Find Meaning from Your Writing
The purpose of spiritual, personal development, or what I call human potential writing is to help others find meaning in their life. To do that, a writer records what they see in a way that transforms the reader; this requires that the writer be willing to explore and reveal the depths of their own transformation. That’s why I always tell my authors that what you write will be unveiling your inner unfolding and expansion, sometimes at the same time you are writing it!
Let me give you an example. I worked with a client who was writing about leadership from the heart versus the head. When I saw his first draft, it was uninspired, dry, and boring. I called him up and said, “Ed, what are you writing about?” He replied, “Leadership from the heart, not the head.” I asked him, “And where do you think you are writing from?” There was a long pause, and he finally said, “From the head.” I told him to go back to the writing, and this time, to use paper and pen and to describe the story, not try to explain it. Just write until he couldn’t write anymore; until the story had been told from the heart.
He agreed to try it, and another draft arrived the next week. I started to read it, and said to myself, “He’s got it! He understood what I was saying, and he’s writing from his heart.” About three pages into the draft, the writing shifted. I asked him, “What were you doing on page three when you went from the story into an explanation?” He laughed and said I’d busted him. He had stopped to “think” and decided he needed to refer to a file about a client. The tone of the writing changed from one of storytelling to one of explanation. And I, as a reader, lost interest.
You will be writing from your own experience, and most likely from the process you are currently experiencing. To become a truly great writer, you must learn to trust that experience.
How does this help you access your god? The style, words, and emotions you write are yours; those aspects come from your experience, learning, and knowledge. However, the emerging message and your need to write it are encouraged by energy from Source. This connection to Source is a two-way flow. Divine guidance eases your process, and at the same time, reveals how to communicate what you have learned in the most joyful, effective way.
The words you write come through your mind, but they originate in your heart. It is this heart center that becomes the channel through which your source, your God, your spirit, inspires you to share your messages. You become what my spiritual teacher refers to as the hollow bone that allows the message to be channeled. When you understand how to allow yourself to become the vessel, you will be guided by a force that will take you on journeys into the depths of your imagination. The key is in learning how to step out of your ego-brain and tap into that heart-centered source. When you can consistently do that, you will become a powerful writer.
A true writer is driven to put their experience on paper. What holds the reader is your enthusiasm, your emotions, how it changed your life – what made you want to write in the first place. The source of all of what you convey through your writing is your connection to spirit, to your god, no matter how that appears for you in your life. One of my writers referred to it as becoming the flute that allows the breath of spirit to flow through. To become a transformational writer, allow the message to move through you from that source.