So much good advice has fallen into tired phrases and cliches. We share proverbs and anecdotes with good intentions, yet they erode with overuse. It’s something to ponder: You can hear the most profound wisdom, but unless you are disposed to truly receive it for what it is, you might pass it off as common… Continue reading The Beauty of the Creative Path
How to Escape From Unproductive Either/Or Thinking Traps
Black and white, up and down, yes and no, right or wrong. Two choices. Binaries. If you are driving and you come to a T in the road, either you go left or you go right. Unless you want to turn around, but let’s assume you want to go forward. Going forward means either left… Continue reading How to Escape From Unproductive Either/Or Thinking Traps
How Daily Freewriting Stokes the Inner Fire
Everybody in the world has the same conviction of inner importance, fire, of the god within. The tragedy is that either they stifle their fire by not believing in it and using it; or they try to prove to the world and themselves that they have it, not inwardly and greatly, but externally and egotistically,… Continue reading How Daily Freewriting Stokes the Inner Fire
Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects. Nikola… Continue reading Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
How to Freewrite
In her 1938 book If You Want To Write, Brenda Ueland gives a beautiful description of what it takes to foster the imagination and support a productive writing practice. She describes two things that I have also found to be key components: stillness or “moodling” (for me meditation serves this purpose as well as many… Continue reading How to Freewrite