The Quality of Invention

Teacher: Scott Walter, Sensei

This article is in response to a comment on Eternal Awareness. The link to the conversation can be found at the end of the article.


When I think of the word “invent”, I am considering how the process of invention actually works. Your cited definition, “to come upon” and your mention that it was in this way that you were using the word is also true to me. But I will also say that the “to come upon” meaning was chosen by someone witnessing the process, while lacking a clear understanding of it. The truer way to express “invent” as “to come upon” would be to emphasize the more inward value, and reasoning that someone is “coming upon.”

When we invent something, we travel some measure into the in side, or source side of the value, or reason for being in the moment. The quality of invention we are able to extract has to do with our inner relationship. In one sense, we certainly are “coming upon” something. But when it is a genuine invention, we are coming upon something that exists more inwardly, residing somewhere within the in-vent of our normal dwell. It is our relationship to that in vent that determines the nature and quality of our inventions. We can come upon something that is externally already existing and while it may be an invention to us, it came to be because someone at some point went inward to bring the more inward value outward into form. We may come upon it in the outward world, but it is only when we recognize it from the in-vent that we sense and can know the inner value of it. To do this, we have to recognize the more inward truth when we “come upon” it. That truth can certainly be even more inward and True as we engage its more inward value and this is why some inventions of the truth are lesser while others are greater.

We do not just casually come upon it. We come up on it. We recognize the higher truth and understanding and call its value good. We adjust upward when we encounter its more inward value. This upward sense, which is more inward, comes to us because when we experience the more inward, it stimulates our more upper chakras. These chakras are our tools for transformation and they process truth and light, love and understanding, according to our inward dispositions. Our dispositions have a quality relating to our position in value itself and also in how we face that value. Inventors face inwardly at the moment of invention and they adjust their dispositions to go even more into the in vent. When they come upon the more inward value of their reason for being, they claim that place through gratitude. They then respect the more inward understandings and find ways to appreciate them outwardly into form. When the appreciative efforts yield a value that is complimentary to the source of their invention, they show gratitude by focusing intently on that more inward example. They then respect the better version and begin appreciating that. Every time they come upon a more inward example of that value, they further their invention by respecting the more inward values and this makes their reason for being even better Known.

When someone invents truth, they are claiming and demonstrating an understanding of truth at some point in its reason for being. It may be more outward or more inward relative to a particular reasoning, but it was inward to some position. It is not possible to invent what is not true. It is possible to invent what is less true and more true. The quality of our meditation is reflected in our relationship to Truth and truth. Meditation is the practice focused on the in vent. Prayer is the practice focused on bringing the inner values into form. This is why meditation and prayer are important. They reflect the value of our entire lives.

When you experience a better understanding, it is not simply because you are “coming upon” a better understanding. It is because you are experiencing the understanding of a more inward value in your reason for being. You have to be more in the in vent to get that truer sense. Good inventions will offer that sense because they are truer. How you relate to the more inward values marks where you dwell in the invention of truth and love. It is not just a matter of what you 
“come upon.” It is how and where you choose to dwell in the moment of understanding

Scott Walter, Sensei 
September 14, 2009

The Quality of Invention
© 2009 by Great River Institute


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