Saturday, January 5, 2008

Automatic Writing, Free Writing: A Development Tool

Some of my very best, most revealing, most helpful, most profound work is written this way, In fact, It is all written this way. I think that our Source guides our words when we write this way. I am amazed sometimes at what I have written. In fact, it is how I give myself the advice I was needing. It is a development tool that writers use to empty their minds...so that their ideas can flow. But it is a great practice, writer, or not for allowing your mind to be empty, by releasing its contents onto a piece of paper, or a computer screen. It can be a very meditative process in itself. It is a way of letting go of the "clutter" so to speak, of raking away all of the dead leaves, so that the grass, which is living, has the potential to grow. If we allowed the dead, and rotting leaves to remain on the dormant grass, which has the potential, in the spring to be green, that beautiful, lush "potential" green would never be seen.


It's that Damn Editor who's the Problem.

The one in our heads who says, "Don't feel that!
"That's not what everyone else thinks!"

"If other people knew that, they may not approve"

We must silence the editor!
Silence him now!

The one who keeps us from growing somehow.

He makes us feel like we can't, but we Can!

Suggests to us all " start all over again,"

so crumple each paper,

sheet after sheet,

saying "that's not what you meant,

and it wasn't so neat! "

"It's
grammar is wronger than what you SHOULD write,

It's
missspelled and miswrote and your margins too tight!

It's verbose, and banal and quite immature,

why, where it belongs is a pile of manure….


Exaggerate I must to get my point through:

If you're a writer you must write
Till your face, it be blue

And soon you'll discover,
if you really wish to,

that the answers, my friends
are Always inside of YOU!

Getting them out of your head and on paper, is great therapy, and frees up your mind for emptiness which is a much better, more relaxing state.

"We put thirty spokes to make a wheel: But it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges. We make a vessel from a lump of clay; But it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful. We make doors and windows for a room; But it is the empty spaces that make the room livable. Thus, while existence has advantages, It is the emptiness that makes it useful."
Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

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