The nature of Creativity: Born to be embraced

When something is born within you, Give It Life!

Feelings, ideas, and inspiration are flashes of reality
revealed to the creative soul. Each awakens a movement
within the creative soul that lifts and embraces every
part of the being. It belongs to the spirit for that instant and
feeds off of its energy and commitment.

If ignored, avoided or feared, it slowly begins to abandon
the soul. It moves to new territory, seeking freedom
through creation. But if given birth through creation,
it fills the creator with freedom.

Next time you have an idea or feeling, make time for it.
If you delay, by the time you decide to get to it, you may
find it in someone else’s lyrics, book, art, poem or business.

Dare to embrace your creativity, today.


The Gift of Writing

I’m so very grateful for words and for the gift of writing.
At an early age I knew my purpose was aligned to writing
and I still have this beautiful feeling every day.

As a writer, I read and I write, I write and I read. I truly
live and I observe life around me. I am a fountain of love
and creativity that absorbs all the life and darkness around me.
And ultimately interpret it’s essence through words, in order
to give it eternal life.

Writing is indeed my treasure and sanctuary.


Paulo Coelho: Convention for those wounded in love

I came across this post by Paulo Coelho and had to share it…absolutely amazing!

General provisions:

A – Whereas the saying “all is fair in love and war” is absolutely correct;

B – Whereas for war we have the Geneva Convention, approved on 22 August 1864, which provides for those wounded in the battlefield, but until now no convention has been signed concerning those wounded in love, who are far greater in number;

It is hereby decreed that:

Article 1 – All lovers, of any sex, are alerted that love, besides being a blessing, is also something extremely dangerous, unpredictable and capable of causing serious damage. Consequently, anyone planning to love should be aware that they are exposing their body and soul to various types of wounds, and that they shall not be able to blame their partner at any moment, since the risk is the same for both.

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Book Review: The Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho takes us on a personal journey via the Trans-Siberian Railway as he seeks to find answers to the questions that continue to reemerge in his life. In this journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and spiritual encounter, Coelho will teach its readers that the most faithful human beings need to renew their faith as many times as necessary. For author Paulo Coelho a combination of traveling, meeting new people, seeing new sceneries, having new experiences, and experiencing the power of true love will set him free one more time.

The relationship he develops with a young woman, Hilal, will take us to a past that surpasses this time period and space. Embracing the belief of past lifetimes as he travels to the place where he betrayed this very woman five centuries earlier. Together they will confront the consequences of his cowardice, her gifts, and their story. A past that has hindered them for many eras, will resurface to test them once again, as they find a way to heal one another through forgiveness, art, and love.

Brazilian bestselling author Paulo Coelho had taken a similar journey before. This is most notably in his bestselling novel, The Alchemist, in which his main character Santiago goes in search of a treasure. The difference being that there is a distance between the narrator and the main character in The Alchemist. The Aleph is written in the first person, which gives Paulo more room to share his fears, doubts, and wisdom as an individual, often citing his work from previous novels. At times Coelho’s emotions spill over the page in a way that is distracting from the bigger story and interrupts the narration. If a lot of this interference were omitted from the text and consolidated to focus on the story being told, 150 pages will be sufficient to write this story. The message itself remains the same, as he reiterates the importance of seeking your personal legend. The significance of both trips lies not in the findings but in the journey itself.

In the author’s notes, Coelho writes, “Finally, I would like to warn against the use of the ring-of-light exercise. As I mentioned earlier, any return to the past with no knowledge of the process can have dramatic and disastrous consequences.” The exercise mentioned above is the method Paulo uses to travel back in time. The Aleph is one fascinating theory that will captivate its readers and leave them filled with questions and curiosity such as; who was I in another life? Are there people in my life for specific reasons? Is there anything from my past lives that is preventing me from reaching my full potential? And do I have the courage to confront my past?

Paulo Coelho dares to navigate a thin line between the past and the future, the seen and the unseen, the spiritual and the religious. People from all walks of lives would enjoy reading this book, as it is a quick read, and worth exploring.


2012 AWP Conference: Preparation Kit

Yesterday, December 13, the conversation of who will be attending the AWP Conference was brought up in class. I was ecstatic to learn about all the possibilities, such as; meeting published authors and aspiring writers, attending interesting workshops, receiving free books, meeting folks from the publishing industry, and just being in an environment where I didn’t have to be alone as a writer. I could already picture myself sitting down, drinking coffee or vodka as we all have intellectual conversations.

But, the daydream was soon over as the overwhelming thoughts of crowds, not knowing what to say, not knowing anybody, the bag filled with books being too heavy, the workshop not being everything I expected, bad food, long days and short nights invaded me.

So, being the proactive individual that I am, I decided to take my anxiety to a new level, I put together a list of resourceful items that will get me through my first 2012 AWP Conference:

– A box of red bull to keep me energize
– Two fedex slips to ship the books home instead of paying $50 of overweight for my luggage
– Three boxes of business cards to distribute to anyone who wants one
– Five cans of cafe bustelo to keep me up most of the night, writing, after my inspiration level goes sky rocket
– A 500 page notebook to take notes at workshops/events and ten pens (one for me and the other 9 for unprepared people)
– Ten pack of gums to distribute to people who speak too close to my face and whose breath is not kind to my nostrils
– Template of personalized “nice to meet you” emails
– A brand new iPhone to store all the contact information of the people I meet
– And a pair of the most sexy and comfortable shoes on earth

I think that’s it for now. If I forgot anything, feel free to let me know and I’ll add it. :-)

Ready or Not. Here I come 2012 AWP Conference.

Hugs, Ely!