The Dueling Swords of Inspiration

Inspiration: Emotional, Mental & Heart or Divine

 

Like most things in life, the word “inspiration” has different flavors for different people. inspired_heartWhen I looked “inspiration” up in the dictionary for clarification, it  is listed as meaning, “the act or power of moving the intellect or emotions.” But just beneath it, the word “inspire” means “to influence or move or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration.”

So according to Merriam-Webster, inspiration can be had from a movement from mind, body (emotions) and/or spirit, which must be why it has such different meanings to people.

To me, inspiration is all about divine guidance and living from the heart. Living from this flavor of inspiration is what I have dedicated my life to because the fruits are so tasty. I have found that when I have followed the inspiration of the emotions or the mind, things don’t turn out all that well, create more work than divine inspiration, and very often leave an aftertaste of regret.

 

Be Careful What You Ask For…

 

It’s interesting, when you declare an intention to live from divine, or heart, inspiration, how Life then shows you all the ways that you are actually living from mental and emotional inspiration. The big drawback to mental inspiration is that the mind only Innovation_Inspirationknows what it has learned. The mind is a tool, and when inspiration arises to it via emotion, it acts on the inspiration of past hurts, and follows the jagged path of emotional inspiration. When the mind is in service to and inspired by the heart, it flows easily with the actions the heart suggests.

Emotional inspiration is forceful, where divine inspiration is more of a quiet knowing. You would think that this would make them easy to spot and choose betweeen, but alas, it is not.

 

The Force of Emotional Inspiration

 

Yesterday I got an email reply form someone who wanted off of that list. Normally, I have no problem with that, but this time it hit me at the wrong time and really irked me. I knew that this person didn’t want off of my main list, but this email came to him from an address that was unfamiliar, and didn’t have frustrated-baby-cryingenough info for him to know that it was from me and not some random spammer. So, instead of just writing back to say it was me, or making a note to send him an email separately from an address he would recognize. I felt “inspired” to take him off the list he actually had signed up for in accordance with his stated request.

Even as I did it, I knew that it was stupid, that I was being inspired by emotions that came from some old fear/anger/hurt reservoir, and by an “inspired” mental justification for my actions based on the old stories attached to that reservoir. These “inspirations” also caused me to contract, to narrow my focus to the emotions and the actions they inspired so that it was hard to consider any other explanation or action.

 

The Signs of Emotional Inspiration

 

Contraction (the reverse of expansion) is another hallmark of being “inspired” by something less than your highest source. But like the forcefulness of emotional inspiration that makes them so very compelling to follow, contraction makes you feel that there is no other viable action than the one chosen.

The forcefulness and contraction that make emotional inspiration so compelling are like a wide, gently flowing river suddenly forced to flow through a narrow gorge. That narrow flow Shoot-the-rapidsis all that you can see when you are in it, and the momentum is hard to stop. Even for me–and I know better, I’ve been talking about this stuff for years.

I can’t even feign lack of awareness, because I watched myself through every step of the process, from the surge of being irked to wondering if I had a backup of his email address to I could add it back in when my heart came back into the fore. I could muse that I did it so that I could share this vignette with you, so you could benefit from my absurdity, but that would be disingenuous. I did it because I was having a stressful day and I chose to be carried away by that flavor of inspiration, even as my heart’s divine inspiration was quietly reminding me that this is not the action that I ultimately wanted to take.

Heart or divine inspiration is soft, gentle, like the rivulets that meander through an ancient land. They have no real momentum in the sense that they don’t feel powerful like a surging emotion. But neither do they fade, like the force of an emotion does when it is over. Nor do they need to replay the justification for an action like mental inspiration does when it is proved mistaken.

baby-BuddhaHeart inspiration quiets you down inside, while emotional inspiration revs you up. Heart inspiration makes you smile and expand while emotional inspiration make you determined and narrowly focused. Heart inspiration opens you up to a larger experience of the present moment; it widens your perspective so that you can see the action stimulated by emotions and mental stories, the consequences of those actions, as well as a larger context for the entire situation, and insight into what love would do.

 

Act on the Inspiration You Want to Re-enforce

 

Each time you act on emotional inspiration, you re-enforce the tendency to follow that route again and again. The same goes for heart inspiration, however, so the more you notice and act on the inspiration of the heart, the more likely you are to do so again.

Steps to connecting to your heart inspiration when emotions flare:

  • Breath in as if though your heart and down into the deep belly and back out as if through your heart. (Your actual breath should be in through your nose and out through your nose or mouth.) So this until your body feels calm, or as clam as you feel Inspired-Heartyou can be in the situation.
  • Thank your heart for inspiring you. When you do this in anticipation of inspiration, it sets up the pattern of being open to heart inspiration.
  • Listen for what comes up. It is generally less like a verbal remedy and more like a quiet knowing. Your mind will often try to discount this response out of hand, but if you listen, you will know it and be able to follow that instruction, which is very often to wait and do nothing—which was the guidance I was getting, by the way. But part of me know that if I waited, I would not delete the address, and I really, really, really wanted to delete the address in the moment.
  • Act on the guidance, even if (especially if) the guidance is to wait and not act.

I’m no longer accepting new clients and recommend you contact the amazing Kevin Peer who also does heart-oriented hypnosis in person and over the phone.

You can find him at Inner Alliance . net

 

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