on you.

RE: Will deep meditation kill my creative abilities?
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3/21/20 1:03 AM as a reply to Goh C.
IMHO during meditation and spiritual life in general we learn to open our hearts and be mindful of all feelings we experience, without craving or aversion, we learn to inhabit present moment more fully and more freely experience everything that is there, therefore, I think, such mind training might be conducive to creativity. However, I am a novice meditator and mathematician.

RE: Will deep meditation kill my creative abilities?
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3/21/20 1:10 AM as a reply to Goh C.
Worst case scenario:

You get into the dark night, and that too, a long one. In the dark night, everything can be lost.

Best case scenario:

You become fearless  with a strong increase in creative energies.



I am a Mathematician. Lot of creativity needed. My efficiency went down to half (or less) for many years. For those years, I'd say my creativity was hindered. But in the long run, I've also become more fearless and willing to work on hard problems which most people are scared off and I've been creative enough. Finally, I'm much less scared of losing my creativity -- and that brings ease and calm.


That said: one of the messages of Buddhism is -- nothing endures -- even creativity eventually belongs to the realm of anicca, dukkha, anatta (does not mean we just lose it no matter what and do our best to lose it!) -- so one of the questions would be -- why do you meditate? 


Mike.

RE: Will deep meditation kill my creative abilities?
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3/21/20 2:39 AM as a reply to Goh C.
I'm not a mathematician emoticon far from it. Actually on the very opposite side. More intuitive I guess. 

Im a painter (oil on canvas), photographer, musician, beekeeper. 

I painted mostly expressive and immediate, not knowing what the outcome will be. I used to stare at the canvas for hours even days before I would feel some energy surge and the lounch onto the canvas and paint like mad. I would be very exhausted afterwards. This was before my meditative journey which started in 2009. 

Then art was of no interest. 

In 2014 (well into my Dark Night) I started going more into making music. Dark Night is a fertile ground for art as to me art is Dark and full of sorrow and loss. I don't do cheerio songs. 

Today I'm out of the dark night and I still play my guitar but don't have the same drive as is the dark night. 

However I did start a new oil on canvas, the first one since 2008. But I'm not going crazy all over it. It's developing slowly. I might never finish it. Or I might. Who knows the future emoticon 

RE: Will deep meditation kill my creative abilities?
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3/21/20 1:25 PM as a reply to Goh C.
Meditation will probably enhance your creative abilities.

If I am wonrking on a project it can be very difficult to meditate, as soon as I get started meditating I get new ideas and want to implement them right away.

What a lot of meditation is likely to kill is your materialistic and egocentric ambitions.
https://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/meditation-1#meditation_danger

When I used to go to the Zen center I would hear talks by residents who said they gave up well paid careers to devote themselves to meditation. I thought they were crazy until it happened to me.

RE: Will deep meditation kill my creative abilities?
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3/21/20 2:57 PM as a reply to Goh C.
Goh C:
I'm a creative / artsy kind of person and sometimes I use intense emotional states etc. as a way to get into a creative flow. I find that a certain hyperactive mindstate makes me much better at creative activity. I work myself up with music or just extreme fantasizing and I find that my mind can generate all kinds of ideas very rapidly in that state. It's basically the opposite of equanimity and no-mind.

I've been doing daily 30-60min meditation and the longest I ever did was a 10 day Goenka retreat.
I'm looking to do something like a 60 - 120 day retreat but I'm worried about any potential 'dulling' effects it might have, since I will abstaining from sensory pleasures and all that. 

Just wondering if anyone here is a creative / musical type of person and whether deep meditation practice has had any effects on you.


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