This week: Remote Writing: The Words of the SoulEdited by: ember_rain
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I am the daughter of a preacher and a social worker. Mom taught me that no one was unredeemable with her attempts to help abusers learn a better way and substance addicts overcome their addictions. Daddy taught me that understanding humanity meant understanding their faith and encouraged me to research and decide for myself what I thought was true. I may have changed my religion but I came to believe that all paths lead to the same place. Just because we use different names and titles doesn't mean that at the core of our beliefs we aren't all the same. My newsletters for this section will be all encompassing and encouraging of an all faiths environment. There is even room for the skeptics and atheists because regardless of their view, it is needed to bring balance to the world
Remote writing is one of those things that people who follow a more cerebral path often do, in some cases without even realizing it. It is also known as automatic writing. I was introduced to it as a way to discover what the nightmares that plagued me through my childhood and teen years were trying to tell me. I went from remote writing to lucid dreaming so I could learn to forget my dreams before I had a chance to be scared by them. Now, when I have a nightmare I simply wake up and have no idea as to why.
Remote writing has come in handy while simply writing as well. I often write scenes then I have to go back and read them because I have no idea what I wrote. I know, those of you who have helped me edit some of my work are having an ah-ha moment right now. So that's why sometimes it really doesn't make any sense. But it does make sense to me because it is my subconscious self trying to tell the story as it needs to be told not as it should be told. The subconscious has not need for spelling and grammar much less sentence structure. No, it is much more concerned with the story than it is the telling of the story. But, if you need to find yourself or just get out of writer's block it is an awesome tool.
It has been almost ten years since my father died. He was only 55 and all I could think was that he left behind a 5-year-old grandson and a 6-year-old granddaughter that would barely remember him if at all. To say I was mad he had deprived the world of having him in it would be an understatement. To say that I felt guilty that I was angry that he left us. I knew when he went to have the elective surgery he wasn't coming home and so did he. He did it anyway and I was angry. But, he was miserable. He hadn't been able to sleep laying down in nearly a year. There was no help for his heart and his other health issues prevented him from being able to get a transplant.
I had to do something with the guilt and anger so I sat down and wrote a conversation with my father. It had a natural flow. I wrote the word why then I wrote down the first thing that came to my mind. I went back and forth like this until I had dealt with my guilt and anger. Now every year on his birthday we set up a memorial to him and I write conversation where I tell him about everything he has missed. It's kind of in the tradition of Japanese Ancestor worship but not quite.
The first NANOWRIMO after he died, I knew I had to keep writing but, the words weren't coming so I tried remote writing. I let my soul tell the story it wanted to tell or at least start it. I wrote for three solid hours before my hands cramped up with no idea what I was writing. It was good. It wasn't perfect but it was good. It turned into the basis for the novel I've been working on for the last seven years. Letting go of control of my consious mind and allowing my subcousnous to speak not only let me see a part of myself I hadn't seen before through my writing but it took away the internal dialogue that so often stops us.
If you have ever played word association games where you say the first thing that comes to mind after someone says a word or shows you an image then you are on the right track. The key is to just relax as though your day dreaming and let your fingers do your talking for you. I hope those of you who are struggling will try it. Those of you who aren't might learn something new about themselves if you try it as well.
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HWinB.C. said: This is in response to, how often do you take the path of least resistance?
The path of least resistance is what I call the neutral zone. I grew up with scientific minded males and an esoteric mother. I later called it walking in two worlds. I understood both perspectives and knew at a deeper level they were one. Quantum science and indigenous teachings agree.
My spiritual journey required I stayed on the path of least resistance. Too often, we are asked to take sides and become part of the 'us' versus 'them' mentality. This is where conflict thrives. People in the least resistance neutral zone can see both sides. We see the dogma that created the conflict.
In my opinion, the dogma that plagues us/them is 'profit for life'. When all things became resource for profit, unresolved conflicts in the psyche poisoned our spirit. To choose profit over life is impossible to resolve. It creates a loop of lose-lose, so that no one is a winner. The us/them that made the most profit are the biggest losers. When all life is gone, what is there to profit? The path of least resistance is to choose life. We do not have to fight for this choice. Like truth, life is self evident, it's all around us.
The us/them all the while stand on either side of the neutral zone screaming at each other about fairness when justice (balance) is what their spirit seeks. When conflict becomes chaos, a balancing act is playing out in the unseen world. When 'The Higher Power' justifies imbalance, it looks like everything is falling apart and ending. Later, when it settles down, we see everyone got exactly what they deserved. They reaped what they sowed, karma returned actions and, our true spirit and intent was fulfilled.
A spiritual journey on the path of least resistance is the most difficult of all. It is the narrow path of non-judgemental. A path of holding on to your truth. A path connected to a higher wisdom than our own. A quantum path of particles yet to be determined.
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