Pick up a pen, pencil or even a crayon. Now, notice how you hold it, which fingers are employed, is your grip tight or loose, how does the tool fit between your fingers? Just notice what it feeeels like as you hold it.
Now, close your eyes and imagine a release of thoughts and emotions hidden in the deep recesses of your mind and heart flowing down your arm, through your fingers, and into your writing instrument to spill onto your paper or journal.
What might those spills onto paper reveal? Will they be pretty and flowing or fragmented and heavy? Will they reveal a constricted darkness or an expansive light? Will they expose why you’ve been hiding? Will they tell you where and why? Will some of the confusion you’ve been marred in break up and float away? Will some of your inner beauty that has patiently laid in wait slowly emerge? So much can be summoned into clear view through the powerful practice of introspective writing.
Like you, I’ve been perfunctory writing most of my life. I’ve written to communicate, to capture the goings on of my day, for work, for creative release and for academic purposes. But, it was only after I was introduced to writing in an introspective way and made it part of my spiritual practice did I experience powerful, unexpected shifts that freed me from what I believed was a crazy influx of wild and fragmented thoughts. It also helped me drop into my heart space and tap into the wisdom of my body.
For so long, I thought it was only me who experienced these untamed thoughts until I discovered more about our thought process. The jury seems to be out, but bouncing around in the science arena are suggestions that we have anywhere from 15,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Yes, that’s quite a range, but whether the truth lands on the low or the high side, that’s a lot running through our minds, right?
Coming to some consensus on the number isn’t as important as being aware that this is a daily occurrence - every hour, every minute, every second. Most of these thoughts are unconscious, or we would go crazy.
When pondering this, I thought of Superman. Yeah, I know Superman is a product of science fiction, but he’s my super hero fave and the analogy is a cool one, so go with me on this one. Remember how he went through the process of expanding into and fully embracing his super powers? As he slowly awakened to his powers - super sight, hearing, strength, etc. - and tapped into his purpose for being, the thoughts and feelings he experienced were overwhelming, confusing, frustrating and sometimes painful until he stopped fighting them and committed to the process of becoming aware of who he was and what he was capable. Then, he allowed all of that super-ness to flow.
We experience an onslaught of internal rustling, too, especially when we decide to embrace our super powers and tap into our purpose for being. Introspective writing, in its many forms, is an outlet of release and powerful tool of awareness that helps us sift, sort, separate and harness it all on the path of self-discovery and self-expression.
So many of my students and clients have said, with contorted facial expressions of discomfort or doubt, “I don’t like to write,” or “I’m not a great writer,” or “Writing isn’t my thing.” My response is, “No problem, I get it,” there’s often a wall we’ve erected around writing, which is associated with a story we’re running and have been running since our early school days.
So, I just challenge them to try it. If nothing comes from it, cool, we explore another tool, as there are many. However, if they try it and experience only a glimpse of insight welling up underneath the surface, I’ll suggest a few prompts to facilitate the process. Truth be told, I haven’t experienced a time, yet, when even the tiniest revelation didn’t break loose and fight its way onto their page.
It’s because this is a different kind of writing that digs deep and ignores aesthetics. It’s not about pretty or polite or wise or bold or good, it just needs to flow out of you and onto the page, as most of it, if not all will be for your eyes only. There will be times when you won’t even want to go back and read it.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain through an introduction to introspective writing. And, when introspective writing and meditation team up you get a powerful partnership that fosters clarity, focus, insight, intuitive wisdom…should I go on? Come, join us and experience it for yourself!
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