The time has come. 50 Years ago the seeds have been planted and now the new world wants to be born. So, my sisters, can we please stand up? Forget to work on our image and get some birthing blood on our hands?
We live in a broken world. We see it, don’t we? Everybody is fighting. Everybody knows better. Everybody is addicted to fake and forgot how to live life. Life matters! And life sucks for so many people!
It’s time to get into action and join the wave of change.
Grab your power, feel your strength, and help us birth this new world. Let’s be midwives. Tell the stories that matter. And show that it can be done by walking our talk. …
Hey, writers, you have come here for a reason. You want to write. You want to be read. You want to make a difference in the world. Be your best you. You want your voice to develop in your own unique, wonderful whisper. And you want to shine.
Well, that’s what we all want, here on Illumination. So, let me tell you a few secrets on how we make it work. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an editor for Illumination and we’re here to help you find your voice and shine too.
Illumination was started by Dr Mehmet Yildiz in March of this year. By now, the publication has 5.8K+ writers and 49K+ readers. Illumination-Curated, the sister pub, has 10K+ readers. …
What might have been the most enlightening realization in my environmental studies is the fact that fashion can be possible. In our future world, we can satisfy the desire for personal expression. For change with the seasons. For wearing beautiful clothes that bring out the best in us. So, how can we do that without ruining Gaia?
The fashion industry is a terribly polluting industry. Business Insider reports that the fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions. It is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply and pollutes the ocean with millions of microplastics every year.
I thought it could never be repaired! So I changed my ways to second-hand clothes and leasing jeans. At least the fibers would be used again for new jeans. And because I know that with the washing of synthetics micro-fibers, the rivers are being polluted, I use a Guppyfriend. …
“Even writers like Stephen King have to face their doubts. In On Writing, he says, “Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.” …
Typing fast and furious with four fingers. Or am I using three? Or five? It won’t be many more. My mum (85) is having breakfast while I’m writing.
She says: “You type fast, D. I remember when you were a young professional, you often used the derogatory term ‘typing goat’ (‘tikgeit’ in my mother tongue Dutch). And now you have become one yourself.”
I feel the hurt in her words. So I rise and give her a hug. Sometimes loving silence is better than words. They can sting.
Because it’s cold in our caravan in winter, we’re staying more often with my mum now. 100 km to the north, but at least it has warmth. I can write there as much as I can write anywhere. And much of my other work happens online as well. So I type, and I Zoom and I enjoy the company of my mum and Mike. …
NO is a clear path.
Saying no is Gaia’s key
to feel your longing.
Untangling clutter in life.
She‘ll grasp your YES and fulfill.
© Désirée Driesenaar
We love our own stories. They’re like babies. We have just birthed them, love them to bits, and then… nothing happens. No one reads them. No one cares.
Writers do not write for themselves. They want an audience. And you and I are no different. Stories are for impact. Stories are for telling and hearing. And stories can create their own wings.
Look at viral stories. They fly.
Here are some insights into what I have done to give my stories strong wings.
An audience is a bit like an onion. You and your stories are in the center. The layer closest to you are your hardcore fans. Further from the core are the loose layers. These readers drift in for one story or other and drift out never to be heard of again. …
Quotes are ideal for inspiration. They feed me and I use them to rewild my soul. To change my life. To become a better person. My favorite quotes come from three sources: Rumi, Maya Angelou, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Let me walk you through my 11 favorite ones. Why 11? It’s the number for new beginnings. And I wish that for all of us.
Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet. An Islamic Scholar and a Sufi Mystic. He inspires many people across the globe. Including me.
Maya Angelou was an American poet and a civil rights activist. She has been with me ever since I was a teenager when I read her biography ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. She was a daredevil of a woman who did things I’d never dream of doing. But oh, my, was she wise! …
“Creative life is made up of divine paradox. To create, one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.” — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Hey girls, I know you heard me now. Many sisters have reacted to my recent story about birthing a new world. And I’m glad. The new world is ready to be born. And if we don’t midwife her into being born, who will?
But, I also know that we need some sisterhood to keep us sane. We’re the feelers. We’re the criers. We’re the overwhelmed ones. And in the current times of great unrest, violence, and fear creation, we often stumble. …
When I took my first meditation lessons 15 years ago, it was in a serene setting. Silent. Calm. Good energy. I was so full of questions that I couldn’t have handled too many distractions. I was a real yes-but-girl.
Years have gone by and meditation is a tool for me now. A very valid tool to achieve my feminine way to productivity. Making space in my head for new things to emerge.
During the washing up, in between zoom calls, and outside in nature. Meditation has become a tool of creation for me too. …