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    3 Ways To Hack Into Your Spirit And Become Infinitely More Creative

    Infusing your writing with spirit is a very underestimated but very valuable skill.

    You may be aware of writers and bloggers who infuse their writing with spirit every day, but you haven’t been aware that this is what they’re doing.

    The lively spirit that exists in these blogs is part of the secret of their success.

    The question is: how can you do the same?

    What Do You Mean By “Spirit”?

    Spirit is simply your life force:  it is the energy that you carry with you on a daily basis.

    It’s true that the word “spirit” can often be a loaded word, but please know that I’m not speaking of religion. (Personally, I am not affiliated with any religion.)

    I’m specifically speaking of an energy force.

    We all know spirit when we see it. Some people can walk in and out of a room and are completely unnoticed by everyone else in that room. Something in us knows that this person’s spirit energy is low.

    We also know of people who can come in a room and out of that same room and, automatically, there is a shift towards positivity, peace, and calm in everybody else in that room. Something in us knows that this person’s spirit energy is high.

    You may have heard some people say that certain people “light up the room.” That light is the light of the spirit.

    And this light can be transfused into your writing, believe it or not.

    What Do You Mean By “Infusing My Writing With Spirit”?

    What do I mean by infusing a lively spirit into your writing?

    Well, it means that your energy force is infused into the very words you write. Your words ring with positivity, peace, and a sense that a deep silence, or stillness, rests somewhere between the words.

    You may notice, for instance, that when you read books by the great wisdom teachers, old or new, that you feel very light and joyful after reading their words

    Infusing your writing with spirit can have a powerful affect on your reader.

    Why Should I Infuse My Writing With Spirit?

    When you bring spirit into your writing, you awaken the spirit of your reader, and the spirit loves to be awakened.

    Even now, as you read this, you might notice your own spirit has just perked up its ears like a sleeping dog that has just heard something stir.

    The spirit perks up its ears because it knows it is finally being spoken to, and it relishes this.

    Very rarely do people infuse their writing with spirit. But when they do, their writing tends to be very successful with readers.

    How Can I Tell If My Writing Is Infused With Spirit?

    When we encounter writing that is devoid of spirit, we often leave the work feeling stressed, overburdened, restless, confused, hopeless, or even angry. Or we may even forget what we read soon after we’ve read it. (The spirit in the writing is so low that it passes right by us, unnoticed.)

    Then there are those writers whose writing we come across, and we can’t help but be deeply penetrated by it.

    Some writers can almost transform us completely just by writing a few potent phrases infused with spirit. The writers who employ this kind of writing are very impressionable.

    Paulo Coelho, the writer of The Alchemist, comes to mind. The Alchemist is very simple fiction book, and yet it’s one of the most widely read books in the history of the world.

    So, how could it be that a very simple book could be so successful? It is because Paulo Coelho’s writing is so infused with spirit, that it leads us to want to re-read it over and over again, and share it with everyone we know.

    3 Ways To Hack Into Your Spirit and Become Infinitely More Creative

    In order to infuse your writing with spirit, you must learn how to “hack” into your spirit and unlock its dormant potential for infinite creativity.

    Here’s how to do it:

    1. Awaken The Spirit

    The spirit is easily awakened by stillness, solitude, and introspection. The spirit also loves silence.

    To truly awaken your spirit you might try traveling deep within nature, or sitting quietly at your local park. Once there, close your eyes. Pay attention to your in-breath and out-breath. After some time, try to see if you can’t feel your spirit. It should feel like a little tingle, or a delicious sliver of aliveness. Then, invite your spirit to awaken. If you wait long enough, it will.

    2. Feed Your Spirit

    People don’t often realize that the spirit needs to be fed. One way to do this is to give your spirit “spirit food.”

    Spirit food can be music by The Beatles, it can be a cup of hot green tea, it can be a wonderful film like The Tree of Life, or one of the many films by Charlie Chaplin. Spirit food can be a great book, like The Alchemist, or a poem, or a shattered leaf that you crumble in your hand. Spirit food can be as simple as the act of paying attention to a small child who tries to play peek-a-boo with you while you wait in line to get your coffee.

    Spirit food is always plain, simple, quiet, and punctured by moments of silence and introspection. Spirit food gives you a sense of wonder and awe, like looking into a telescope and seeing the surface of the moon as if it was just two feet away from you.

    After you have spirit food, you should feel light, joyful, peaceful and calm afterwards. You should also feel more energized and filled with a greater sense of purpose.

    3. Protect Your Spirit

    Now awakened and energized, your spirit will easily assist you with your writing.

    A rapid flow of creativity will be unleashed and you’ll almost feel like you can’t write fast enough to capture all the creativity energy that has just been unlocked.

    Now that you’re filled with spirit, your words will reflect this also. You won’t need to try too hard.

    However, in the hustle and bustle of daily living, something might happen: you may forget to feed your spirit. Without food, your spirit will starve and you will have low spirit energy. The less energy your spirit has, the more it will forget to become awake.

    So, your spirit will fall asleep again.

    Asleep, your spirit is more susceptible to the low energy spirit of others. You must relocate, and move away from those around you who are in low spirits, then, and surround yourself with those with high spirits.

    Those with high spirits will cause your spirit to perk its ears up again.

    Once those with high spirits lift you up again, you must start again at #1 and work your way back to #3.

    Good Luck Spirit Hackers!

    Continually awakening, feeding, and protecting your spirit will help unlock your creativity, and make sure that it’ll never wane.

    Good luck infusing your writing with spirit today!

    A guest post by Ollin Morales.He is a fiction writer,  freelance writer, blogger, and ghostwriter. His blog, Courage 2 Create, chronicles his journey as he writes his first fiction novel. His blog offers writing advice as well as strategies to deal with life’s tough challenges. His blog was named one of The Top Ten Blogs for Writers by WriteToDone two years in a row (2011, 2012).

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    About the author

      Ollin Morales

      Ollin Morales's blog, Courage 2 Create, chronicles the author’s journey as he writes his very first novel. His blog offers writing tips as well as strategies to deal with life’s toughest challenges. After all, as Ollin’s story unfolds, it becomes more and more clear to him that in order to write a great novel, he must first learn how to live a great life.

    • Fred says:

      surprising I understood the spiritism in this post!

    • Waterfall says:

      I read this site because I’m just starting out and want to improve my writing. Spirit hacking – what a great concept. I need to try that.

    • Hello very inspiring blog you have. i have always wanted to be a good writer but unfortunately i can write that good. thats why i am in web designing. and now working as full time web designer and earning great income.

    • I agree with Matt Cook. I took “hack” to mean delving deep into your spirit. I didn’t even think of the computer “hacking” until I read the comments.

      Great article!

    • Matt Cook says:

      Wonderful post. I actually love how you use ‘hack’ and ‘spirit’ together. When I think of hacking something I think of getting deep inside of it and understanding it so fully that I can move and change it. Too often we all just exist and allow our spirit to fall asleep because we don’t bother to get inside ourselves and understand it.

      Thanks so much for the post. It actually reminds me of Krisha Das’s music. Ancient and traditional centres wrapped up in a package that is easily accessible for us western folks. Thanks again!

      • “When I think of hacking something I think of getting deep inside of it and understanding it so fully that I can move and change it.”

        Thank you! I am glad you appreciated it!

    • Freida says:

      Hey there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

    • Segun says:

      You can’t adequately talk about human spirit without making reference to God, the Creator of heaven and earth. He is the Maker and the source of it. This is more than religion; it is the truth about existence. I appreciate your effort, but you must urgently connect to God through your personal faith in Jesus Christ.

      • Hey Segun,

        Others in the comments say I am being too spiritual, you say I’m not being spiritual enough!

        I can’t please everyone I guess.

        Here is the way I see it: everyone’s journey is unique and different. It is private and I have chosen to respect that. I write about the spirit to help, not to preach or convert.

        Everyone has their own beliefs.

        Some may read what I write and see jibberish and nonsense. They see nothing that can be applied to their writing.

        Others will see an opening to something deeper.

        Others will only see something that is a “repeat” of something they already know.

        What people choose to get out of it is not really up to me.

        My job is to help you solve your writing problems, and sometimes the problem has to do with the spirit.

        So a good trip into nature or a nice mediation routine usually does the trick to get you back to writing. again!

    • Barbara Zarrella says:

      Oh yes, feed and nourish my spirit. Mother Nature helps quite a bit with that. I try to infuse my Chi… deep breathing, listening to the world around me, stepping back from the fast pace of the world around me.

      Right now I am working at writing in a different format. I can tell when my writing is natural or forced. The flow of words is not there.

      Love the image you chose…
      Thanks
      Barbara

      • Yes. Thank you.

        I want to learn more about Chi–and I also want to practice Tai Chi. Do you do Tai Chi? Do you recommend it? Let me know. Thanks!

    • Bonnie House says:

      I liked this post. I try to write with having the Holy Spirit directing what I say. I have a blog called [email protected] so could relate to your post.

      Bonnie

    • PJ Reece says:

      Let’s get back to “hack”. Our true face is often hidden behind a mask, isn’t it? Our truth buried beneath tons of gravel. Our deepest yearnings can be deafened by the practicalities of life. Sometimes the only way to access our spirit is to “hack!” I remember, years ago, taking a course called “The Art of Personal Marketing”. One of the exercises was to pair up and argue in support of our wildest dream. The listener’s job was to denounce the dream, shame the dreamer, heap disdain upon the very idea. Designed, of course, to provoke the dreamer to proclaim louder! and with more conviction! To defend it with such passion that finally I heard my own voice and my own buried spirit announce that I dreamed of being a writer of teen stories. That released the genie. I have two published teen novels. “Hack” works for me.

      • Works for me, too, PJ! The word points to a fundamental truth doesn’t it?

    • Divya says:

      Beautiful post. The second one always works for me.

    • Oh, really, I know what that little tingle is, I usually have a shower of tingles when I’m inside my spirit. I would only say that sometimes people try to wake up their spirit using their logic mind rather than their inner feelings. Peacefulness and calmness may be created artificially, modern people are keen in it. To know one from another I would suggest to watch, if the events, even the smallest, are going smoothly and where you want them to go. When the spirit is strong and high, it builds everything around you so perfect, that you feel like flying above the earth.

    • In my reaction to the title of this post I neglected to say how much I enjoyed the content and how wise and helpful the body of this article is. Kind of the complaining about a stone in an otherwise beautifully made pair of shoes. Beautiful shoes.

      • Thank you!

        I encourage you and other readers to read the following article which gives a perfect historical and cultural context for the word “hacker” and “hack.” Please know that this is the place I was coming from:

        Geek Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, and Idealists

        http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/04/ff_hackers

        By the way, you may note some amazing similarities to artists and writers.

    • What a surprising and lovely post. While I agree that “hack” is a bit jarring in combination with “spirit,” the message is spot-on. Thank you.

      • Hey Elien,

        Check my response to Darlene above. I encourage you to learn more about the word “hacker” which the “hacker” culture in general would agree is a positive term.

    • I was a little hesitant to read this but I do love this completely! Sometimes when it’s difficult to write, I go outside to breathe in some fresh air and take in the surroundings. It just helps awaken something inside (the spirit, I assume).. and then I have “fuel” to write better. Great post!

    • I appreciate that “hack” is considered the “cool” verb in the online world, but “hack your spirit”? Really? Just say that out loud and see if you don’t cringe. How do you get from “infuse” to “hack” except in a really artificial and forced way? The etymology of the word begins with an ax and moves on to unauthorized entry into a program and what kind of way are either of these to address your sensitive spirit. Its like saying you want to hack a daisy.

      I have almost never been so critical of a post like this, but I like your site and I like the topic and yet I had a physical “eww” reaction.

      The words a writer uses need to match the subject they are writing about and not just be chosen to show up as a key word or look cool or fit in – this is like the worst of business jargon that we all love to hate.

      With appreciation for the message and a wish for better words.

      Darlene

      • The term “hack” is derivative of the word “hacker.” The original meaning of the word hacker does not mean to infiltrate a computer system, in fact most programmers hate the mainstream media’s use of this term to denote such behavior. Hacker was never used for that purpose. I encourage you to look up the word “hacker” and you might see that the word was actually used in a positive sense

        Here are two definitions of the word hacker and this is what I meant by the word hack:

        “A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular”

        “A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.”

        If you see where I am coming from in terms of the word, then you will see that of course I did not mean “hack” in an “axe” sense or “hack” in a computer virus planting sense.

        • I understand the way you meant to use the word. And my point is that the thing about words is that whenever we use them they carry their whole etymology with them. That’s what makes a writers work so challenging. And using the term “hack” even in the sense you meant it, seemed out of keeping with your language in the rest of the article, like an artificial add on. So that infuse and hack come from different places. I loved your article, I really did.

          hack 1 (hk)
          v. hacked, hack·ing, hacks
          v.tr.
          1. To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings.
          2. To break up the surface of (soil).
          3.
          a. Informal To alter (a computer program): hacked her text editor to read HTML.
          b. To gain access to (a computer file or network) illegally or without authorization: hacked the firm’s personnel database.
          4. Slang To cut or mutilate as if by hacking: hacked millions off the budget.
          5. Slang To cope with successfully; manage: couldn’t hack a second job.
          v.intr.
          1. To chop or cut something by hacking.
          2. Informal
          a. To write or refine computer programs skillfully.
          b. To use one’s skill in computer programming to gain illegal or unauthorized access to a file or network: hacked into the company’s intranet.
          3. To cough roughly or harshly.
          n.
          1. A rough, irregular cut made by hacking.
          2. A tool, such as a hoe, used for hacking.
          3. A blow made by hacking.
          4. A rough, dry cough.

          • I understand Darlene. But please know that I come from a good place and don’t mean any harm. The title didn’t come from that place, even if you interpreted as such. For those reading this, didn’t mean to upset anyone. I’m sorry if I did. 🙁

      • brownin329 says:

        I agree with Darlene, but I think the word “hack” was used deliberately to get you to click on the article. It was rather disconcerting for me, too. That said, the reason why I cringed wasn’t for the word “hack,” but rather that I was reading yet another new age-y article on how to connect to the spirit in order to do something I like to do. The INTJ in me would love to read a more logical article and perhaps one day soon I will write one. But until then, let’s hack away!

        • I suggest you approach the post with an open mind. You will find that it really isn’t attempting to “disconcert” you. It’s attempting to help you.

      • Lois says:

        I am with Darlene on this one, a better word would have made a great topic better. ‘Hack’ and ‘spirit’ just don’t jive in my soul.

        • Hey Lois,

          Thanks for the note!

          This has already been cleared up in the comments below.

          There is a misunderstanding with the definition of hack. It’s actually has a very positive connotation and denotation. But that’s a common misunderstanding. So it’s cool!


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