“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” - William Wordsworth
Storytelling for the Soul -- Session #1 Write From the Heart
July 11, 2017 6:00 p.m. at Hayden Library
July 11, 2017 6:00 p.m. at Hayden Library
Writing from the heart is discovery writing. It is the single, most powerful, life-changing and transformative event you will ever experience in your lifetime -- if you stay the course. Listen. Reflect. Follow the pathways to your heart into Core writing.
Writing Assignments: Get into motion to move your emotions.
- Buy a $1.00 composition book – This is your Journal, and what is written within its pages is a sacred trust, private and not for sharing. The origin and etymology of the term journal dates back to late Middle English, denoting a book used for recording prayers at appointed times throughout the day or evening. This could be a religious or spiritual experience for you. Certainly, this is a pathway into Core writing - the Storytelling for your Soul's expression.
- Find your anchor – Perhaps, it is a bottle of bubbles, or a candle, a flower. Quilting, hiking, hunting, making repairs, mowing the grass, listening to music. Whatever helps you focus on the invisible, the metaphysical and inward movement with inner sensitivities.
- Define compassion (not forgiveness). Write about a time when you felt compassion, or write about a spiritual leader who exemplifies compassion.
Where is your writing place?
This place can become your Muse. The Muses are the inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts in Greek mythology (Wikipedia), particularly a female or feminine, personified force which is the source of inspiration. Hence, Nature is often called Mother Nature.
The Wilderness Project -- an optional writing assignment.
What is your story? This is your quest, or journey toward self-knowledge, the defining moments and events that give rise to your Soul, and give your Soul a voice to express your narrative. What is your story, and what will you do to discover it?
- Start a fascinating study. What is that for you? You must discover this for yourself. Let the sacred reveal itself. Be listening. Be alert. Be ready to receive. Watch for those serendipitous moments, ordinary miracles, when you meet a friend, or someone you know, unexpectedly in the market and you have a special kind of talk. When you spontaneously take a drive alone to a place to find simplicity in nature. When a book of importance comes your way. Those are the moments, those are the books you want to pay attention to and use for reflection.
- Contemplation. Too seldom do we pause to settle our energies and focus our minds. We settle into our lives, the busyness and distractions of a hectic, demanding life. Take those books and your journal and write.
What is Your Story, Your Quest, Your Journey? These are Questions to consider:
- Where do stories come from? Reading books, classes, school, life experience. All this stuff we learn and experience every day. But, where do stories really come from?
- What kind of storyteller of you? Oral history? Family historian? A writer?
- Are you a “mood” writer? Are you structured as a writer?
- What is your fascinating study? This teaches you contemplation. What book will you read and reflect upon?
- What is your story?
- What are your writing?
- What is your current writing project?
- What are your writing goals?
- By the way, for this course: You are the writing project.
- Where is your writing place – the spiritual force, or your Muse?
- What is history in the context of storytelling? What is your history? Again, what is your story?
- We come into life a blank slate, right? Do you agree with that? I don’t. Genetics plays a big part in determining who we are, but that’s for someone else’s class because I’m not a geneticist.
- Family of origin is a powerful force in our personal history, but is that where your life narrative begins?
- What event marks the beginning of your life narrative?
Recommended books for the course:
- Writing From Within by Bernard Selling
- Creating from the Spirit: Living Each Day As A Creative Act by Dan Wakefield
- Fresh-brewed Life by Nicole Johnson
- Writing Toward Home by Georgia Heard
The Official Website for Author Kim E. Morgan