By Napkinwriter April 24, 2017
Do you know me?
Well, I had all kind of picture computer glitches today, so I don’t have some of the photos I want to go along to introduce you to both Janet and me, but here’s what I have.
Welcome to Napkinwriter, a blog that will wet your appetite for the many stories to come. I really do write on napkins and way sooner than this, I should have had a napkin saver container to “bank” and collect my beginning ideas, words and images I penned on them over the past fifty years at least. I’ve been writing Napkinwriter since December 2010. What will you see here?
Stories about extra -ordinary people who are in the world disguised as ordinary people; stories about the extra-ordinary days that are given to us all in gifts of “the moment” — one at a time. Stories of grace and angels among us that have touched my life in an unforgettable way. Stories of…..the Mystic Muse, who plays in my day and creates scenes in my nights that I must arise and give form and expression to. And I am going to leave that preposition right at the end of that sentence·
I am a writer by soul command, I am a writer in my personal life and in my professional life. I write to inspire and bring forth the beauty of goodness within each of us and all around us. My Personal Essence energy signature is: I Am Truth Seeker, Peace Maker, Love Giver. I am a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and my joy lies within this way of life. I Am a blessing and I Am blessed.
I work to bring the awareness of our spectacular being to all those I meet in my day; I am beginning to focus attention to the elderly, to hold high the vision; to caregivers, to rise above the challenges and be their High Self, and to include this global Shift movement in the healing powers of my Reiki Master Self, who is already operating in global healing around the world.
I’m glad you’re here. I hope we get some discussion going. Now it’s your turn.
It is NOW 2017. My how time flies. We have returned to our early-marriage roots and live in Lexington Kentucky. I have lived the writing life for a long, long time both personally and professionally. But NOW IS THE TIME to heed a long- heard call to write a book titled “BEING FAITHFUL TO THE QUIET, Finding the Peace that Soothes Your Soul.”
Janet Conner is one in a star galaxy of my writing space who gives me what I need to stay connected to my writing avocation. As it says in Terma, The Box
What do you hear when all has gone silent and the in spaces between the silence, there is a call,…..ignore it if you must, but WHY PRETEND it isn’t there?
It is there…..I am not ignoring it…..and I am NOT pretending it isn’t there.
That is the writer’s life.
I was already teaching Write Now! which is similar to Janet’s Soul Writing when I met her on line and stepped into her writing instruction; not only writing but soul connection, as well. When I met her, I was in no position to sign up for and pay good money for the privilege of learning from her. Here she was telling about her own starting point of near bankruptcy and I was actually still swirling from a bankruptcy.
But not only did pay and enter into her Soul Writing course, I went on to take her first Lilies and Lotus course, being attracted by the scripture “See the lilies of the field, they neither toil nor spin…” (and yet they are provided for)…..and for the last six years, I have done less toiling and spinning and found the riches of provision falling into our lives beyond what I would have ever imagined. Now I easily imagine how I am loved and cared for, regardless of net worth.
It wasn’t exactly free….this loving provision stuff. I did have to learn how to forgive, not just once but that old 70×7 stuff. And I learned from Theresa of Avila, as well. There was lots of other stuff too, but it was all good, especially the AIC degree Janet awards.
And it is amazing how all this learnin’ dovetails right into what is important in my story of Being Faithful to the Quiet. What a hoot!
So, I’ve had my time, now it is time to hear from Janet. This is one of my longest Napkinwriter posts ever.
A LETTER FROM JANET
exploring the fields of the soul . . . together
Thinking about the writing life?
There are things to consider.
First, it’s a paradox.
Second, it will change your life.
Oh, and you’ll love it with your whole heart.
Deep soul explorers,
I get lots of emails from people who want to be a writer. They all say they can feel a book inside. They’ve felt the presence of that book for years, decades even. But they don’t know how to bring it to life.
I, too, felt a book bubbling up from inside. I, too, wanted nothing more than to write my book and become a professional writer. And I did. I wrote Writing Down Your Soul and I am a professional writer.
But I have a confession. The writing life is nothing like I expected.
It has turned out to be a bunch of big fat paradoxes tumbling over one another, leaving me surprised, startled, and often laughing.
So, if you have one of those books inside you, let me give you a wee taste of the writing life. My hope is that by time you reach the bottom of this letter, you, too, will be ready to say yes to the writing life.
First and foremost, you must understand that creativity is an act of surrender.
And surrender, as I’m sure you know, is a spiritual practice—perhaps the ultimate spiritual practice. Surrender plays out in the two biggest paradoxes of the writing life:
You are not the author of your book.
My publisher captured this paradox perfectly when I was behind schedule and she said, “Write the book that wants to be written.” (Oh, you can write the book that YOU want to write, lots of people do; but it won’t set the world on fire, and it won’t change anyone’s life, least of all your own.)
Which brings me to Paradox #2:
Your book writes you.
This is the mystical magic of creativity.
MC Richards, the world class ceramicist, described it this way: “The greatest thing the potter produces is not the pot, but the potter.”
Translated into the writing life: “The greatest thing the writer writes is not the book, but the writer.” In short, writing will change you and change you at depth.
What will change?
- The rhythm of your days. The flow of your days will shift until you find the natural rhythm that feeds your writer’s soul. It’s one of the most important things you will learn in Plug In for Writers.
- Your reading. As your reverence for the written word grows, you will no longer tolerate junk writing, junk ideas, or junk media. Discernment arrives.
- Guides and Guidance. You will realize you are surrounded by angels, messengers, and writing guides. Everyone and everything is your teacher.
- Connections. As you follow the dots between disparate ideas, paths will open that you didn’t know existed. That’s how you write something fresh, new, and exciting–and the publishers only want “fresh, new, exciting.”
- Synchronicities. The more you notice, the more they arrive, until life is flush with magical connections.
- Priorities. Time is sacred. You’ll find yourself stepping away from anything that feels like a sieve.
- Relationship with time. Kairos time will become your new best friend.
- Your writing guides are helping you all the time. I saw everything in Find Your Soul’s Purpose in my dreams.
- Access to theta. Once you know how to open The Intersection in the theta brain wave state, you will discover how to slip into the imaginal realm anywhere, anytime.
- Solitude and silence. You cannot write in chaos and noise. You will crave quiet. Most writers are born or become introverts.
- New Relationships. Friends who cannot see you as a creative writer will fade away. At first it will hurt, but new relationships will arrive.
The biggest surprise of all is that the writing life is a mystical life. Writing is a mystical practice.
I had a delightful confirmation this week in an angel consultation with Margo Mastromarchi. I was seeking guidance on something that has been revealing itself since the New Moon. (I’ve been hinting at this in previous letters, but it’s still unfolding. I promise to explain as soon as I get my own hands around it.)
In the consultation, I asked who was helping me and the answer surprised me: Mother Mary. I asked how she wanted me to connect with her. And Mary answered, “in your writing.”
Her words makes these typing hands feel even more sacred and blessed.
In the end, the writing life is about love.
Love of the message you are blessed to share.
Love of the readers you are blessed to serve.
Love of the written word.
Love of books themselves.
Love of your books.
Love of your writing angels and guides.
Love of your writing and publishing village.
Love of the life you have been given.
If you are called to live and love the Writing Life, please join me in my once-a-year LIVE global telecourse Plug In for Writers. It is unlike any other writing workshop or seminar or retreat.
Come visit the course page and see for yourself. We open Saturday April 29.
When you register by Friday, April 28, you will receive 23 sessions and access to my entire Publishing Village for $30 per session–even less for returning members. That’s $15/hour! That’s crazy, I know, but I sense there are many feeling the call to the mystical life of the writer. And nothing makes me happier than to teach someone how to open The Intersection and step through that door into The Writing Life!
To living and loving the Writing Life,
To find out more about Janet’s courses and magnificent books, and with her new one on Soul Purpose, and her radio show on Unity on-line go to her website: http://www.janetconner.com
More on the Plug In for Writers 2017, go to:
http://janetconner.com/successful-writer-entrepreneur/radio show on Unity on-line