On Trusting Inspiration

Trusting InspirationSometimes what we think we should be doing isn’t what we’re inspired to.

Because inspiration doesn’t always coincide with what our logical physical mind thinks.

For example, you think you should go to the gym but you’d much rather curl up with a new book.

Or you think you should attend the networking meeting to drum up some business, but you’d prefer to work in the garden.

What to do when what sounds good isn’t what makes senseΒ (to achieve the dream)?

Here’s what I have to say about that …

First, it’s worth checking to make sure we’re truly lined up with what we want.

Because if we’re focused on problems, failures and worries, then any nudges or hunches we get aren’t necessarily trusted for happy endings.

So first we ensure we’re pointed where we want to go. (Which just means aligning to the dream.)

And then it’s a matter of sussing out the difference between inspiration and the plottings of the physical mind. (And sometimes gremlins who also chime in.)

We know the difference based on how it feels. Anything that feels like joy, fun, excitement (or even relief) is a sign of inspiration.

That’s why following inspiration can also be described as doing what feels best, being true to our heart, having a brilliant flash of insight, or following an inner impulse.

For example, if it feels like a “should,” if it feels like hard work, if it feels like a root canal would be more enjoyable – that’s a sign it’s not inspired.

If it feels like fun, if it sounds like a good time, if it would be your favorite thing to do next – that’s a sign it’s coming from inspiration.

And we know that we manifest what we want by getting vibrationally lined up to it and then taking inspired action.

So if your gremlin, or peanut gallery, or logical left brain has different ideas for you, just remember how the system works.

“Alignment, and then …” as Abe says.

If you’re in aΒ situation where nothing sounds good, that’s a good time to check your alignment. If it is indeed in place, then that just means your inspiration is ‘nothing’ for now. Trust it! It likely won’t last long anyway.

When your inspiration is calling you to things that don’t make any sense, just remember that they’re not supposed to make sense!

Bashar tells us that our physical mind is incapable of comprehending what the higher mind can conceive. So we have to stop relying on or expecting our physical mind to figure it all out. It can’t know the best path and indeed it was never meant to.

I think we often dismiss inspiration because it doesn’t fit in with the plans we had about how to get what we want.

That’s why it’s important to remember we don’t have to connect all the dots and be able to explain how planting marigolds (or whatever is your idea of a good time) leads to our next client. We’re not supposed to understand that.

(Although the answer is always that alignment leads to success, and whatever we enjoy is how we get aligned!)

Our job is just to get pointed where we want to go and then answer the call of inspiration.

Because that inspiration isΒ the swiftest path to dreams come true.

Questions?Β I’ll tell you the ones I hear often:

  • What about the advice writers and runners always get about how it doesn’t matter whether you feel like it or not, you just gotta get it done?
  • What about when someone pivotal in the project disagrees with your inspiration?
  • Can you conjure up inspiration at will?

Let’s explore this subject further in the comments if you like.

Also, I’ll share my most famous example of following inspiration when it makes no sense in the comments since this post is long enough already.

  • June 12, 2015
  • Mira, I am so with you on this question. It seems sometimes like the deck is stacked against us by society and that includes sometimes family at a very young age.

  • Mia says:

    Hi Jeannette,
    I enjoyed reading this post! For me, the topic of “inspired action” has always been the most fascinating aspect about the LOA. However, I still struggle with putting it into practice.
    Two issues come to mind:
    – First of all, it’s really difficult to trust your inspiration when “the whole world” (other people, the media, the “experts”, …) give you completely different advice.
    For example, I would so love to manifest like-minded people into my life, kindred spirits, true friends, someone I can really connect with – I think you get what I mean. After having persuaded myself to go “out there” and try to meet new people, I got frustrated and exhausted. It just didn’t work for me that way and it didn’t feel good either. At the moment, it doesn’t feel good at all to get active and get involved in anything social. However, the world’s opinion is: “You can’t just sit at home and wait for someone to come and knock at your door! You must be crazy if you think so. You MUST go out, you MUST try to get active, meet new people, etc.” It’s really difficult to disregard those other opinions and still trust in having it your way.
    – Secondly, sometimes I feel as if I didn’t deserve to have it that easy. For example, I need to find a solution about my health insurance, the fees are simply too expensive for me. I have researched this issue time and time again and it didn’t feel good at all – it’s so complicated that I can’t understand it without having professional help (which I don’t want and can’t find anyway). So all I want now is a quick and easy fix for this situation – something I learned from you, by the way. πŸ˜‰ However, there’s a voice in my head saying: “Who are you to think you can have it that easy? It’s impossible to do nothing and have the solution handed to you on a silver platter.”
    Maybe you could share some advice on those two problem areas – I think other readers might benefit as well!
    Thanks for the great inspiration – as always! πŸ™‚

    • Jeannette says:

      Mia, yes, good questions.
      When you said, “After having persuaded myself to go ‘out there'” – you can see how that’s not born out of inspiration, right? Inspiration isn’t something we need to talk ourselves into – it’s the thing that feels most natural and fun.
      So we wouldn’t necessarily expect fabulous results from a less than fabulous-based effort, right?
      And I agree, it takes some practice and some trust/faith to ignore the muggle world’s ideas about what actions we can take. Although, I don’t actually practice complete ignorance of that input, because every once in a while one of those suggestions sounds really delightful!
      To your other question, though, about feeling worthy of what we want – that’s calling for a committed practice of self-love. That isn’t usually something that happens on a dime, so persisting with the practice is where the payoff is.
      Thanks for posting these questions, Mia. I hope what I shared makes sense. πŸ™‚

      • Mia says:

        Thank you, Jeannette – great advice! You’re so right, especially about the lack of inspiration (and what results from it) and the self-love practice!

  • Amina says:

    Hi Jeanette –
    I loved what you wrote. I agree totally in following your joy and Abraham Hicks on unhappy journeys do not have happy endings. When you are aligned that you want to feel good, be in great shape, and take deep care of your body, you will know that you don’t really feel like getting up and running, but that is resistance not inspiration – it feels different. When you think of going to a networking event and find yourself doing anything possible to be late or clean the kitchen to be late, that is a clear sign you do not want to go… it is different from resistance. Resistance is usually sitting still and overthinking, while inspiration to not go is finding anything else to do (that sounds more fun) than going. That has been my experience. Thanks for the great post!

  • What a wonderful post! Sometimes moving forward feels like a struggle. Your post reminds us that struggling is actually what blocks us from being open and receptive. Accepting inspiration without questioning it, is a beautiful, strong, powerful piece of advice. Thank you!

    • Jeannette says:

      Can I just say how much I love “Shine and Rise”! Brilliant, my friend!
      And yeah, that’s one of Abe’s core messages – that struggle doesn’t take us where we want to go. I love their upstream metaphor!
      And I know from experience that accepting inspiration without questioning it is more challenging than it might sound. So here’s to knowing the system well enough to embrace that!

  • Practically Always Pollyanna says:

    Timely post, Jeannette! Just this morning I was in a situation where I had to edit a very negative piece of writing… (long story!) But I did have to do it as it is part of my job role for a project I am involved in, which is mainly focusing on the positive, of course! So to get around that – and because fortunately, I am good at editing fast – I put a smile on my face, music on in the background and skimmed over it quickly, yet still professionally, not letting the words have any effect and thinking to myself ‘thank goodness I am enlightened enough to know the reality is whatever we choose it to be.’ And it was over and done with in 5 minutes.
    Sometimes tasks come up which aren’t fun but we can turn them into something fun and then get onto the stuff which really is FUN πŸ™‚

    • Elle says:

      This is really good! Thank you for sharing. It is very helpful!

    • Jeannette says:

      Pollyanna, isn’t it amazing how easily the right music can transform the vibe of whatever we’re doing?! I love your example of getting deliberate about choosing how you were going to feel through the somewhat challenging activity.
      Nice work, Pollyanna! πŸ™‚

  • anonymous says:

    Hi Jeannette,
    This is a good post, I think many will feel agree with what you describe. For me however I have found the traditional way to work best, and maybe some other people can relate.
    I feel the same way as Kitnye much of the time. For months I wasn’t make much progress towards my goals, because I didn’t receive any inspired action to do the things that I obviously need to do. I got really frustrated and upset, angry at myself for not being able to apply LOA deliberately like so many people online. So I stopped, went back to pushing myself a bit to do things, and feel better for it. Now I feel more in control of my life and like I’m making progress towards the things that are really important to me.
    I was wasting so much time online doing things that were pleasurable in the moment, but that were not moving me closer to where I want to be. Once you get past the resistance of starting, it’s easy to let the flow carry you and enjoy the process of creating. It feels really good to see how my skills have grown over time because of the consistent practice and discipline to keep at it every day. Something that is really helpful for me is to work on different steps towards my goals each day. There are numerous things I can do in relation to them, and I ask myself which seems most fun today and do that. It changes each day, and this way there is variety.
    I don’t doubt that lining up emotionally first and then completing an action works for many people, and perhaps someday this will be true for me too, but for others this approach can cause a lot of frustration and the traditional way can be better suited. Sometimes taking the action journey feels much better than the alignment one, even if there’s some negative emotion there. I think it’s ok if you don’t feel good all the time. Making it ok to feel all emotions has helped me a lot and has taken so much pressure off. There are good and bad feelings, it’s natural to experience the whole range, and there’s nothing to feel bad about if you are feeling some resistance or even really down sometimes. The realization that no one has a perfect life or feels good all the time has helped me to stop comparing myself and my path with others’.
    So to anyone reading this and feeling frustration after trying the alignment approach or that they have failed with LOA, if a certain outcome or attainment of a desire is important to you and the inspired actions aren’t coming, don’t feel bad for pushing yourself to do things. Don’t beat yourself up for not going for joy all the time and for feeling resistance towards certain actions. When you really want something, go after it! πŸ™‚

    • Jeannette says:

      Yeah, I think it’s a common myth that conscious creation involves “feeling good all the time” – as if we’re not supposed to dive into any of the lower scale emotions.
      That’s certainly not an instruction you’ll hear from me.
      Case in point:
      And many times alignment isn’t necessarily about pleasure or even joy.
      Which is yet another reason to devote a separate post to this topic.
      But what you’re demonstrating here, anonymous, is that what felt better to YOU was to start doing something. For some people that is how they tap into alignment.
      The thing I want fellow creators to be aware of is the energy that’s fueling those actions.
      If you’re taking an action and you genuinely feel better for it – you’re working the alignment end of it!
      But if you’re taking an action because you think you “should” or because someone else told you to, and you’re not feeling better for it, you’re not actually headed where you want to go.
      My biz partner Lisa Hayes is fond of saying that action is often the ticket to alignment for a lot of people. There has been an occasion or two where that was the case for me.
      But it doesn’t matter what we DO as much as it matters how we FEEL.
      For someone who can get relief or more positive expectation through the doing, then you are accomplishing the feeling aspect of it. Which is the one that matters.
      I wonder if I’m making sense?
      I appreciate your post as an opportunity to flesh this out further for those who might feel unsure on this subject!

      • anonymous says:

        Yes, you made perfect sense, I appreciate your reply. πŸ™‚
        I guess everyone is different in this respect. I admit I get jealous of those who just flow through life with no seeming problems, never have to force themselves to do anything and have everything flow to them…but then again, I’m not seeing the whole picture. What we see on the outside is never the whole picture, whether online or in real life. I think, especially on social sharing websites, people tend to only share the aspects of their lives that are really positive and often enviable and it can skew our perceptions of others and ourselves. Or in biographies and interviews of successful people, there tends to be only the highlights shared, while personal challenges and struggles are often not.
        Sometimes even when I push myself and after a while still don’t feel inspired, then I’ll go do something else. I know that the circumstances of my own life for past year have not been conductive to inspiration (social isolation, little food and movement, not going out, hating where I’ve been living) so I have to do a lot to change them. I think when I’m in a better place physically, probably much more inspiration will flow as you have described. πŸ™‚

  • Kitnye says:

    My question though is how do I know when I’m aligned with what I want? Most times I don’t feel any sort of “inspiration” and then I think of all the things I “should” do

    • Jeannette says:

      Really good question, Kitnye.
      In fact, Lisa and I were just talking about this with our coaches the other day … how to tell when a client (and certainly also ourselves) has found the “click” of alignment.
      This actually could be a blog post in itself. Maybe I’ll post a Q&A on this, so everyone can weigh in …

  • Sandeep says:

    True Jeannette
    Love and regards

  • Janette says:

    OMGosh SUCH a good topic!! On the question about writers doing it even when we don’t feel like it….
    When I was writing my first book, I had an agreement with a publisher and a strict(ish) deadline. One short e-book to write in five weeks, including research.
    I knew that forcing it wouldn’t produce great results, but there were days it did NOT feel like the most fun thing to do. And that’s because I was frightened of it. I can’t speak for ALL writers, but facing the blank screen and keyboard triggered all those “not good enough” feelings that didn’t serve me. ANYTHING would have felt like more fun.
    Here’s the strategy that worked for me:
    Recognise that the ‘not fun now’ feelings came from being caught in anxiety, so they weren’t real and they weren’t aligned with my desire for a book.
    Immerse in the why of it (remember my own passion for the topic), and spend a few minutes deeply imagining my ideal reader (someone relatively new to LOA and brain science, sitting on a long train trip, devouring my book and looking up every so often because she wished she had someone with her so she could say “OMG this stuff is amazing!!” – yes, I was VERY detailed LOL)
    Re-read the last bit I wrote, to remind me of the energy of this thing I was making.
    Read the research for the piece I was about to write, to help amp up the excitement about the topic.
    And then let that imaginary reader PULL the words through me onto the keyboard.
    In other words – it’s exactly what you describe, Jeannette. It’s about getting lined up FIRST. In this instance, I had a strong incentive to get lined up ON PURPOSE, whether I ‘felt like it’ or not – because of an agreement I had.
    Breaking the agreement felt worse than doing the work (and yes, there were a few occasions when I got as far as drafting an email to say I was bailing LOL! – glad I didn’t!!)
    Our brains have a tendency to judge what they think the outcome of something will feel like. Left to their own devices, they sometimes get it wrong. But for writers and runners, I think we develop a capacity to deliberately imagine the fabulous outcome in a way that lets our brain face up to the immediate sense of “nah, don’t wanna” and choose to change it up.
    AND…. I did bail on a book when I realised the topic itself didn’t have the juice required to keep me excited. It was early days, and I’m deeply relieved I didn’t write it.
    Thank you for this. I have another book brewing right now, so being reminded of exactly how to inspire myself to get it written is incredibly useful and very timely!

    • Jeannette says:

      Janette, I love your strategy of tapping into inspiration by letting “that imaginary reader PULL the words through me onto the keyboard.”
      You’re reminding me of when Esther had the editing job to do while Jerry was off galavanting around in the beautiful countryside. Esther was at first irritated that she couldn’t join him (after realizing she could, but she’d prefer to keep her promise to get the edits done), and then began a rampage of appreciation that Abe said left her having a way better time than Jerry was goofing off on his walk!
      Alignment really isn’t that tricky, when we have conscious creator skills at our fingertips. πŸ™‚

    • Jannette, this is such a helpful distinction, that “it did NOT feel like fun” because you were frightened of the blank page. Yeah, way to untangle the resistant thought form from the inspired action!
      For me, when it comes to doing scary things, I notice whether it’s a lit hallway. Yeah, it’s like one path has a lit hallway leading that direction. If it feels lit, I go for it, whether it’s scary or not – and I’m never disappointed.

  • Peter says:

    Hi Jeanette, great conversation starter πŸ™‚ I often vacillate between ‘wait for the nudge’ and ‘do it anyway’ but I’ve had some success when I roll between the two.
    If I just can’t get aligned I start gently and loosely anyway and by doing so I sometimes get closer to what I really want and then the inspiration comes flooding in. So a little bit of doing might help you get clearer on your alignment but if it doesn’t then there’s always another series of Modern Family πŸ˜‰

    • Jeannette says:

      Yes, Peter, you’re showing us how it’s always a matter of doing what feels best. Even when what feels best is to start doing something. That in itself is moving from inspiration – because it feels better (or offers relief) to get in action.
      Whenever I’m tempted to do something just for the sake of doing something, I remind myself that unhappy journeys don’t have happy endings, so if this isn’t something I really truly enjoy in some form, I’m better off skipping it. And instead tending to my alignment.
      Thanks for adding to the conversation here, my friend. πŸ™‚

  • Namaste says:

    Really enjoyed this post =) It reminds me of your story about following your inspiration, instead of making cold sales calls, so that you ended up with that big account back in your 9-to-5 days.
    As I read through your questions at the end of your post, I simply thought back to your earlier point of “Alignment, and then” as Abe says. I’ve spent the past year and a half writing almost every day to complete my book. I’m in alignment with the project and each day I simply go to work on the part that I’m inspired by. It doesn’t always make sense, sometimes it’s completely out of order (working on the end part when the middle hasn’t been written yet for example). Anyone who has a system for writing books would likely call me nuts but it works. And on the incredibly rare days, where nothing at all inspires me, I don’t write. But I always check every single section first, because often I don’t feel like writing until I see a section and think, “O adding this would be perfect.” =)

    • Jeannette says:

      I gotta say, Namaste, THAT is a book I want to read!!!
      One that came strictly and solely from INSPIRATION?! It just doesn’t get any better than THAT!
      Kudos to you for ignoring the traditional advice on how to do it.
      And for those who do find joy in honoring the traditional advice on book writing (or running, or whatever the subject may be), you’re home free if you’re finding better vibes by following the rules.
      This really calls for us to know ourselves – that is, to be self aware enough – to recognize how we FEEL about doing something. Right?
      Thanks for chiming in, Namaste! Always a pleasure to hear from you. πŸ™‚

    • Anonymous says:

      Aloha Jeanette and namaste :-).
      Great post and just what I needed right now. I’m a writer and I write like you Namaste. I’m a pantser writer and proud of it. I only write when the Muses turn up. I write all over the place. Cut and paste is my friend. :-).
      People used to tell me I’d never make it as a writer without the ‘discipline.’ I just got picked up for my fourth book this morning. I have more written than the plotter writers I know. If I did what I ‘should’ – I’d never have become a writer. I follow my energy an it works with writing.
      My hardest thing is allowing myself with the rest of my life to wait for the inspiration. And not push the energy.
      How often have I though. Christ. I really should do something with such and such. Sigh. I put it off and out it off. Then voila – out of nowhere – it gets solved with me doing minimal effort with it. Thank you Universe and Guides.
      Martha Beck talks about the power of doing nothing. She’s right. And so is Jeanette. You hit the nail on the head. Thanks. Needed that today. πŸ™‚
      Aloha Meg Amor. :-).

      • Jeannette says:

        Congrats on getting picked up for your fourth book, Meg! That’s fabulous!
        And I love that your writing success is such a perfect example of how well it serves us to roll exclusively with inspiration.
        Thanks for this. πŸ™‚

      • Namaste says:

        Thanks for sharing, always nice to know I’m in good company =)

      • Carol says:

        Love that, Meg. My experience is that we are each designed to use our energy in our own unique way. Many of us have a lot of individualized creative energy, which we are only meant to use when ‘in the mood,’ when the spirit calls (sort of like ‘making hay when the sun shines’). Not the easiest path in this just do it world, but well worth the practice, since the energy becomes much more available, feels much ‘cleaner’ and easier to use, and produces much more satisfying results. We provide each other a great service by gently reminding that it’s OK to wait, do nothing (or at least not THAT) till it feels good and right. Love hearing how well it’s paid off for you… and so impt to keep sharing.

  • Elle says:

    This is good. Thank you!
    My question is, shouldn’t we just do something, a little something, to move towards our goal? Isn’t the point to keep on moving, not to stop, no matter what? I guess not give up, so baby steps are better than giant leaps, right? Just saying. Of course, if you do not feel like something, proceed with it until you do. Sometimes going to a party without having anything to wear or not really wanting to at first does lead to having a great time and even meeting someone special you can hang out with, you know what I’m saying?

    • Jeannette says:

      Great question, Elle. I’m glad you brought this up because it’s an important consideration.
      Here’s my take: no, you should not do something, just a little something, to move you toward your goal.
      UNLESS that little something FEELS GOOD! Unless it feels good to honor a belief that you should be doing something.
      Remember what Abe says … unhappy journeys don’t have happy endings? That’s why any action will only be helpful if it’s INSPIRED action. If it feels good or is enjoyable. Or at least offers relief.
      And yes, for some people, doing something just for the sake of doing something is going to offer them relief. (I’ve been in that category before, where it feels better to be in action than to be scratching my head wondering what to do.)
      But I know from experience that when we are nicely aligned to our desire, it is easy to feel inspired to something.
      Mike Dooley tells us to keep throwing pitches and turning over rocks no matter what. No matter where you are, do what you can with what you have. Or something like that.
      I think it helps us SO much more to just take a moment, before turning over another damn rock, to take a minute and get lined up with what we want first.
      When we do that, Universe responds with a tap on the shoulder, saying “you, over here, this is where I need you in order to orchestrate your miracle.” All we have to do is answer that tap on the shoulder. (I’m saying that’s what inspired action is.)
      So my answer to your most excellent question, and I’d love to hear from others on this, because I know not everyone sees it how I’m saying it, is that if you’re going to take action, please let it be inspired action. Otherwise you’re not headed where you want to go anyway.
      And for some people, the answer is that yes, it feels better to be doing something! anything! just give me a reason to believe this will happen! And by taking some action it gives them a reason.
      But man, that action is SO much more effective when it’s coming from the part of us that knows what to do. (That being the higher mind, Bashar calls it, or the higher self, or our inner guidance, says Abe.)
      Am I making sense or muddying the waters?
      You’ve got a separate question in here about how something you might not have been looking forward to can turn into a good time once you get there … but this response is long enough so I’m posting it now.
      Thanks for the great questions, Elle! πŸ™‚

      • Elle says:

        Not at all, I see what you are saying. It makes sense. It is important to do what feels good.
        And for my other question, sometimes you need to be at that party, so those who dragged you there did what they had to do. It was inspired action that they brought you to the party, and you felt good about going in the end. It does not even matter what you wear. It is your vibe that matters. When I was deciding about some things, people appeared into my life and told me their opinions, and were unanimous. Most fell out of my life, so things happen, the universe responds to you in this manner, for example by bringing in people who would tell you their opinion, or people who would take you to the part, etc. It is all part of the universe’s communication with you, so keep your feelings open.

  • MsNikki says:

    Thank you, Jeannette!
    This is such a lovely reminder for those of us who always feel like we “should” be doing something. Anything. I am going to bookmark this on my phone as a constant reminder, too.
    This very week I thought that I should attend a networking event and then didn’t really want to at all. I decided to go to the library for a really cool science project demonstration. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it and learned something new. While there, I found out an awesome resource that I could use for my business as well as a nice stash of travel guides for my next vacation. Plus, I met a potential client, too.

    • Jeannette says:

      Right on! That’s exactly what I’m talking about, MsNikki!
      Yay to you for trusting the inspiration and going with what felt better. You made it sound easy here (and I know that it can be when we trust the system), but a lot of people struggle to do the thing that ‘makes no sense.’
      Thanks for posting on this one, my friend!

  • Jeannette says:

    Actually, I just realized I’ve told my favorite story before about following inspired action after getting aligned:
    My managers would not have understood why lunching was more powerful for my success than continuing to make sales calls. But I knew.
    Journaling was how I got lined up first, but there are lots of ways to do that. Regardless of how we do that first step, following the inspiration that comes after the alignment is the key to allowing success to manifest!

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