'The prophet is one who considers and complies with the sacred work of inspiration in the world today’ - GLB
The prophetic is a fascinating and attractive concept that continues to capture the attention of human interest on numerous levels. Whether it is active in a religious setting or arenas of entrepreneurial pursuit and discovery its popularity continues to future-proof our need to advance and evolve as a human race. It is best understood as the work of inspiration that nurtures and promotes the inventive originality and creative imaginings of our individual and collective genius. Inspiration thrives on the need to uncover and unearth new ways of seeing and experiencing the world, the resonance of fresh happenings that invite us into a bigger way of being.
The etymology of the word inspire means to ‘breathe or blow into’, a reminder that it mirrors the work of our body's need for oxygen. The function of oxygen supports cellular respiration, which is the term used to describe the phase of the digestive process when food breaks down to supply cells with energy. Oxygen also facilitates the cleansing of all waste materials from our body in order that we can maintain a fully healthy metabolism.
Inspiration like oxygen is a magical energy source and cathartic purgative, enabling us to move on to a new way of embracing life while letting go of the old ways that might restrain our growth and maturity. Inspiration thrives on the momentum of change, especially the change that results in your transformation! The mystical work of your muse or spiritual inclination provides you with the insight you need to stay stimulated and enamoured with the ongoing work of inspiration, a collaborative work of the gods so to speak who are helping you to stay fully alive and inclined toward your maximum potential.
It is the author of enquiry, investigative questions that emerge in the human soul to help guide our journey of personal growth. Some of the questions that continue to challenge my developmental trajectory are....
What inspires you to be true to your yourself, to listen to the genuine that resonates within, the voice, the hum, the emerging narrative of your true self?
There is something in every one of you that waits, listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself and if you cannot hear it, you will never find whatever it is for which you are searching. And if you hear it and then do not follow it, it was better that you had never been born. -Howard Thurman
What inspires you to hope for a better future, to nurture an expectation that is subversive and seemingly absurd in light of the facts that fly in the face of your current reality?
“Hope, on one hand, is an absurdity too embarrassing to speak about, for it flies in the face of all those claims we have been told are facts. Hope is the refusal to accept the reading of reality which is the majority opinion; and one does that only at great political and existential risk. On the other hand, hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretension of the present, daring to announce that the present to which we have all made commitments is now called into question.” -Walter Brueggemann
What inspires you to stay curious, to stay fascinated with life and resist the cynicism that has crept in to reduce the magic of wonder to a side note of suspicious critique?
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney
The ancient prophet Ezekiel had a vision of a valley full of skeletons awaiting the breath of life, inspiration in its purest and most potent form. As he prophesied the breath, the wind, the spirit came back into what seemed lifeless, reminding us that what makes us come alive is what gives us a future and a hope.
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. — Howard Thurman