If I could always have one thing in my life besides inner peace, it would be inspiration. There is nothing quite like that spark to keep us moving, living and having purpose.
If you knew me you would know Im a keen researcher on anything and everything, and am always getting out the trusty old dictionary for precise definitions, particularly when Im looking at the tarot and its application to life.
What exactly is inspiration according to the dictionary?
a. The excitement of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity: finding inspiration in a song.
b. The condition of being so excited: sat down to write in a sudden burst of inspiration.
c. The quality of being so excited, as manifested in something: a painting full of inspiration.
2. A person or thing that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention: Gandhi has been an inspiration to political reformers for decades.
3. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired: had an inspiration and saw a way to solve the problem.
4. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on a human mind or soul.
5. The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.
These are the definitions given by the Oxford dictionary.
Every action we do in our life in which we feel passion, purpose or excitement stems from inspiration. That amazing seed of potential that burns like a small flame waiting to be fanned and stoked into something that is amazing to us.
When I think inspiration, like most tarot readers one of the first cards I am drawn to is the Ace of Wands. Pure potential and the essence of the element of fire, the element that drives us on.
I once read a book by the famous Dr Wayne W Dyer entitled “ Inspiration – Your Ultimate Calling”. In it, the author zoomed in on the Universe, beckoning us to remember why we are here in material form, how our life has purpose and meaning. In his book he claimed that the voice of the universe is in each and every one of us, and he calls that voice Inspiration. I think he may have been on to something there.
The book details how we can live through inspiration every day, and not just every so often. The reason I found this particular concept so compelling, was that one of the key points in his writing included the aspect of ego versus spirit. Of course this triggers tarot brain!
This in turn inspired me to think of inspiration in relation to it’s place in our personal journey and how it fits in to the puzzle pieces of completeness within the tarot.
If I consider the concept of inspiration and were to focus my life on that fully, in terms of the world today, it would be similar to the story of Mr Wands in the Suit of Wands (or staves, or rods – whatever you prefer to call it).
We start of with that beautiful pure essence of potential – that amazing feeling of inspiration we get that causes the excitement of what can be achieved. I’m thinking passion, thrill, wonder, endless possibility, creativity and drive.
As Mr W sets off we can see his story played out before our very eyes! By the time he has reached the end.. well, he is tired. We can see he has lost his capacity to keep the drive and passion up. It is clearly a burden. Yes, he is still going – but how uninspired he seems!
Next I think about inspiration and the Ace of Wands again. But this time I am looking at it from a different angle. I can see it as a beautiful flame of inspiration still, I can feel it’s passion and it’s heat and that with fuel it will grow.
Yet now I’m looking for the other elements I require in order to feed it, fan it, and dowse it if I need to. Inspiration is a wonderdul gift, yet without knowing best how to use it then our inspiration will fade. How often do we see people inspired to create, do, be; excitement fades and momentum slows down. It all becomes too much. Inspiration fizzles.
Looking back at the dictionary definitions of inspiration, there is one source of inspiration that yields intangible results, yet fulfills us more than anything on this earth. That is to be inspired from our source. Inspired to live life in harmony with our purpose and to find contentment and peace.
Our Ace of Wands is the epitome of pure divine spirit. Whether we believe that there is a God or Gods, or whether we believe that the Source lies within us alone, there is no denying that essence is there.
This is the inspiration of which all other inspiration fades into insignificance. When we are inspired from a place of truth, spirit and heart, what we manifest from there becomes the flame that can not be doused, nor can it cause ruin or burden. This is the inspiration I want to always feel!
Inspiration comes in many forms, from any source imaginable. We each have within us the potential to feel inspired and live that inspiration every day. The difference is of course the filter we use. The ego as the filter for our source of inspiration inevitably fails. The spirit, that part of ourselves that is true – when we receive our inspiration through our spirit then we are destined for fulfillment and completion.
When I look at the Ace of Wands, I see it as pure inspiration from a pure place. Yet we seem to take it and filter it through our ego. What if we took it exactly as it was and showed gratitude by utilizing our heart and soul as the filter through which we absorb the amazing purity of the essence of this ace? I wonder if we would ever run out of that amazing feeling again? Just a random thought. 🙂