If the brain produces thoughts, and these are the result of stored information inside our neurons, how does anyone ever have a new idea? Why aren’t we constantly combining and recombining old information? New thoughts come to us from the mind, not the brain.
The most original new thoughts are called inspired; on the personal level seeing something new about yourself is called an insight. When you feel inspired, more than ordinary thinking is involved. There is a sense of being uplifted, of suddenly breaking through. At the moment of insight, there is an “aha!” that opens up new possibilities.
Old boundaries fall away, and one feels, if only for a moment, a rush of liberation. If the inspiration is powerful enough, one’s whole life can be changed. These are insights so potent that years of patterned behavior can change in an instant.
Some hidden intelligence seems to know when and how to transform us, often when we least expect it. By its nature, inspiration is transforming – it brings in spirit – and no model of the brain has come close to explaining how a cluster of neurons could transform itself.
Inspiration is the perfect example of how the invisible level of reality works. Whatever is needed is provided. A person may not be prepared to accept the insight, and therefore a chance for transformation will be missed. But that isn’t the essential point. The mind is greater than any individual. Your mind isn’t a computer; it is a living intelligence, and it evolves, which is why fresh insight is needed.
We’ve all met people whose problems are completely unnecessary, yet they lack the insight to find the solution. Insight and inspiration must be sought and then allowed to dawn. Inspiration teaches us that transformation must begin with trust that a higher intelligence exists and knows how to contact us.
Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).