Basically, this question should be self explanatory I guess? haha.. but if somehow needs further clarification or an explanation, here it is:
Take for example, your birthday is coming, and you have never celebrated your birthday in the form of a party before. But maybe this year, you suddenly felt like you want to host a really grand party (and from there maybe you would meet your potential relationship partner or career partner, etc).
According to the answers and knowledge on this site, this can be classified as an inspired action, no? But it also seems like impulse, if you decided to just plunge head on and spend a ton of money hosting the party, no? so what is the difference between an inspired action and impulse? or are they actually the same thing?
Also, although this may be considered an inspired action, but you would be bound to have some sort of fear that comes along since it is your first time organizing a birthday party ... eg.. "What if I screw up the party?" "What if nobody turns up?" "What if.. etc" Is it normal for that to happen, or if there is fear, it can't be considered an 'inspired action' anymore?
asked 02 Jan '11, 10:50
I would say an inspired action is a form of impulse action, though you need not actually implement the inspired action until much later when it is more convenient to do so.
But you have to look at the "state of being" from where the inspiration (or impulse) came from to establish the value of it to you.
When you are extremely angry with someone for some reason, the actions that may be "inspired" to you will reflect that "state of being" of anger. So you may end up in a fierce argument with them or a physical fight with them.
I would probably still put that in the category of an inspired action even though the results of it are probably not going to be joyful for you. (Fights and arguments are not generally joyful activities)
On the other hand, when you are feeling a joyful "state of being" within yourself then the actions that are inspired to you in that state will probably be highly beneficial to you if you follow through with them.
So the rule is...
The action that is inspired to you will MAGNIFY your existing "state of being"
For example, if you are feeling genuinely prosperous in a particular moment and an action is inspired to you, then that will be the perfect action to bring you more prosperity.
If you are feeling depression or lack in a particular moment and an action is inspired to you, then that will be the perfect action to bring you more depression or lack...which is probably not what you really want :)
You can probably deduce from this that cultivating your "state of being" to one of a generally happy/joyful state is of primary importance.
And you can probably also deduce that rushing into taking action before you have cultivated your "state of being" is probably not going to lead where you want.
So you can probably understand more clearly now why all those "How To" books that give you specific action plans for solving your problem are not generally helpful if they do not have an emotionally-based aspect to them...because there is little value in taking any form of action from a bad-feeling "state of being".
In fact, I would say the only action you should take from feeling bad is to find a way to feel good first.
There is, however, a second approach to taking action which is also worth mentioning because it also touches on the ideas of inspiration mentioned.
The basic method here is...
If you want to take an action, take the one that feels the best right now. Then go with it as long as it continues to feel the best. Then do the action that feels better than that one...and keep going around this loop.
...or, more simply stated...
Do the thing that excites you the most in the moment
In this case, the stream of actions that you are taking are gradually helping to shift your "state of being" into better-feeling places, from where more and more beneficial inspired actions are coming.
Summing up, with any action (inspired or not), it is important to also consider the "emotional state of being" that comes along with it.
I also recommend you take a look at: Why do my inspired actions fall flat on their faces?
Ive taken actions which i thought were inspired and seemed to come to nothing.
Ive also taken actions ( one small text message ) which i thought was irrelevant and ended up leading me to my life partner and finacial security.
I honestly believe that we dont fully know. You may have already done something in your life,maybe years ago,that youve completely forgotten about that will one day rock your world.
We do more by so called accident in our lives than we do by planning.
Maybe when were positive/faith filled/vortex orientated everything we do will manifest good for us. Maybe in that state we would be hard pressed to put a foot wrong.
Im beginning to believe that when our feelings are used to point our inner man/woman in the right direction/alignment we can do and achieve more than we ever thought possible AND all our actions become naturally inspired. WITHOUT the need to ever really think or worry too much about them.
answered 02 Jan '11, 11:33
The answers here are more than what I can really add here.
So perhaps I can emphasize the importance of the "Intent" within the action.
Your intent is not the party, it is to meet someone.
So let that be your focus and follow your excitement and inspiration.
You stay within your focus and try everything in-between till you get there.
As in the illustration below, if your focus is as in step 1, it leads to options you are not focusing on as in step 2.
Step 3. Would be the least disappointing, most reliable and probably the cheapest approach to your destination because it takes into account who you are, and where you are at, into consideration.
answered 02 Jan '11, 16:09
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