How to "channel" your next book
Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Are you dreaming about writing your own book? Not just writing it, but “downloading” it?
Ever since I read N.D. Walsch’s seminal Conversations with God trilogy, I knew I wanted to create something like this. But I didn’t believe I could. The desire was there, but I thought that only very few lucky people have the ability to produce such a massive co-creation with the universe.
Fast forward to early spring 2017
My wish had been heard and answered. My girl Ingunn from Conscious Sexuality contacted me to let me know she wanted to write a book on female sexuality and awakening. She told me that she's able to channel and have conversations with her spirit guides who call themselves Gabriel. I was stoked.
We started having chats with Gabriel, and I was asking about life, love, God, and sex. They told us that our questions created a bigger expansion in the universe, and that this book would be a co-creation with them. Answers couldn't be produced without questions, and every question would help them expand into deeper wisdom.
I was so excited. As soon as I’d moved back from NYC, I visited Ingunn in Oslo. We had amazing experiences of divine love and sisterhood. I opened up and connected deeper to my core and all the unconditional love around us. I felt like being transformed on a cellular level. Old, limiting beliefs, emotional blockages, and other obstacles I had placed in my path dissolved.
At some point, Ingunn received the chapter outline in a mediation. Next, she was able to handwrite some content. Then, we reached a point where she could “read” the book with her "inner eyes". She spoke the words and I wrote them down. (If you're familiar with Abraham Hicks, you get the idea. Gabriel speaks through Ingunn like Abraham speaks through Ester.)
Two years and many fights, meditations, and therapy sessions later, we have a manuscript.
A big fat manuscript of over 100.000 words! #proud
Famous writers such as Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Dani Shapiro all rely on an intuitive process of co-creation with spirit. This is nothing new or new-agey. As Liz Gilbert explains in her brilliant TED-talk Your elusive creative genius, even the ancient Romans knew how to work with spirit. They called it their creative genius, which they believed was living in the walls of their homes and came to inspire them.
Other artists such as Stephen Pressfield like to call it their muse. It doesn’t matter whether you call it Gabriel, Jesus, a muse, or your creative genius; truth is, everybody has access to this source of divine inspiration. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. And the more you can step aside with your own ego, the easier it gets.
In their memoirs on the craft, Stephen King (On Writing), Dani Shapiro (Still Writing), and Elizabeth Gilbert (Big Magic) all credit their creativity to their genius. Call it what you will, they're working with Source energy, surrendering to the process of divine inspiration.
They all share how, at the beginning of each project, they've got no idea how a story will unfold. No outline, no character notes, no structure or idea of an ending. They start on a hunch. They put their characters into a predicament and see how they work their way out. They let the story unfold before them, watching with curiosity what happens next.
And Marianne Williamson teaches, “Dear God. I am the faucet; you are the water.” She too is willing to be used as an instrument by the divine.
The more we surrender in trust, the more space we create to let the Big Lady do us.
Walsch had no idea he'd write books with God; nor did King anticipate a successful author career when he first wrote Carrie in that dirty laundromat, chain smoking and eaten alive by maggots. They all started with faith. They trusted and surrendered to the process of divine co-creation.
What if we all could do this? What if your creative endeavours don’t have to be a struggle that includes chain smoking, pulling your hair out, and ending up as an alcoholic? What if this could be effortless, graceful, and easy? We hardly ever felt stuck in our process.
How did we do this? Here are a few pointers that've helped us.
Have faith. You can’t be a cynic fretting over how ridiculous, impossible, or trivial this is. Sure, you might get some good work done with your ego -- drugs certainly help; but in my experience, a clear mind is invaluable. Sit down, calm your monkey-mind (a.k.a. meditation), and ask for inspiration to come to you (a.k.a. prayer). Is it always going to be easy? Hell no. The best work often happens outside your comfort zone. How could any new ideas be born if we all stayed within the realms of the known and socially accepted?
Nurture your spiritual relationship. This doesn’t have to be woo-woo or fancy. Find something that helps you connect inwards, so you can receive the information your higher Self is floating to you. Dani Shapiro has a daily Yoga and Meditation practice, as do Gabrielle Bernstein or Marianne Williamson. But if that’s not your thing, do it like Stephen King -- take long walks to clear your mind. You don’t have to pray either, you could set an intention or ask for inspiration.
Show the universe you're serious about your dreams. I've been writing since 2012, following a hunch that I should share more of myself. Follow your intuition -- you never know where it'll lead you.
One of my old posts on love and freedom made my now-husband go bananas over me before we’d even met. It also led to guest posts on other blogs, ebooks, friends asking me ghost-write for them... One thing leads to another.
Carve out at least 15 minutes a day for your creativity. (I’ve been writing journals since I was six and could barely hold a pen. This was my thing, and I stuck with it.)
Here's the meditation we've used to help you receive inspiration from Source.
Ingunn has learned it from her teacher, and she has taught me. It works -- it has helped me open up my own channel and receptivity as well. Give it a try and see what it can do for you. (You can use this recorded audio version on Soundcloud. Below is the transcript excerpted from our book.)
Sit upright with a straight spine, in a chair or on the floor. Close your eyes and land softly in your third eye, placing your awareness behind your brow-center. Visualize a broad channel from your hips reaching from the ground and all the way into the center of the earth.
Envision opening the energy centers on the soles of your feet. Next, ask for feminine earth energy and imagine drawing this red hot energy up as broad and powerful beams through the soles of your feet, your ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, and pelvic floor. Keep moving it up through your root chakra, navel chakra, solar plexus, and up to the heart, the throat chakra, third eye, and out of the crown of the head as a powerful fountain. Imagine it rinsing all of your aura and grounding channel.
Next, open up the crown of your head and ask for universal light energy. Let it move down through the crown of your head, your third eye, throat chakra, heart, solar plexus, navel, and into your root chakra. There, it picks up earth energy from your base, returning up through your root chakra, navel, solar plexus and heart, where it splits into powerful beams running out of your arms and hands. Continue through the throat chakra, where it splits once more out through your arms and hands. Moving up to the third eye and out of the crown of your head, let it rinse all of your aura and your grounding channel.
Keep running the energy for this cleaning process through your system as many times as you need until you feel grounded and connected to yourself. Do this meditation for at least 15 minutes every day, ideally morning and night.
After a few weeks of practice, you should begin to feel more open and in contact with your own creative genius and Source energy. Keep practicing and keep asking, trusting the process and surrendering yourself to infinite intelligence. All your desires and prayers are answered at some point in your life, so have patience and trust in divine timing.
So go ahead. Pray, meditate, write your morning pages... At some point, you may feel called to write a story, an essay, or a book. The words will start coming from your mouth like warm summer rain falling from the sky... When they do, write me! I can't wait to hear all about it.
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