Find Flow By Being Receptive to Intuition
Learning receptive writing practices can naturally lead to flow. Experimenting with a form of lectio divina, or divine reading, can help build an appreciation for the weight and power of words. The ancient art form is gleaned from holy scriptures or writings by saints. Let’s take that practice for the month of November, and give it a modern twist. All words are sacred utterances. The use of common words as transmitters of inspiration is a way to play along with divinely lead inspiration.
Where to Begin
Two days before I began this take on the Grow Your Flow blog, I took the practice for a test drive. I used my mother-in-law’s Random House Dictionary of American Language and opened it randomly with eyes closed. I placed my fingertip on one of the pages. It landed on the word, supple. The idea of being pliant and yielding appealed to me. Don’t break or snap. Remain supple. That was the message that came to me as I wrote in my journal. Also, supple has the prefix sup- in it that sounded like street talk from my former high school students: Sup, Ms. M.? The prefix reminded me of other words that begin with those letters like support, suppose, and supersede.
Then, yesterday, I tried the practice again. Opened the book with eyes closed, and placed my finger on – nothing. As I opened my eyes I saw an empty half-page of the words beginning with E. I chuckled to myself. It was Halloween and that word and its spiritual denotations and connotations needed no embellishment. It stood solidly all on it’s own. It shimmers on its own, seemed to be the message.
Fast-forward to this morning in the pre-dawn hours when I again went to the dictionary for guidance. Receptivity was were my finger landed. The message seemed very clear to me: Are you ready to follow? Yes, I am willing to quickly receive knowledge and ideas. I am willing to have a receptive mind.
What to Observe Along the Way
November is associated with gratitude and the holiday of Thanksgiving. It has been overshadowed by the commercial overthrow of the Christmas season, but still exists on the fourth Thursday each year. I am receptive to being grateful for this new practice. I am curious to find out what messages will come up with each word every day. I will be sharing the word and its message with you in the Grow Your Flow blog.
Might you want to try you hand – yes, the pun is intended – at this practice? Give it a go and let me know how it works for you. The gratitude that exudes from this practice is palpable. Words carry weight and power. Seek to find the words you need to guide your creativity to the next level.
Here’s to growing your flow,