I have said it many times before, and I will say it again. To develop your spirit you have to write what you don't know.
It's contrary to what any conventional writing course will teach you. They always emphasize to write what you know in order to make it deeper and more personal.
Write to understand
If our goal was to write to publish, I would agree, but it's not. We write to understand, and then maybe at the other side of that understanding we can turn it into to something publishable.
We don't know in advance, and we don't care. If it happens, great. If not, also great. We are neutral towards our writing being publishable or not. It doesn't matter.
Awakening of the spirit
What matters is that we find and develop our spirit. That we wake it up and start tapping into it. That's our only goal in Five Element Writing.
We are here to harness its awesome power and turn it into a driver for the life we live. The difference we want to make.
It takes a different kind of inner connection to do that than what can be achieved by writing what we already know. What we want is to venture into the unknown and see what happens when we apply ourselves there. That's what awakens the spirit!
Be brave enough to write what you don't know. You will be surprised how much you actually know once you get started. It's all there within. Dormant. Quiet. Waiting to get out.
Therefore, pick any subject you know nothing of, set the timer to ten minutes, and start writing. Whatever comes belongs on the page. There are no limits. It doesn't have to be correct, realistic or anything like that. You can make it all up if you want to.
The only thing that matters is that you keep on writing for those ten minutes. Anything goes, as long as you keep on writing. Anything.
At the end of the exercise, you will experience the most interesting meeting of your spirit. It sneaks in under the radar and puts its unique mark on everything you put on the paper.
It's there between the lines. Invisible by nature; yet visible for anyone willing to see it.
It's you. It's who you are. It's all that matters. Go with it.
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