It’s important not to be late responding to a cue. It’s just as important not to be too quick. When we allow an action to be received before the next impulse is set in motion, the string of events becomes readable, regardless of whether they are linear or not. Are we allowing the necessary receiving time in our interactions, for them to be meaningful? Or are we so focussed on what we’re going to say or do next that we don’t actually receive what’s coming from the other side?
Inspiration in its most literal sense means breathing in. The sense of receiving something also appears in its figurative sense, regarding the arousal of the mind, emotions or spirit that leads to discovery, creativity, flow or sacred revelation. Inspiration is not something that one can generate, but something that either comes, apparently out of the blue, or doesn’t. It is related to the non-logical right hemisphere of our brain and being inspired feels intense and harmonious at the same time. Although we can not make inspiration happen, we can cultivate a state of relaxed awareness in which we can best “hear” this inner voice that so clearly leads the way. Artists depend on inspiration, so they learn how it works and how to work with it. That’s part of an artistic practice. We can find our own artistic practices so that inspiration can find us more easily, in order to learn the language it speaks.