The Power of Inspiration
It is amazing how powerful our minds can be. Our mind can tells us we are tired when we are not, we are hungry when we are not and even we are sick when we are not. This powerful tool can be a burden or it can be our best friend. When we use our mind in a positive way nothing can stop us from our dreams. I can recall a day when I was doing my morning run. I used to do three circles around my neighborhood, roughly about three miles. Sometimes that three miles was easy and other days it felt like ten. So on a particularly difficult day I convinced myself by the second circle that I was simply too tired to continue. I told myself that I was out of breath, my legs were hurting and that I was done. Just as I was slowing down to walk (giving up), a van pulled up behind me. It was a suspicious van and I wasn’t very comfortable with its presence. I decided that I needed to run to get away from the van just in case. As I began to run it became apparent that I wasn’t tired at all. I had all the energy I needed and more. Maybe there was a little bit of adrenaline but I still didn’t feel any pain, didn’t feel out of breath, I felt perfectly fine.
Why? This is the power of inspiration. It speaks to us all the time. Sometimes it whispers and sometimes it yells. How can you get your inspiration to yell and your fears to whisper? This is the type of power that will lead us anywhere we want to go.
You do what it takes, trying things, being willing to fall down, get back up and push through any number of obstacles to get where you want to be.
The counterpart to attaining your intentions through perseverance is to tap into the energy of inspiration that is already there and just waiting for you. You just haven’t connected to it yet. You can understand that in a very logical and systematic way like Daniel Dennett because everything is constantly being created whether you realize it or not, or you can think of it in more of a synchronistic way like Wayne Dyer who said, “It’s the difference between motivation and inspiration. Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and don’t let go of it until you make it a reality. Inspiration is the reverse- when an idea gets hold of you and you feel compelled to let that impulse or energy carry you along. You get to a point where you realize that you’re no longer in charge, that there’s a driving force inside you that can’t be stopped.”
You know this experience. It happens at moments of surrender, maybe after some resistance or struggle. You stop the struggle and move with intuition. Maybe you surrender to new love or a new opportunity. It doesn’t necessarily make logical sense at the time, but you jump anyway. It’s inspired. It feels fateful, like it was meant to be and all you do is hold on for the ride.
Creative Energy is Playful
Creative energy is like that. It is a process and a network. You can’t always tell who is responsible and you can’t always tell when discoveries are made because many people and many energies collaborate in new advances and they are happening all the time.
It’s the same with intentions. You have to believe them to see them. Picture a bold intention for your life or the world. Hold it steady in your mind with detail and clarity. Add in a burst of perseverance to the image, something that signifies a never say die attitude. Then add in a large dose of surrender to the latent powers of inspiration.
There is nothing you can’t achieve if you partner with the creative energy of the universe that wants you to succeed, and will support your efforts if you have good intent.
You are making a difference, and having fun doing it. In the immortal words of Sinatra, “do it wu wei” and get in the flow of life.