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Where Do You Stand? Inspiration Is A Choice!

meditationHaPeFlickr.jpgIn the book Inspiration Deficit Disorder I discuss the important of understanding five core dimensions of “self”  that are involved in human growth and healing. The more you have awareness of these aspects of who you are, the more agile and intentional you can be with your choices and responses to life’s events and relationships. Naturally, in the book these ideas are described in depth, but here are five simple ways you could think of these five universal parts that make up our experience of life:


  1. SOURCE – The part of you that knows what peace, love and connection is.
  2. ESSENCE – The part of you that knows what you really need and value.
  3. WOUNDING – The part of you that was hurt, disrespected, or disappointed.
  4. PERSONA – The part of you that lives by the stories, expectations, approval of others.
  5. HOOKS – The parts of you that act without thinking – your habits, reactive behaviors (this includes all habits and additions from food to arguing, to hiding, drinking, and controlling others).

Your greatest joy, inner strength and peace will always come from the first two “layers.” You can assess any situation and how you are relating to it by asking yourself 5 simple yes or no questions.


  1. SOURCE – Am I acting out of a true sense of highest good, non-attachment and compassion?
  2. ESSENCE – Am I acting with integrity in a way that truly reflects who I am inside?
  3. WOUNDING – Am I reacting from old emotions?
  4. PERSONA – Am I reacting to serve the expectations, approval or control of others?
  5. HOOKS – Am I falling into an old automatic pattern or bad habit?

If you answer “yes” to 3, 4 or 5, then it’s like time to ask yourself what it would take to do things differently so that you could answer “yes” to 1 and 2.

Image courtesy of HaPe on Flickr

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posted September 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

i totally agree. when i’m in touch with my source and essence, i feel contentment within and with out. many times i find myself reacting with the other three. i think it’s good i’m aware of that part of myself when it’s happening and therefore try to stop and react differently for the good. although your book is out…i hope you delve deeper into this ‘balance’. thank you.

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posted September 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

When I find myself getting into the cycle of fear and worry, I am coming from wounding, persona, and hooks. Thank goodness I can recognize when I am doing this and then I am able to get back to source and essence.
I think the great tragedy with most people is that they have no idea that there is more to them than their mind and body. They often feel like victims to life’s events. They don’t know that they have choices as to how they perceive situations. If they made a conscious choice to respond to situations in a positive way, not only would they feel better at that moment, but they would also set up the vibration to attract better circumstances to themselves in the future.

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