Musings on Inspiration

“There’s a voice in the universe calling each of us to remember our purpose—our reason for being here now, in this world of impermanence. The voice whispers, shouts, and sings to us that this experience of being in form, in space and time, knowing life and death, has meaning. The voice is that of inspiration, which is within each and every one of us.”    –  Wayne Dyer


The word “inspiration” has gone through a metamorphosis over the centuries.  It first appeared in the English language In the 14th Century. At that time, it had a theological meaning in English, referring to a divine influence upon a person from a divine entity. Having received divine guidance, one was called to act on it and communicate their sacred revelation. (Source: Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Later, in the 16th Century, inspiration took on a more literal meaning. To inspire referred to the act of breathing in or inhaling.

In the 19th century, the definition changed to mean “someone or some external force” makes someone want to do something. This outside force gives someone an idea that moves the intellect or emotions about what to do or create.

For example, I was working with an artist this week who wanted inspiration for a new theme for her work. However, with the deadline looming, she felt stuck. When I asked her how she was inspired to do the mystical collection of collages set to music that she was known for, she said the idea came to her while listening to a Beatles record. “I often go for a walk and listen to music; for this latest series the lyrics of a Beatles song inspired me.”

Here’s the important link in all these definitions. When you find that force or influence that inspires a spark of an idea, one must take action.

Today, in our noisy world filled with distractions and competing demands, we often look outside for inspiration and skip the opportunity to reflect on our own unique, creative spark of source energy. Wayne Dyer brings the term into the 21st century when he wrote: Inspiration is a state of being here now in this material world, while at the same time reconnecting to our spiritual origins.” Wayne Dyer, Inspiration.

I hope you will take the time this holiday to tune into your inspired wisdom. After all “your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.” Rumi

Warm wishes for a happy, healthy and inspired 2018

Charlotte and Cynder

2 thoughts on “Musings on Inspiration

  • Thank you, Cynder! Great photo! Inspire means “to breathe in” as you said. To expire is to take one’s last breath. And the root of “conspiracy” is “to breathe together.” I’m happy to be conspiring with you.

    Lion Goodman

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