My definition is: Divine Download (noun)
The spiritual connection to Greatness-- Source, God, Universe, the Creator-- that allows inner, inspirational ideas to flow to the outer using you like a hollow quill or channel. These ideas are then used in writing, speaking, or other actions.
When this spiritual connection happens, you KNOW. There may even be physical confirmations; you'll feel what I call "angel bumps." This is energy charging in different parts of your body which aren't conscious actions.
They just happen.
Be aware when...
Your heart skips.
Your breath quickens.
Your hands tremble.
Your tummy flutters.
And when Divine Downloads aren't flowing, you also KNOW. You might call this writer's block or label yourself as unsure, unworthy, or unmotivated.
A year ago, Miss Writer's Block visited me like an unannounced house guest. This happened when I sought to meet a deadline for a 1,400-word story in the anthology, Inspiration for a Woman's Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace. As the deadline loomed, I realized that perhaps I'd attracted this momentary writing paralysis. Why? I'd just completed writing a 24-page ePublication entitled 5 Journal Adventures to Recharge Your Creativity: Writer's Block Take a Vacay!
Laughing through my ah-ha, I used these three, favorite sources for Divine Downloads--along with taking the advice in my ePublication to meet the story deadline. They included:
1) Colors: Visit the paint department at any large box store.
Peruse the paint color samples and picturesque booklets for visual delight and word imagery. I randomly chose three colors which were Riesling Grape (chartreuse), Peru burgundy) and Arrowhead Lake (blue). Interesting that the later name matches my address of 1932 Arrowhead Drive, I've also led a Vision Quest to Peru and, visited Germany with siblings where we drank lots of Riesling wine.
The paint names caused memories to flow, and later, words flowed onto the page of my story. If you choose large paint samples, you can use them as is--or decorate as bookmarks with children or grandchildren.
2) Words: Randomly open your favorite book, atlas, or dictionary and read, then copy, the first words, names, or phrases that appear.
Don't edit or judge. Just be a faithful scribe. Read them aloud. Let them percolate like your favorite cup of coffee or tea. They'll find their perfect use and place in your story exactly as is or as a spin-off an idea in your story or creative project.
3) Conversations: Ask: What or who do I need to know now for my best and Highest Good regarding _______? (Name of the issue, story, project)
This is part of Step 2 in my practice of the Divine Dialogue Writing System. I use this question every morning and also teach the practice. In silence, "someone" always shows up. You might call this presence intuition, inner whispers, or even your name for Source. We chat on the page, going back and forth like two BFFs having a heart-to-heart conversation. And always, the issue moves closer to clarity and resolution.
It's in this process that every major name for a project has emerged for me including Women as Visionaries, Your Soul Cafe (my podcast), Spinning Your Gold (my blog) and; even the names for this blog post and my writing practice, the Divine Dialogue Writing System.
Colors. Words. Conversations.
They're all a tiny part of the huge, content-rich and gorgeous world that supports your Divine Downloads--a flow of inner, inspirational ideas.
Lessons learned: There's no need or truth in having Miss Writer's Block to visit or feeling unsure, unworthy, or unmotivated. Your job? Be open. Allow. Accept.
I promise that your Divine Downloads are sure to flow to you often, and easily!
Thank-you in advance for commenting if one or more of these ideas reminded or inspired you of how to enhance your spiritual connection for writing.
P.S. Your special invitation awaits you to join my free, private Facebook group, the Writer's VisionQuest just for women. The group's intention is to "take your words somewhere brilliant" by giving and receiving writing and creativity resources.
Laughing at my ah-ha, I was guided to use the following three sources for Divine Downloads AND to practice the five journal adventures again.
Lore this is so beautiful and I share the truth that through Colors. Words. Conversations. divine inspiration often occurs and along with it the means to fulfill that inspiration - thank you for your lovely writing and sharing!ReplyDelete
You are appreciated, Donna. Thank YOU!Delete
My life and my teaching is all about the inner connection: realizing it, developing the practice and strengthening it as a reliable source. I love the playful ways you have shared to connect. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
You are appreciated, Laurie! Happy you found playful ways in this post to enjoy more Divine Downloads.Delete
Bravo! Bravo! Lore, I love how you used colors to explore memories, add random words from miscellaneous sources into your creation, and the internal conversations to express what may have remained silent.ReplyDelete
Thank YOU, Cindy, for commenting. Hoping it will help you enjoy even moree Divine Downloads.Delete
Lore, once again you hit the mark for me this week! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me. And for reminding me that I need to keep going! You rock!ReplyDelete
Ahh, thanks WAV Writing Sistah! You are generous with your kind words. Happy these ideas might serve you this week with your own Divine Downloads.Delete
What I like best about this post is the way you present the info: you don't assume that I have writer's block, that I'm looking for a divine download or... anything. You don't appear to make ANY assumptions about me. Instead, you own the information and your process, treating me like an intelligent adult, free to choose whether or not it's a "fit" for me. You are appreciated for that! Definitely no golf clubs in this garage sale! ;-)ReplyDelete
What fun and fabulous ideas. I love how tactile they are and how they not only inspire, but invigorate. Looking forward to sharing! xo ~JoyReplyDelete
Thank you, merci! P.S Is there anything you can't do? I so enjoyed your blog post this morning...left me wanting to read more, more, more!Delete
I love this blog Lore and the fabulous strategies of opening to divine downloads! I plan to use the strategies and look forward to the flow of insight, wisdom and truth that will come with opening and receiving! Thank you so much!ReplyDelete
Appreciating you and your kind words, Kelley. So happy when my words and Divine Downloads SERVE someone else like the gifted writer you are. Hope you'll circle back and reply again with what worked when you tried some of these ideas. Namaste~Delete
All three ideas are great! I use number 3 all the time. Spirit speaks to us through so many different channels, and people are one of them. Painting is surely is fun and inspired. Thank you, Lore, for reminding me to use this creative medium more often.ReplyDelete
So grateful for your kind words, Tanya. Wonder-full that you are already tapped into the third idea of conversation with the Divine. And you're welcome. You are reminding ME that painting is something I did as young girl and haven't for decades. Perhaps it's time...hmmmm.Delete