Are you up for the Sacred Writing Challenge? National Poetry Month is now more than halfway over, and today’s guest addresses the topic of ambiguity and emotion in poetry. Sofia Wren is another of the earliest connections I made when I started this blog, and we later became critique partners. Much like myself, she’s come a long way as a business woman over the years and continues to transform herself. She truly is inspiring.
Official Bio: Sofia Wren is a writer and spiritual teacher, who also helps other women (and a few conscious men) to express their message and who they really are through creativity and writing. She empowers them to show up, to gain comfort being seen, to build credibility and to attract opportunities, through her integrated menu of healing and intuitive services.
She is certified by the Quantum Success Coaching Academy and is a World Class Healer serving women entrepreneurs who want to share their message in a bigger way. She is a featured contributor to the book Voices of Feminine Leadership and columnist for Silent Voices UK and Quantum Success Magazine. She is a singer-songwriter and has sang on stages in three states. Dedicated to public service she served through Americorps and currently studies at Loyola Baltimore in the M.A. program for Spiritual and Pastoral Care.
The Sacred Writing Challenge
Do ideas come to us or do we come up with them?
It’s a question I think about a lot. I think it is a little bit of both. The Sacred Writing Challenge is both: something that came to my mind organically from who knows where, but I make it happen in real life. (But I’ll get back to that later.)
First I want to talk about why ambiguity is such a powerful theme to discuss during National Poetry Month.
Isn’t ambiguity what makes poetry fun?
Many definitions of ambiguity include reference to how language is open to more than one interpretation or can have a double meaning.
There’s nothing I love more than basking in the richness of words, playing with them, dreaming of them. I love words. They speak to me, even when there is no mouth speaking them.
I just love everything to do with them: etymology, foreign languages, ancient scripts. Give me all of them, please. I just want to fill my bath with words and soak in the possibilities.
Can you imagine a poem that has zero ambiguity?
Okay, so there probably are some, but we all have preferences and that is mine.
Back to my former point (this topic is fun since I don’t have to commit to anything, right :D),
I really love the mystery of the inspiration process. I believe that everything we want to create is already created, and we just have to listen and be receptive so we can know what to do next in our process. It’s fun.
So I received ambiguity today. It also made me think about emotions. Poetry is a place where emotions can be explored, where we can be messy and yet beautiful. Even ugly words can have a poetic value and beauty to them.
Recently I wrote a story about emotions, based on my own experience. It’s too long to include here so I’ll be vague. But something I realized was just how complex we all are as human beings. We can be sad and angry and frustrated with ourselves and the world and confused and crying and laughing all at once.
We can put a name to the emotions directly, like I have just done, but when we are in the soup of the feeling–how can we truly describe the physical sensation of conflict or even pure awareness of so much going on at once? I think that’s why we have poetry and always will, because to describe the emotional or spiritual or sometimes even mental realms of human experience is to be ambiguous.
Now back to my favorite topic–ideas and where they come from. For over a year I have facilitated a journey of twenty-one days of writing called the Sacred Writing Challenge. It’s an idea that came to me while meditating January of 2015 in clear detail. Since then groups have gathered to participate for free three times, going on a fourth. But it is still to be determined what the source of the Challenge idea is and why the prompts continue to be so effective at connecting people with their deepest intelligence, emotions and inspiration.
Past participants have found themselves inspired by the challenge to write and share meaningful poetry in our safe community and then the world. Perhaps your poetry will take on new form and become something else entirely.
On April 16th, 2016 another round of the Sacred Writing Challenge will begin. We would love to welcome you. If you would like to always know to do and what to write next because you are so open to inspiration then join the Sacred Writing Challenge. You might find your life changing.
You can connect with Sofia Wren and her social media sites via her website.
What tactics have you used to gain writing inspiration? Have you ever participated in any writing challenges?
Guest Post: Please join me over on My Inner Chick for a guest post titled Writing Voice: To Thine Own Self Be True.
Please share this post and its images responsibly. Jeri Walker, 2016