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Writing to Inspire

Insight does not come through striving or stress, grasping for answers or polling others for advice. I need only become quiet and still, and look to the kingdom within. ~ Excerpt from the Daily Word, A Unity Publication

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In the 90’s, I went through a period of deep spiritual seeking. I had two major questions I needed answered at that time.
1) Why did so many things about the Christian religion I was raised in feel uncomfortable to me?
2) Though I believed profoundly in God’s all-encompassing goodness, why would S/He deal me a childless hand?

I sought answers for those two questions in two ways.

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1) I did research about the history and origins of Christianity. I read history books, the bible, and about other faiths, to compare.
2) I prayed, meditated and did a lot of introspection. I looked at my own faults and foibles square in the face.

The history books taught me facts about early times, original languages and so forth. I became knowledgeable about how Christianity evolved into what it is today. 

The spiritual books I read gave me step by step instructions on how to find God and/or my “inner place.”  Through that process, I found myself, and the God of my understanding. I received a personal message/answer to my second question as well.

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In more recent times, I’m finding that I don’t want to be given instructions by other people about my life anymore, nor do I want someone else (authors, clergy, spiritual teachers) to tell me how to be spiritual.

If I’m being honest, it seems as though our media/society is always telling us how we must think or feel. If we follow a particular faith, we’re racist or bigoted. If we don’t follow any particular faith, we’re heathens. It seems to me to be the time to stop seeking outside of  for answers (see quote at top of page).

Thankfully, when I was seeking, I balanced my approach between research, prayer and listening. When I say listening, I mean keeping my mind open to God’s guidance in and around me.

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Here’s my point … I’d like to share inspirational messages through storytelling instead of instructions. Years ago when I was in al-anon, they stressed that we don’t tell someone else how to handle their life. All we need do is share our own experiences, strength and hope.

I’ve shared such experiences in story form already. Two have been short stories published in the magazine Angels on Earth. One was published in the book anthology Dogs and the Women Who Love Them. Four of them are published in my memoir anthology, Home Avenue. I have a few on my blog under free memoir reads. These were all true stories.

Inspiration can also be shared through fiction. My future novels will be fictional tales, and I will continue to write both nonfiction and fiction short stories.

Perhaps one of my writings will touch someone out there who will find it inspirational enough to seek inside for themselves. No instructions with rules 1 to 10. No step by step guide to find your inner Kermit because you find it not easy being green. Just simple stories about average, every day people that might inspire someone else to face themselves and listen to their own heart.

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P.S. I won’t be taking the a-z blog challenge, as I’m committing to writing more. I’ll be posting once or twice a week when something strikes me to blog about.

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28 thoughts on “Writing to Inspire”

  1. This is great, Lori, and so true! We don’t need anyone to tell us how to live~~storytelling is a wonderful way to get the message across. People can read and interpret how they please from what they need in their life. A heartfelt “true” blog…

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    1. Thanks for popping over to read it, Kathy. I thought it was one we had in common. I’ll alert you to these types of blogs that I post. Some of them are fun fluff, others go a little deeper, like this one. 🙂

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  2. Your search for your own faith inspires me. I was raised in a strict Catholic family. Now all these years later, I find myself stepping back, wondering, questioning. I’ve felt pretty bad about it quite often, but the idea of finding something that works for me…. and that it is okay to do so … gives me hope.

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    1. Since I’m Italian, you can probably guess that I was also raised Catholic. Many of your blog posts sound like you touch a little piece of the divine when you notice the simplicity of life. The things you discover in nature on your walks. The simple expression of Lucy’s crossed legs, seems so in touch with what is … now. That’s where we find God. Thank you for such a nice comment about giving you hope.

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  3. Very nice. I don’t know if you’re familiar with him, but Joseph Campbell might be worth looking into. He’s very spiritual, but in a non-preachy way. He talks about the mythology of humanity and how it links us all together.

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    1. Hi Layla, yes, I am familiar with Joseph Campbell. I’ve seen some of his lectures here on television and he is wonderful. Thank you for the suggestion, and for stopping by my blog.

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  4. Honestly, I say thank you for not doing the challenge. A number of bloggers I follow are going for it, and I know I won’t be able to keep up with all their posts. And I’ll feel bad about it. Even though I shouldn’t.

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  5. I can relate to the quandaries of what faith is….I grew up in India and was privy to the good and bad in all the faiths. I was surrounded by the Hindu sense oF God being everywhere which is contagious. But was it more fear….why was the widow treated so badly? Can astrology control destiny and people’s attitudes?
    As a child I suffered intense health issues. There was something about the suffering Christ that connected me to this god Jesus. I learnt to escape the immediate through meditating on How he lifted the downtrodden and challenged the status quo. I still grapple with the knots of a pattern wher life seems ugly, but the pattern of beauty is being worked through and I can’t wait to see the big design.

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    1. gcgnans, thank you for sharing your experience with spirituality. It sounds fascinating, as I know little about Hinduism. I don’t know about its dogma (other than the sacred cow), but I read the Bhagavad Gita. I too, look forward to the day the mysteries of the universe are revealed, and we get to see the grand design. I hope that your health has improved and that you are doing well now. Blessings to you.

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  6. Sharing your experiences is a gift, regardless of if you write them or talk about them – it’s the giving that benefits both the giver and receiver. I’ve found it’s best to give freely and let the receiver take what they will from it, if at all. Now that I’m part of the blogging community, it’s amazing what is posted which is just the thing I needed to hear/see 🙂

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    1. I agree the benefits of sharing helps the giver and the receiver. Thanks for your insights. When weak hands hold strong hands, two hands are strengthened. When strong hands hold weak hands, power is being shared.

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      1. Thank you, gcgnans, for the wonderful comment about how holding hands helps support us through all things. Thanks, also, for stopping by my blog.

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    2. Thank you, EllaDee for these wonderful thoughts. It’s so true, how reading these blogs turns out to be just the thing we need to hear. I also find it interesting when so many of the blogs I read end up posting something similar to what I’m posting. Synchronicity.

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  7. Great news about your writing and wish you good luck with it … and I’m looking forward to whatever you will blog about and when ever. Wish you a good week.

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  8. “…we don’t tell someone else how to handle their life. All we need do is share our own experiences, strength and hope.”—I think this is such a good point. Sharing one’s own experiences can act as advice without actually advising the other person on what to do. He or she can take the information and use it how he/she wants.

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    1. Hi Carrie. As a person who always felt the need to bud in and give advice, just sharing my own experience was a good lesson for me to learn. Now I share through writing both nonfiction and fiction. Thanks so much for reading this longer than usual post, and for your comment.

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  9. The great “who you are” and why not? 🙂 A-Z Challenge, not sure what that is hah Why not blog when you want is right? Nice post totally resonates for me from a-z!

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    1. Heya Pete. Sometimes I have so much I want to say that I can’t stop myself from writing blogs. Other times, I just want to write my stories. The two are very different for me. Glad the post resonates … from a-z. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

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