"If you bring forth what is within you
what is within you will save you
If you do not bring forth what is within you
what is within you will destroy you.
–Agnostic Gospel according to Thomas
When I first heard this quote read out loud in a 1993 psychic development class, an inward shift began. So much was within me that wanted release and expression. My gifts, my knowledge, and intuition, all qualities that I was born with that up till then remained hidden, even to me. My first book came forth. My pain stories and trauma also came to my awareness for understanding and transformation. I understood then and now that our life's journey is about bringing forth what is within us.
These stories, personal experiences and gifts need releasing from the body and mind.
Writing flames us alive and brings forth what seeks expression, understanding and transformation. All we have to do is listen. Writing is listening. Writing is an expression. Writing brings transformation because it can bring up the pain stories for further healing and acknowledgment.
Eleven books have been brought forth from me. Each book contains what has been "within me."
What does writing bringing forth from you? Write about that?
What themes are weaved through your life? Write about that.
What does the quote mean to you? What might destroy or save you? Write about that.
What is something, perhaps your greatest fear, right now? Write about that.
That fear will point to what you need to bring forth, what you most want. My latest book, The Clue of the Red Thread came from my abandonment anxiety, of feeling alone, that somehow I would lose everything and everyone I love (pain story). The flip side of this of course is my desire to belong. I let this desire to belong, to collaborate with others out through action. I reached out to Parker J Palmer and began conversations that resulted in this book. Over the past six years my intention and actions have been to collaborate with others, to reach out and develop community through all my interests and projects. To join in. (Which is what motivated me to sign up for Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu two weeks ago).
How can you bring forth one of your deepest fears and its desire? Write about that.
How can you act on your desire? Write about that.
My most recent collaborations include working with Laurie Scheer to bring you a Write-by-the-Light workshop and retreat this June! I have been collaborating with Molly Chanson to bring writing and yoga together in our free fourth Wednesday nights of yoga and writing and our Sacred Thread retreats for yogis and writers.
All I see now are opportunities of collaboration.
Hidden Victims/Hidden Healers was the first book I let out from within. So much was brought forth!; the pain story of living with a brother with mental illness, the healing process of gathering with others in circle, the transformation of sharing our stories (first stage of healing) and what it meant to be a sister.