Sometimes I get the best kind of feedback and testimonials on my writing. I recognise in those moments how important it is for us as a society and community, to reciprocate and appreciate each other.
Other feelings can get in the way, quite often do and we can forget the importance of this. So when I receive something that, well kind of blows me away, I feel immense support in continuing to write, to write from my heart and soul. To have a purpose in my life that is more than my usual status!
Yesterday a reader wrote….”Page 80 and page 81 of The Circle, The Fire and The Phoenix ‘is’ truth..delivered with passion and vibrant fire! It encapsulates what is required of us..(and the unparalleled importance of this requirement) It harnesses the fire of passion…’we can no longer live in illusion’ is your fire..the focused angry fire.”
He went on to say ” the weight and depth of what you contain within these two pages are of “massive significance” to us all…they should be put on the walls of doctors surgeries and schools.. My children need to know this…!!! That they are being had right over..and they don’t even know it. Your children.. “All” our children “need” ( strong word )… Need to know they are “intuitive beings”…. Beautiful creative souls living in a conditioned cage. We must find a way to open the door of this “false fabricated construct” of the conditioned cage. It clearly is “not” working”
Gratitude to the reader….That really means so much to me and is very very encouraging. His writing is so creative, that in itself is music. So I shared a little of how it is to write in facebook because it is actually a process in itself. So much to get over and push though. So many feelings of exposure can rise to the surface. It can mean taking a risk, opening up old stories that hold us back. Why do it?
My first book was ‘Ms’Guided Angel’ and the best feedback was ‘I couldn’t put it down!’ Simple and straight to the point and many times I heard that!
So why do I write? And why encourage others to?
The key for me is to know there is no ending as yet. That is part of the journey, to literally find out where the words want to go, where THEY want to take me, to harness the writer in us and express ourselves and tell our stories as creatively as we can. This is very healing for the writer, whatever the story. It opens up many avenues of necessary and dysfunctional patterns that want the light to be shed upon them.
I shared some of the experience.
Why spend so much time, sitting on trains in airports, clicking on screens and making notes on the tiniest bits of paper because the journal is half way down the suitcase and can’t be yanked out, probably because of fear of pulling out half a dozen pairs of undies with it! I pack like that, throwing everything in and mixing it all up! A bit like how I write. Notes all over the place! It’s a wonder I get it all together in the end! But somehow it does arrive in one document, in a sequence of sorts and I like the feeling of creating a writing and poetic collage.
Writing about my life might seem sort of self-centered, egotistic at times and for sure it can feel like that at times. And then when words get out there it can feel soo exposing and like, ‘shit, what will folks think?’ But then it gets easier to just go ‘what the f***, it doesn’t matter.’ There’s lots of good stuff in there as well that is useful to someone on this similar, creative, bizarrely spiritual path.
I’m a number four in the enneagram, so I have a tendency to speak out about myself quite easily, even it has the potential of embarrassment (me that is)
We have to write if we have that buzz, there is something so fulfilling about it. A bit like emptying out a too full larder and sifting through the old jars and reading forgotten labels that have gone way beyond their sell-by date.
Clear it all out and take note of each of the underlying stories behind that label. Expand on it and include any other story that seems to link up.
If you have the buzz, go for it. No one else can tell your story, no one at all, it’s not possible! My advice is just begin, anywhere. Back of matchboxes, on your notes in iPhone, iPad, computer, journal. That old envelope there in your bag. Just start writing.
It really is one of the new spiritual practices, to tell our stories.
What’s the first thought from way back when? Start at the beginning, like where you were born or the first memory that comes to you. Jot it down and then follow it, like a snake moving through the undergrowth…….where is it going, be fascinated, intrigued and curious, follow those words and don’t stop until you feel excitement joining in the journey…you have a tale to tell, so tell it……no matter how you think it might end, cos for sure it hasn’t ended yet and the journey is just beginning……. C x
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