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Start Now and What You Need Will Come

“As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come,” wrote Ernest Hemingway. And, as in writing, so in life. Get started, and the juice will come. In Goddess of Everything, I wrote from the image. It presented itself to my mind then the fire spread to my belly! Readers have noted surprise, shock, triggering, and ultimately satisfaction from the read. Although there may be twists and turns, we lean into vital instincts, it typically leads to a satisfying ending point. So, when the impulse is there, I go with it, and the energy builds from there. From experience, it’s a fine thing to start things up and trust that the juice will come, making for a good follow-through and a good ending.

As a psychologist and writer, I’m always in the learning mode with the conscious and unconscious mind. It’s an attitude I nourish. It’s there first thing in the morning, a sense of wanting to see and follow through with what I see. It comes in intuitive images and instincts that rise to consciousness and give me the beginning of a scene or words to say to a patient. At the start of Goddess of Everything, we’re into a funeral, the pull into the realm of death and mystery unmistakable. It was rough for me to begin a novel with this eerie scene. But, the image from my unconscious that rose at the beginning of the book guided me to go there. So I did. Turns out, readers were immediately drawn in, and the story flew onward from there. So, as you can see, whether it’s a dream that comes to mind the night before writing, or an image in the morning, or a strong feeling as I open my laptop to write, it’s a starting point for me to jump into the page and take off. We begin with what comes to us, usually just a little bit, and then off we go into helpful insights that lead to living out our story.

As you’re coming to see, while writing, doing therapy, and living, I do my best to flow with feelings, images, and dreams. They are the starting points, a little something to trust and go with. Try an experiment today. Trust your strong feelings, the ones that stay with you about a person or situation. Trust the image that comes to mind or what you dreamt about what’s going on. You’ll find that your intuition gives you enough go with, and once you start, the rest will come.

Let’s do our best to nourish trusting strong feelings, spontaneous mental images, and dreams. We can start now to listen a little more sensitively to feelings, intuitions, and your initial impression of what your dream from the night before is telling you. Go with it, and you’ll find that the rest will come. It’s a big step to trust, so lean into it. And, as Hemingway said, the juice will come.

Live Deeply . . . Read Daily

Can the Sacred be Abused?

Can the sacred be abused? Of course! I deal with it all week long in therapy practice. Then on the weekend, I write stories that imaginatively pull together energies, experiences, and the way out of what’s bad. The numinous, the sacred, can go south.

You want to know how it happens? I’ll tell you. It happens when you stay in one place too long. Then meaning stops, energy stops, what’s good about everything stops. And when what’s good stops, the sacred has skidded to a screeching halt!

Yikes, you say. You’re right to say that because when good energy, sacred stuff, dries up, everything in life goes wrong. Bad things that didn’t need to happen, happen.

Is there any way out, you ask? Yup. I’ll whisper in your ear the answer. Listen close. Quiet, steady yourself, deep breath. Here it is: Regroup and listen to what your mind tells you right now. There’s something that says, “Move on and leave this behind.” And that’s the answer.

You let go of what you need to let go of, stop going to that place that always gives you bad vibes, let go of the bad times with negative people, and take on pass on the go-to negative attitudes in your head. Then . . . voila! The sacred and good energy of your life returns.

I write stories about people hitting a psychic brick wall. The sacred has been defiled. Time has come to square off and get real. Decisions need to be made. It happens in the metaphysical thrillers I write, and it happens in your life and mine.

Read a good story or two or three. They’ll help you figure your way out of what’s dried up sacred and good energy and how to go about finding your way back into a stable mind and a perfectly decent life!

Live Deeply . . . Read Daily!

Reality ~ Enough Already!

Reality and Imagination

Reality ~ enough already! We need a break. So . . . where to go? There’s a story. It ushers into the imagination. After a tough day of seeing patients, I look forward to watching and reading stories that entrance and reset my mind.

As a psychologist, I know the imagination as a wellspring for healing and consciousness. Helping patients with troubling dreams is a lot like taking my readers on a soul journey through stories. The books I write are like dreams, a free-flow of imagination that bypasses outer reality and taps into hidden worlds that offer unthought secrets.

Clogged Emotions and Stories

Visionary stories take you into a different zone. I need to go there. You need to go there. It blows out what’s been clogging up your emotional and spiritual life.

Stuck emotions translate to a stuck life. We’re working harder and harder and getting nowhere. Everyday problems get blown out of proportion because we’re dealing with the small stuff. Soon, one small issue leads to another and our heads are crammed full of anxiety and weighed down by care.

Picking up a story gives your conscious mind a rest so your unconscious can enter reverie. Yeah, reverie. It’s a word that means “pleasantly lost in thoughts,” as one dictionary states. Without needing to know how it works, it’s enough to experience a good visionary thriller. Somehow, in a way mysterious to logic and linear thinking, it cuts to the quick. And, we feel better, our mind a little more unclogged and our disposition a little lighter.

Inspiration and Wisdom

Friday through Sunday I both read and write visionary stories. Folks who write and read visionary books are seekers. We sense a tug from the unconscious mind, the realm of spiritual inspiration, and old wisdom.

Daily challenges hit us one after another. They seem unending. In my stories—The Unholy, Goddess of the Wild Thing, and the soon to be released Goddess of Everything—there’s one fright and then a bigger one and then (you’d never guess it!) a seemingly insurmountable obstacle that threatens life and limb. There seems to be no way out.

When you lose yourself in reading a visionary thriller, your unconscious mind feels understood. People go through things, and the things they go through can leave them on edge. They’re dangling from a precipice, hanging between life and death. Admit it—you know the feeling.

Pick up a visionary read. Browse through your favorite online book retailer under visionary/metaphysical fiction if you don’t know where to start. Discover worlds where unthought wisdom comes to the aid of a sincere soul at a dead-end time of life. You’re in for a time of mind expansion and soul finding.

So . . . enough of reality! Let’s consider the inspiration of Albert Einstein who wrote that imagination is more important than knowledge. It births human evolution. Let’s do this! Let’s take time to take leave from outer reality, plunge into the imagination, and evolve.

“Live Deeply…Read Daily”

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