Writing in Greener Grass
Today’s oracle card was the Grandmother Dragonfly Holds the Wisdom from the Kuan Yin Oracle deck by Alana Fairchild. This card encourages a person to look at the things we already have to find the opportunities. Looking at the “the grass is greener” somewhere else mentality, is encouraged throughout our modern societies. This card is very much encouraging a change in that dialogue, to look at the course of your life as blooming in its own time, and one does not always need to look outside for change and opportunities for growth. I really enjoyed the idea of allowing oneself to blossom steadily with the unfolding of life, and not be in such a hurry to get where you are going.
I have been struggling with 2 different manuscripts recently; and have been looking outside of my situation to solve the problem. But as my husband and I were discussing how once I would work in my studio daily (which became a cluttered mind trap) and I gradually started finding myself wanting the companionship of his company in the evenings to work, maybe moving the “office” downstairs would help. Learning to use what I have available. I have an amazing partner, that when I am able to clearly convey the problem, and when he is in a good place, he can help me navigate what I cannot figure out. I am already seeing a benefit to my writing, my work and my mood surrounding writing and my manuscript.
The energy has shifted in a way I could not imagine, but had hope WOULD happen. Writing has always been a part of my life. As I grew to adulthood I wrote poetry, stories, memories, and learned to write for joy and shared thoughts, ideas and meaning. In college I learned to love research and sharing information with others in a focused manner. I learned how to take my expansive vocabulary from reading into my writing. As the years went by, I wrote web pages, wrote articles, produced a plethora of curriculum and materials in a variety of subjects. And during these years, steadily and progressively built a library of journals.
My father encouraged journaling, my grandfather was a meticulous journaler and note taker. My grandmother on my mother’s side wrote prolifically in journals. However, during my early teen years, I discovered the necessity of safeguarding my writings from my biological mother's prying eyes. Her emotionally abusive nature led me to realize that she could weaponize my innermost thoughts and feelings if she were to find and read them, and she did a few times.
Writing has been a transmutation of thought energy for me. Using writing to express and process information has been and continues to be one of my most cherished creative activities.
I am currently reading a book called The Alphabet versus the Goddess: The conflict between word and image by Leonard Shlain. The premise of the book argues that the written word, produced for eons primarily through left brain dominance with right handed people; created the left side dominance and suppression of right brain imagery communications such as drawing, storytelling and emotional connection arts, leading to the overall consciousness of suppression of the Goddess and matriarchal leadership. I surmise that from the initial text, which is heavy in historical context so far, will introduce that the modern women’s movement, links in with this theory, for women were the first to “master” dual handed type touch, typing, and now keyboarding skills. Women in our culture started to shift that paradigm in written form, through these skills and men learning typing skills; all lead to the breakdown of the left dominant paradigm.
I am still working on how this is a process of thinking I had not quite thought through. I am somewhat ambidextrous, and so though I have always written with my right hand, I have practiced left handed writing, prefer to step forward with my left foot first, and work on left handed sword skills as equally as the right.
This also helps me understand why for this manuscript, I have found typing is easier to transmute the concepts of this book. Long hand writing has been supremely difficult in this process. Taking into consideration I may be needing to integrate both left and right hemisphere thinking and concept explanations might be why I find typing necessary in this process. I must get past my left brain, looking at the collaborative transmutation of both brain hemispheres for success.
Drawing an oracle card each day, or more than one, can be a benefit to help you process the goals of the day, the obstacles that could creep up, as well as help you find the lesson in what comes at you. Also, having a book to read is important for keeping you off social media for an hour each day. I sometimes will read 3-4 hours a day rather than fall into social media, but I enjoy books and am known for reading 2-3 at a time. I have options that are relaxing, learning or stretching. And writing about what I read integrates it into who I am, and allows me to see the world from another perspective, even when it might not be my own.