These words are from Martha Graham, an American modern dancer and choreographer who lived between 1894 and 1991.
Her influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky on music, and Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture.
She quietly mentioned them to fellow dancer Agnes de Mille, after Agnes had confessed to her that she had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that she actually could be.
Martha’s words beautifully capture the nature of the creative power we all possess.
We all have a ‘life force’ that’s trying to come out in a unique way that can only be expressed by you…
your own INNER PASSION.
Passion in this context is the fuel that drives us forward in life:
The passion to experience,
to create value,
to build something that has a life of its own,
to connect (with) other people,
to do something remarkable with our lives –
whatever it is that’s important to us.
That is what I want to talk about today.
We all speak of wanting to “Make a Difference”.
So, lets talk about that, shall we?
What makes you different?
This is the very information you need to examine.
Your uniqueness is the doorway you need to open up and walk through in order for you to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
When we do find that door and open it, we will have no real need for fancy motivational tricks to ignite our inspiration.
No more need to retain a ‘positive outlook.’
While such methods can contribute to increasing its intensity…
This inner fire is a humongous and inexhaustible resource of energy, unequaled by anything.
It can fuel the realization of any genuine intent we have.
It alone allows us to do anything we really want to do with unparalleled vigor.
It electrifies our ability to easily move through all of the inevitable trials and tribulations that we’ll find on the journey of making our dreams a reality…
because we all know that each come with their own set of internal obstacles to overcome!
Or otherwise it’ll dissolve any of our supposed ‘inner blocks’ by simply making them fade to the background of its captivating and overwhelming liveliness.
Your inner flame will mesmorize you in exactly the same was an actual flame does…its beauty and power are hypnotic.
SO WHERE IS IT?
We all have this flame burning within us, without exception.
For some of us it might have become so dim that we don’t even recognize it anymore.
We have all experienced its dashing intensity at some point in our lives, only usually just for very short, fleeting moments.
Nevertheless, we all remember those moments, because they bring such awesome clarity,
lightness of heart,
and inexhaustible vitality.
The problem most of us have with Making a Difference is that we have a huge DISCONNECT with this genius inside of us…
that part of us that is DIFFERENT from everyone else.
We enter school at the age of 5, and are taught to CONFORM.
To be Mediocre.
To Never Stand out, and be Different.
How do we UN-learn these messages?
How do we turn off that programming and find our FLAME so that we can ignite our passion and therefore Make a Difference?
Because if we ever want to experience the true nature of the creative power and fulfillment we’re really seeking, we must (re)discover and fuel this flame.
An autostereogram is a type of illustration that’s designed to create the visual illusion of a three-dimensional scene from a two-dimensional image, where the suggestion of depth is created from the different perspective that each eye has of a three-dimensional scene.
At first sight, the image usually appears as a flat, abstract collage of colors. However, it has another, three-dimensional picture ‘underneath’ it that we’re unable to readily see through our normal ways of looking.
To perceive that ‘deeper’ image, we’re supposed to hold the book at a certain distance from our face, and then pull it slowly away without adjusting the focus of our eyes – kind of like looking through the picture. Then at one point in that trajectory, the three-dimensional image will suddenly show up.
Now I have to admit:
Personally, I could never do it, except for some occasional instances of success. I’d keep putting a lot of effort into finding the image behind the colored mishmash. But no matter how hard I tried, it never worked. It could drive me nuts!
But then at one point, for no reason whatsoever that I can remember, I picked up one of those books, opened it to one of the pictures, and without trying it all, there it was! The three-dimensional picture behind it just popped up in front of my eyes.
And yet, I still didn’t know how exactly I did it. So even after that experience of ‘success,’ I couldn’t reproduce the ability on a consistent basis.
At first I thought the trick was to sneak up on the book as if I wasn’t interested. But that didn’t turn out to work dependably…
Putting my eyes out of focus didn’t work either…
Very occasionally it just came to me. But usually it didn’t.
Now to be really honest with you:
I can’t say I consistently and diligently practiced it… With other stuff on my mind, it was just never that important to me.
And that’s the issue right there!
You see, in that particular sense, the inner flame of our passion is kind of similar to the deeper three-dimensional image in those autostereogram:
- You can’t always see it.
- But nevertheless, every now and then it makes itself apparent.
Sometimes it’ll come to you, and when it does, it’s usually at the most unexpected or inconvenient moment and in the strangest, most unpredictable ways:
- You could be standing on the corner about to walk across the street…
- You could be exercising…
- You could be turning in your sleep, dreaming…
- You could be polishing your paperclip collection…
- You could be in the shower,
- packing a suitcase,
- visiting a concert or theater show,
- cleaning out your closet…
It’ll always be fleeting and unpredictable, unless you make it truly important to you!
If you really want to tap into its powers and experience its burning infusion of energy, inspiration, motivation and elation…
then you must make it really, really important to you!
In fact, you must make it so important that you’ll do anything to see it for what it is.
The flame of your passion is and has always been there.
It doesn’t need to be ignited,
Only to be found and recognized.
So today go start a fire.
As usual, please leave me a comment below. Share with us all the ways you have been able to ignite your flame of passion in life.