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gary e. davis
May 2020
being oneSelf feeling highly inspired is a wonderful “thing.” “I’ve always loved being, maybe too optimistic at times…” (point of being, 2019)

Inspiration: Everyone knows what that is: “5 : someone or something that inspires : an inspiring agent or influence,” which is the most current sense (M-W Unabridged).

How that goes is “4 a : the quality or state of being inspired.” Yet, anyone who’s been inspired knows that it’s not basically a state; it’s an engagement: being in-spirited: Earlier, “3 a : the act or power of moving the intellect or emotions” becomes one.

Modernity commonly reduces engagement to status (or a homeostasis: “state of being”). Earlier sense of appealing engagement (3 a) which motivates (being) seems later concealed as given conception (being).

Perhaps, authentic inspiration calls for retrieving engagement beyond a state of it—en-owning a commonly-disowned engagement that is proximally concealed by pre-conception.

Inspiration was originally (14th century—dawn of modernity) “1 : a divine influence or action upon the lives of certain persons that is believed to qualify them to receive and communicate sacred revelation….”

Love that: Qualification of claim to receiving revelation is by divine influence. Qualification of pretense to calling that sacred is by divine influence. Inspiration expresses one’s capability for divination that deserves sacred stature.

Is the qualified capability due to being chosen (thanks to being open to revelation); or is that influence by hardwon divining (thanks to achieving discovery)? Inspiration initially expresses a resonance of openness and engagement, born of divine receptiveness and responsiveness.

Nowadaze, divining is “2 a : to perceive, make out, or discover intuitively or through keenness of insight,” which was at first “1 a : to discover or make known by divination,” i.e., by “2 : unusual insight or intuitive perception.” Yet, divination was at first (14th century Middle English, from Latin) “1 : the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by means of augury [upcoming] or by making use of a psychical condition of the diviner in which supernatural powers are assumed to cooperate…”

augury: “1 a : divination by the interpretation of omens or portents (such as inspection of a dove awing or the soul of sacrificial loves) or of chance phenomena…—see: auspice.”

Auspiciousness of being possessed expresses desire of unusal capability
(“a psychical condition”) to unconceal the hidden and the portentious—which, before Latinate conceptions led to Middle English ones, traces back to the classical Greek love (phil-) of the goddess of wisdom, Sophia (which begat the gnostic one).

next—> “genius” in classical Greece



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