Continuing our Writer Spotlight series, we’re delighted to host an article by Julie Hoyle. Among many other things, Julie is a ‘natural intuitive, author, spiritual teacher and trans-personal hypnotherapist’. She lives in the Bahamas (yes, that does sound nice!).
Writer Spotlight is an opportunity for our members to draw attention to their iWRR ebook as well as to them as a writer, their style and interests. We’re not looking for anything in particular – so feel free to let your creativity loose!
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Giving Form to the Formless
by Julie Hoyle
In August 2007, I was browsing one of my favourite Mind-Body-Spirit bookstores in London. Picking up a small magazine titled, ‘Connections,’ I followed a strong impulseto get a copy. Several days later on a train journey from London to Nottingham, I remembered the magazine and pulled it out. An article by Barbara Brennen with thetheme, ‘Expressing Your Gifts’ caught my eye and as I started reading, I heard an innervoice saying,
“You should do this. You should write articles that inspire others.”
Believing I was hearing an authentic inner prompt, I began to draft my first article on the back of a napkin and several scraps of paper. Strangely, it felt as if the article was already formed within me and was simply waiting to be written. What’s more while writing, I knew the article was going to be included in the fall edition of ‘Connections’magazine; which a few weeks later proved to be true.
This is how I write. By getting out of the way, themes, ideas and sentences rise up fully formed and I just write them down. Ancient Yogic, Buddhist and Sufi texts tell us that the urge to express arises from the space of pure consciousness or the void. We first recognize it as an inner pulsation or as a feeling of expansion. Then the energy of limitless consciousness contracts into a thought form and enters our awareness as a flash of inspiration or an idea that seeks to initiate a form of expression.
A yogi poet Jnaneshwar Maharaj, once said,
“I will compose work with such grace and style that it will easily surpass nectar. In words I will give form to the formless, I will cause the senses to experience what is beyond their power to know.”
Sometimes when reading an article, short story or book, I am moved momentarily from habitual patterns of thinking to states of expansion. It’s as if a power behind the words reaches out and aligns a part of me that has become disconnected. In that moment, I feel freer, more optimistic, touched by a deep recognition that the writer knows me very well and I walk away from the page at ease with myself and with the world.
To write like this is not so simple. It requires ‘letting go’ and stepping into a place of integrity beyond the doubts of the mind. No matter what the style or content of the piece, unless it is born from that magical place, it is just words on a page. Connecting in this way is what motivates me to write. My intention always is to journey within myself to a place of not knowing and from there, access a voice that has something inspiring to share. Then, like my yogi poet friend I can sit back, relax and know my work is done. I have been able to give ’form to the formless.’
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