"Spiritus Contra Spiritum"- Inspiration-Word of the Week

 “It is during our darkest moments that we need to focus our sights on the light.” –Aristotle

“It is during our darkest moments that we need to focus our sights on the light.” –Aristotle

As our Word of the Week series at South Orange County Detox continues, this week we will be focusing on the word inspiration. Inspiration has become a buzzword within the culture of America within the past 5-10 years. Many individuals such as Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, and the late Wayne Dyer, have all figured out a way to even monetize this particular concept by trying to instill inspiration into their millions of listeners. As I see it, while these individuals do provide gas to the proverbial inspirational fuel tank, it seems that the problem can become the resulting lack of action on our parts; the key word here being action. Inspiration without action is merely self-indulged entertainment. In other words, we can absorb all the inspirational memes, YouTube videos, and Instagram clips that the world has to offer but if we revert back to our comfortable and self-limiting ways, the vitality of these ideas is null and void.
Our belief, here at South Orange County Detox, is that addicts have not yet gained the necessary wisdom to harness and channel this inspirational energy in a positive manner that would facilitate creative expression, replace the illegitimate highs of drug use with legitimate contentment and acceptance of oneself, and finally, a rejuvenated vitality towards life that helps steer the recovering addict in the direction sobriety. “I’m not creative” is not a statement that is accepted here at SOCD. We believe that everyone has a divine and creative spirit within him or her and that this gift needs fostering in order to allow it to be released. We are seeking out our inspirations from the external, instead of simply learning to release and focus what already lies within us all. As is the case with many of the words we have highlighted during our series, inspiration is another word that requires constant tending to lest it dissipates into the treacherous and insidious state that we flippantly refer to as “boredom”. We must resist the seduction of comfort and indifference. Inspiration in recovery is analogous to caring for a garden. It requires food, sunlight, and water or else it will not thrive and will eventually die. Inspiration works similarly as it needs to be channeled, focused, directed, and put in the context of a larger vision that will ultimately help to set us on a course of not only recovery from drugs, but the creation of a life that has purpose, meaning, and connection that will sustain our souls quest for the Spirit. Carl Jung famously stated in Latin,” Spiritus contra spiritum”; in other words, the divine spirit from above conquers the spirit of depravity that erupts in the form of our addictions from below.

“It is during our darkest moments that we need to focus our sights on the light.” –Aristotle