Everything I have learned about how to live an inspired and fulfilling life has this morning distilled down into one simple principle:
There are two states we can live from – the Inspired State, and the Other one.
The principle came with a simple set of steps for applying it. If you like, join me in exploring how it works.
Whatever we do from our inspired state will bring us joy, peace and love – all we have to do is find our way there, as often and for as long as possible. Once the see-saw begins to tip, it becomes easier and easier to get there and stay there, and life itself appears to shift.
It’s pretty easy to recognise which one we’re in. Here’s a list of their respective symptoms.
The Inspired State The Other State abundance scarcity appreciation comparison love judgement flow effort gratitude for what is and has been grief gratitude for what is and has been loss peace dissatisfaction peace, love not feeling good enough satisfaction hunger warmth cold love contempt love hatred trust, gratitude for what is fear creating pushing, trying hard joy anguish joy exhaustion peace feeling flat uncertainty uncertainty feeling at home in the whole world displacement connection attack satisfaction gluttony trust embarrassment peace, joy and love attention seeking peace starvation connection friendlessness peace overwhelm peace, all the time in the world busy-ness, lack of time freedom poverty freedom, trust over-supply love, connection inability to be heard love desperation connection, love, joy loneliness peace, joy, love impatience
So here’s the simple process for increasing time spent in the Inspired State – and this is all about tipping the see-saw – once we get good at this, it magically accelerates.
1. Recognise whenever you are in the Other State
Just refer to this list. I know this may be easier said than done; when we’re in this other state, we’re not necessarily all that clear sighted. But we get better at it with practice. Dave Kibby (www.DaveKibby.com) refers to this concept of noticing these Other State symptoms as “drifting onto the rumble strip” – after a while, it becomes so obvious you can’t miss it.
2. (With thanks to Eckhart Tolle) Stop whatever you are doing
The energy of the Other State is not what we want to be putting into our projects, or into the world. If it is important, you can come back to it once you are feeling inspired.
3. Do whatever it takes for you to make the state shift into the Inspired State
Once again, this gets easier and easier with practice. For me, it’s usually enough to shift my breathing into a slow, deep rhythm and move my eyes around my whole visual field (thanks to Valerie Wycoff, www.voiceandmovement.co.nz, for this tip) – this moves us out of “fight or flight” mode where breathing is shallow and vision narrowed.
Do anything that you know puts you into a positive state – it might be to go for a walk, talk to a cheerful friend, write, play music, paint, pray, or sit with a pet for a while.
For some lucky people, their work puts them into this state.
If you meditate, this is the state you are after, with the addition that you stay in it and live from here afterwards.
4. Now enjoy, do whatever you are inspired to do, the way you are inspired to do it
Relax and get used to the world through the lens of peace, joy, love and inspiration – we all know this state, now we want to spend as much time here as we can.
5. Continue the cycle, back to step one whenever you need to
Be kind to yourself, the see-saw is moving.
Notice that the only thing that appears on both sides of life, in both states, is uncertainty. Uncertainty can take a bit of making friends with, but it is the essence of inspired creativity, essential to a fulfilled life.
If you like action movies, “Paycheck” makes the point brilliantly.
And if you’d like practical help applying this wisdom to work and business, I recommend www.BeingABusinessCelebrity.com.
Wishing you joy in uncertainty, and an inspired, Flowing day,
Jennifer Manson – The Flow Writer