“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.”
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(enthusiasm, aspiration, muse, illumination, exaltation)
- Inward tension is a dance between hope and fear. When hope leads you get what you want, but if fear is calling the tune, you often attract what you are hoping to avoid. Remember the joy and exhilaration you’ve had with your dream.
- Intentionality is having light refracted into the prism of your mind. With it one may direct e-motion(spelling intended) into the plasma that fuels aspiration and motivation. It is time to review your original intention. Does it still hold? If so, are you acting on it congruently?
- Be open to realization (or feedback) following any act. It will reveal your emotional truth.
- “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”~ Pope John XXIII
- “Laughter is man’s most distinctive emotional expression. Man shares the capacity for love and hate, anger and fear, loyalty and grief, with other living creatures. But humor, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element, belongs to man.” ~ Margaret Mead
- “When you die and go to heaven, our maker is not going to ask, Why didn’t you discover the cure for such and such? The only question we will be asked in that precious moment is, Why didn’t you become you?” Elie Wiesel
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(fanaticism, reductionism, depression, shame, dejection, despair, depression, damp, melancholy, ennui, lugubrious,)
- Despondency occurs when light hits a black hole of depressed energy. Grave-ity dries up propulsion making one feel helpless instead of encouraged. Be careful not to fall into the trap of being stuck at an event horizon. Move through grief and have faith you will emerge on the other side.
- Inspired by despair, one can become apathetic and then fanatical. Are you desperate to make something happen?
- “No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.” ~ Oscar Wilde
- “Every flower must grow through dirt.” ~ Anonymous
- “Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.” ~ George Santayana
Relevance in the Michael Teaching
Inspiration is a feeling. A moment of emotional peak experience where the well intention has drilled into the highest level of joy possible: enthusiasm! The word itself means: in-spirit. And the message is not of the mind, it is of the heart.
Lessons and strengths of this Axis are of the exploration of emotion and the dimensions of open-closed, opaque or transparent, vulnerable or defended.
To be inspired is the most terrific of states. It is the fuel that keeps hope alive, faith sustained, and ultimately helps define one’s personal perception of virtues. From inspiration, we overlook the fixed “rational” explanation and do things that are extraordinary in the face of overwhelming odds. Shakespeare’s account of Henry V, St. Crispen’s Day speech at the battle of Agincourt rallied 5,000 men to defeat 20,000 on opponents home ground.
“This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
Passionate words inspire people to move beyond the limits of the rational mind to achieve results that are sometimes epic and heroic. What makes inspiration so potent is not the idea, but the mustering of emotion behind an idea.
Hitler too was capable of inspiring powerful intentions with charismatic upwelling that paved the way for a national collusion of mass murder. He played on the humiliation, shame, hopelessness, and weariness of the German people suffering greatly under the economic collapse of the Wiemar Republic and the massive burden of reparations owed to the Allies from WWI. All that seething misery can be stirred into believing even the most bizarre of ideas simply because they seem righteous and justified. While, in the mechanics of the human energy system, they provide a venting function for the emotional pressure within.
Today, in much of the world, political movements are being fueled by emotion to a fiery pitch. Many of the ideas are not new, or novel, and in some cases been intellectually rejected. So why has ideas like “big government” and “socialism” and “right to life” and “free enterprise” taken on such polarizing and often fanatical declaration? At the base of all of it is this: people are afraid! And they are afraid of the vulnerability of acknowledging their fear, so it is easier to find some simplistic slogan or dogmatic position to channel it all into and vent their fear into it. The mistake is addressing the so-called ideas being asserted with compensating ideas. Why? Because their is no acknowledgment of the survival threat that some people are feeling deep within. Instead of truly inspired, they are fanatically trapped in the emotional conflagration within; and agents who gain from manipulating that fear spoon feed these emotionally overwhelm people targets to hate. All one has to do is listen to any American Conservative talk show host to see this in action.
When a clear idea is framed by a clear plan, whose benefits are neither mystical, general, or greed related, are driven by loving and compassionate emotional resolve, whose aim is to achieve justice, there is nothing that can dissuade, stop, or kill that idea. Hope is not a bastion for the stupid, it is a cauldron of raw, molten energy that once drawn and poured into the mold of a clear intention, becomes an immortal icon as everlasting and enduring as freedom, justice, and peace.