The following may have been Divinely inspired…

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The words “divine inspiration” mean different things to different people. The meanings range from “direct communication from God” all the way to poetic or artistic flare. Yet all agree that these words mean something positive and desirable. Who wouldn’t want to fee a touch of the Infinite Being? If only we could have some subtle connection with eternity or the foreverness that God represents. The reason most of us don’t have that connection is plain and simple. We don’t want to put in the effort.

Few throughout history were willing to do what it takes to experience the Divine, which is a pity because this experience is open to every last one of us. It is God’s desire, so to speak, that everyone attain the level of Divine Inspiration in his/her lifetime. As the prophet Eliahu said, “Jew or non-Jew, man or woman, servant or maidservant, everything is according to one’s deeds whether or not Divine Inspiration will rest on a person.”[1] But what exactly is there to be had? In Hebrew it’s called “Ruach HaKodesh”. Rabbi Luzzatto explains that the Almighty implanted in mankind the ability to transcend the natural boundaries of the intellect, and connect to spiritual realms that are normally beyond our reach. In this way a person can gain enlightenment beyond the norm, and also receive information about future events. One may also gain exceptional clarity on subjects privy to natural intellect and/or even know what someone else is thinking. This type of inspiration comes in a variety of levels but doesn’t reach prophecy, which is a direct communication from God and on a much higher spiritual level.

The Biblical spiritual leaders, whether prophets or not, attained the level of Divine Inspiration, as did many leaders and sages from the Talmudic Era. There is actually a ten-step approach to attaining this level, which involves disciplined character development, outlined in the Talmud. Rabbi Luzzatto’s book “Path of the Just” is based on this outline. Another technique mentioned by the kabbalists is to focus on one of the 613 commandments and fulfill it with the utmost care and devotion attending to all the details of its laws.[2] Sometimes even one extreme act of devotion to God or good deed can be a catalyst for Divine Inspiration to rest on a person.

If you don’t engage in any of this, God has many ways of “communicating” with you aside from inspiration. He may give you a sign or a message in a dream, or through events that people (who are out of touch with their Creator) call coincidence. On some level, every
molecule of existence is a manifestation of God’s personal communication with you. In order to recognize how the world is His communication we need to raise our consciousness of G-d by putting Him into our lives in every way possible; through prayer, meditation, study, and trying to live life according to His will.

On the other hand, the aim of the specific tools and techniques mentioned for Divine Inspiration are ways to connect so intensely to God that the illusion of physicality fades and we’re left with reality.

If you really want Divine Inspiration, don’t be afraid to take a step into reality. [1] Tana D’bei Eliahu 9
[2] Sharei Kedusha 3:7