By Vince Anthony Pitre
Have you ever been in paradise or even imagined it? For me it’s Kauai. Sandy beaches for miles, waterfalls, tropical jungles, cleansing rains, and mostly sunny days in the high seventies — that’s what does it for me.
Six years ago, this quaint island nudged us to come back and play. I’m so grateful we did. An hour after checking into our condo, my partner Diane announced, “I signed us up for a gong meditation.”
My sense of interest swelled inside like waves cresting and crashing along the ocean shoreline. Diane handed me the flyer. Included was a picture of our teacher, a beautiful description of the gong meditation and what I felt was a high fee. I remember thinking, “This better be good!” but felt very excited and curious about the upcoming experience.
Tomorrow came quickly and we arrived early at the community room by the pool. Doors opened, eyes front and center, and there she was…a beautiful shiny symphonic gong. Soon the room was full and the air buzzed with excitement. Our teacher Guru Purkh Kaur (Diane Cline) introduced herself, tuned in and opened the space for healing.
I laid back, took a few deep cleansing breaths and began to surrender into relaxation. After a long pause, Diane invited the gong to open up a wave of sound that I can only describe as a primordial OM. This cosmic sound drew me into sacred space. The quieter I became inside, the more I could see, hear and feel.
More about that in a moment.
Now, think of a time when you tapped into your creativity. What was that like for you? How did you let it flow? Are you expressing your creativity as much as you want to be creative? Letting go is the secret sauce for allowing your creativity to flow.
Now, there’s a claim for you…Letting go of what exactly? Remember, if it’s not loving; it’s not you. Accept what you feel fully as you release everything that’s not you, so you shine brighter.
How does that relate to creativity? The answer’s pretty obvious if you think about it…When you relax, release fear and trust yourself fully, you’re tapping your creative genius. Have you ever overanalyzed something only to be reminded that when you surrender, everything starts to flow in your favor?
Intellect is really good for setting intentions and routine problem solving. Beyond that, trusting your creative powers opens up a whole new world of limitless possibilities. Now, you could write those possibilities off as luck, the placebo effect or pie in the sky – I love cherry. Or you could do the smart thing and ask: How can I allow this to work for me?
In all industries, knowing and using your creative power matters. In creative fields and healing, they’re doubly important. Knowing who you are and trusting the deepest parts of you significantly opens up your creative powers and very definitively influences all your relationships.
Your creative power only gets stronger every time you invite it. Now…knowing yourself and trusting your creativity enhances your sense of value. How much you value yourself directly impacts how you share value in your relationships. Deep work brings deep rewards. Only the deeper work of discovery unlocks your ability for unconditional positive regard, true healing, and being a greater force for good.
Which reminds me of our story.Once the stress and boundary dissolving gong meditation was complete, I wiggled my fingers and toes, opened my eyes and very slowly got up. My partner Diane made her way over to me with the most unforgettable look on her face. She enthusiastically shared highlights of her journey.
Having had an equally profound and yet different experience, I said, “I’m getting a gong and I’m going to share this at home.”
Diane smiled and replied, “Yes you are.”
And just like that, in that moment of creative genius, my attention and intention agreed to see this through and soon enough, I purchased our first gong and set out to share this spiritual technology with thousands.
And that, kind folks, was the beginning of my gong journey.
Experience it for yourself, but only if you want to:
→ let go deeper
→ allow your creative genius to flow
→ be a greater force for good by acting on your creativity
→ integrate your learning
→ experience peace
For the upcoming spiritual and writing retreat (Oct. 5-7) Vince will be doing a gong meditation inside the chapel of Colombiere Retreat Center. To register, visit https://thepathofconsciousness.com/spiritual-writing-conference-retreat/