Week 7, Day 2 of The Artist's Way
Today, let's practice listening to that inspired, intuitive voice that exists past the Censor's chatter.
These moments of clear inspiration require that we move into them on faith.
We can practice these small leaps of faith daily in our pages and on our artist dates. We can learn not only to listen but also to hear with increasing accuracy that inspired, intuitive voice that says, “Do this, try this, say this….”
Most writers have had the experience of catching a poem or a paragraph or two of formed writing. We consider these finds to be small miracles. What we fail to realize is that they are, in fact, the norm. We are the instrument more than the author of our work.
Some people find it easier to picture the stream of inspiration as being like radio waves of all sorts being broadcast at all times.
With practice, we learn how to hear the desired frequency on request. We tune in to the frequency we want. Like a parent, we learn to hear the voice of our current brainchild among the other children’s voices.
(The Artist's Way, 2016, p. 118)
Read the following out loud with purpose and intent:
I am hearing with increasing accuracy that inspired, intuitive voice.
Take yourself into a sacred space—a church, synagogue, library, grove of trees—and allow yourself to savor the silence and healing solitude.
Each of us has a personal idea of what sacred space is. For me, a large clock store or a great aquarium store can engender a sense of timeless wonder. Experiment!
“Listening is a form of accepting.”
– Stella Terrill Mann
What has that inspired, intuitive voice been saying to you recently?
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