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I learned that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.
– Brenda Ueland –

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
– Rumi –

Don’t always be appraising yourself, wondering if you are better or worse than other writers. “I will not reason and compare” said Blake, “my business is to create”. Besides, you are like no other being created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.
– Brenda Ueland –

”When we surrender, when we do not fight with life, when it calls upon us, we are lifted and the strength to do what needs to be done finds us.
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer –

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
– Natalie Goldberg –

“It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway”
– Mary Oliver –

“Although you may think that your sacred purpose is way ahead of you on the path, it’s actually just sleeping inside of you. It will appear now and then, like a butterfly floating behind your eyes, rehearting you of what lives inside of you. You may not see it often, but it always has you in its sights.”
– Jeff Brown –

 “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”
– Mary Angelou –

“Writing is like the headlights of a car at night.
You can only see as far as the light shines.”
– E.L. Doctorow –

Your vision
will become clear only when you look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.
– Jung –

A book writes itself. You are just the hand that puts everything on paper.
– Bangambiki Habyarima –

Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.
– Lili St. Crow –

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be.
Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.
– Hilary Mantel –

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
– Anais Nin –

God never uses one approach to the get his job done in the world. Each soul has its own way of being reached. He has put inside of each of us a unique song that only another heart can hear clearly. To wish you were someone else robs another human being of the special blessings, talents and gifts God meant for you to share.”
― Shannon L. Alder –

“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés –

When a flower doesn’t bloom
You fix the environment in which it grows
You do not fix the flower
– Alexander den Heijer –

Creativity is a combination of discipline and a childlike spirit
– Robert Greene –

“What if the task is simply to unfold, to become who you already are in your essential nature; gentle, compassionate, and capable of living fully and passionately present? How would this affect how you feel when you wake up in the morning?”
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer –

Techniques are directionless without grounding and connecting to Source,
they are a style without subtance.
– Loren Cruden –

An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
– Edwin Land –

Have some confidence, proceed with some certainty; you have been given a body, given breath, stop questioning your worthiness.
– Dyhani Ywahoo – Cherokee teacher

Life is sacred.You are alive, you are a sacred being. Connect with that sacredness. Look for it in every beating Heart, in every form life touches. Be alive in the sacred and let the sacred live through you.
– Loren Cruden –

And those who were seen dancing, were thought be to insane
by those, who could not hear the music
– Friedrich Nietzsche –

 As long as you’re dancing, you can
break the rules.
Sometimes breaking the rules is just
extending the rules.
Sometimes there are no rules.
– Mary Oliver –

We need to remain in rhytm with our inner clay voice and longing
Yet this voice is no longer audible in the modern world.
– John O’Donohue –

What is meant for you is always meant to find you.
– Lalleshwari –

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
– Rainer Maria Rilke – Letters to a Young Poet

“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”
– John O’Donohue –

Mysteries, Yes

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds
will never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,  to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
~ Mary Oliver ~

Men have their own story-making and myth-telling, but in the old Gaelic traditions, women were bards and poets too. Still, today, the voices of women are quieter, and our stories are less often heard. The Wise Woman is a woman who has reclaimed her stories and has found the voice with which to tell them. The Wise Woman is remaking the world.
– Sharon Blackie –

Words themselves can become acts of beauty that awaken and strengthen our commitment to living our soul’s desire.
– Oriah Mountain Dreamer –

Telling our stories, putting our experiences into words and poetic narrative is more than an act of artistic expression; it can be the transformative and the healing work of survival.
– Karen Hering –

“The wild woman carries the bundles for healing, she carries everything a woman needs to be and know. She carries the medicine for all things. She carries the stories and words and songs and signs and symbols. She is both the vehicle and the destination”.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés –

Honour the space between no longer and not yet.
– Nancy Levin –

“What is it about my daily rituals? Why such pleasure in repetition?
Well, it occurs to me that I might just be practicing being me.
Those cherished creaks in the old floorboards.
The precise angle of the winter sun cheering my kitchen.
Assembling ingredients for a dish I’ve made hundreds of times.
A novel position my cats have adopted, lost in their midday dreams.
Each nuance resonates with a kind of timeless wisdom, and I realize that it is these humble putterings, nothing fancier, that have allowed me, finally, to know myself.”
-David Jacoby –

 Photo “Antique Book and Key” © Marc Hodnett, Dreamstime

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