Thursday, February 4, 2016

Training Your Inspirational Geniuses to Show Up on Time

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by Tracee Sioux












Flow is the crack you're seeking.

All creatives keep coming back to their craft for one reason—even if they aren't aware of it—to reach a state of flow.

Flow is being heavily researched in science, neurology and psychology these days. It's a state of being where your brain is completely absorbed in what you're doing, it feels a little bit like a meditative state in that you lose track of time and become very "present." You experience biochemical changes and release hormones that make you feel really, really good.

Flow is the crack that keeps writers and painters and software developers and architects and dancers and business geniuses coming back to the work.

Flow is the art of creativity.

Flow is how you touch God.

At it's very essence flow is you opening yourself to an "otherworldly" presence in which you're receiving information that's not really in you already. You can call this otherworldly presence inspiration, God or knowing. It doesn't really matter except to say that it is happening. And you can feel it flow through you.

Since most of your day is full of minutiae, to-do lists, kids, work, paying the bills and shoveling the driveway there are few times when you're really present and experiencing being a "creator." Which is why when you do reach flow it feels so incredibly good.

Seek it more.


Now, an amateur will sit around and wait for inspiration to come knocking. An amateur will stall and procrastinate and say that writing is really grueling work.

Writing is NOT grueling work if you're tapping into flow.

How do you tap into flow?

Good question.

Like most things, it's 99% habit and training. You have the power to train both your brain and your inspirational genies to show up on time. But, it takes some consistency and practice.

What you're trying to do is create a neural pathway of "openness" in yourself. You want your brain and heart and Soul to get into the habit of opening and inviting the genius of inspiration to flow through you. And to receive it and manifest it onto the paper or canvas or website.

I can reach flow when I'm writing. Period. I can reach it if I'm writing a spiritual self help book, I can reach it while writing in my diary, but I can also reach it when I'm writing about the pipe fitting biz and engineering and the agriculture industry. I can reach it writing a blog or a book or an article.

This is the secret to how I wrote Soul vs. Ego Smackdown: How to say YES! to your Soul and tell your Ego to Suck It! in two days. I went to the Northern Colorado Writers Retreat for a weekend in November, creating space for flow to flow through my Soul and pour itself on paper and I wrote 30,000 words in two working days.

THAT is the power of flow. And it feels A-Maz-Ing.

If you're finding writing difficult and grueling my suggestion is this:

Treat writing as your spiritual practice. Sitting in meditation is not the only way to open yourself up to the otherworldlyness of art and love and creation. Writing can be an act of devotion, devotion to craft, to art, to love, to God, to your own creation powers. It can be an act of worship for the written word—after all, Genesis tells us that the entire Universe was created with the Word.

You, my loves, are the creators of the Word. With each word building on itself you have the holy power of creation of the Universe.

Not everyone has this gift. People reach flow in a million different ways ... but, you were chosen for this way. They say the pen is mightier than the sword ... so wield it with a holy honor at the power and the gift you've been given.

And bathe your Soul in flow every single chance you get.

4 comments:

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love being in the flow, but always wonder why it takes me so long to sit myself down and let it happen. Do all writers resist flow, and if so, why?

Excellent post, Tracee. And thanks for the reminder that the NCW retreat is a great way to get the momentum going.

Tracee Sioux, Sioux Ink: Soul Purpose Publishing said...

Egos resist flow.

Why? Because they want you to go get a full-time job as an accountant like a regular person and stop doing these ridiculously risky things like writing and publishing books. Egos are afraid of flow because writing creates Universes and who knows what that Soul inside os you is bound to create? I mean, you could start a scary revolution or encourage people to ignore their Egos. And this book or blog could fail. And people might criticize you and leave bad reviews. And Oprah might hate it. And you might lose money. So, don't even bother writing.

ALL Ego.

Susan Kane said...

Totally enjoyed your post, and esp. your meme. My brain always has a section in there for migraines.

Tracee Sioux, Sioux Ink: Soul Purpose Publishing said...

Thank you Susan. Write on!

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