It's crazy how some inspirations come at the oddest moments where it seem like everything may just be random. But in truth, it's all part of God's meticulous plan. I am sitting in a very spiritual meeting when it dawns on me that my book could begin in a different way then I previously had written. Ding! Funny.
Next to that, I was thinking about how much praying vocally helps clarify things. And even more, how much writing things down clarify things even more. Keeping a journal is not just good advice, it's inspired advice. It may be hard to begin writing down all the thoughts you have - even things you are ashamed of - but it is freeing and really clarifies things. I mean, sometimes my thoughts can get all muddled and start going in circles until I sit down and just write it out. Somehow, writing things down slows down your brain process enough to really give more meaning in the concepts. And talking helps too. Something about forming the words into some kind of language, instead of just letting the concepts whirl in your head, can really clarify everything. Sometimes I am having really deep thoughts and I simply HAVE to call someone and talk about them before I explode.
Maybe I'm just strange that way. But this makes good, trustworthy, nonjudgmental friends a necessity. Usually I call my best friend and other times I call my mother. Lately, I also have the ability to call someone I know strictly on a first name basis to keep anonymity and that really creates a new venue! But I don't use it as often. I'm blessed to have a good genuine connection with my best friend and mother, where there is no fear involved in admitting the worst part of myself without any kind of reprehension or repression. I'm guessing I'm pretty blessed to have that, because the more that I see of the world the more I realize how lonely so many people are because of the people that push them away, or that they have pushed away....
Anyway, this post has too many tangents. Can you tell I journal? Haha! Journalling is all about tangents because it's mainly stream-of-thought type writing. Really gets those juices flowing so I can really write.
The point I was going to get to about writing things down and praying aloud, though, is this. Where do you think that extra clarity comes from? A philosophy teacher of mine would argue that language is everything. Our words create meaning and we don't have any comprehension of specific concepts until we have the words to describe them. I think this is in many cases true - as in the studies of the man without a language that was done, it shows this to be accurate (which is completely fascinating!), but I want to think more about the spiritual side of this idea.
Truth with a capital T comes from God. People way say that truth is epistemic, or created by the knowledge of something. But I believe in a truth beyond the knowledge of man. God's knowledge. Clarity of thought comes from within. (Wow, this is getting deep! Let me get to the point already!) Where do we get God's knowledge to testify within our hearts of the truth of things? From the Holy Ghost, from the power of the spirit of God. The Holy Ghost can hear our thoughts and He knows the intents of our hearts, though. So, why is it that when we write things down or speak them aloud we gain more clarity?
This is where things get a little more grey in the "doctrinal" side of things, and goes more toward my opinion and what I feel spiritually is true, for myself. I believe that our ancestors, and other angels watching over us, are present when we are writing things down or praying aloud. They cannot know the thoughts of our hearts. But they can read our writing and they can hear us speak.
Have you ever felt like there's someone reading over your shoulder as you're writing? I have. :)
But they wouldn't be judging you for what you are writing. They would be helping you feel of their presence and helping you feel that they understand.
Ok, this may seem too weird for some of you to understand or believe, but it's something that I take very seriously. I know that writing and praying aloud help me find more clarity of thought. The next time you have muddled thoughts, try writing them down. Whether the angels are reading it or not, it's been recommended by all kinds of therapists too. :)