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When Writing - Let Inspiration Be Your Guide

Updated on March 5, 2014

Inspiration Defined

One of the definitions of inspiration that has always fascinated me is "the act of drawing in; specifically : the drawing of air into the lungs." This also is a far sight better than its opposite, expiration! (Sorry, couldn't help myself)

As I often do prior to writing I sit for a period of time and soak in my surroundings, consciously attempting to open my spiritual heart to as many possibilities as possible. In this way I allow the universe outside of me as well as the universe inside of me to participate in the development of my hopes, dreams and writing.

This definition of inspiration resonates with my view of writing (and living) because I see writing in any form as a very unique, yet natural process, as natural as breathing - and as necessary too! What would we do without breathing?

Application of Inspiration

So, by definition. inspiration is the drawing in of air into our lungs. But spiritually speaking, more than life giving air is entering our bodies with each breath. Breathing is the embodiment of life. (Just try doing without it.) Because the simple act of breathing fills us with life, enormous potential and possibility, we can go beyond the limits of this world. We can communicate with the creator of life itself. How's that for inspiration?

Of course, this isn't a slam dunk, especially if you are one who chooses not to be aware of the many gifts within and without; gifts given to us sometimes unknown to us at the time they are delivered, but within and around us all the same. The reason inspiration is not only life giving from a physical viewpoint but also from a viewpoint of manifestation is that in us, inspiration duplicates or multiplies the original gift that entered our minds and bodies on the wings of a whisper as the physical air entered our nostrils. That's the beauty of life, constantly reproducing itself, perhaps through something as natural, beautiful and necessary as breathing.

It is for this reason, I think, that Maharaji Prem Rawat says:

Make this breath count,

Make this day count,

Make this life count.

See What Hasn't Been Seen

So the next time writers block creeps in or when you are unsure which angle to take or how to express your innermost thoughts, close your eyes and ...Breathe...Breathe...Breathe. For you will be filled with a creative force you could not possibly imagine otherwise.

As long as you breathe you will never be at a loss for words. You will ever be able to open your heart to see what hasn't been seen, feel what hasn't been felt and you will sing the songs of life that can be sung, spoken or written in no other way. You must only realize that when you breathe you are connected to the source of all being through each moment. Each inhalation brings a whisper of creativity from a place infinitely far away and infinitely as close as your next breath! Happy writing my friends and peace be with you!

I am aware of the inspiration all around me.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 3 years ago from Asheville NC

      pstraubie48, Thank you so much for your comment! I don't understand why, but I just received it today...two months after you wrote it! Please accept my gratitude for your thoughts! Keep on writing, as will I, because what we express is not all is the Source of all Being speaking through you!



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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 3 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Mary!

      For some reason this comment was delayed. I just received it today. But I'm grateful all the same. Long walks are help me too! I am grateful to you for sharing and I hope in some small way the inspiration you receive on your walks with your pooch will come through in a new hub! Blessings to you!


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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so right....just breathe has become one of my that gets me through the tough times. When I am at a loss I 'just breather'...figuratively and literally....

      You expressed this idea of drawing inspiration from life giving breaths so well.

      As for writing with no pay...yes, I will write and write and write. I do not make a living at is just a way to express what I think and feel.

      Angels are on the way....

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I find it hard sometimes to be inspired; a long walk with my dog helps me. Great Hub. Voted up and shared.

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      KDee411 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Thank you for your lovely hub Bruce, it gives me hope. The thoughts have always been natural for me, but putting them on paper has been hard, because I didn't learn to read when I was young. I couldn't spell, so therefore I learned to talk and talk a lot I did. But now with all you wonderful mentors, I'm doing what I didn't know to be a natural life style. I still don't know where the commas go, and I'm working on the spelling. But the thoughts and the words seem to just come. Good luck with this hub, it's going to do great. You got my vote.


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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Dee,

      Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Sharing is my joy, but I don't have to tell you how nice it is to be acknowledged. It certainly enhances the feeling when others notice. That's one of the reasons I like this community!



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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      This hub inspired me. Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts with the rest of us.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hey Happyboomernurse!

      A great satisfaction about writing is the comments received from other writers! And when they are comments from experienced writers it's even more gratifying!

      Thank you very much for your kind and thoughtful input. I am truly grateful!

      Would you mind sharing where your inspiration comes from?

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Nice thoughts about finding inspiration by relaxing and then taking note of the thoughts that flow into our minds and everything around us.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.