Inspiration is US!
Yet again, Nick Smith has put together a thought-provoking and amazingly insightful post called "Inspired by You." Here is a segment:
Our judgments of each other are our primary means of maintaining our illusion of disconnectedness, and so our choice to welcome the experience of our connection is our way Home. We already have the means to do this. When we allow our attention rest in openness to experiencing what Is, holding no idea of what 'Is' is, we create a space for reality to shine through into our shared consciousness.
Know this, O man, sole root of sin in thee
Is not knowing thine own divinity!" .... James Rhoades
But even this innocent intent to join can be hijacked by the mind that would prefer to be right than happy, to be little rather than lose control. Gandhi's invitation to ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ is a helpful reminder here. In our motivation to want to help someone we usually think of what we can say or do to help, but isn't it ‘who we are’ that speaks far louder and more clearly that either our words or deeds? Allowing this Love that comes from within to recognise itself in another is the thing.
Nick's post reminds me of the distinction between motivation and inspiration. From the dictionary we learn that motivate means: to provide a motive; to induce, incite, impel. Inspiration, on the other hand, means: to encourage by filling with confidence, enthusiasm. So motivation is something we "DO" to someone (or ourselves) while inspiration doesn't get others to do things - it is a way of "BEING."
As we tap into our own inspiration, we invite others in - and we see that we are much more alike than we are different. As Nick says at the end of this post:
There is no pain and no problem that we cannot resolve when we come together like this, when I allow myself to be inspired by You. You and I together is the Answer.