As the authors of the
stories we tell ourselves – about ourselves and everything around us – we have
the power to recast, reframe, redirect, and reinterpret the action in our own
personal dramas, whether we acknowledge this power of not. The most significant
benefits to creative writing workshops such as Radical Writing are the power
and focus they bring to our ability to act in the world. Radical Writing shows
us how we have been serving, consciously or unconsciously, as the novelists of
our own lives. The discovery of our fictions and their “re-visioning”
(i.e. revising by seeing differently) makes us conscious authors of
scenes past, present, and future. Creative writing processes like Radical
Writing offer power-building tools that enlarge our focus and make us more
effective at applying our personal power.
Our subconscious minds record every thought and every feeling we have, whether
mundane or profound, subtle or overt. The act of simple observation of these
thoughts and feelings releases them into conscious awareness. Radical Writing
enables us to return to a state of pure responsiveness within the sanctuary of
the page or keyboard where we can express ourselves in uncensored abandon.
A sanctuary is a place for worship and cultivation of spirit. It is a place of
safety and refuge. At times this means a place of order and tranquility, a
retreat away from disharmony. At other times it means a place to indulge in
creativity, to seek meaning in life, to do the work of transformation, which
often calls for descent into pain and chaos. A sanctuary is a hallowed setting
in which the work of transformation can be undertaken safely, a hallowed ground
in which to embrace our shadows. Radical Writing provides just such a
When stepping from the world of one belief system into that of another, we must
feel protected, enveloped in a climate of reassurance. Our old stories have
provided us only with illusions of safety. Now you can look to your writing as
a safe place to create new stories, unbound by the familiar restraints or old
parameters. The process allows us to forego the expectations we typically have
when we are talking or interacting.
The more we consciously cultivate awareness, the keener our instincts grow. We
relax in making choices and decisions. We breathe easier. The resulting shifts
in our tastes, interests, and perspectives erase “blocks” to creativity. We
achieve a level of fierce focus that is instrumental in bringing about
manifestation. Like all creative acts, Radical Writing is full of
TAKING THE LEAP
The Way to Realize your Personal Growth Goals
with Radical Writing
Conscious, nonjudgmental observation produces
Law of Uncertainty,
the foundation of quantum physics
Radical Writing is a technique of uncensored writing that brings your deepest desires,
hidden motivations, and unidentified obstacles safely into focus so that you
can consciously choose how to act -- or not act -- upon them. This method
of self-exploration creates a safe place to vent, act out, fantasize, take
revenge, grieve, destroy, and plead. It provides an unconditionally accepting
confessor and private oracle all in one.
Moving from “trance-formation” to
of whether the transformation we seek is from deprivation to abundance, from
disease to health, from struggle to ease, or from unrelenting ambition to
relaxation, the change cannot be made in leaps and bounds. Safely, the process
can be taken only one step at a time. Leaps, in the physical world, require
muscle and choreography. Unpracticed, they are dangerous to body and spirit and
can leave us cripplingly unbalanced. Imbalance fosters doubt, doubt prompts
fear, and fear leads to regression and paralysis. Only a step-by-step
progression allows us the security we need for successful and sustained
Writing teaches The Six Universal Principles of Transformation as a foundation upon
which we can take incremental steps in the outer world while indulging leaps of
the imagination. The more mindful we become of how these principles operate in
our lives, the more quickly and accurately we will be able to identify
underlying motivations for our feelings and actions.
The practice of recognizing these principles in our own minds and in others’
actions intensifies our abilities to observe and intuit. Applying the
principles trains us to hear more clearly our own thoughts and beliefs, to observe
more keenly how the world mirrors these thoughts and beliefs, and to sense more
acutely how and where the activity of the conscious and subconscious minds
affects our physical bodies.
By practicing The Six Universal Principles of Transformation, we increase our
awareness of exactly how we create, promote, and/or allow chronic situations to
perpetuate in our lives. When we apply the principles to recollections of our
own history, we see how our thoughts affected our levels of power—some thoughts
magnifying it, others insidiously or flagrantly leeching it from the cells of
tissues where memory is stored.
“Wait a minute! You’re telling me that I’m creating, promoting, and
allowing for the pain in my life and the disruption of my happiness?” you might
Yes, I am saying exactly that.
“How could weak men who are terrified of commitment, demanding women who are
impossible to satisfy, parasitic children who refuse to take responsibility for
their own lives, corporate downsizing, unfair child support laws, headaches,
backaches, allergies, PMS, chronic fatigue, cancer, or addiction be of my
creation?” writers want to know.
The answer is simple—and a great rub to the ego. Chronic issues or patterns
serve to keep us enrolled in our stories. They perpetuate the trances we have
cast upon ourselves in our chosen roles -- as victim, survivor, rescuer, loyal
supporter, traitor, savior, romantic, realist, good parent, black sheep,
scapegoat. We break the spell simply by recognizing and non-judgmentally observing what we have done in
the past and continue to do in the present to create, promote, or allow our
pain. These are:
The Six Universal Principles
1. What you resist
2. What you acknowledge increases.
3. What you withhold is withheld from you.
4. All perception is projection.
5. You get not what you want, but what you believe.
6. What you give out is what you want most.