Self Reflection and Writing

For the Conscious Writer

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”It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better.” — Ella Maillart

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Self Reflection

This is the cardinal rule. “Know thyself.” Self reflection is the direct link to knowing yourself. As conscious writers, we need to know ourselves in order to grow and learn. If we aren’t growing and learning we’re stagnant. Stagnancy in life, that’s not so bad, but in our minds, that’s a black hole already full of many losses. Moving forward, requires self reflection and self reflection leads to conscious writing and conscious writing leads to deep and universal stories.

The best way to stay in a constant state of self reflection is learning to become an observer. When you’re an observer in our own life experiences you’re, watching your reactions, questioning them with the intention of resolving them, especially if the reactions are pure instinct and mindless. The mindless ones are the juicy ones you add to a great story. Those reactions show us where we need to focus. They are valuable to our growth. Learning this type of observation helps us find deep and universal meanings in our selves for our stories and it gives us insight on how to create honest and relatable characters.

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Being conscious doesn’t mean you’ll become a best seller. It also doesn’t mean you won’t. People who lack the discipline of self reflection can sell great art because art sales is a business. Consciously creating art, that’s not just business, it is managing entire universes, creating, with business on top of it all. It’s so much more than just sales. Creating something timeless requires an understanding of our internal workings.

Know yourself, know your art. They go hand in hand.

”The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.” — Michel Angelo

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Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

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