The Monk strikes again!
In the October 2012 issue of The Writer there was an illuminating article by Craig English titled, “Set your writing free.” In it he quoted Ram Dass, which I found to be serendipitous as I had just mentioned him a few posts ago. The monk is everywhere!
Ram Dass says we have to invite our demons to tea. If we hide from them, they will remain faceless and as such, we will not be able to fight them. If we invite them into our lives and sit down with them over a cup of tea, we will see them for what they are. They may still annoy us, but they won’t be quite as frightening.
I like the idea of doing this. Let’s all sit down with our inner demons- our mouthy little critic that tells us we can’t write, our stern and always disappointed demon that expects nothing short of perfection, the demon bully who taunts us at every turn. They are the voices that tell us we have no talent, we have nothing to say, we dangle participles! They are the third grade teachers with the red pens, the students in our college writing class who picked apart your best character. They are your family and friends who think you are wasting your time.
Perhaps in inviting them to sit with us, we will be able to recognize them when they start speaking in our heads. We will see them for what they truly are – little bits and pieces of our selves and the people in our past and what we believe their expectations were or are. We will begin to realize that they do not speak the truth, but only their opinion. And we don’t have to measure up to their high standards, only our own.
They aren’t so scary, not really.
They are just loud and need to be put in their place.
So invite them to sit down, set a steaming mug of Celestial Seasonings and a honey bear in front of them, and shove a couple of cookies in their mouths to keep them quiet.
Now start writing! 🙂