Blog #62: Inspiration, Motivation, and Intention

Blog #62: Inspiration, Motivation, and Intention

Inspiration. Motivation. Intention. Three strong words. Let's look at the etymology.

Inspiration is derived from the combination of a prefix and root word meaning "to breathe into". Motivation comes from a Latin verb meaning "to move". Intention translates as "to stretch towards".

Of all three words, inspiration is perhaps the most spiritually-oriented term. It is often surrounded with events of greatness and profundity. If we again refer to its etymology of breathing, we can see that breathing life into something is obviously a fundamental miracle that points towards a divine origin. How did Michelangelo breathe life into his paint-soaked brushstrokes that depict the creation mythology of Christianity on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? There is a bit of mystery in that source of inspiration. From nothing...comes something.

Motivation is usually more worldly and based on concrete goals and expectations. For instance, I was motivated to attend college and earn a degree, mainly because that's what most of my peers were doing, and I also received decent scholarship money to show up (which I ended up squandering with heavy drinking and drug use, but that's for another blog). Of course, motivation can be applied to spiritual situations and occurrences—it's just more commonly used to describe happenings within the finite realm, where cause and effect are more visible.

Intention definitely has the most passive connotation of the set of words in question. What is intended often doesn't come to pass. The word is fraught with outcomes of failure or disappointment. Last month, for example, per the insistence of a friend, I intended to read a neo-Advaita book in its entirety, but I had to stop halfway through, due to my own mental exhaustion and discontent with the abstract proclamations of the author. Also, intention is a good cop-out word. For God's sake, you know, I never intended to wreck my car into an oncoming Mercedes Benz, but that's what happened about thirteen years ago when the Xanax hi-jacked my motor skills.

In any case, with all three words, we are dealing in the realm of progress, which is moving from one place to the next, in the spirit of betterment and improvement. When it comes to progress, Yogani has said that enlightenment is a journey from here to here. Ultimately, it's not so much about the length or distance we must travel, but rather what we manifest from within, and attract into our immediate field of Being. The outpouring of divine love transcends the boundaries of space and time.

So, I am inspired  to build a local community around the baseline of AYP. I am motivated  to instill the proper habits and take the action required to achieve the dream. And I am certainly intending  to follow through, regardless of the obstacles that stand in my way.

Game on.

And, as Yoda said: "Do, or do not. There is no try." [It's more of a hearty challenge than an absolute ultimatum.]  ;-)

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