I recently found a copy of “Writing Down the Bones” and although I read it a long time ago it didn’t mean anything to me then. That’s how things go– right when the timings right. Now I can’t put it down as I’m filled with a almost visceral reaction to each page, connecting with it entirely.
It’s not just about writing– it’s about the intention and absolute necessity of all spiritual practice. I’ve made a practice now of starting each day with a page or two before writing.
“….where energy is unobstructed by social politeness or the internal censor, to the place where you are writing what your mind actually sees and feels, not what it thinks it should see or feel. It’s a great opportunity to capture the oddities of your mind. Explore the rugged edge of thought. Like grating a carrot, give the paper the colorful coleslaw of you consciousness.
First thoughts have tremendous energy. It is the way the mind first flashes on something. The internal censor usually squelches them, so we live in the realm of second and third thoughts, thoughts on thoughts, twice and three times removed from the direct connection of the first fresh flash.”