This repeats a lesson that we have already
learned – that we cannot progress by staying the same. We have also learned
another important lesson, that we have no choice but to progress. So the
result is our meditation mirrors our life; our meditation experience must
change, must evolve for us to be progressing, just as in our life.
The important words
here are inspiration and enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is the precursor to inspiration
and with inspiration we can achieve anything.
Defeat is not defeat unless
accepted as a reality-in your own mind.- Bruce Lee
Most of us
think inspiration is a fleeting kind of quality that comes to us as a sort
of accident of fate or we are ‘lucky’ or we are having a ‘good day’. Or
perhaps a huge crisis in our life was the catalyst for us getting very
focused and centred about resolving our difficulties and in that way we
developed inspiration to make a change. Some artists or poets or songwriters
sometimes speak of being in great pain before they can get inspiration. But
it is not pain they want, it is the focus to be able to get past the noise
of the mind to the creative centre of the heart. You might recognize the same sort of
understanding we previously had for our ‘Aah’ or our ‘heart’ moments. We had
previously thought that we had no control of our ‘Aah’ moments – they just
came when fate chose. We have come to realize that with practice, we can
increase the frequency of our ‘heart’ moments at our choosing.
If the going is real easy, beware,
you may be headed down hill. - unknown
So it is with inspiration. We can choose to
find inspiration. With practice we can become very good at it. Around us and
inside us all of the time there is infinite inspiration, but we need to
believe that we can tap into it.
It is a limitless, boundless energy that
from the spiritual point of view is entirely quantifiable. It is the
precursor to all action.
Problems are only opportunities
in work clothes.- Henry J. Kaiser
So how do we tap into it? How do we develop
inspiration in our spiritual lives?
Once again the simple answer is the wisest!
Let’s go back to class 5 for a moment –
learning to learn.
1. We have the
awareness and willingness to make a committed decision to
have more inspiration in our
life. (That’s great we’re 80% of the way there)
2. We need to believe that we have the potential to receive inspiration. Let’s
make sure we understand that this is just a spiritual quality like any
other, it is all around us in infinite measure in this heaven we call
the earth. Empower yourself with the understanding that any moment you
choose can be filled with inspiration.
3. Finally we need to perform the action of receiving inspiration.
Simply open your heart
-Try a meditation where you breathe
in enthusiasm and inspiration and breathe out lethargy and procrastination.
-Put yourself into nature and allow
yourself to receive the fountain of inspiration that is the nature energy.
- Seek out inspiring books.
- Talk to inspiring people.
- Get back to nature and receive its
inspiration. Visualise yourself without limitation.
Not acting on your inspirational revelations, ignoring the messages of your
Your negative attitudes.
Observe yourself at your work. for example, and try changing your attitude
to being grateful for opportunities, seeing the inspirational people around
you and lifting your enthusiasm.
d) Direct your
inspiration. If you are trying to find inspiration for your
meditation, then direct it to that. ‘I need more inspiration for my
meditation, let me be filled with inspiration for my meditation’ But
don’t make it just a pleasant wish, make a determined decision to
receive inspiration. Really believe that you have the potential to
receive infinite inspiration. (see the exercise below)
e) Allow yourself to be guided and
directed by inspiration. Remember it is the precursor to all action, so if
you have really received inspiration, you will find yourself ‘acting’.
Welcome it and don’t fear change, this is what we are here for.
4. After receiving
inspiration – monitor your internal dialog. Assimilate and reflect upon
the inspiration you have been offered and ACT! If you don’t feel it was
very successful, act anyway. You might want to write a poem or a song,
feel it being directed by the inspiration you have just received.
5. Get ready to go
back step 3 again by empowering yourself with the success of this
It is not because
things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that
they are difficult - Seneca
Exercise 19 - Enthusiasm and inspiration
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Let's begin by
imagining a time when we have been very enthusiastic and 'up' for
something. Identify how you felt emotionally.
See yourself smiling,
perhaps even dancing. Feel uninhibited. Consider yourself as if you have
no restrictions, as if there is nothing you cannot do.
Try and feel the way
your blood is flowing. How the lines on your face have relaxed. You are
opening up, letting down your walls, more and more energy is coursing
through you. Notice yourself smiling
more, almost laughing. There is nothing you cannot do. You are strong
and powerful and enthusiastic.
Our inspiration is our
great guide, our inner pilot. It is constantly placing us in the
situations and circumstances for us to evolve the fastest.
So with eyes closed I
would like you to look up and create a committed decision to receive
inspiration, to be directed. Say to yourself or to your God, that you
are humbly requesting more inspiration to accelerate your spiritual
journey. (This is not a demand, but it is not a whimsical wish – it is
said with commitment and reverence) Work out your own mantra here, what
words work for you. It might be as simple as just repeating the word
‘inspiration’ or as convoluted as ‘I humbly request the inspiration of
the universe to inundate my spiritual journey’
Try this over and over
for a few minutes, all the time concentrating on trying to open up more
to receive and letting go of any expectation of a particular result.
Then to finish the
meditation – please try very powerfully to assimilate this inspiration.
To feel as though this is your starting point from now on. This is your
normal state of mind, and don’t allow yourself to go back to being
lethargic or uninspired. You might imagine yourself on a journey and it
is this inspiration and enthusiasm that will make the journey
effortless. When we are uninspired, every step is a chore and every
moment a duty, whilst when inspiration dawns, we dance down the road
effortlessly with love and laughter.
Finally reflect upon
this – it is not what we know, or how much wisdom we have, it is the
‘being’, the travelling, that is spiritually important. Being able to
describe the flowers on the side of our path may be a clever skill, but
our real task is to travel – to evolve and grow, and inspiration is the
motor behind our aspiration – the actual travelling. So value this above
all other, and live constantly with enthusiasm, inspiration and