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Writer's Block words barricade road construction sign progress writing novel, article essayMost everyone who has tried to write on any regular basis has felt stuck at some point in a moment of frustration and then at times panic, when the words just simply won’t come. 

The flow has stopped, the well is dry and your muse? She evidently took a sick day and hasn’t called in to let you know.

The worst thing you can do when experiencing this phenomena called “writer’s block” is to try to force the words to come. 

Our natural instinct is to “push, push, push”. To stay there hand with pen on paper or fingers on keyboard and do our best to force the words to appear. It’s as if we are trying to prove the “mind over matter” process and through sheer will power, force the words from some dark recess of our mind.

Perhaps if you’ve done this, you’ve actually pushed through and were able to write something, but I’m willing to bet that when you did, the words you produced were not anything that as a writer you would describe as “your best work”.

Game Changer Alert: Take an action that will feel counter-intuitive the first that that you try it.

Game ChangerNext time you experience writer’s block, try this instead –  Stand up and walk away from your writing.

Stop writing and give yourself permission to walk away and to not even think about writing. 

Instead go find a comfortable position to lie down or sit comfortably in a chair. Your body probably needs to relax because you’ve been so tense trying to write.  Take your phone or whatever type of alarm clock you use, and set an alarm to go off in 15 minutes. Now, take a few deep breaths, in and out and let your mind wander. In a sense, you are going to meditate. Not meditate like chanting OM and contemplating the universe, but meditate in the sense of allowing your mind to relax and just be…

Let thoughts come through freely, but if they are about your writing or paying a bill or some chore that you need to do, ignore them, let these thoughts flow by and away, do not entertain them or allow them to linger.  Instead, when they come, watch them float by like clouds moving quickly on a windy day. As you relax, continue focusing on your breath and allow happy thoughts to flow in, like how nice it feels to relax for a minute, and how warm or cool you feel today.

Allow yourself to drift, think of some of your favorite things, a day at the beach, the sound of seagulls near the waves as the surf comes in, or perhaps you’re in a cabin with the fire crackling, watching the soft snow fall through the window.  Drift, relax, flow from thought to thought to thought, thinking about nothing of importance. 

Are You Out of Your Mind?

Young woman on a train writing notesWhat you are doing is giving your mind some play time, some down time, instead of being cluttered like it normally is with thoughts of what you need to do, have to do, and should do.

We often wear out our minds daily with mental to do lists, then we add the guilt of not accomplishing these lists and when we are not focused on these thoughts, we often switch to things we are worried about that may or may not happen. 

While it’s important to think about what we need to do on a daily and big picture basis, when we overwhelm the mind with pressures of guilt and worry, it shuts down the flow. The mind doesn’t know what to do with thoughts of guilt and worry, because these bring in the emotions connected with these two concepts. The negative emotions associated with guilt and worry flood the mind, creating a sludge of heavy energy that slows down the mental process. 

Wait, the mind says, we are in an emergency situation, the emotions of guilt and worry have arrived and we need to determine if we should panic and prepare to engage in battle. 

This fight or flight feeling, causes the mind to stop the flow of when it is operating on a good day in a highly creative process, to hunkering down and preparing for war.  It cannot operate in both capacities, it has to choose between these two.

Free Your Mind

writerWhen you sit down to write, you may not even be aware of how overburdened your mind is, as you may subconsciously be carrying these thoughts and worries for so long, that it has almost become a norm in your life.  Yet when you try to open up to your creative side, you find yourself blocked. When you try to push through, it feels even worse and the block becomes a wall. 

This is your mind doing its best to protect you, saying, sorry, we have shut down to prepare for battle, we are not accessible at this time to open up to our creative flow side, all resources must be diverted at this time to prepare for battle. 

Can you see how the act of trying to force the mind to write is an impossible task, in this “state of mind”?

Instead, when you walk away and relax and free your mind, you allow the thoughts of danger to dissipate. The mind relaxes with the body, the emotions subside and return back to their normal state and you are entering a calm place of being. The mind notices that those concerning thoughts and worries are still around, but it sees that you acknowledge them and then allow them to float away, as you entertain a new thought of being at the beach or other happy thought.  Ok, says the mind, this isn’t as bad as we thought, there’s no danger here, we can relax and return to our normal state of functioning.

Am I More Than My Mind?

Kala2015While entertaining this concept here, it may also lead you to the question of, Is Kala saying that I am not my mind, but rather I am more than my mind? The quick answer is Yes. This is an ancient esoteric teaching and I teach these concepts to students from around the world in my Academy of Mystical Arts and Spiritual Sciences.

The first nine lessons that students are taught when they study with me, are in my book – 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled. These lessons help you to free your mind and connect with your Higher Conscious Self.

Not ready to go that deep into these thoughts? No worries, just try the exercise above next time you are experiencing writer’s block or trying to brainstorm ideas for a project that you’re working on and see if it doesn’t free your mind and allow new ideas to pour in after this fifteen minute break. 

Why fifteen minutes you might ask?  I’ve found in my years of teaching this exercise that fifteen minutes is about the right time for a person to take this mental break, before they become so relaxed that they fall asleep. In fact, if your mind is really overwhelmed, you may fall asleep when you try this exercise and so by setting the alarm for fifteen minutes, it will wake you up should this occur.  

Either way, you’ll feel refreshed and renewed.

Enjoy!

About the Author

Kala Ambrose is "Your Travel Guide to the Other Side". As an award winning author, national columnist, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose's teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations. A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala teaches and writes about ancient wisdom teachings and how their techniques can be used in modern day living. Her books, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing the Evolution of Your Energy Body and 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled both cover these topics. In addition, Kala shares her love of history, travel and the spirit world in her books Spirits of New Orleans and Ghosthunting North Carolina. Her books are designed to explore the history of cities in an entertaining manner while sharing haunted stories and offering travel tips on how to best see the cities to shop, dine, stay, and visit the haunted sites. Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Entrepreneur Intuition, Haunted History, and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, Edgar Cayce's ARE, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, Daily Om and her school, the Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences.

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