On Neurotheology

Our Lady of Heaven Catholic Church Oreana, Idaho

Our Lady of Heaven Catholic Church
Oreana, Idaho

My friend, Christine, mentioned neurotheology this morning – something I’ve thought about, but not put a name to. Obviously, writers, most of us who call ourselves writers I imagine, know that when we turn loose of our minds, words come from somewhere inside–from a place, or perhaps from a knowledge, that wasn’t known to us consciously.

Below is a quote from an article in the Atlantic (by Lynne Blumberg, Jun 5 2014, link below).

“When practitioners surrender their will, activity decreases in their frontal lobes, suggesting that speech is being generated from some place other than the normal speech centers.”

The writing experience is simply that. When words flow free to the page–and writing is a form of speech, speech a form of thought–they flow from this place.

I’ve long recognized writing–not all writing, obviously, not letters, not even this post, but what most likely call creative writing–to be a spiritual activity. When people say that religion is dead, or God is dead, it likely means these people have lost, or never have found, the capacity to surrender their will and commune from this other place.

Good writing comes from the place. The commercially-oriented writing market is, perhaps, probably, really killing God.

 
© M L S Baisch 2017
 
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/what-happens-to-brains-during-spiritual-experiences/361882/

Ready to launch!

mona-purplehatI’m setting up a new website. 

And I’m one of those people who know just enough about it to be dangerous. This isn’t my first website, and it won’t be my last, but I don’t do this sort of thing everyday. The learning curve is always steep.

This site has been a long time coming–my writing website. It’s under construction, but content is appearing. Check it out at: http://mlsbaisch.com/

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2015 is going to be an exciting year for me. It’s been a long time coming, but eBooks will be appearing on a regular release schedule.

Every life has it’s cycles. There are joys, challenges, and setbacks. Doesn’t it seem like every joy, challenge, and setback comes with a caveat?

Oh, yah! And it’s all those stipulations, conditions, and limitations–sometimes expected and sometimes not–that keep tripping us up as we go along through life. Which is, I suppose, why every success, every milestone reached, is to very heady.

This site, these books, have been on my bucket list for a long time. Without the books, there could be no site. I’m ready to launch!

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My books are for the young and the young at heart. Although my writing site is writerly, there will be a portal for children with lighthearted content and activities.

Let me know what you think. And let me know what’s on the top of your heart. How is your bucket list coming along?

 

Mona L S Baisch

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How to (or how NOT to) keep a journal . . .

nd their way

Books, notebooks, scrapbooks, pictures, all find their way to every available surface . . .

I’ve never been very good about keeping my journals and notes in one place. They get scattered helter-skelter in various notebooks, on envelopes and odd papers, and on an assortment of electronic devise. And, I’ve been doing this for years. Decades, even.

There ought to be a better way.

I never find time to transcribe the odd bits into one central location—notebook, journal, or computer. My notes are as scattered as my life and, some might say, my mind.

Or, you might say, it’s just who I am. Complex. Living several lives at once—and all, more or less, in just one location. I’m not a world traveler; in fact, I rarely leave home for more than a few hours.

It’s just that I can’t take the same journal with me everywhere I go. It’s never on the porch or in the garden when I need it. I find what’s closest at hand, before I lose my train of thought. I run to the greenhouse, the studio, the garage; find an envelope on the table, or a paper towel in the kitchen.

I would carry a small notepad, but I usually don’t have a pocket. My purse is filled with scraps and scribbles on paper napkins and cash register receipts.

The best I can say for myself is that I have thoughts. Lots of them. And quite a few of them that I think are worth writing down somewhere. I often wonder if they find themselves into other hands, to be read by other eyes, some of them. They’re very safe, though: No one else can read my writing: They’re very safe.

Mona L S Baisch

Do you write to leave yourself on the page?

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

 

 

 

 

I’ve been intensely interested, lately, in what and why writers write, and in the resulting product

Truth is, many writers are writing primarily for a commercial purpose. Nothing wrong with that. I like a good story as much as the next person. And, of course, even writing with a commercial intention will leave a bit of the writer’s shadow on the page.

There is another sort of writing that is more involved with the writer’s personality: Autobiography, of course; literary fiction; poetry and fantasy, which come direct from the subconscious; some of the great classic novels; and, harder to identify, some modern and emerging authors. What they all have in common is that they all drown in their rivers–what a great metaphor.

I have a preference for writing of this sort. I read as much to meet the writer on the page as I do to read the story. Naturally, that is also how I write.

Have you given any thought to how you write?

Mona L S Baisch

 

 

 

 

It’s all about words . . .

I believe it’s important to write everyday, or very close to it, especially when working on a new project. If much time goes by without thought-to-page = words, it’s easy to lose track and hard, or even impossible, to ever get back to the same place in your mind.

However, I’m not a writer who believes in spitting out words like strafe fire. From the first draft, I like to be a bit choosy about what I write, and I like to do a first edit on what I wrote the day before at the beginning of every writing session for a work in progress.

That said, it’s still all about words: If you don’t get the words down on the page, especially while a new thought is first in your mind, they disappear and are forever lost to you. You may still write something where those lost words would have been, but they are not the same words. Ask anyone who’s ever written a document in a word processor, didn’t save it, and can’t get it back. Words, the second time around, just aren’t the same.

It’s good to have a target in mind–sometimes it’s a daily word count you aim for; sometimes it’s a deadline. I generally like to write 2000 good words a day. It’s like a speed limit through town: If it’s not otherwise posted, drive 25 mph. If I’m not working on a deadline (finish an edit by March 1st), I try to write 2000 words a day.

Hooray! So far, for the month of February, I’ve averaged 2333.3333333 words a day!

I’m happy.

Mona L S Baisch