The Fingers can be Inspired, Too
Athletes know it; musicians know it; and small children learning to walk know it, too. Inspiration is not a matter of the psyche alone; it is also a matter of the body. Our hands can be inspired by God when we play the piano if our minds don't get in the way. Whoever thinks that inspiration is merely psychic has not looked long at the piano.
This does not mean that the inspiration comes easily. Often it takes very hard work, sometimes for many years, to prepare the fingers for inspiration. And during this process it can help if there is some intellectual understanding. But if the inspiration is to be complete, the mind must be in service to the body, to the fingers. We must come to our senses.
This homecoming is one way that God becomes flesh in human life. It is true that music can glorify God, and it is also true that God can glorify fingers. When the fingers are glorified the Melody becomes flesh. Christians call it incarnation; others call it love. Wisdom and compassion, kindness and creativity, courage and determination, trust and beauty -- they are various expressions of love. When we see them around us, and when they unfold within us, the fingers are dancing, no matter how awkward the sounds.
-- Jay McDaniel
The Mind Can be Inspired
A writer may find that sometimes the words "just flow." A composer may feel that the music "comes to her." Inspiration in this sense is rare enough to be greatly prized, but it is common enough that many of us experience it to some extent. Indeed, it is not altogether discontinuous from quite ordinary experience.
Process thought affirms that at a very basic level all life is inspired. That is, there is no life at all except as God's Spirit participates in constituting us. It is that participation of the Spirit that leads to our being, in each moment, something more than the deterministic outcome of the forces from the past that also play so large a role in shaping us. The times when we think of ourselves as inspired are those when this creative novelty contributed by God's Spirit plays a particularly strong and effective role and is less inhibited than usual by the other causal factors in our lives. So process theology affirms not only that the common use of the language of inspiration is meaningful but that the inspiration is truly the work of God.
-- John B. Cobb, Jr.