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  • We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world.
    It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans
    are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation,
    connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of
    inner guidance.

    We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living.
    Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is
    good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a
    felt path through the world we live in.

    We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves
    that or not.

    Life is a spiritual dance and our unseen partner has steps to teach us if
    we will allow ourselves to be led. The next time you are restless, remind
    yourself it is the universe asking 'Shall we dance?

    ― Julia Cameron


    1. Love the Universe. Love yourself. Love each other.
    2. Love your work. Love good ideas.
    3. Love being alive.
    4. Be true to who you are.
    5. Know yourself.
    6. Be still.
    7. Listen.
    8. Be at peace.
    9. Be happy.
    10. Be like little children.
    11. Let your light shine.
    12. Don't judge.
    13. Don't criticize.
    14. Don't compete.
    15. Don't be afraid.
    16. Ask questions.
    17. Be adventurous.
    18. Choose well.
    19. Become transparent to the transcendent.
    20. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
    21. Carry a notebook. Keep a journal.
    22. If you don't care about it, don't write about it.
    23. Expect good. The Universe is full of it.
    24. Write about miracles.
    25. Be new every day.
    26. Laugh a lot. Laughter is the music that holds the stars in their courses.
    27. Know that everything is optional.
    28. Know that right ideas write themselves if you give them the right of way.
    29. Know that proofreading is important and necessary.
    30. Commune with the Infinite so that you can communicate the Eternal
    to the community.
    31. Dare to dream big.
    32. Start right where you are. Work with what you have.
    33. Know that when one idea starts dancing, other ideas join in.
    34. Don't be afraid to be beautiful.
    35. Don't be afraid to be unique.
    36. Don't be afraid to let your love show.
    37. Know that you are the best authority on what's best for you.
    38. When your friend listens, speak from the heart.
    39. When your friend speaks, listen from the heart.
    40. Ask yourself: Is a willow better than a sycamore?
    41. Ask yourself: Is yellow better than green?
    42. Ask yourself: Is three better than seven?
    43. Remind yourself: Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
    44. Believe that writing isn't a word game, it's a life game.
    45. Know that purpose of writing is to save the world from its misconception
    of itself.
    46. Trust that everything is related to everything else.
    47. Trust that everything is interesting.
    48. Repeat often: I am greatly loved.
    49. Repeat often: I am greatly loved.
    50. Repeat often: I am greatly loved.

    (Photograph by Alex in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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