The feeling I’ve been writing about and calling inspiration is everything I’ve ever wanted to feel, and therefore the reason for every manifestation I’ve ever desired, every preference I’ve ever formed in response to life’s circumstances.
Feeling inspired is so nice. And to make it complete, it’s time to start expecting life to reflect this inspired feeling in me.
Expectation means knowing and believing that manifest reality must respond to my alignment with God, my inner being.
And it has. Last night things just unfolded so smoothly and easily. My timing was perfect, small things happened that I really enjoyed and appreciated.
These changes match my expectation that by feeling good I’m allowing God’s blessings and graces to flow into my experience more than before. Or better yet: feeling inspired is the sign that I’m allowing these blessings to flow, and everything else must follow.
Best of all, these manifestations validate the good feeling inside me. They complete my expectation that my alignment – indicated by how I feel – is everything in my reality. They demonstrate to my own satisfaction that this is indeed how it works, I do create my reality and my feelings are guidance as to my alignment with Source, and with everything I desire.
At the same time, this beautiful unfolding of inspiration into expectation, and the validation of life’s response is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m inspired because I’ve finally realised that’s how I want to feel and I’ve let go of obstacles to feeling it.
I expect life to change to reflect my inspiration, and having the expectation is what allows me to receive those changes.
And looking forward to validation is what allows me to recognise the validation pouring in. None of this can happen to a hostile observer. None of this can come into to “prove” against our convictions to the contrary.
Allowing inspiration, allowing expectation, and allowing validation; it’s a virtuous circle.
When I used to practice detachment I would run into a problem of feeling bored and yearning for something more, yet I couldn’t think of anything in the world to satisfy that desire.
This is perhaps where my melancholic temperament shapes my experience, because melancholics are excited by ideals and ideals are hard to locate in physical reality.
There’s no question that I am more excited by things like spiritual teachings and principles than material possessions and experiences.
Yet this dichotomy is informed by my own past belief that reality was dull and miserable. If what I’m longing for is the fulfilment of my exciting ideals, then naturally it’s frustrating and disappointing to believe reality can never rise to meet those ideals.
But the whole point is that manifestations are only a reflection of thought, and feeling guides us as to the alignment of our thoughts with God/inner being.
Hence quashing my ideals because I couldn’t see or even imagine them manifesting in my reality is, in A-H terms, like digging up the seedlings you just planted because they haven’t borne fruit yet.
Don’t go looking outside
My old frustration was guidance telling me my thoughts were off. And boy were they off! I was using my reality as the measure of my ideals, my excitement, my good feelings. I was shutting down my own enthusiasm because I didn’t know what to do with it!
What I can do instead is accept that my manifestation is a reflection of my alignment, and the profoundly good feelings I have right now are telling me I am aligned with God/inner being.
It feels good to know this now. It feels good to know and to see that manifested reality is a perfect match to what I’m feeling right now. It is wonderful to know at last that I don’t have to go searching for something to justify, anchor, or explain this inner peace and satisfaction and ease.
Feeling good is a skill, and like any skill you need to practice it until it becomes permanent.
And like any skill there’s a progression to it. You can look forward at people who surpass your current level and feel inspired. You can look back at how far you’ve come and feel appreciation.
The beauty of it is that we always expand and grow and develop, and if you appreciate that fact, then you can reach the ideal point of “satisfied with what is, and eager for more”.
This morning I felt dissatisfied with where I am. I felt like it was “not enough”. Dissatisfaction prompted me to focus more on what I do want, but thank goodness I’ve learned and practiced enough to know that the answer is not some grand effort or intense push for “more”. The answer is simply to focus again on satisfaction, appreciation, and eagerness for what is coming.
If you can find satisfaction now you can find it anywhere. If you can feel appreciation now you can feel it any time. And that is the basis for eager anticipation of what joys our future holds.
View of the college where I write sometimes.
Setting intentions is potentially very powerful for keeping us on track throughout the day.
My aim is to feel good all day, and by writing about it I keep myself focused on this goal.
I begin to notice the times of day when I don’t feel good, and I want to bring those moments up to speed with this intention.
Feeling good all day…how does it sound to you? Once I might have scoffed at it, but now it sounds like paradise and I’m more than halfway there.
There are not many subjects of importance to us in life. Most of us desire wealth, a home, good relationships, health, and friendship. If you can prove to yourself that feeling good is the answer to any one of these subjects the rest start succumbing to the same beautiful reason.
Last night I decided I wanted physical vitality. I set my intention, and later that evening while training Kungfu it naturally occurred to me that I can set an intention to be good at Kungfu as well.
How funny! The joke might be a private one, but for many years I’ve strived to be good at Kungfu by understanding it and practicing it. I never thought it could be so simple as just wanting to be good at it, and more importantly: wanting to enjoy it.
So set your intentions, please. I want to feel good. I want to wake up feeling excited about the day. I want to find enjoyment and upliftment in all my activities. I want to enjoy clarity, adventure, satisfaction and ease on every subject in my life!