Anne de Graaf's blog: International-Intrigue-Injustice

26 May 2008

Reflections on the Lake

Filed under: Thin and Thick Places,Write on — annedegraaf @ 12:42 pm

So what is real here? The trees? The water? The mist? The mountain? Their reflections? The picture itself? The image? Is the photo upside down? Have I photo-shopped it somehow?

Maybe what is real, is not even shown. What is real is UNDER the water, below the surface, beyond our line of sight.

Madeleine L’Engle wrote: Plato spoke of the necessity for divine madness in the poet. It is a frightening thing to open oneself to this strange and dark side of the divine; it means letting go of our sane self-control, that control which gives us the illusion of our safety. But safety is only an illusion and letting go is part of listening to the silence, and to the Spirit. . . .

And I wonder about that line of thought where air and water meet. The wilderness of the will. The desert of desire. The inner landscape, so wrought with plateaus of peace.

Are these reflections on the lake?

Writing Tip #3–Two Writes Don’t Make a Wrong!
Write twice. Write again. Write some more. The best writer is the rewriter. Often we write what we think is important in order to reach what truly is.
Spend 20 minutes a day free-writing, preferably with a pen, by hand. Call it brain dump, or stream of consciousness, but it’s a guaranteed way to glean the gems from among the garbage.

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