A Lyrical Life – writing for personal growth
The more you focus on something, the more automatic it becomes, and writing regularly can lead to a fluency which is often referred to as ‘being in the flow’. In Taoism, the concept of ‘flow’ is life being lived in balance and harmony, like a river finding its natural course. The act of writing connects you to your creative nature, which in turn attunes you to this ‘flow’.
The following is an encapsulated version of a short correspondence course I wrote on the subject of achieving a positive shift by means of guided writing based on the CHAKRA system. The course is no longer active, but you might like to try this taster for yourself.
Instructions: Simply write down the answers to each of the questions in as brief or expanded a way as you like. Pen and paper is best for this process. If possible, find someone you trust to read your work and discuss it with you.
Practice 1 – Red Base Chakra – Security and Survival
What was your first memory/impression of the world?
What is your favourite childhood memory? And your least favourite?
What people or things in your life do you value highly, and why?
Do you provide support for anyone? Could you help anyone feel more supported and secure?
Assignment: A horror story!
Practice 2 – Orange Sacral Chakra – Feelings, Sexuality
Did you experience the anxiety of separation when you first went to school/nursery?
What is your friendship circle like? Do you sometimes find friendship demanding? Do you demand a lot from your friends?
When were you last moved to tears? And laughter?
Do you think that males and females have different expectations of sexual encounters?
Assignment: Write about one of your friends or lovers.
Practice 3 – Yellow Solar Plexus Chakra – Power and Wisdom
Can you recount any instances of risky adolescent behaviour, relating to you, your friends or your own children?
What do you feel self-assured and fearless about? What makes you apprehensive because you lack faith in yourself?
How would you answer the question: Who am I? Are you fairly constant in character or ‘all things to all men’?
Can you sum up what being wise means to you?
Assignment: An article entitled ‘How I would like the world to be’. Make it as surreal as you like.
Practice 4 – Pink/green Heart Chakra – Love
When do you feel you truly became an adult?
Describe the best and worst jobs you’ve ever had. What would be your perfect job?
Have you any reservations about giving and receiving love? Do you sometimes feel dependent on, or even addicted to, another person?
To love others, first we need to love ourselves, and so it is with forgiveness. Is there something you find hard to forgive – in yourself – or others?
Assignment: Have a go at writing a love poem. Write a love story, truth or fiction.
Practice 5 – Sky Blue Throat Chakra – Communication
What are your thoughts on middle age? Do the positives outweigh the negatives?
Do you tend to be trustful or mistrustful? Do you find that people live up (or down) to your expectations?
Do you have the freedom to express yourself as you would wish? Do you give others the opportunity to communicate effectively with you? Do you ever overstate your case?
How do you think your attitudes and opinions affect others?
Assignment: When you communicate with Source through meditation you open a channel of potential creation. Writing can also be a means of communicating your intentions. Write down how you’d like to create the coming year, after each intention, writing one positive step you will take towards that goal.
Practice 6 – Indigo Third Eye Chakra – Intuition
Do you agree that physical signs of ageing are a result of our expectations? Is society ageist? Are you looking forward to retirement?
Of the knowledge you have acquired, what do you value most highly? What course of learning would you like to embark on, if time and money were no object?
How developed is your intuition? Have you noticed any increase in your intuition since you’ve started writing regularly?
Assignment: Suspend any disbelief you might have, and write to your guardian angel. Give him/her (they’re gender neutral) a problem or two to solve on your behalf, then write the reply. You might get some good advice back!
Practice 7 – Violet Crown Chakra – Spirituality
What do you expect to happen when you die? Who will you see? Where will you be?
Have you had any experiences with formal religion? If these were negative, is any anger or lack of forgiveness now resolved?
Write about a loss of some kind you have survived. Is someone missing you? Do you need to contact someone?
What would you like your obituary to say?
I trust you’ll enjoy the writing practice and, on a more subtle level, the chakra cleansing and clearing that can occur as a result of addressing the relevant issues. I hope you achieve a lyrical life, and will always be ‘in the flow’.