“Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion?” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Within every seed is an idea waiting to express itself, complete with all the resources it needs to support its growth. At the fundamental level, every seed possesses a unique motivational force that drives it to fullness. Is that idea a mystery? It may seem like it, but within the acorn is the exact blueprint of the full-grown oak with all the necessary evolutionary wisdom needed for the potential tree. So it goes for the human experience. The more we’re able to understand the idea that drives the growth, the more we’re able to support it.
Your inspired ideas are the blueprints to a life that is possible as well as the signals of your core motivational force. You, like the seed, are being directed by this core motivational force. And if not, why not? The more you know yourself, the easier it is to call for the experiences you want. And, despite popular belief, using your memory just won’t cut it; a deeper, richer wellspring of timeless knowledge is always available if you know where to find it.
Locating Your Own Motivational Force
Locating your own unique motivational force helps clarify the mystery of your path. A motivational force is the unifying thread that propels every organism to express itself authentically. It is naturally different for each person, and you may relate to it differently depending on where you are at in your life, but it is always present.
Whether it is singing, dancing, writing, teaching, connecting with animals or hiking in nature, everyone has some source of inspiration driving them. There may be multiple avenues of getting in touch with your particular driving force, and they do inevitably appear to us organically, but those moments are usually brief, temporary flashes of brilliant clarity that seem to occur at random. We may not notice their importance. However, you’ll see it on the climber’s face as he looks down the mountain after arriving at the peak — his desire to push himself to reach higher and higher plateaus reveals itself in the moment he realizes the possibility of that mountain top was present in the first step.
For me, Mt. Shasta provided the space to get in touch with what I really wanted to experience, my true motivational force. Once I allowed myself enough quiet to see what really mattered, I realized I didn’t need to waste any extra time “finding” myself in the culturally accepted roles set out for me. Standing in the clarity of my own unbroken stream of true motivation, my longing for meaning was satisfied from within rather than from comparisons with the outside world. As much as we think we need to, going in circles isn’t necessary to prove how far we’ve traveled.
Oftentimes, our search for meaning will guide our lives in confusing and divisive directions, only to bring us back to our original intentions. It’s common to create extreme polarities so that the friction alerts us to what truly matters. But what if we could cut out the extremes and just live in harmony with our motivational force?
Standing In Your Truth
If you were to reflect back on your life, you would see a rhythm of experiences referencing moments of clarity and moments of growth. What would happen if you could make that brilliance a regular, intentional occurrence rather than waiting around for it to happen?
The answer is you would know what you really want to have in your life. What I am offering is to share my process for creating solid reference points back to your internal wellspring of knowledge.
Everyone and everything is expressing an idea, with either a desire to know more of itself, or to continue the path of expression with more clarity. The connection to everything you’ll need on this journey is already within; the seed always carries the most relevant and updated information for the original idea to be expressed. As the acorn yields into the sapling and then into the glorious oak, its every millimeter of growth is consciously guided by clear and appropriate knowledge of what it needs for success.
What if the purpose of life is to live so fully in tune with your motivational force that every heartbeat is a reflection of your awareness? Can you imagine a culture in which everyone is living the life they desire for themselves? Now, would you believe that your own inspired ideas are what is most needed for humanity, the earth, and beyond? Together, we’ll make this forest a reality.