Thursday, February 15, 2007

Silencing the Inner Critic

A friend of mine recently told me about the Llewellyn Publishing Web site at: If you click on the Fun & Free link, there are some interesting tidbits, including Web Tarot and Spell-a-Day. Today's Spell-a-Day really seemed applicable to me and creative writers everywhere, so here's a little writing magic for your day:

Silencing Your Inner Critic

Our inner critic can be our harshest judge. It is different from our instinct or our inner editor, since they seek to protect and improve us. The inner critic seeks to take advantage of us and our fears. Before this spell, think about what shape the critic would be. Would it be a person? How about a symbol or mythological figure? What colors would it be? When ready, take a piece of parchment and pen. Now draw your inner critic on it. Next, light it on fire and place it in a heat-proof container. While it is burning, say:

Inner critic gone away,
Not to return another day.
Now my soul is free
To take opportunities in front of me.
For the good of all,
So mote it be.

By: Olivia O'Meir


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