Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life

Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life

by Albert DeSilver


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The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? "We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity," writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your own writing—so your words reveal layers of profound insight that inspire and move your readers.

Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, Writing as a Path to Awakening includes:

• How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion
• Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh
• Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language
• How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation
• The meditative approach to storytelling—how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create
• Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation

"Writing and meditation practice are a powerful pair, a dynamic duo," Albert Flynn DeSilver teaches. "Together they nourish and push, trigger and define, inform and inspire, enable, and energize. To engage in both practices fully is to activate a more complete, creative, and spiritual self." With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a yearlong journey of growth and discovery—to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622039111
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/31/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 627,407
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Albert Flynn DeSilver
ALBERT FLYNN DESILVER is an internationally published poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He has published several books of poetry and Beamish Boy (Owl Press, 2012), which Kirkus Reviews calls, "A beautifully written memoir of awakening and self-acceptance." He teaches at the Omega Institute, Esalen, Spirit Rock, and writing conferences nationally. He lives in northern California. For more, visit albertflynndesilver.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface Premise, Promise, and Precepts xi


Chapter 1 January

{Rebirth} Introduction: Writing as a Path to Awakening 3

Chapter 2 February

{Becoming} Reading on the Path to Awakening 21


Chapter 3 March

{Emergence} Practice and Process 35

Chapter 4 April

{Blossoming} Poetry: The Language of Possibility 55

Chapter 5 May

{Imagination} The Art of the Image 69


Chapter 6 June

{Amusement} Surprise, Humor, Taking the Vow, and Calling Forth the Muse 87

Chapter 7 July

{Audacity} Absolute Daring … Telling/Writing the Truth 99

Chapter 8 August

{Devotion} Permission to Flow 111


Chapter 9 September

{Revelation} The Essence of Story: A Journey to the Center of the Self 125

Chapter 10 October

{Abundance} The Five Senses and the Embodied Self 141

Chapter 11 November

{Reflection} Editing and the Art of Revision 163


Chapter 12 December

{Sanctuary} Writing, Living, Dying, and Becoming … Full Circle 177

Afterword 187

About the Author 189

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