April 16, 2013
Q. Can you speak of the difference between motivation and inspiration?
A. Inspiration has a very different energy and feel to it than does motivation. Inspiration is accessed from within – it is “in”-spired – giving it an energy that is more sustainable and powerful than any energy which comes from others as they try to motivate us into place. Those who rely on motivation to improve performance often become dependent upon others for a false source of power, at which time they unplug themselves from the wisdom and inner guidance which true inspiration provides. Often at the core of motivation is a false sense of external power and control, with underlying messages of “Someone other than me knows better than I do what it is best for me” – or – “I know what is better for you than even you.” Whenever we attempt to motivate from a place of bullying, intimidation, yelling, or fear – low vibrating energies which are filled with unconscious manipulation and control – we are ultimately disempowering those whose lives we touch. It is when we first inspire ourselves that others become inspired to uplift themselves. Motivation is replaced with inspiration, an unfathomable source of power which can only emanate from within.
From the weekend intensive workshop in Stuart, FL in July, 2010