Posted by Retta Casavant
Today, I’d like to take a little look into the world of alternative healing and energy and how it specifically can aid a writer in their chosen path. If you are at all interested in chakra energy, healing qualities of stones or such like, please continue……
There are a few stones with characteristics that can help the common issues writers deal with. Firstly, there is the blue topaz, which is actually referred to as “the writer’s stone”. This stone is said to have healing properties for the ability to speak, which is a writer’s livelihood. It’s energy is said to enhance creativity and help with expression of thoughts. Blue topaz has a vibration that works with the throat chakra, which of course relates to speech and expression. It also works through the third eye chakra which is about vision.
Other stones that may be helpful are garnets for imagination and making things happen, jade for stimulating ideas, lolite for unlocking creativity and dioptase for realizing ambitions.
Music therapy is now used for many healing practices in people who have had strokes, people with schizophrenia and many other illnesses.
The sound waves from music permeate our bodies and can affect thoughts and affect moods. Not only can music increase productivity (or decrease it – depending on what type of music you choose) but it can create a harmonic and calm working environment.
Meditation is a way of calming the physical brain and going inwards to a place of peace and tranquility. It’s a way of shutting down the constant murmur of our thoughts and the conversations inside our heads.
Meditation helps create a break from our thoughts that can allow our inner processing of material and information to occur without letting our conscious minds get in the way. It’s a way to let our subconscious minds put together what we’ve gathered and fill in the gaps that we may not be able to logically sort out on a conscious level.
Regular meditation can provide a balance in life that creates a better brain space for us when we are writing.
Herbal medicine can treat more than just physical discomfort or illness. Herbs have long been used to enhance mental stamina as well. Some keep you energized and some can help with mental acuity. If you are a writer interested in using herbs to help you, check out these: ginseng, licorice, bee pollen, and cayenne pepper.
Writers have a lot of tools in their arsenal. We’re great researchers, we can find the one paragraph of relevant information in a boring ten page report, and we are synonym wizards. Some writers have other tools like regular exercise that help keep them sharp.
And, some like the world of alternatives such as stones, herbs and meditation. To each his/her own. There is no one path to success. Each person must find their own way and their own methods and use the tools that work best for them. Sometimes, we need to put down our old tools and try a new one. Something alternative could be a great addition.
*I have not listed any specific music, meditation method or how to use any of the herbs or stones mentioned. Anyone interested in these ideas can surely investigate them and find their answers, which is part of a personal journey*
“Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~George Herbert
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