All this talk about creating an authentic life is all well and good if you know what you want, but what if you don’t? What if you are either torn between multiple ideas and aspirations, or, even worse, if you have absolutely no idea at all? When I find myself caught in indecision, not knowing which is the right next step in my journey, I acknowledge that I might need a little Divine help from the Universe and surrender it up … and then I wait.
Inspiration and guidance is always there waiting for us if we just slow down long enough to stay present. Inspiration comes to us in hundreds of different ways, like dreams, chance meetings, something in nature, a found object, a song you hear that feels like it is speaking just to you, and so many other things. Let me give you an example.
Several months ago I was wrestling with myself over which direction I felt my writing should go. I am currently, finally, finishing up the last book in my Third Age Trilogy (available, hopefully, for Valentine’s Day) and was feeling called to do something completely new, something that would challenge me creatively as I hadn’t been challenged in a long time. I decided to ask for Divine assistance, and then I let it go. I spent my non-writing time reading from a variety of genres, re-watching some of my favorite British mystery series – I’m a huge fan of anything by Agatha Christie – and just went about my life. Several weeks after I had made my request for help, I had the most remarkable dream. It was so real that all of my senses were involved: I smelled things, I saw and heard things, I touched and felt things, etc. It was, in fact, as if I were actually living it. When I woke up and realized it was a dream, I was so overwhelmed by what I had experienced that I couldn’t even get out of bed for a while. It continued to haunt me as I went about my business that day until, while I was staring out of the window at the blue jays playing chase, it hit me like a ton of bricks: “You were just given a complete book, a work of fiction that was completely downloaded while you slept. You are being directed to return to your first love – story telling.” It was there, in black and white, and I could not deny the truth of it.
I’m not suggesting that you sit and wait for the dream-to-end-all-dreams to reach down and hit you. I’ve heard many stories of people who found inspiration from a feather they found on the ground, or by watching a hawk soaring in the sky above. One woman told me she heard an old song on the radio from when she was a teenager but only then did she really understand what the words meant … she quit her job and went back to school. Another shared that she was in a thrift store and spied an apron that looked exactly like one her mother had when she was a child. It brought back memories of how much she had loved cooking in the kitchen with her mom, and that inspired her to put all those memories together in a cookbook. Who knows where our inspiration will come from? Our job is to stay present in our lives, from moment to moment, so that we don’t miss these important clues that will lead us to our authentic lives.
Our assignment for this week on the Home Page is going to ask you to go back in time and remember when, and how, you have been inspired in your life. As always, have fun with it, be inspired, and, always, keep writing. Peace and blessings.
Please Note: I am going to start re-numbering the writing assignments on the Home Page in preparation for some website updates I’ll be doing soon. Just work with the newest one and you’ll be on track. Or, if you are new to this website, you can go back to #1 and go at your own speed!