By Tessa Richter, Partner at Supertrends Institute
What decisions are you making for your future?
Often what may obstruct your decisions and your choices for your future from selecting a new, a different, an unknown path is lack of inspiration.
The decisions you make today, the strategies you create and contribute to, what you chose to do or not to do, are all forming the next steps of the future you are creating for yourself, for your team, your organization, or your family. In our present world of abundance, ambiguity, and uncertainty, we may well lean towards making decisions that feel safe, something we feel comfortable with. And nothing is wrong with that, except that what is known as the single biggest source of regret later in our lives are the choices we did not have the courage to make.
What if you for your decision making and choices could find and trust some helpful inspiration? Inspiration so powerful that it can outmatch possible fears or feelings of uncertainty, and provide the energy needed to step into unchartered territory with confidence. Exactly that is what Tessa Richter have written about in the reminder of this article … Enjoy!
Finding Inspiration for your future
A special form of connection with the inner pulse of life and the universe, is inspiration. It is important to know what inspires you as it will reveal a great deal about who you are and what matters to you. Look at the people who have inspired you. Who are they and what do they stand for? What action would you take if you were like them? How would you lead your life?
Imagine the wind playing its tune through reeds or bamboo. Inspiration is like the wind playing through you. If you allow it to do so, if your essence is in resonance with the gentleness, the strength, and the direction of the air, then who you are in your heart is reinforced and you can create the most beautiful sounds and unique melodies. It is as if you were connecting your individual pulse to the greater pulse of life.
In former times, when in need of spiritual advice or emotional support, people went to church or to a temple and prayed. The priestess spoke a wise oracle, or a shaman held a ritual. Today official religions in the West are losing their members. Many people prefer to consult a psychologist when they need help, others seek out a psychic or a life coach.
The yearning for the spiritual remains, and I believe there is a general trend towards spirituality without dogma or intermediary.
People are searching for a direct personal line to the divine, the Great Spirit, or whatever you will call this universal aspect. We want to experience first-hand how it feels and do not need others, who claim to know what is right for us. Inspiration is that direct line.
What we do need, sometimes, are instructions from someone experienced, who knows the way because they’ve been there. Like a good music teacher who passes on knowledge and techniques and can show me how to play my instrument but cannot play in my place and will never express what I do. To remain with the image of music making, each person has a gift for a certain instrument, a liking for a certain type of music, and sometimes more than one. The same is true for our spiritual gifts and paths. There is not one way to the God-Field of universal intelligence, but as many, in my opinion, as there are human beings.
Inspiration is closely linked to wisdom. Wisdom means looking at things from a greater perspective, not being caught in current events. It is engaging completely in the actual moment, allowing time and space to expand so we can touch eternity, allowing not only the heart, but also the head to connect to insight. Wisdom is connected to love and does not judge lightly. It knows of greater connections and has acquired much knowledge. Over the years and through many experiences, the knowledge has been internalized and, together with serenity and benevolence, has been distilled to become wisdom. To hear this inner voice is what I wish for all of us. When you listen to it, you know what is right for everyone involved.
“Finding Inspiration for your future” is an excerpt from the book Our Secret Potential authored by Tessa Richter, leadership coach, futures guide, mentor, and author.