There is a myth/story/picture in our world that says that the process of birthing words is as agonizing as the process of birthing young. Yet writing does not have to be painful.
When we are tapped into Spirit, communing with the deepest places within, writing becomes effortless and joyful. The words flow forth with ease, surprising even the writer, whose job becomes listening to, recording, and polishing the words that come.
I have learned to connect with my spirit and to write from this sacred space through the practice of meditation. I practice a grounding and clearing style of meditation taught to me by clairvoyant healer Christine Agro. Her seeing and her teachings inform this book, and I honor and acknowledge her work.
Meditation is now as much a part of my balanced day as showering, eating, and sleep. It is in the meditation space that I am able to release judgment, perfection energy, and ego. I clear from my space the energy that no longer serves me, and I use the connection to my Higher Self that meditation creates to receive words, messages, and insights that guide and inform my life.
It is through my daily practice of communing with my Higher Self that I decide what to write, what to write about today, and what belongs in the manuscript I am creating. Sometimes when I meditate (which I do for an hour or more each day), words simply come to me, even though I am not consciously thinking about my writing. Truths about dog training, ideas for articles, wording for my Web sites: All this and more floats up from that deep, still place within. I never know what gifts I will receive from my meditation session, and they usually come when I least expect them.
When I am working on a piece and the words don’t feel right, I have only to close my eyes, breathe deeply, and dip into the meditation zone to find the wording that I need. It’s stress free. It’s fun! And it’s a place all writers can visit to support their own creativity.
In this book, I will share with you the simple process of grounding meditation that Christine Agro taught me. I will show you how to use that meditation space to clear the energetic blocks that might be hampering your writing, such as giving your power away to others in your search for validation, or reaching for perfection at the expense of momentum. I will teach you how to set up a writing space that honors your spirit, and I will show you ways to connect with your spirit and channel its words and its wisdom as you write. And finally, I will talk briefly about how my journey into living as Spirit-in-a-body and my ability to write from Spirit are inextricably intertwined.
As I share with you the way I use the meditation space as a vehicle for all these journeys, what I share with you is my truth. It is true for me—not necessarily also for you. If any of these suggestions resonate for you, that’s great. Use them. They are tools that belong to all of us. What does not resonate for you, you can simply leave behind, like items from the buffet that you choose not to eat.
It all begins with what Christine Agro calls “running your energy,” or simply “meditating.” Running your energy, like all great tools, is very, very simple; yet what it shifts in your life can be profound.
–Excerpted from Tapping the Well Within: Writing From Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy, coming in March from Balboa Press.