Everyone has the ability to feel inspired.
Inspirational ideas are just waiting to be released.
Whenever / however inspiration appears, express gratitude.
On several occasions I have had an inspiration come from a dream. I had one reoccurring dream that took place in Switzerland -- the country where my first daughter was born. I love Switzerland, with its magical Alps, serene lakes and bright green foothills echoing the tinkling of cowbells. When Switzerland appears in a dream I watch for the subtle change, as well as the differences in each dream. On one occasion I remember climbing to the top of the Alps, where I found a restaurant -- for me, symbolic of being nurtured. (The photo-painting heading my previous post on inspiration is the result of that dream.)
INTERESTINGLY, THE MERE ARRIVAL OF AN INSPIRATION OFTEN FEELS LIKE A DREAM. JUST AS IN A DREAM THERE ARE THINGS WE CANNOT CONTROL. WE HAVE NO CHOICE --
v When an inspiration shows up.
v What form the inspiration will take.
v Whether we will like the inspiration or not
THE ONLY THINGS WE CAN DO ARE:
v Hold a positive intention to be inspired
v Clear an emotional, energetic, physical space.
v Honor its presence after it appears
What I try to remember about both dreams and inspiration is to PAY ATTENTION and INWARDLY EXPRESS GRATITUDE, for if I don't, they seems to stop coming. It is almost as though dreams and inspirations have an energy of their own and need to know we appreciate them.
I have often been asked, "Where did you get that idea?" I often ask myself the same questions: Where did that inspiration come from? Who did it come from? I suppose it could have come from:
v an experience of something I saw, or heard in reality or in a dream.
v an emotion
v a philosophy
v my muse
v the Universe or our Higher PowerIN THE END, IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER
I find the only thing that does matter is thanking the idea when it pops into my mind. In this way I am appreciating it -- even experiencing it as a treasure. No matter what the inspiration looks/feels like, I try to note it -- even if I choose not to act on it in the moment. I know this may sound weird, but in a way we are thanking ourselves, our psyches for bringing this idea up from our inner depths into our minds. This appreciation helps us develop trust in this natural, internal process.
No matter what, I can always retain the information by:
v jotting down a couple of words about it in a journal
v drawing a quick sketch or more complex picture
v sharing the idea with a spouse or a friend.
DISCOUNTING OR JUDGING AN IDEA IS DESTRUCTIVE.
ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN WE FEEL APPRECIATIVE, THE DOOR IS OPENED FOR MORE TO ARRIVE.
I love Amy Tan's work. Her TED talk on creativity is wonderful.