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Inspiration - what is it actually?

What exactly is inspiration and what do we need it for? Inspiration - the Duden defines it as "a creative idea, thought, sudden realization, illuminating idea that leads someone, especially in a spiritual activity, enlightenment, inspiration". Wikipedia explains it as follows: "Inspiration comes from the Latin: inspiratio" ensouling ", breathing in spiritus" life, soul, spirit ". In general terms, it is understood to mean an unexpected idea or a starting point for artistic creativity.

The conceptual history is based on the idea that on the one hand works by artists and on the other hand religious traditions are inspirations of the divine (not necessarily understood personally) - an idea that can be found in both Near Eastern religions as well as with pre-Socratic philosophers and then unfolds a broad history of impact ”.

The ancient Greeks, especially Hesiod and Democritus, felt inspired by the divine and saw themselves as recipients of divine inspirations. Democritus put it, for example: "Whatever a poet describes with enthusiasm and with a divine touch or spirit, that is certainly beautiful."

Cicero used the Latin expression afflatus in the poetic as well as in the religious sense for "inspiration" or "divine inspiration", as "blowing in something" by a divine wind. The Roman lawyer, politician, poet and philosopher describes inspiration as an unexpected breath that overtakes the poet - a powerful force whose essence the poet is helplessly and unconsciously exposed. Cicero got it right to the point.

But what does inspiration mean to us?

Without inspiration, our life would be a lot poorer. Even when mankind was at the beginning, she was inspired by her surroundings, nature or other people: she created tools, created works of art and invented stories.

How do you find inspiration?

Inspiration is breathing in the mind and soul. Inspired life is lived life, independent, self-determined and completely freed from everything. Inspired life is also about doing what we really want, what we really want and, above all, what we are meant to do. In short: inspiration means taking the freedom to live life consciously.

People like to be inspired or inspire themselves. Often you just have to sit there and stare into the air - as some contemporaries like to call it pejoratively - that can be fantastically inspiring. Sitting on a bench enjoying the sun, thinking about nothing and then comes this one thought, this one picture or whatever that inspires us, abducts us and sends us on a journey whose destination we do not yet know.

Inspiration as an elixir of life

Inspiration is an elixir of life. Unfortunately, many fellow human beings know little what to do with inspiration. But what do you need inspiration for anyway? Isn't it possible without it? Isn't it enough to be creative?

The soul needs inspiration

Do something good for the soul, this is how the ancient Romans or Greeks saw inspiration. Inspiration is food for the soul and that in turn is important to feed our emotions. Without them we would not survive, we would become extremely depressed.

People need inspiration to find solutions, to come up with new ideas, to break new ground. If you can't have one thing then inspire you to do something else. A small, banal example: In some regions people have too little sun. And we know that sunlight is very good for us, yes, it is even vital. So man invented artificial sunlight, which is supposed to help people to produce serotonin, the happiness hormone, which we just lose on dark days.

There are so many ways in which people can be inspired and so many different triggers. Inspiration has a lot to do with ideas, whereby “having ideas” is not the same as “being inspired”. Inspiration doesn't last, inspiration happens. If you are inspired, then you cannot preserve this inspiration, you cannot put it in a drawer and take it out again when necessary. Inspiration always happens in the NOW. Inspiration motivates, it makes people more productive, more lively.

Implementation is important for any type of inspiration. The stronger an inspiration is, the more you will want to implement it - and also be able to do so.

Erich Kästner once said: "You need more dreams than other people can destroy."

So let's not let our dreams be destroyed.

Let us let our inspirations run wild and live our lives that are meant for us. It often starts with a little inspiration, a little dream, which then suddenly becomes something big, wonderful. Admit it.