Ernest Hemingway: “If a writer stops observing, he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.”
Julia Cameron: “Once writing becomes an act of listening, instead of an act of speech, a great deal of the ego goes out with it.”
Julia Cameron, in my own paraphrase: We are all writers.
Good evening reader friend. You are genuinely dear to me: your mind, your heart, your time, your spirit.
Let’s observe for a moment. Just take a deep breath and picture yourself slowing. Let your brain slow. Observing starts in the brain, moves down to the soul and then seeps into the spirit.
When I say spirit, you have one. Everyone does. Having a spirit has nothing to do with whether or not you are a person of faith. It is a part of who you are. It’s the layer and the place beneath your soul – and the soul is where emotion lives. If the soul is where emotion lives, the spirit is where truth lives. Where the truth of who you are lives. If you are a person of faith, this is where the Teller of All Truth resides. Indeed, that sounds bizarre. But, faith does lead us beyond reason. It leads us beyond.
Take a few cleansing breaths. And now listen. What’s in the depth of you? What does the deep feel? If it feels uncomfortable, it’s normal. Just stay there. If you’re not feeling anything, it’s okay. Ask God to help you connect.
If you’re like me, I get to that deep place and I look at her and observe both as her and as one outside of her. I see her wrestle, I see her true joys, I see her questions, I see her weakness, I see her beauty. I ask Him to help me see what He sees when He looks at her. You can do the same. Keep taking the deep breaths and will yourself not to run. And now I say, come Lord Jesus. You don’t have to claim Christianity to try those words out. What do we have to lose? Come Lord Jesus. Come Truth. Come.
And this is the place, the rooted place of depth, where the Truth is that
You are protected.
You are loved.
You are known.
You are seen.
You are covered.
You are intricate on purpose.
There is a Helper.
He has the way forward.
It’s okay to feel stuck. You’re not really stuck…but it’s okay to feel it.
I am praying for you this evening. Asking Him to touch the deep part of who you are. The truest part of who you are – regardless of whether or not you know that part of yourself. He does! Asking Him to speak to the truest part of you…to let you hear the truth right now.
Sleep in peace, my reader friend.