Touched, moved, and inspired… Let’s look at inspired… 1
What is inspired? I am sure that as many people I’d ask as many responses I would get, so let’s get on the same page about it, OK? And here is another word: divine… we’ll call divine anything that is from the invisible domain of reality… nothing to do with some god, or angels, or other 4th plan human mind products.
First the verb: inspire: 1 : to move or guide by divine influence. 2 : to move (someone) to act, create, or feel emotions : arouse.
Then the adverb: inspired: outstanding or brilliant in a way or to a degree suggestive of divine inspiration
And the noun: inspiration: a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation
What is in common is the divine influence… being guided… being moved or animated by divine influence.
The fundamental ingredient 2 for inspiration is surrender.
Surrender your will to the will of divine…
And by divine I mean something that is beyond the horizontal plane, beyond the narrow concern of a human, beyond your self-interest.
Now you see why it is so rare. So rare that most people don’t know anyone who is inspired, and if they do, they are either afraid of that person, hate them, find them weird, pushy, unkind, arrogant, haughty… because the vertical plane is a threat to the person who is comfortable on the horizontal plane. 3
We could say that the capacity to be inspired is much more commonplace that the willingness to surrender your will, and your willingness to move to the vertical plane. 4
When you are looking for a teacher or a mentor, your best bet is to pick someone who won’t try to teach pigs to fly.
You cannot teach surrender, you cannot teach willingness, you cannot teach someone to be inspired.
If you want to achieve success on the horizontal plane, find a teacher who has done that, who is good at that. They won’t ask you to be inspired. They will ask you to set goals… increase your desire… your want… and then you’ll know.
Both my parents were the fourth quadrant, and so is my older brother. My first hunch is that it is power… the kind that places you over another… but I am still looking. Horizontal plane.
Your automatic question: which of the four quadrants is good to have, or which of them is the best?
But that is not a valid question.
There is no good or bad in reality, it is an opinion, always.
We are looking through the filter of being able to be inspired, guided and moved by divine influence.
If you feel touched and moved, maybe even inspired, but you are cowardly, this will not show up anywhere. Feeling inspired has a very short shelf-life… a day? Being inspired is a continuous energy injection, maybe till the end of your days.
It takes courage to be someone who is guided by something other than the horizontal plane. 10% is mighty few, but only one in a million of those will live with courage, integrity, fully surrendering their life to the divine guidance.
But the question I am struggling with, in my coaching program, is how many of the visitors, how many of my students and clients are willing to surrender to a direction they pick to take their lives, so they can live a life that is worth living.
Because without inspiration to guide you, without inspiration to carry the day, without a horizon you can middle away your life and experience no fulfillment.
Without inspiration your life is a bunch of disjointed whims, no rhyme and no reason.
- People are writing to me claiming that they get touched, weepy from certain values. But when you look at their lives, that is an experience that does NOT inform their lives, only their eyes…
- surrender seems to be missing in the majority of the population. It is both a capacity and a willingness.
- It is a threat to the precious “I”… the one that always wants to be confirmed, coddled, approved, etc.
- In The Fountainhead, Dominique had the capacity but not the courage… until she did. And as long as she didn’t have it, Roark did not fully enter a relationship with her.