What is inspiration? This week’s readings uses that word a lot. Here is the first definition that came up on Google:
the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
“Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration”
the drawing in of breath; inhalation.
I believe that inspiration comes from God, or the “Universal” in our readings. As God is the source of all creation, when we are creative, or mentally stimulated to do or feel something — as in a thought that comes to us — does this mean that inspiration comes from God? Sometimes I wonder what percentage of my thoughts are created by my mind and what percentage are from God’s mind! When a random thought comes into my mind about something I was not thinking of previously and usually has to do with something that is happening in the future, I have learned to assign its source to God. What a great feeling to be connected and led by Him! The text reads in sentence 14 that “Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary, the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have thus come into possession of a sense of poise and power, you will be ready to receive the information or inspiration or wisdom which may be necessary for the development of your purpose”. Therefore, my inspirations about the future may be indications of how my life is proceeding towards my purpose. What else can help us be silent, or connected?
Interestingly, the text also mentions breathe in sentence 24 — “Every time we breathe we fill our lungs with air and at the same time vitalize our body with this Pranic Ether which is life itself, so that we have the opportunity of making a conscious connection with All Life, All Intelligence and All Substance.” I recently watched a great National Geographic documentary called “The Living Body”. It traces the biological evolution from conception to age 70. The critical first breath a baby takes sets so many other processes in motion that are critical to survival. Breathe relaxes and connects our minds and bodies — it is critical to focus on the breathe, for example in Bikram hot yoga as well as most other physical activities in order to maximize the effort. In fact, the 26 postures start and end with a breathing exercise! There are even applications to download on phones that help you improve your breathing.
Therefore, perhaps by breathing more deeply and regularly during the day, more inspiration will come!? I plan to focus more on breathing, especially when doing the SIT.