In starting on this new journey as blogger I mulled over the list of things I wanted to write about and my number one thought was writing as a sacred art. I feel grateful for the opportunity to write and let my voice be heard. Writing is a sacred task and to do it effectively one must allow their heart to fill with love and gratitude. To write is to open your heart and mind to possibilities far beyond the boundaries of your physical location. Writing is opening your heart and mind to the world and beyond, knowing that the words come through you, not from you. To practice writing as a scared art you have to set your ego aside knowing there are greater things at work. Some readers will balk at this and stop reading right here, but the writer within you knows the truth when he or she hears it.
Sacred writing comes from truth. The truth is that when you come in to your own as a writer you can no longer pretend to be anyone other than your authentic self. How can you write and bare your soul for others when you can’t be honest with yourself? Writing allows you the freedom shake off society composed conventions and knowing who you are is much more important than what you own.
You already know what society expects of you, but now is the time to start thinking about what you expect of yourself. Are you living your authentic life? If not, what would your authentic life look like? Henry David Thoreau said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Thoreau’s truth was that he needed to go within to find the fundamental essence of his humanity in order to discover what was important in his life. I’m not suggesting we all go off to the woods but I do think we should all live a little more deliberately. We should honestly treat others as we wish to be treated. Writing as a scared art helps us achieve this by allowing us to dig in and find who we are and what we want; which in turn it makes it a bit easier to see we are all connected.
This blog is meant to explore writing as a sacred art and how it informs who we are as human beings. Although this blog will touch on spiritual issues I don’t feel it will be religious; well maybe I should rephrase that. Maybe it is religious in that I may occasionally refer to the Christian Bible, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching and other religious doctrine. I also think it may not be religious because in my studies and in my experience, I find God is too big to be bogged down with manmade titles. God is God and I have no words to articulate this meaning other than to say God is an experience. We experience God; we have encounters with God, but I cannot presume to know what religion He or She may or may not recognize.
To tell the truth I feel some of the most beautiful literature is found in religious doctrine. This is because our earliest recorded writings were religious in nature. Humanity has always tried to find a way to experience God and I’m sure we will continue to do so.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read my post. I welcome your comments; I am not just here to write I am also here to learn.
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