Life sometimes doesn’t deal you with the hand you expect. Often you start on one pathway and end up on another seemingly unrelated one. The truth is, at least this is what I believe is that the path you are on is always the right path. It may feel like crap; you may be unwell, unhappy, trapped and in a place that you would rather not be.
Over the last weeks dealing with pain and discovery of things I’d rather not deal with puts me in a place of discomfort. A place where I have to call on every fibre of my being to keep me going. What I observe about myself is that generally, I am the epitome of positivity. Right now I’m positive and I am focused on my health, doing lots of good things, but I feel rubbish, mentally, physically and spiritually. What I know is that because of the kind of person I am that I can find something good to come from it.
This is where writing comes in. Writing is healing, not only for you but for your reader. The world needs your story. Stories are the backbone of humanity. It’s where and how we connect.
When I connect with others in the various health forums, I am astounded by the stories. My heart is touched by what people endure with their conditions. Osteoporosis for example sneaks up on you because no one told you that you had to look after your bones. Just like no one told you that periods would hurt or menopause would almost drive you insane.
These brave people (men and women) have stories that could help another person to know that there is hope.
Ok, not all of them will want to write, not all of them will feel like they want to inspire anyone as they battle with pain, confusion and overwhelm. But there will be some who will want to share their stories, knowledge and wisdom so that those receiving diagnoses have a source of wisdom and a reference point.
The case for writing books will never end. As humans, we make meaning from words. We connect emotionally with stories.
You never know where your book will end up and whose heart it will touch.
This year I have decided to write a book about my healing journey, I just woke one morning and decided that I must share what I learn and how I learn to look after my heart, body and soul in a new way. As I start to plan it out, what is interesting is that I do not know what the ending will be and that doesn’t matter. What matters is how I deal with things so that others can be inspired by them and can consider what their strategy might be.
Write a book and trust that the right people will read your words.
Yeah ok, it takes a lot of work and to write the right book. That’s because it is such a valuable asset. Not just for you, but for the galactic library that we are creating.
Humanity needs words. We need help to find meaning.
When I work with my clients, I often hear ‘wow, this book is not how I imagined writing a book would be. It has gone deeper than I could have ever imagined.’
That’s because writing reaches into the depths of your soul. So just think what will happen when you write your story from a sacred place of divine wisdom. The wisdom you have because of your life’s journey and work.
Why ‘should’ you write when you are disillusioned about life?
You have experiences that need to be shared. The wisdom that could help someone else’s life and sanity.
It seems to me that no matter who we are we have many of life’s riches to share. When life touches us in places we didn’t expect we wake to who we are. When I meet and work with women like me, I am often deeply moved by what they have lived through and how they have come to be. Their stories are magical. They are about expansion and transformation. And as their stories touch another, we each change and we become a part of a global transformation.
As we become whole, we can support others to discover their path to wholeness.
We are standing on the edge of an Earth that is crumbling beneath us. A planet that does not wants us – our Mother is fed up with us. We, the human race, the alleged intelligent ones are destroying what was lovingly provided for us.
We are waking up. Taking ownership of our minds, bodies and soul. Eating better food and finding ways to create a healthy body, mind and soul so that they have the essential nutrients to undertake their life’s work. They are treating themselves, the planet and other sentient beings with respect.
There is a lot to learn from people who have been through some not so pleasant experiences
What are the nine powerful reasons you ‘should’ write a book?
#1 – Writing a book will change you
Are you prepared for the change that writing a book will bring you? You may think that you will be writing out your experiences and offering advice and observations. I’d ask you to think again.
Nothing can prepare you for the profound shift you will go through, so pull up your big girl pants and get ready for the ride. You may think you know your story and the wisdom you have come to share. However, planning and then putting pen to paper will change you as you allow all of you to rise.
You won’t be living in the past and going back to your dark place and reliving it. You will be writing from the inside out, but from another perspective. You will be in it yet not in it. As you do the inside work, you can then stand on the outside and see yourself with more clarity and a better perspective.
I warn you writing a book is going to test you in ways you will have never considered. Just when you thought it was time to slow down, more opportunities for personal growth appear.
Never doubt that you are good enough to write a book or think that no one wants to hear your story. Have faith and trust. They will.
#2 – Others see you differently
We can never truly know what goes on in another’s life. We read comments in Facebook groups and shares on personal pages, but nothing will prepare others for the story you share. These daily snippets do not tell the whole story – they are moments in time. Others cannot be in your body to know what life is like for you when you are in the midst of your worst times.
When you bare your heart and soul, you will feel vulnerable. This is exposing to others the bones of who you are. They will love it, and if they don’t, then they are not your people.
When my spine fractured, I was angry, not raging, more of a fed-up angry. I stared at the sky and asked why? And then I could see that no matter what my outcome is, others would want to see what is possible for them. From experience, I know that when stories are shared that others will see you in a new light. The light of understanding.
This is a perfect time to dare to be, to heal, be vulnerable, dig out your courage and dare to inspire.
#3 – When you write a book, you learn new skills
Let’s turn this around. When you read a book, you learn lots of things to support the knowledge that you seek. For example, I am currently knee-deep in all kinds of books. I am learning new things every day and gaining new perspectives on myself. Some of these books are highly technical with lots of biological terms which don’t make them so easy to whizz through, but I figure that as there isn’t a test at the end who cares?
As I learn all of this new stuff and it becomes a part of my bank of wisdom, I am able to integrate this learning into my being. The same applies when you write a book.
As I live my life, read books, write and accumulate knowledge, I learn something new about myself.
The same thing happens when you embark on your journey to writing a book:-
- Planner / Project Manager
- Proofreader – although you must always outsource this
Some of these tasks you can and must outsource. Undertake a skills and knowledge audit and see what you can innately do, what you can do with support and what has to be delegated.
You may be surprised at what transferable skills you have.
#4 – Writing creates a connection between the dots of values, vision and core message
Do you have a core message? Do you live your life by your values? What is your vision?
Before embarking on writing a book, you need to know what your values, passion, purpose, vision and core message for your book are. Sometimes we lose sight of these or become disconnected from them. When you start to consider what you would want to write a book, become reacquainted with them and join the dots. You will write a better book.
When you are writing, actually putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard you will need to know what the core message of your book is. You do this at the planning stage and so when you write each chapter can tap into that. Then when you are ready to market your book, you can build your marketing messages from these words and concepts.
You will do this based on your values and this will make that vital connection to the heartbeat of another.
#5 – Writing a book reconnects you to your humanity
Stories move me. Your story will move others. By sharing your stories and wise words which have been life-changing, others will feel humbled, I know I do. We are not alone. People the world over have been through so much, you wonder how they can bear it. We do, we are strong (you are) and we grow, and we know that we are not alone. We stand united in the power of what it means to be human.
I know what it means to experience a life that hasn’t been easy, life can be a tough journey. When I look at my experiences, they pale into mists compared to the horror of what some endure. I am filled with pride for my sisters and brothers. Every story fills a gap in someone’s life.
When you write yours and see the words on the page and consider what it has meant to you to go through your life you will, I believe, feel a deeper connection to your humanity.
Life can sometimes take you on odd adventures. People will make meaning from your book. Write your book and inspire others to expand and transform.
#6 – It’s no longer just about knowledge and skills it’s about knowing, wisdom and shared experiences
Data is good. Information is incredible. Knowledge is powerful. Wisdom is a force you cannot reckon with.
Experiences carry a stronger vibration, than just facts. When you share your experiences, others connect emotionally and make meaning. You are now a person of influence, which brings great responsibility, who can create a lasting impact on others lives and the conscious choices they make.
As you write, you develop a more profound sense of knowing and a depth of wisdom about who you are, your identity and your place in the history of the planet waking up.
#7 – Writing a book will enable you to understand and examine who you are
We talked about values, now ask what do you stand for? Are you a champion or a leader for something? Do you want to change the world or at least some part of it? Do you want to empower others? What?
You do not have to paint your face, make up a placard and march for your rights, but you might want to. I have, I used to march against animal cruelty. Writing your book will awaken a calling. When I work with my clients, I am often amazed at what else comes out of the book planning and writing process. These people are incredible humans who will make a difference.
This process wakes them up to what is possible for them to create.
The process may tear you apart (not in a horrible way) and ask you to examine who you are.
What I do is create a space for you through writing to be heard. Really listened to. Listening to your heart and soul and letting you know that I hear you.
I hear you, and my desire is that the other ears that are meant to hear your inspirational message hear you. Just imagine if someone reading your book gets as much out of it as you do writing it.
When you share your story, you will connect emotionally and spiritually with your readers in a way that goes beyond traditional marketing.
When you pour the undiluted beauty of you into a book, you will examine what you stand for and you will do something to inspire others.
#8 – When you write a book you give birth to new ideas
So you think you know what you will be writing about, do you? What I love about this process is that when people write, they make new connections. That might be connections within the text, but it may also be other ways to share their core message.
When I experience, hear, see or read things, my mind goes ping, ping, ping and I see many opportunities and start connecting so many dots. It is exciting.
The same will happen to you as you plan and write your book. These might be a conference, an online course, a cause, a coaching program, a retreat or another book. Who knows?
Leave the portals of your mind wide open and allow the opportunities to gather in the spaces.
#9 – You empower other people to know what is possible for them
This is my favourite. Sisters and brothers supporting each other on this journey called life. Humans allowing, acknowledging and embracing other humans. Stories, your powerful, practical, personal words can transform lives. At a time when the world seems fragmented, we need hope. We need authentic connections. Stories help to create community and words create meaning. When we have connection, community and a common purpose we can create lasting change.
As writers, we can create space for others to recharge their power packs and giving them tools and space to know what is possible for them.
Despite all of your ideal reader planning, you can never know whose hands your book will land in, Nor can you know how it will change their thinking and reason to be. Just know that it will.
Will you write a book and share your story?
It is quite a big step, this writing about yourself malarky which you may not find easy. You will be baring your soul and maybe opening yourself up to judgement. Well, I say sod what others think of you. What they think is none of your business, your job is to stand tall and tell your truth. And there is a way to tell your truth that keeps you inside the law, so don’t worry about that.
Please take your life’s experiences, your story, divine inner wisdom, knowledge and skills which have supported your life changes and use them to inspire others. All stories have their place.
Don’t waste your life lessons. Don’t hide behind your disillusionment. We came to Earth to learn and to use those lessons to be a change in the world. If this means that you feel vulnerable so be it – you have a valuable and inspirational message to share.
We are here to live, laugh and love, to be love and to do that we need the courage and confidence to stand up loud and proud of who we are. I have your back, so does the Universe and your God.
Is to write a book, are you up for it?
If writing a healing book is on your mind, call me for an informal chat, let’s see how we can bring your ideas and wisdom to life.