* Based on Silver Butterfly, Create A Vision:
Do you like to journal? There are many exciting designs for journals on the market from plain to fancy or (my favorite) scraps of paper! I write and shred. Some experiences and feelings actually make it into hard copy or digital dreams.
As (if) you re-read what you write, you may feel emotions and images again as when you first experienced the events. You may find past writings a form of healing and release, self therapy for you alone. You can apply healing love: repair begins. Choose your style!
Tai Chi practice, writing, and painting all blend together to aid me in continuous mending and self-discovery in forms of physical, mental, and spiritual strength training. Tai Chi promotes feelings of wholeness, balance, and harmony along with physical exercise. Enhanced lifestyle applications develop slowly over time, a process and journey of "becoming."
Sometimes spontaneous positive ideas pour out like tea into a cup of colors. I jot down or draw randomly into sketchbooks and notepads, or toss scribbled notes on scraps of paper into a "book bag" for later exploration and discovery.
Technology greatly aids and speeds up the process of your paths into digital printing or hard copy. How could people write longhand whole manuscripts or pound out typewritten drafts? How about inserting corrections and additions? How about printing, publishing, and distributing physical books? How we are changing!
Seedlings (ideas) of writing Silver Butterfly began to grow, bud, and blossom into flowers (stories) from a dream vision. Ridiculous? Write it anyway! I wrote stories and poems free of physical order, plan, agenda or deadline, just enjoying the energy of writing. Much later, I printed selections out and sorted my hard copy stories into categories for an organized whole then added flowing transitions.
It took me twenty-four years to write the finished Butterfly book! No problem, "time," "space," and personal deadlines blur and vanish. Experiences and events "become" whole and not always in chronological order.
The next step after Butterfly is Out of the Blue, blog writing with no preconceived notions at all! Just the pure joy of writing, splicing in pictures, and reaching out with positive unselfish intent. Silver Butterfly laid the groundwork and made it possible to take this new leap of springing into spontaneous living words and images. **Can a Blog help with your writing adventures and enjoyment?
Dream it Forward
Creativity in any form needs constant supplies of fresh inspiration and unique approach. Creative daydreaming free of canvas, computer, or musical practice can bring focus and clarity for later achievements. Like growing flowers, the more seeds you sow the more opportunities will germinate in all areas of your life.
Letting your creative work rest overnight or longer and looking at it later with a fresh approach may unlock keys for a more energetic story, painting, or song with a new twist or insight.
Tai Chi practice helps to open flexible freedom in mind, body, and spirit. As you relax while exercising, inspiring thoughts can enter easily and often.
Personal writing and creative thinking is one-on-one therapy for you by you. You can take off the masks you wear and face your true reflection in the mirror. Emilie expressed, "I write to figure out who I am and what I want. I used to believe that being a writer meant I had to be well established as an author and well known. I recently realized, I am a writer!"
Self writing is your physical therapy. Crafting your words for pure pleasure and joy, free of the editor's red pen or disapproving scowls! Keep paper in every room for fresh inspiration or make notes on your computer, tablet, or phone.
As your written paths evolve, you may want to share them with others. A writer friend advises:
If you are afraid to make mistakes in writing or in life, there is nothing to edit. Let the feelings pour out. Get it all down! You can correct later. But remember, if you tame  the dragon, you weaken it a little every time. Your first draft is like an unpolished diamond, but it is also coming straight from your heart. First writing is likely your strongest work. The hardest part is knowing when to quit! Make every word a phrase the reader can feel, image, share, and reflect in the experience. Life! Let it happen! Show me a story. Compel me to read!
As you progress with writing, you can experiment with stories. Emilie adds, "Start with action and description, a focused narrative. Philosophical reflection can come later."
My greatest joy in editing is asking, "Is every word clear? Will the reader understand me?" After applying action to colored words (writing joyful drafts with abandonment), I carefully press the delete key to prune out anything extra. Polishing finished pieces are like final brushstrokes on a painting, and (yes) thank God for spell check!
Play word puzzles (your writing) for balancing right and left brain skills. Memory and organizational functions improve plus pride of accomplishment.
*** Join a writing group in person or online. Inspire each other! The journey of many pages begins with one dream, one thought, one word (world).
**** "....Paradox, Humor, and Change."
"Turn off the radio," C.S. Lewis.
Actually I write and paint to music, all styles.
"When you sit down to write, write," Stephen King. I am all over the map!
Flexible "rules" are yours alone.
Stephen King, "Ask yourself frequently, 'Am I having fun?' "
Tonal Vision, the power of music (Jan 2011)
* Silver Butterfly, Create A Vision: Awaken Your Creative Spirit request free illustrated PDF copy from firstname.lastname@example.org
** www.blogspot.com create your free blog with custom templates, you design who can read your blog and many more options.
*** www.linkedin.com worldwide business community, interest groups include many choices for writers such as Creative Designers and Writers, Art and Spirit, and more
**** The Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman. Socrates (Spiritual Teacher) hands Dan a business card:
Paradox, Humor, and Change
www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org Paul Lam, M.D. creates Tai Chi for Health Programs to empower people of all ages with better health and well being.
The Essential C. S. Lewis by C.S. Lewis
Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully-In Ten Minutes by Stephen King. Writer's Guide 2001
http://imaginehealing.info Joel P. Bowman, Ph.D., and Rev. Debra Basham, CHTP, NLP, HTt, RMT. Healing for you and your pet
http://dbasham.blogspot.com Emotional Sobriety (Sept 2) "Everything is known."
http://www.scs-matters.com Products include Debra's new book Stories from my Heart. Her first edition is already sold out!
Paul sees an open book below my hands and adds, "You are downloading your book." I can see a faint Silver Butterfly with unfurled wings below the fingertips of my left hand!
Silver Butterfly, oil painting by Dahlis, cover art.
"Good Walking" photo by Emilie