The creation frequency

If, instead of taking, you start giving — be it money, time, work, or simply love, availability, and attention — you may notice a surprising result, that you start filling up.

This is sometimes called “the law of reciprocity,” and I believe it’s as much a part of how our Universe works as the law of gravity.

It simply states that what you freely give, with a loving heart, comes back to you, multiplied.

The Creation Frequency by Mike Murphy

Wayne Dyer was saying something similar in his final decade — his interpretation of what in our era is called The Law of Attraction — that what you create and give and put out will come back to you many times.

Also from The Creation Frequency:

“Give love, give kindness, give a smile, or simply give your attention.”

Once you get on a contribution frequency, you are in creation mode! You are expressing at the highest levels.

At its simplest, the creation frequency is giving.

There’s a palpable echo effect — one that you can feel. And witness unfold in front of you.

Contribution has an element of affection embedded within it. Life becomes a magnificent echo chamber, where what you affectionately put out into the world re-creates in your experience.

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The best writing advice I’ve not been able to follow

In Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott suggests beginning writers should quickly get their ideas rough and messy onto the page. In fact she advocates they should go as fast as they can to lay down a shitty first draft — her words — because it’s in the subsequent drafts that mud turns to clay then into pottery.

Or pigment turns to composition turns to art.

Or a few whistled notes become a riff become a song.

Hey Jude started as a line to John Lennon’s 5-year-old son Julian as Paul McCartney drove to see him following Lennon’s abrupt departure from the family for Yoko Ono — because the moment weighed heavily on McCartney and he thinks in song.

Hey Jules, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better, it began . . .

Other than Hemingway’s famous dictum — to stop writing each day before you’ve exhausted yourself, so the not-fully-fleshed idea sucks you into the text the next day — writing a down and dirty shitty first draft is the best advice I’ve heard.

But I’ve failed at it miserably.

I’ve tried. Many a time. I’ve tried to get it all on the page spitting fast and gritty, like the Joker applying makeup. But it hasn’t worked for me.

Turns out no matter how much I try to dash to the finish laying down jumbled thoughts along the way to be stitched together later, I revert to this process instead:

Wherever I am in the bookito I’m writing, I start each day several pages back and tweak and chisel my way to where I’ve left off — and this pulls me forward!

So I’ve re-written each page several to dozens of times by the time I get to the end of my first draft.

This week I nailed my first draft of It Is Solved By Walking. (Subtitle: How World-Class Creators Solve Life.)

It’s the first comprehensive draft. Which is what makes me think of Anne Lamott and her brilliant advice I can’t seem to follow.

Here’s the thing: There’s advice out there that works well for most people but won’t work for you. And even the people giving that advice will nod glowingly in your direction for doing it whatever way works for you.

As long as you find a way that works for you.

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The unexpected utterance of the soul

Poetry is the unexpected utterance of the soul

~ Mark Nepo

Makes you want to dash out and read a poem, doesn’t it —

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