I love how Abraham has been talking about the distinction between the words, motivation and inspiration. Have you considered which feels better to you?
For forever, I’ve LOVED the word inspiration.
- I love the FEELING of being inspired.
- I love the feeling of creating from an inspired place within me.
- I love the rush of JOYful elation and creativity I feel when inspiration floods through me.
- Inspiration feels LIGHT, connected, Source sourced.
- Inspiration feels LIMITLESS.
When I hear phrases like, “are you motivated?”, “what motivates you?”, “what is your motivation?”… I feel less than enthused.
- Motivation can feel a little sticky,
- kind of heavy
- and a little hard…
- like something I have to do, more than something I want to do.
- I feel a sense of agenda and a certain LIMITEDness.
I’ve known forever that my feelings matter; that they are the ultimate indicators and messengers of what’s really going on for me. I began referring to this as my Resonance Barometer a long while back. I know, without a doubt that my feelings (and the physical sensations they register) inform me of how closely (or not so closely) I’m currently aligned with my Joy of Brilliance Me…the ME I am born to be.
Sure, sometimes there are things we’ve just got to do. We may not always feel exactly inspired to clean the house or do the laundry or grocery shop. So…we may look to motivation to get that job done, and that’s OK.
The point is, knowing the difference, and knowing that rocking your Joy of Brilliance, or being in the Vortex as Abraham calls it, and grooving to your own unique rhythm and flow is sure to induce plenty of inspiration for you to channel in to a myriad of potentials. Isn’t that exciting? I feel SO inspired by that!
Abraham on Motivation and Inspiration~
Here’s what Abraham had to say about Motivation and Inspiration that totally rocked my world…
“(We’ll talk about) the difference between motivation and inspiration.
Motivation is an outside the vortex (Abraham’s word for ‘being in the zone’, in your Joy of Brilliance, where everything lines up & your manifested reality is as you dream/create it to be) stance. Where, I’m aware that if I don’t do such and such that there will be negative repercussions. So, I’m going to make myself do it, I’m going to motivate myself, I’m going to remind myself that if I don’t do this then something bad or worse will happen. And so, I motivate myself to go to work because I don’t want to make anyone upset there and I don’t want to lose my job, and I don’t want money to stop coming. That sort of thing.
“Motivation is action that I am compelled to from outside the vortex; while inspiration from our point of view is being close enough to this vortex that’s already assembled.
I put everything there, bit by bit by bit, it is amassed and it has become this reality that the larger part of me literally is…and if I get close enough to the vibrational frequency of it, meaning I have little resistance within me, then I’m going to be called in by the powerful Law of Attraction.
It’s not going to require me doing something. I’m not going to have to make myself do it. It’s like the stars align.
It’s like the difference between being in a hurry and trying to get somewhere and having every light be red, and people get in your way, and then suddenly you realize you’re behind somebody who’s got their flashers on because their car isn’t operating and then when you try to pull around somebody else is in your way.
In other words it’s like things going wrong as you try to push your way through it. That’s sort of what motivation is.
Where, inspiration is being so close to the frequency of everything that I’ve put into my vortex that Law of Attraction is calling me and I’m following…because I care about the way I feel…to this nice flowing, nicely unfolding, very blissful experience.”
Abraham says, “as long as you’re feeling inspiration when moving toward it, then you’re moving in the right direction.”
Love what my Mac Dictionary says for Inspiration,
“a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea. …divine influence… the process of being mentally stimulated to do or FEEL something.”
No wonder I like inspiration!
And even the dictionary is less enthusiastic about Motivation! It simply says,
“the reason(s) one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”
See, motivation is more about a simple willingness. And it sure feels sourced more from obligation than anything more…inspired.
What’s the Difference?!
You’re willing to do the dishes, but not necessarily inspired. Although, I’ve found that while doing dishes, cooking, cleaning, showering, etc…some amazingly inspired thoughts and ideas tend to flow in. So, appreciating those things we motivate ourselves to do…seems to allow space for inspiration to flow in. Seems like a win/win to me!
So, that’s it!
Inspiration = IN your Joy of Brilliance. IN the flow of everything that’s aligned. In the flow of the energy that creates worlds.
Motivation = OUTside of who you really are. It’s about willingness, it’s about doing, but it’s not as juicy, because it’s doing just for the sake of doing. It’s not so much something that flows from INside…as it’s something that tends to be sourced outside. There’s just never as much JUICE there.
I’m Going to PUMP YOU UP!
I grew up in the age of “motivational speakers” and there are still many who call themselves that. It (they) never appealed to me. Somehow, I always felt the motivation was coming AT me…from outside me. Now, I understand it was.
Now that I’m a speaker, I’ve never used the word motivational to describe me, though some have reflected back to me… “You’ve motivated me to make a change.” “Your message is so motivational.” I appreciate this, and I know what they mean…
And yet, for this word-vibration-loving-girl, I have to say I LOVE these responses so much more, “I feel so inspired listening to your message.”, “You inspired me to be more of who I really am.”, “The inspiration I felt inside me while listening to you was like bubbles of JOY multiplying a million times over.” (Yeah, I LOVE that one!)
Why? Because I know what inspiration energy creates. I know where feeling inspired takes you. I know the gift of inspired creation…and it’s living a reality beyond your wildest dreams.
Which do you choose? Motivation? Or… Inspiration?
Have you felt a difference in them in your reality?
Come tell me about it in the comments. I’ll meet you there!
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