‘Inspiration is might,
Aspiration is light,
Realisation is life.’
To inspire in a literal sense, means to breathe in. Yet the word inspiration conjurs up so much more than that. For me, it’s a receiving of life force in some form. We might think of that as something like fresh air, prana or chi.
When we’re feeling de-motivated, we might feel tempted to resort to old paradigm habits such as going along with someone else’s agenda. Or we might allow ourselves to be coerced through fear into proceeding in a way that’s not quite in alignment with what’s authentic for us, but which at least gets us taking action! So, instead of inspiration, which supports our unique purpose in this world, we are seduced by external motivators.
What can we do to cultivate inspiration? Sri Chinmoy, in the quote above, speaks of ‘might.’ This sounds like some kind of fuel or power. But my sense of this is that it’s an internal and universal power we need to tap into. We can do this through feeding and fuelling ourselves with regular doses of whatever it is that we individually find inspirational. That might be music, art, literature, community, poetry or something else. I would suggest that to operate from an inspired place we need to be aware of and acknowledge what those inspirational practices are for us and allow ourselves these wholesome treats.
When we’re feeling de-motivated, we might feel tempted to review our ambitions, to-reignite them, or even chastise ourselves for losing sight of them. In the new paradigm, for me, ambition is superceded by aspiration. Whereas ambition is all about what we can acquire or achieve and relies on us yearning for the future, and maybe also seeking the approval of others, aspiration seems to be more about owning and living by our internal compass in each moment.
What can we do to cultivate aspiration? Sri Chinmoy describes it as ‘light’ and so maybe this is what we use to guide us on our life path. For me this is about aiming high (light as the ultimate) in terms of being as authentic as we can be and allowing our personal values to make evident what decisions need to be made. So, it’s more of a process and a way of being than ambition and as such it’s something we can employ right now, every day.
When we nourish ourselves with the might of inspiration and allow ourselves the light of aspiration, then realisation is the next natural step. It might take one of many different forms, for example a new idea, project or relationship might emerge. A work or other opportunity might become apparent or maybe you will find a solution to a long-standing problem.
What can we do to cultivate realisation? Sri Chinmoy states that realisation is ‘life’. So, maybe we just need to live what we’re being presented with. We can evaluate the ideas, seeds of projects, new relationships, solutions that we’ve become aware of and proceed, one step at a time. Life is a gift, a process of creativity and evolution. We might choose to see some of our realisations as the culmination of years of effort, while some might result with greater speed and ease. Such is the adventure!