Inspiration is the Oxygen of Our Survival

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson


Modern Mystic Andrew Harvey recently said, “inspiration is the oxygen of our survival.” He was talking about much more than mere physical survival.

Why do we write these blogs; why do you read them? It’s not just about information; we’re here for inspiration. Inspiration is defined in my on-line dictionary as “a divine influence directly exerted upon the mind or soul.” How about that! It is also connected with inhalation and that’s no accident. Considering the mysterious cosmos we inhabit, complete with so many dimensions that our senses simply don’t register, it’s fair to say that we are literally breathing inspiration in every moment.

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Harvey said that “inspiration is oxygen for our survival” because our minds and souls need it. So, we might question: “What’s my regular diet like, relative to inspiration?” Some animals can survive for weeks, even months, without eating physical food. How long can our minds and souls survive without inspiration?

I’m always encouraging my readers to meditate because this is the simplest, quickest, easiest, and least expensive way (it’s free) to experience inspiration. Just close your eyes… I also recommend High Tech Meditation, using brain balancing technology, but we really can meditate anytime, anywhere, and in many different ways.

“I’m always encouraging my readers to meditate because this is the simplest, quickest, easiest, and least expensive way (it’s free) to experience inspiration.”

The one thing that doesn’t work is trying. I refuse to tell anyone they “should” meditate. As the pundit said, “we don’t like to be should upon.” Duty is not the same as passion; in fact it’s the opposite. I know from personal experience over decades and from the testimonies of thousands of students that people meditate (regularly) when they must. They are compelled, it’s irresistible… they barely have a choice. That’s the attractive force of inspiration on those who evolve to the point of receptivity.

I also encourage my students to take stock of their routines to learn what unconscious habits might be contributing towards a poor overall diet (that is, all intake). For instance, some people spend hours each day on Facebook and Twitter. Some people surf on-line, watching YouTube videos, and reading gossip stories. Why? Is any of this inspirational? In fact, much of this is junk food for the mind and soul… there’s no real nourishment in it.


But we can “change channels,” we can make better choices. The Internet also has thousands of good news sites and enough inspirational videos to last a viewing lifetime. Interestingly, though, if you check the number of views, the most inspirational are often the least viewed. This shows what the vast majority of viewers prefer. After all, the number one YouTube video of all time, with over 2 billion views so far, is Gangnam Style from Korean dancer/singer Psy… with nary a single understandable word/lyric. Inspiration not!

The path of enlightenment is not crowded! You won’t encounter traffic jams along the way; more often it’s a lonely journey. But that too is part of the illusion that inspiration can free us from. We aren’t separate from each other and we aren’t separate from the billions of other life forms in the cosmos. We’re breathing it all in and out in every moment, the stuff of stars, the dust of centuries past, the lingering presence of each other through countless incarnations.

“Inspiration is the oxygen of our survival.”

On the other side of the coin, what sort of inspiration do we provide? Beyond what we say and do there’s the fact of who we are. Here’s a two-part question for anyone seeking to live a more meaningful life: “Who do you choose to be and what do you choose to do with the years remaining?”

Our lives are busy in the 21st century. That’s not going to change. But we can put inspiration on the menu and become increasingly conscious about both our intake and transmission, day by day. Meditating, roaming the wilderness of a park, fasting for a day from food and talk and companionship, soaking in Bach… how many different ways can we find to be inspired and then become inspiring… if we really want to? Or, are we trapped in our routines?

“Inspiration is the oxygen of our survival.” What an inspiring comment! It only begins to change our lives when we respect the principle enough to actually change those routines. As some observer of the obvious once said, “if you don’t change direction, you’ll end up where you are headed.” It’s easy to change your direction and therefore change your destination. Just choose inspiration.


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About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson has been a professional collaborative writer for decades. He has two of his own non-fiction books In print, a novel on the verge and two more non-fiction books in final edit stages. Meanwhile, he collaborates with contemporary wisdom keepers, helping them discover and refine their voice.