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Tue, July 1, 2014
Sculpting and Inspiring Life
Everyone hopes to live an inspired life, at least I have not met anyone who has told me otherwise. For to live inspired is to be connected and filled with a quickening, animating and exalting influence that literally breathes fresh life into our being. We all experience being inspired, yet for many the difficulty is sustaining our inspirations in a manner that helps us live to our fullest potential.

For most of us sustaining an inspired life doesn’t just happen, it is a process that needs cultivating. An image that comes to mind when I think of the process is sculpting. Sculpting begins with a simple chunk of stone, some are larger and some are smaller. We begin with our very own chunk of life, again, some are larger and some are smaller. As the sculptor decides what is to emerge from the stone, we too get to decide what emerges from our chunk of life. In fact, the whole process of sculpting can be used in helping to identify a process for sustaining our inspiration.   

Like life, sculpting is multi-dimensional. Sculptors begin by choosing a stone that speaks to them and they study its various sides to discover what form is hidden within. In life it is best to begin by listening within ourselves regarding all the dimensions of our life, what excites us and will give great value to our work, the environment we want to live in, health to our physical being and alignment with our spiritual preference. A sculptor doesn’t try to force the stone into what it is not meant to be, but works with natural contours and pleasing aspects of the stone. Our inspired choices will feel natural and bring forth a dynamic sense of flow and wellbeing. In addition the sculptor studies the stone to discover its natural flaws and cracks that need to be worked around. So too in our life, understanding our flaws and how to work with them will keep us from creating important mistakes that block our inspired living.

As a sculptor begins he/she makes sure to obtain the proper tools that will make the work efficient and provide safety when the dust flies on the project. We too must think about what will be needed in creating a life of inspiration. The equipment for a sculptor can be very simple and projects can be completed with little cost or with great expense depending upon the kind of investment the sculptor would like to make. So too, our inspirations are better sustained with planning and wisely considering what resources, education, and energy will need to go into our creations along with whom and what will provide our support and safety as the dust of our new creations flies.

Once we have discovered our inspiration and have gathered the necessary tools it is important to clarify our vision. Holding a clear final vision keeps our inspiration flowing. As with the sculptor the clearer our vision of the final form the easier it is for our minds to identify the next best step. Neuroscience has proven that our minds literally don’t know the difference between the visualization and the reality. Any time we see something happening in our mind our body receives the experience as if it is now happening and will produce and build on the great feelings that inspired us at the beginning. Visualizing is now known to be an important form of practicing that produces nearly the same results as repeating the actual physical act.

As you bring the next phase, the actual physical work of the process, you will experience the importance of holding a vision that builds the excitement and passion for your inspiration. Our passion keeps our inspiration alive. Like sculpting, working out of our inspirations takes time, technique, switching up the use of our various tools, plus patience for the finishing touches like sanding and polishing. For the sculptor, the job is dusty, dirty and sometimes painful; as one artist describes sanding until his hands bleed. In any project we are building or creating if we don’t love what we are doing it will be very difficult to maintain the momentum when challenging or painful experiences arise in the process. This is true with our life inspirations that can easily be abandoned when we are not passionate about our creation.

Leonardo DaVinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”. Our life inspirations are very much like art; some are never quite finished, some require constant tweaking, some are abandoned because we lose our passion for them, and some are ready to be handed on or sold.

As with the artist, letting go of a piece can be bittersweet but you are amazed by the joy and knowledge you have gained and sometimes how your inspiration is appreciated by others. However, there is something inside telling you that your creation is complete and you feel ready to start something new. You find yourself once again in the contemplation phase and begin discovering a new pleasure. The process starts all over again. Some call it the circle of life but I like to think of it more like a spiral. One inspiration satisfied leads to another higher and sometimes more exciting inspiration. We are refreshed again with a new quickening, animating, exalting influence that breathes fresh life into our being and we look forward to the new creation.

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