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Staying Present While the Writing’s Half-Formed

The words don’t always form, but their meanings might.  It’s like watching a scene without hearing.  You make sense of what you can, with what you’re given, straining harder to see what’s right in front of you.  The funny part?  It’s when the senses are withdrawn that all components of your story join together.  Breathe, relax, and be.  Your own presence is a necessary gift when unwrapping yourself and your art (which are never separate).

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4 thoughts on “Staying Present While the Writing’s Half-Formed

  1. sort of like when you focus on one sense at the expense of others? If you can’t hear, you strain to listen… and while your attention is there, you miss what can be seen, tasted, smelled, feeled— percieved. If you can hear, then listen to what there is to hear, and let seeing go (at least for the moment). the trick is to not try to hear or see, but just be? like a stray dog– don’t chase it (away), let it come to you.

    1. Yes. 🙂 The best writing involves ALL the senses. The only true balance of the senses, however, is to pull them inside for a few minutes a day (meditation), and let them reactivate. Turning off the “physical” senses allows your mind to calm for long enough to activate the other senses we don’t acknowledge consciously: the psychic senses, Universal Intellect, intuition, etc. Staying present with yourself (which is achieved through daily meditation), makes it easier to stay present all the timelike, when writing. I’ve read so many books (one fabulous one by Robert Olen Butler, “From Where You Dream, The Process of WRiting Fiction”) that claim stories aren’t born from *ideas*they’re born from a sort of dreamstate that you access when in meditation. The Greeks attributed it to the “muses.” Still, it’s some sort of creative current metaphysical in form that a writer goes to hear/see/touch/taste/smell the stories that are meant JUST FOR THEM to take back into waking life. This sounds a little hocus pocusand it shocked me that Robert Olen Butler would be writing about what I’ve always felt!; he’s a serious literary writer, unsuspecting of the sort of “spiritual” wardrobe that many who teach this stuff wear. And perhaps it’s just easier for me to understand creative genius in this light. What I know, however, is that all aspects of “life” benefit from becoming one with yourself and the Universe within… which is what Meditation (and Yoga, really) is! If I ever write anything significant, and someone asks me, “What is your best daily writing practice?” I’d answer with Meditation and Yoga. Ha. For me, it’s become the only way to connect and be present and write the words with lasting power.

  2. p.s., I should say, there’s an AWESOME app on Iphones called “PicsArt” that I’ve been using to create all these images I post with the text. I love it. It’s another form of meditation! You draw directly on the phone, and can use filters and various tools to play with lighting and effects. I spend about an hour on each one, totally focused on what “feels” right for the image. It’s been a great release from the mental stress of the day! I recommend it. And it’s free!

  3. To our detriment as individuals and society, spiritual and historical truths get lost when reality is presented as hocus pocus– like religion. And meditation, intuition.
    The dream state is another manifestation of a psychic realm; with alternate reality bubbles forming. Dreams are no less real than awake– just differently real.
    I do believe psychic realms exist, where chi, clairvoyance, telepathy and premonitions are possible. The nature of scientific method, as it has so far been understood, prevents us from properly engaging such energies. I’ve often had inspiration/ intuition which feels like received wisdom, coming from outside myself. But then, our selves are actually outside our brains, anyway.

    Being of “one mind”, as the Samurai say, is very difficult.
    If I had an iPhone, that would be a cool app. But I don’t believe in iPhones, in the sense that I have no use for them. Like Facebook, they make it too easy for people to disconnect. Inhibit us becoming one with ourselves. There was a great scene in the Sarah Connor Chronicles where Sarah is trying to buy a phone, and the clerk keeps selling all the features except the phone. So she asked: If I push 7 buttons will it dial a number?

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