According to ancient Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman created on earth upon the command of the Greek God, Zeus. Pandora was given several gifts by other Greek gods and goddesses; among them was a coveted box. However, Pandora was told under no circumstances was she to open the box. Nonetheless, curiosity got the best of her and she ignored the warnings and opened the box. In doing so she let out all the evils of the world out into the world, but she closed the box just in time to trap one last virtue, HOPE. Ironically many interpretations of this myth focus on the explanation of why EVIL exists in the world today. My intention is to share an explanation of why HOPE still exists today.
To inspire is defined as “to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration.”
Dr. Deepak Chopra, a well known Indian-American speaker, author and teacher on Ayurvedic spirituality and mind-body medicine, has been quoted as saying “Inspiration comes from the same word as spirit. When you are inspired, the Spirit moves you.” Another definition of inspire is “to breathe life into.” As we start another new year I invite you all to allow yourselves to be inspired and let Spirit move you. Just as the Divine has given us HOPE, so has he shared many people to help INSPIRE and “breathe life into” those who need it. I also invite you to not only recognize the inspirations available to you, but to share them with others who can benefit from them as well. Keep the HOPE and INSPIRATION moving. Share them joyfully, willingly and lovingly. These actions will come back to you tenfold.
To motivate is defined as “to give someone a reason to do something, to offer them incentive or drive them forward.” Whereas Inspiration stems from within, Motivation is derived from outside motivating forces; for example, Money, Love, Lack, Necessity, or Fear. I’m not saying one is better than the other. I think there is a time and place for both and we should incorporate both, as well as Hope, as we gear up to face another year. Zig Ziglar, a motivational speaker who has published nearly 50 books on the subject, says, “It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” He also says, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing… that’s why we recommend it daily.” Very well put, Mr. Ziglar.
In addition to daily motivation, I recommend daily prayer and meditation. Since Prayer is asking of the Divine and Meditation is listening for the response, one can’t effectively do one without the other. By having this daily communication we get in touch with our inner voice that connects us spiritually and enables us to be more aware of and open to the Hope, Inspirations and Motivations that are gifted to us constantly. Furthermore, if Motivation is merely a fleeting kick in the keister to move us forward, who better to receive it from than the Creator himself?
Another tool for the New Year I’d like to share is Dreams. Don’t forget to have them. Don’t discount them; for, Dreams have the power to Inspire and Motivate because they offer a glimpse of the Hope we can hold onto. A dream can represent a prayer or represent a meditative response. Believe in your Dreams. Don’t let anyone else make light of them. Make them your own and allow them to empower you. Furthermore, don’t hesitate to dream BIG. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars.” I recently had a fortune cookie remind me not to pursue happiness, but to create it. I’ve written over and over that to be joyful is part of the divine plan for all of us, but as Mr. Ziglar said it starts with the attitude. In other words it starts within us. We then co-create the rest. Don’t be your own worst enemy and don’t let your limitations overshadow your talents. Think of yourself as a surfer and Life as a wave and ride it out. There’s no predicting what the tides, water will do. React to shifts in speed or direction as necessary. Hang on tight and never stop believing in yourself.
Until next time, may your days be brighter and your lives be lighter.
Let me ignite the light in your life!
A Lightworker is someone with an innate ability to know and heal and whose divine mission is to write, teach or counsel others about spiritual teachings. Lisa Dawn Wax, aka Lightworker Lisa, is a born Lightworker, certified Angel Healing Practitioner and Reiki Master Practitioner; all of which basically confirm her intuitive abilities to help, heal and teach. Using reiki (energy healing), guided meditations, divine messages and intuitive readings, she has helped many people to identify the source of their pain, clarify current life situations, and successfully redirect their focus into positive channels. If you are in need of affordable healing and life coaching with immediate results, call her at 561-594-3948 or visit her website www.lightworkerlisa.com. You can also listen to her new weekly radio show “The Youtopia Hour” on W4CY.com Mondays at 2PM ET.