At times, by the use of a word, an attitude, or an action, you plug into some kind of energy that you are not aware is there. Gregge Tiffen (Open Secrets: Invisible Action – November, 2011)
There were times in my life that I took just a speck of inspiration that I could feel and expanded upon it to pump more vitality into that sense of acceptance. Patrece (undated personal communication)
In the midst of atmospheric conditions that feel, sound, and look dark and ominous, one can sometimes feel that other energy isn’t there for our use. I find myself with that challenge more than I’d like. At a time when I (and I think humanity and the planet) need an atmosphere of well-being, it seems that the overall atmospheric conditions are dense, dark and in need of lifting.
On waking the first day back from my week away, I found myself slipping into a funk. Beyond ‘the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket’, a closer look revealed a sense of obligation about many tasks and activities that needed my attention. Even activities that I wanted to participate in felt obligatory.
What energy had I unwittingly plugged into? More importantly, what energy did I want and what atmosphere would I prefer to create? The questions themselves along with recognizing that we each contribute to the overall atmosphere by the atmosphere we create for ourselves, provided an opening, a reminder that I could walk through a different portal to a different attitude, a different atmosphere.
Over the years, I’ve found many things that nurture and support me to create an atmosphere of well-being around me. Daily walks in nature with the handsome Cool Hand Luke and joy of caring for him rank high on my list. Music, listening and singing; poetry, reading and writing; mystical and spiritual works are other fertilizer to nourish and expand on little bits of inspiration. Creating a nurturing environment for my B&B guests supports me in many ways.
Gregge Tiffen’s work, both his general writing and notes from my consultations with him over 30 years, likewise is an always reliable source. A look at my personal BiCircadian calendar (one of many tools of his legacy) provided just what I needed to shift from obligation to exploration: two planets in positions that supported lightness, fun, creativity, and spontaneity. Although I didn’t exactly jump up and shout “bring it on!”, I felt the heaviness of obligation lifting and the curiosity of exploration beginning to bloom.
All too often we accept the atmosphere we find ourselves in as ‘just the way things are’. We forget that there is a choice about the energy we plug into and the atmosphere which that creates. We wander away from ‘home’, look outside of ourselves (our cells), and latch on to whatever energy is present. In a world that needs the vibration of our well-being, perhaps that haste does indeed make waste, and taking time to make a conscious choice serves us as well as serving humanity.
Question for the week: How do you recognize specks of inspiration and what are your favorite ways to nurture them?