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    Inspiration for 4s

    Let's create a thread of things we find inspiring. Inspiration is one of the very best things in the world. Maybe I'm addicted to inspiration. So, help me get my fix :)


    This Neil Gaiman speech is something I've watched a half dozen times in the last month. Funny and inspiring.



    What do you find inspiring?

    edited to add:

    http://blog.theenneagraminbusiness.com/2012/04/inspiration-part-2-heart-center-styles.html

    Fours: Using Their Body Center for Inspiration
    Why did I select the Body Center as a way for Fours to become more inspired? And aren’t Fours already inspired; after all, they are usually creative, going along with their own inner aspirations rather than following convention?


    The answer to the first question is that many Fours have a “collusional” relationship between their Heart Centers (emotions) and mental Centers (thinking). In other words, Fours may experience a variety of emotions (often tumultuous) and then use their thinking function to analyze and even over analyze what they are feeling. They want to figure out what they are feeling, so they go through a list of A through Zs: “it could be this!” “It could be that!” “Is this it?” Because of this interwoven Heart-Head Center functioning, the Body Center can be an excellent way to stand steady and be the source of truer inspiration. The answer to the second question is that there is a difference between being creative and being truly inspired.


    Suggestion 1: Engage in a body-based grounding practice on a daily basis. Stand up, breathe throughout your body, and feel your breath going right down your legs through your feet and into the floor. Although you can do this sitting down, it is easier to penetrate your entire physical body when you stand. Do this several times each day; it will be easier and easier. Once you fully inhabit your body, knowing what really inspires you and then taking action upon it becomes much easier.


    Suggestion 2: When you have feelings, especially ones that are confusing to you – that is, you don’t know what the feeling is or you are feeling several emotions simultaneously – find the place in your body that has the sensation you associate with your emotional response. Focus on the sensation, not the feeling. After you have located the physical sensation and focused on it so you feel familiar and accepting of it, then ask yourself: What do I really feel? From this more pure feeling state, you can then ask yourself: Given this feeling, what do I want? What do I feel inspired to do?


    Suggestion 3: Based on what you truly and deeply feel (using the above suggestions to determine this), take deliberate action. Many Fours frustrate themselves by not manifesting into action that which truly inspires them. Is this because, at some level, most Fours do not believe that they will get their needs and desires met? If so, Fours need to challenge themselves on this assumption. Why do others seem to be able to manifest their desires, but not Fours? That is a good question, but what is the answer? Is it because Fours have so many complex ideas that they don’t know which ones to manifest? If so, get to the core of the idea by going deeper and simplifying the truer aspiration (see the first two suggestions) and then take action. Is it because Fours prefer to create and dream than to manifest? If so, ask why?
    Last edited by ericajoy; 07-26-2012 at 07:49 PM.
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    The four universal healing salves.


    In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.
    When did you stop dancing?
    When did you stop singing?
    When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
    When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
    Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul.
    Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.




    ~ Gabrielle Roth



    Found at http://www.elephantjournal.com/


    I am inspired by this perspective of healing depression and dispiritedness -- such a contrast to the western pop a pill method! For each of us have things that feed our souls and things that don't, and connecting with our body and noticing how we feel in the present moment can give us this information. And then we honor ourselves by expressing the information we find and allowing for conflict without withdrawal...

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    Another thing that inspired me today is this description of an artist commune. Love how open their definition of art seems to be!:

    "Guildwerks is a dynamic space encouraging all elements of the arts including visual, performance, and healing. Called a "warehome" by its resident artists and community alike, Guildwerks has over 11,000 square feet with both individual artist studios and a huge main space for performances and classes. Visual arts are showcased in the gallery. Performance arts find their home on stage while martial arts, healing arts and the imagination roam freely within it's walls."


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    WE ARE THE STORY TELLERS and this life IS OUR STORY!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ericajoy View Post
    WE ARE THE STORY TELLERS and this life IS OUR STORY!


    Fours are really poor to respond to the word 'we'. Please bear with 'us'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the goat View Post
    Fours are really poor to respond to the word 'we'. Please bear with 'us'.
    They don't respond well to 'we' and yet, at their best, fours can speak of both the personal and the universal :) One of the most interesting writing exercises I have ever done is to go through my most personal writing and change it from 'I' to 'we'. I encourage 4s who are intrigued by this or even 4s that notice they feel resistance to the idea, to try this exercise sometime. And then, read your writing aloud to yourself, noticing how you feel.
    Last edited by ericajoy; 07-28-2012 at 06:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericajoy View Post

    The four universal healing salves.


    In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.
    When did you stop dancing?
    When did you stop singing?
    When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
    When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
    Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul.
    Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.




    ~ Gabrielle Roth



    Found at elephant journal: Yoga, Sustainability, Politics, Spirituality.


    I am inspired by this perspective of healing depression and dispiritedness -- such a contrast to the western pop a pill method! For each of us have things that feed our souls and things that don't, and connecting with our body and noticing how we feel in the present moment can give us this information. And then we honor ourselves by expressing the information we find and allowing for conflict without withdrawal...

    This is so true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericajoy View Post
    They don't respond well to 'we' and yet, at their best, fours can speak of both the personal and the universal :) One of the most interesting writing exercises I have ever done is to go through my most personal writing and change it from 'I' to 'we'. I encourage 4s who are intrigued by this or even 4s that notice they feel resistance to the idea, to try this exercise sometime. And then, read your writing aloud to yourself, noticing how you feel.
    The Oneish tendencies have got so strong in me that I do not even refer to myself as I, I refer to myself as 'you'. It is awful. How to change that to 'I' first?

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    This brought to mind E4:

    "The view of the warrior-bodhisattva is not "Hell is bad and heaven is good" or "Get rid of hell and just seek heaven." Instead, we encourage ourselves to develop an open heart and an open mind to heaven, to hell, to everything. Only with this kind of equanimity can we realize that no matter what comes along, we're always standing in the middle of a sacred space. Only with equanimity can we see that everything that comes into our circle has come to teach us what we need to know."

    -Pema Chodron in Comfortable With Uncertainty

    Thanks for letting me share!


 

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