“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Where does your inspiration come from? What kinds of things inspire you to new thoughts, new ideas, new accomplishments, or new desires? How do you know that your actions and ideas are inspired?
Inspiration can be one of the most misunderstood concepts that run through our lives. The idea of inspiration seems easy enough, but I feel that there are many misconceptions around the idea. I believe that we make the concept far more complicated than it needs to be, or than it really is.
Inspiration is something that is constantly with us. It is something that we are not always aware of. Inspiration is subtle. Inspiration is patient and constantly adapting.
Inspiration flows though most of our lives. It is more common to have it be present in our lives than absent. We just have to begin to see it…everywhere.
When you get a new idea, you’re inspired. When you develop a new desire, you are inspired. As a matter of fact, the one time you can be fairly confident that inspiration isn’t guiding you is when you are trying hard to do something…when you are forcing something to happen…when you are making something happen. When something feels like it is taking effort to bring it about, then it is not being approached through inspired action.
As I said, inspiration is subtle. It sneaks up on you and you often don’t notice. It is the little things that are perhaps just outside of the ordinary for you. A decision to go for a walk. Picking up a book in a bookstore or library. Clicking on the “up next” video on You Tube. Starting a conversation with a stranger while standing in line at the bank or grocery store. All of these things are inspired actions and you have no idea where they will lead.
The nice thing about inspiration is that you really don’t have to chase it…it finds you. I believe that inspiration is merely guidance from your higher self…from your source. There have been many times that I have had that feeling that something is just out of reach, something in the peripheral vision of my mind. There have been times that I have “turned” my head to get a better look, and it disappears. Now I just allow it to play out…and it often appears within a few hours…and sometimes I don’t even recognize it when it comes to full view…but I know it is there, guiding me.
Can you derive inspiration? I don’t think so. But I do think that you can allow inspiration into your consciousness. I believe you can pay more attention to those feelings you get. I believe we can be more observant of the things that come to us, seemingly from nowhere. This is inspiration.
We often feel that inspiration happens on a grand scale, but I think it is more often in the tiny things in our lives.
I encourage you to become more aware of the messages you are receiving from “nowhere” and pay some attention to them. Don’t try to force them, but allow them to come into your life.
Do you feel that inspiration happens once in a while, or do you feel it is a normal part of your everyday life? Leave a comment and let the community know what you think. Let us know your perspective on inspiration. We’re listening.