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Working as a trainee staff member in a new learning school I face this dilemma: What do I feel inspired to do? If I am not inspired, should I wait for inspiration? This gives rise to the next set of questions: Why am I sometimes inspired and then another day not at all? What initiatives can I take to find the inspiration? Can I speed up the process?

Children seem to have inspiration to do things, adults loose that. Why is that? How can I reach the child-woman that is living inside of me?

I found a TED-video by Sugata Mitra called “Can kids teach themselves?”

He does an experiment called ‘a hole in the wall’. In this hole he places a PC and leaves it online if possible 24/7. Within minutes Indian kids find out how the mouse and the PC work and begin browsing! I quote:

The experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity…

This word triggers me. Curiosity. That is a key element to inspiration. Kids are by nature curious, things are happening in their life for the first time. They want to know more and in this way they learn. I used to do that, and sure, I can go back to that place and re-invent my curiosity.

I can remain alert when I do not feel inspired. When I feel empty, distracted, uninspired, bored or plain negative, that is a red flag. To look at the world with a fresh newborn look. To invite my child-woman back into my life. I can ask myself anytime: What is it that the child inside of me feels like doing? Just asking that question is enough. It is already one step further then complaining that I am uninspired.

Another video caught my eye as well. This time by Stuart Brown who says that play is vital, no matter your age. He works at the National Institute for Play. Can I work there please? How inspiring!

So yes, that is another word that speaks to me: play. Just doing something for its own sake. Without purpose or reason, and that is what is so particular about play. It is fun. It is no longer about purpose. It is even without purpose. He talks about body-play, object-play, curiosity, rough-and-tumble-play, imaginative play and the brain. The opposite to play is depression!

Play is the second key to inspiration. When adults forget to play and take things too serious, life becomes dry and we are feeling uninspired. Play, and forget the purpose that things are supposed to have. Do something for the fun of doing it.

More keys are of course somewhere waiting for me to find them. All in due time, of course. The child-woman inside of me will come to life anytime now. I am pregnant. With myself.

As a note to myself, a list of things to remind myself of when feeling uninspired.
– do something new, that I never tried before. As in cycle to town using another bicycle path
– do not let fear stop me from doing/trying something new
– ask my children to do something with me
– lie down on the floor and look at the situation from that perspective
– have courage and be silent, the uninspired moment will pass
– It is ok to not have a life purpose for the rest of my life. It is ok to change life purpose every day.
– out of being bored and uninspired can only come something new and exciting. It might take a while, it will pass.
– consider taking a subscription to philosophers notes.
– listen to the ebooks that I put in my inspirational bookmarks in Firefox
– call the friend that makes me laugh
– buy flowers and look at them
etc.

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The perfect time of the year to dream and make plans. What happens if we dare to dream? Is there a fear of becoming who we want to be, since failure is lurking around the corner? Is it joy and excitement we feel at the thought of having our dreams fulfilled in the future?

Kingfisher And Moon, originally uploaded by billkominsky.

Dreaming can be scary business.
Many don’t dare for fear of never tasting their dreams.
But the best part of dreaming isn’t reaching what we imagine,
it’s the process of getting there.

Dreaming is like gazing into a mirror that looks into the future.
Each time we step into the reflection,
the image changes into a more real possibility.
Every experience we’ve had along our journey has enriched us immeasurably.
What we seek evolves everyday from the presence of those we meet.
We too change with every experience,
and our dream unfolds and reshapes with us.

Quote from Dare to Dream

In our dreams we make contact on another level with the Divine part of us. Through that eternal part of us that is out of reach of the five senses. It is the homeland of our intuition, the inspiration and illumination given to us from the Divine.

There the possibility for our future arises, out of the subconscious. Where we fly in the sky, carefree, dreaming and utterly happy, joyful and, the best part of it: we feel free to be who we are. So we can live as if no one is watching. Begin dreaming, then ground the dreams in reality. Some dreams have happened, some of them did not. Are there more dreams waiting to be voiced out loud? Of course!

I have come to believe that the Divine source will work through us when we allow it. This idea just makes me smile and smile: “Dreaming is like gazing into a mirror that looks into the future. Each time we step into the reflection, the image changes into a more real possibility.”

How about entering the year 2009 full of dreams well grounded and taking baby steps towards the fulfillment of your wishes? Climbing the mountain to reach the summit always begins with one step at the time. And enjoy the walk all the way, that is the best part of it.

Take me I’m yours, originally uploaded by radiant guy.

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In my ongoing research of astrology I am investigating the soul mission and soul potential as stated in the birth horoscope. This part of the horoscope has many interesting aspects. However so far I have not often used this particular symbol of the horoscope. To get a feeling for it I would like to do some research and yes I need volunteers.

So, are you curious about your astrological soul potential?
Are you willing to spend about 30 minutes of your time?

Please leave a comment under this post. I will contact the first 5 people and research their soul potential. Thank you.

Update: I will need your details (date of birth, place of birth, time of birth). Then I will post an explanation about your soul potential on my blog. The feedback I would like to receive from you is the following:
– How helpful is the description?
– Do you recognize yourself in it?
– Can you use this knowledge in your life?

N.B. So this is an open research about the soul potential and how helpful it is if you have this knowledge. If you want to keep your birth details off line, that is OK with me. Just the exchange of my interpretation and your reply I will put online then. Just let me know what you prefer.

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At the counter to pay for my groceries a girl behind me was talking to a friend.
She had done a search on Google on the philosophical question: What is the nothing?
After an afternoon of looking at the internet websites that Google gave her she was still not able to answer the question. Bystanders commented and these were the answers that were given:
– the nothing does not exist, everything is something.
– the nothing? Why would you be interested in nothing?
– the nothing is where the something can begin.

Nice, what is your take on the nothing?

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Inner knowing provides me with my own Miriam-knowing, the gut feeling might even support it. Perhaps even more interesting is that I feel happy when I go with the inner knowing. Is that comforting? To me it is.

Every time a choice needs to be made, what do I do?

Wait.

Listen.

My inner critic is talking into my ear, sits on my shoulder. Already deleted 6 written sentences.

They were:

1. Pick up a book, choose a page at random and find line 7. These are fun and often at least amusing, mostly they apply to the situation.

2. Get a coffee, gulp it down and still can’t decide. This is postponing taking a decision.

3. Call a friend and then another, also postponing a decision and taking me away from inner knowing.

4. Go with what comes to mind first and what makes me smile.

5. Sit and do nothing. Only when I am very hesitant.

6. Listen to the critic and listen to the critic and listen to the critic and delete this post since it is going no where.

Do you get the point? The inner knowing is there and the inner critic seems its biggest treat. I still need to learn to send the inner critic to far away places and go with what I feel like doing.

Post this piece and pretend that I did not hear the inner critic.

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Dreaming is making things happen, for now only in my mind. A list of wishes makes me so aware of the wishes I have for life. As packages of possibilities in the (near) future. As doorways to give a structure to my future life?

Dreaming is nice at this time of the year, in the weeks before my next birthday is coming. To evaluate the past year with the highlights and the down side of experiences and how I dealt with them. Everything was there in my life in a seemingly fitting order to allow for growth and change. Previous dreams that are no longer in my imagination, already visible in the world.

Dreaming to find a way also in 2008-2009. Walking a labyrinth in Chartres of 261 meters and 55 centimeters long. Many people walk this labyrinth. Every Friday the chairs in the cathedral are removed. What are they thinking when they walk there? Will it give me a glimpse of what life is calling me to become? I am curious, only 7 more sleeps. And some stories to tell to close the year.

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Today I read a text on The problem is the solution. It is in Dutch and here is the translation:

Within us as unique individuals we have everything needed to make a next step. A condition being that you transform every experience into a positive learning experience. Do you feel resistance (now)? That is nothing else but feedback to open the door to being effective.

Begin to understand that your chosen solution is too often the problem. And also that in every moment you make the best choice available to you, based on your consciousness/awareness, your lessons and your experiences.

Also acknowledge then that every behavior has or had a positive intention. Frans Vermeulen, journalist

My free learning experiences are all over the place really, every day in many encounters I am challenged to remain OK. Also to tell my inner critical part to shut up or else I will send it to Siberia. The biggest learning experience right now is to live my life as I feel it is OK for me to live it.

As the problem is the solution, when I am not OK with being who I am in a situation, that is the solution to become OK again. Is is that simple? The free learning then would be:

– people that challenge me and touch me, make that I react by feeling no longer OK. This is the fastest way to learn how to take care of myself and my needs.
– I am teaching myself to set healthy boundaries by listening to my feelings.
– I tell myself that I am OK whatever I do, feel or say, that my needs are OK. There are no mistakes. Things might happen to help me become more me.
– I can let go of my old belief that I am not good enough.

There is a renewed sense also to stay in the “Let Go, let love-attitude” and allow experiences to come and go. To really acknowledge that I did the best I could under the circumstances. That I am not guilty for what I did and that I got something from the experience. Next thing to look at is What is emotional detachment? How can I be true to my self and make the influence that others have on me smaller and smaller?

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