What inspires you is what you are, and when you think that the object of your inspiration is separate from self or unattainable to self, that is what leads to the belief “I cannot be”. There is one will and that will is “I am”. There is but one sin, and that sin is “I cannot be”. Ones personal inspiration is like a song, but experiences can inspire “variations on a theme”. Your theme will endure, but which variation you are singing may differ from one circumstance to another.
Can you life a life without inspiration? The answer is no, because inspiration is your very life itself. It’s your spiritual fingerprint and the essence that has let you have any awareness at all, let alone take any actions or have any experiences.
“Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.” Vincent van Gogh (Dutch Painter, one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists, 1853-1890)
“The glow of inspiration warms us; it is a holy rapture.” Ovid (Ancient Roman classical Poet and Author of Metamorphoses, 43 BC-17)
“Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration” Napoleon Bonaparte (French General, Politician and Emperor (1804-14). 1769-1821)
Inspiration is maybe not as straight forward as it might sound. What is inspiration, friends? Inspiration is a divine intent. Inspiration, to be filled with motivation. Inspiration is the cause of everything, even what we judge to be “uninspired”. May I ask, What moves you, friends? What moves me is the opportunity to evolve. That first breath of waking up moves me to consciousness. A thought so bright that it needs to be put into action. Can one seek inspiration? To inspire is to breathe. That’s true. Every wonder is part and parcel of your personal spirit. Any thought, feeling… Seek More
Could it be stated truthfully that we were inspired to be born? In effect “I can be” or “I will be”? Yes, and any creative act is just bringing more of self into being. A sort of spiritual midwifery, but we need more. We need a clear view of what we are trying to do, and we need to be mindful of what risk there is in being unskilful in our expression. Or to hinder by selfishly stopping the inspiration of others, yes? That’s inherently unskilful, yes. That is to be avoided. Your “language” is not their language. It can… Seek More
There is an old saying that should give us a valuable map to the core of our inspiration. I paraphrase, Beauty is truth and truth beauty. We have a dark side to what moves us, and the most discordant strains of a familiar song will still be recognizable. But we know the measure of truth by its harmony with the great song of life. Why am I so fascinated by energy that “strays”? To continue with the music metaphor, even without percussion instruments any sound has what is called a “beat pattern”, breaks in the tones. This is necessary to… Seek More
Color. People tend to have preferences for not one color, but patterns of color, and the set of their favourite colors can give me as much if not more insight into their inspiration. Blue, green, yellow. You are a sensitive who embraces vitality more than any form of absolute principles. You probably find “moral” discussions tedious, and would rather involve people in some creative or recreational act, that you would then use as an illustration into one of life’s truths, which goes with the “leader” insight. Agreed. It’s maddening to some. It angers other would be leaders who struggle with… Seek More
Anyone want to share what awes them most? The look of astonishment in a child’s eyes. Ok, then for you, living the inner child. Natural animal is your path. Does inner child conflict with a role of leadership? Not at all. You lead by playing “follow the leader”, and you remind everyone it’s just a game. Cloudy sky and cool tech. For you, considering the expanse of the world and bringing it down to earth is your path. Things you say, yellow flowers against a blue sky, ordinary things transforming. For you, the path of the artist as they are… Seek More
People often struggle to find inspiration. It’s one of those things we tend to lose track of, because it’s right there with us hidden in plain sight. There is a lot of thinking about life and experience out there, and we often get ideas that are just a bit confusing, like attributing the source of meaning to something beyond our control. But anything that you experience is actually two part. It’s part what you experienced and part the “you” that experiences it. Any truth you experience, any beauty that moves you deeply, is as much your own essence as it is… Seek More
I knew a strange case of a young woman who was inspired to have a grey life. Her family was loud. I remember going to her house, colors everywhere, but she felt that they made her stand out and it embarrassed her. So she aspired to have a dull life, be an accountant and have a husband who was all business. She became the women in the grey suit. But she found she did not belong there and has embraced the life she once despised. True inspiration is akin to divine revelation, and is, in fact, not relativistic and subjective… Seek More
Do you want anything? I’m not asking a specific person. Does anyone want anything? Of course, yes. Doesn’t mean we actually get it. Actually, yes it does, or rather it can mean that. People mistake want for what it is not. They attempt to embody inspiration in objects. It has links to objects. I won’t deny that. But they can only serve any purpose for a limited length of time, then you will want something else. They say you “outgrow” it. What you want is something that is actually in your own nature and not any single specific object. In… Seek More
There is one truth in this beingness we all share. This truth is, “I am.” There is one great error in this life. That error is to conclude, “I cannot be.” This is what makes us shove our imaginations, and passions, and feelings into that deep dark closet. But for all our obedience to the unspoken edict that our spirits are not allowed to play here, has our world been made any better? At most to a select few who like the control, but even that must be kind of boring to them. True, but even they betray themselves as… Seek More