October 26, 2020 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Inspiration: Where Art Thou?

by Guy Camilleri

What inspires you? When was the last time you felt inspired? How do you stay inspired?

Webster Dictionary defines Inspiration as; a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.

I’m in the midst of the summer blues and not feeling inspired to write this column, an email, a post on Facebook, or a text message. And yet, duty calls and here I am writing anyway! I look around the café for something; anything fresh, exciting or motivational to encourage me to write, hoping it will be of interest to you.

I think they should rename it summer grays instead of blues because usually, a blue sky will inspire me, but today, it’s looking pretty darn gray here in my mind.

I sit, I wait… listen to Wilson Pickett’s song “In the Midnight Hour” on the speakers and glance at the others around me. I tell myself that like all clouds, this too shall pass and shortly I will return to my ‘the cup is half full’ way of living life.

And just like that, a shift happens and the clouds part. What was it? Was it the song reminding me I don’t have till the midnight hour for this to pass! Or was it a moment ago, when I overheard the barista say to a customer, “I’m going to shift from behind the camera to in front of the camera.”

I think it was the word ‘shift’ that woke me up because usually, I’m that person saying you can change your perspective at any moment, literally, right now.

You can change your perspective at any moment. Courtesy: Thinkstock.

I do believe this. It might be difficult at first, but like any spiritual practice, exercise routine or a discipline of your choice, it becomes easier, and your senses will eventually sharpen. The more you practice at shifting your perception when feeling out of alignment, the easier it is to become and remain inspired (open to a divine influence or action) to have a revelation and hopefully, put it to good use.

Though you can never know for sure where a moment of inspiration will come from, how long it might last or if it’s going to serve a bigger picture, the one thing I continually find is that noticing with the least amount of judgment increases the odds of a shift occurring to refill your cup.

But back to reality. It’s mid-July, summer is in full swing, the ocean is warm, and anything is possible, right?

‘Til the next inspiration lands on you.

Guy Camilleri is a Venice-based actor, acting coach, and poet. He teaches regular classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Electric Lodge, in Venice. His private coaching specializes in audition preparation, career consults, and self-taping. To audit a class or book a coaching session, email: [email protected] Follow Guy on Facebook and on Instagram @guycamilleri.

Related Posts

Two Developments with 100+ Units Underway Near Venice High School

October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

Duo of multifamily apartments on Venice Boulevard beginning to rise By Kerry Slater Over a year after breaking ground, a...

Edify TV: Development Replacing Local Car Wash

October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

A Sawtelle lot that once held a car wash will soon be the site of a multi-family housing development. Learn...

‘Recall Newsom’ Head Hanging From Venice Ballerina Clown

October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020

Cardboard cutout of Gov. Newsom’s head hanging from iconic Venice art installation By Sam Catanzaro A cardboard cutout painting of...

L.A. County COVID-19 Cases Partly Driven Teenagers

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

68 percent of new cases among people between ages of 12 and 50 By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health...

Free Flu Shots at Palms Middle School for Students and Family

October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

Los Angeles Unified and Health Net offering free vaccinations for seasonal flu to students and families By Chad Winthrop Los...

Mark Twain Middle School Community Raising Money to Restore Mural

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Colorful mosaic mural in front of school in need of repair By Sam Catanzaro Mark Twain Middle School community members...

Intravenous Vitamin Therapy: A Natural, Effective Solution for the Flu

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

By Dr. Mahboubeh Hashemi, ND and Dr. Matthew Cavaiola, ND  As fall and winter are fast approaching, many people, and...

Three-Story Apartment Building Planned Near Venice Canals

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

1940s triplex could be replaced by co-living facility By Toi Creel Plans are in the works to demolish a 1940s...

Edify TV: Deal to House Homeless People Near Freeways

October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

After months of negotiations, the City and County of LA reached a $300 million deal to house thousands of homeless...

LADOT Resumes Parking Enforcement

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control (PETC) has resumed parking enforcement. Find out what...

Armed Suspect Attempting to Rob Several Local Victims

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

LAPD issue alert regarding series of Westside robberies Los Angeles Police Department detectives have recognized a pattern of robberies on...

Italian Restaurant Opens in Venice’s Former Chaya Space

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Italian restaurant Forma expands into Venice By Kerry Slater A popular Santa Monica Italian restaurant has moved into space formerly...

Michelin Pauses 2020 California Guide

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Restaurant guide says COVID-19 and wildfires forced decision By Kerry Slater The Michelin Guide has paused the announcement of stars...

Venice Under Heat Advisory

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Heat advisory in effect until 5 p.m. Friday By Sam Catanzaro The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared a heat...