Last week an enthusiastic group of women gathered around my kitchen table to take a deep dive into their imagination with very exciting results. We tapped into the realm of possibility and invited those unconscious voices, which always seem to be hovering in the shadows doubting our creativity, to quiet down and just let things happen during our Wonder Writing Workshop experience.
You may be wondering why I’m talking about beads at a writing workshop. Well, think about Jane Austen stitching up stories while she labored over her needlecraft, or Emily Dickinson mixing up lines of poetry along with delicious treats in the kitchen. With that premise as our foundation, we explored colors, shapes and textures of beads as we pondered the stories our hearts were longing to share.
While you are in the act of selecting just the right beads and arranging them in a specific order, your subconscious mind is free to bring to the surface the bits of your story, which you have been keeping hidden. That part of you that wants to be visible yet has felt it wasn’t time to surface.
Now that your hands are busy and your head engaged in decisions about the beads, your heart is free to speak to you. It may be a soft whisper. It may not be words at all. It may be a strong awareness that all of you need to show up to have the most impact on yourself and those around you.
Consider the parallels of the choices in the simple act of making a bracelet and what goes into the act of any piece of writing:
- Why is this project important to you?
- What is your story you want to share here?
- Who is your audience?
- How do you want your audience to feel?
- What do you want your audience to do after receiving the finished product?
Just as the beads combine to make a unique piece of jewelry expressing your creativity for the world can see, your words craft the story only you can tell…the story of you…to share with the world.
Give yourself the gift of creating a writing practice where you explore writing on a daily basis. Your writing practice can take as little as five minutes a day where you write in a notebook with a fast-writing pen and record your thoughts, dreams, worries, and wonderings. You’d be surprised how having this time for yourself will open doors to your subconscious you never knew existed.