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Divine Inspiration in Unlikely Places January 4, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.

“When the student is ready . . . the teacher appears.”

That teacher can take any form . . . book, friend, quote, co-worker, and even the occasional wino on the street.

Yes.  That’s right.

Even those under the influence of alcohol (spirits!) may offer up valuable spiritual lessons:

The Wise Men Of Our Age  . . .  Just. Be Yourself. 

The Universe is magical and mystical and offers synchronicities to us when we are ready to receive them.

This morning I received just such a gift.

When I opened SLTW, I saw that Amy (Souldipper) had commented on a post I’d written back in February ~

Bending the Rules . . . And the Truth.

That fact, standing alone, is not noteworthy.

What astonished me is the serendipitous sequence of events leading up to the moment that I saw Amy’s comment ~ the first comment ever on that post:

* Last night, I was floundering around for a topic for today.

* Yesterday, I had mentioned to Sandra (Always Well Within) ~ on her post Expert Advice on Writing Faster Blog Posts ~ that, when a potential post is “fighting back,” I take that as a signal to put it on hold:

If it’s a post that’s “meant” to be written . . . it practically writes itself.

When I feel like I’m trying to wrestle my thoughts into submission, I leave it in draft form and move on to something else entirely ~ because the Universe is telling me to put that thought “on hold.”

Yes . . . I have a lot of drafts waiting to see the light of day.

* Last night, every post I considered tackling fought back, refusing to be written.  As the bewitching hour approached, I went back to the earliest posts on SLTW for inspiration, including Bending the Rules And the Truth.

* I considered whether to return to the topic of honesty (and dishonesty) for today’s post.  I evaluated the post, as written, to see if I should “trick it out” with graphics and link it to a new article.

* I contemplated reposting the piece this morning, with minor revisions, since it was “buried” back in the Archives without a single comment.

This morning, as soon as I saw which post Amy had “chosen” to comment on last night, I realized the article wasn’t buried at all.

In response to my unvoiced question about whether to repost older posts for readers who had joined SLTW in progress, the Universe, through Amy’s  comment, admonished:

Stop looking backwards over your shoulder at what you’ve already written.  Keep moving forward along the path.  If someone needs to see a post you wrote back in February, trust us ~ we’ll get their attention and direct them to it.

How divine!   And what a time saver . . .

Yesterday, in response to a question raised by Zoe, in The Wise Men Of Our Age, I said:

As to whether or not there are “wise people left in the circles in which we walk” . . . I guess it depends on the path we are traveling.

Sometimes we need to foster relationships with others . . . sometimes we need to focus our attention more fully on the wisdom waiting within.

Related posts:  The Gift of Synchronicity * Synchronicity & Mystery *  A Beacon in the DarkWay of the Peaceful Warrior * Water Over The Dam * Access Your Inner WisdomWinks, Whispers, and Nudges * Are You OK Right Now?


1. nrhatch - January 4, 2011

Well, the mystery of how Amy ended up on Bending the Rules . . . And the Truth last night is solved.

I just posted a link to this post on FB and saw a link to that post on my Wall. 😉

I “trashed” the post at one point last night ~ then had second thoughts and restored it. That caused it to re-link with FB . . . leading Amy its way.

Nevertheless, I think the message I received this morning stands . . . old posts are NOT buried and I should stop looking over my shoulder at what I’ve already written and proceed “full steam ahead.”


Richard W Scott - January 4, 2011

That’s a fact, Nancy. Even if you were to take down your blog–hope you don’t!–what you’ve written is out there now. It is cached in places you’ll never see, and can never know. This is why we take care with what we write. Good or bad, it will always come back to roost.

nrhatch - January 4, 2011

Excellent point, Rik!

Once we release our words to the world . . . we can’t always call them back. 🙂

2. faeriemagic - January 4, 2011

I love it! 😉 Hey Nancy, what’s SLTW?

3. faeriemagic - January 4, 2011

Never mind … brain fart … got it SLTW … Spirit Lights the Way … oops … sorry 😉

nrhatch - January 4, 2011


Glad you figured it out on your own . . . I want SLTW to become accepted “textspeak” (like LOL). LOL 😉

4. suzicate - January 4, 2011

I love it when that happens! Synchronicity is amazing! I have many of those drafts as well…the ones that don’t seem complete or fit to publish. Tha amzing thing is that when I finally do hit the publish button, they are usually my most well recieved posts.

nrhatch - January 4, 2011

Synchronicity is awesome, as are those intuitive feelings which give us nudges in the right direction.

I keep trying to clean out my draft posts . . . with limited success.

Perhaps we need to emulate Ernest and Julio Gallo . . . “we serve no wine before its time.”

5. flyinggma - January 4, 2011

There must have been something in the air last evening. No matter what I started working on for my post just didn’t stick. I returned to drafts from other days I had started but wasn’t inspired.

I set the blog aside and started playing with pictures I’ve taken this winter. My daughter showed me how Picnik works for editing pictures. I’ve never used any photo editing software before. I ended up writing about Picnik last evening.

“When the student is ready . . . the teacher appears.” Sometimes much younger than the student!

nrhatch - January 4, 2011

That’s so cool! Almost exactly what I ended up doing last night.

I decided NOT to WRITE a post, and just posted some fun pictures from the beach instead!


This morning, this post flowed easily ~ without the Herculian effort required for the ones I attempted to ready for posting last night.

6. viewfromtheside - January 5, 2011

some things do need to simmer away in the back of the mind until they are ready to be written. and then when they come pouring out you wonder where they came from, or why you didn’t write that previously

nrhatch - January 5, 2011

So true.

That’s why, if I feel like I’m wading through molasses, I turn my attention to a different post.

7. 4minutewriter - January 5, 2011

Thanks for the mention.
Those moments of things just clicking, pieces fitting together perfectly are so strong and personal. They stay with us, to be recalled in times of discouragement.
I wish you many more moments of serendipity.

nrhatch - January 5, 2011

Thanks, Zoe. Your post got me thinking about our teachers ~ both external and internal.

Intuition is grand . . . if you trust it, you will know.

8. kateshrewsday - January 5, 2011

Reminds me of “If you build it, they will come”.
Lovely post, Nancy, and lots to think about. Thanks.

nrhatch - January 5, 2011

Thanks, Kate. Actually, I did an “if you build it, they will come” post awhile back:


If you build it . . . they will come.

That thought doesn’t just apply to baseball or Kevin Costner. It applies to all of us as we author our thoughts, script our lives, and share ourselves with the world.

Life is our Field of Dreams . . .

Whether or not something I write resonates with a given reader depends on the reader. If I write honestly, my intended audience will appear while those who are not intended to be in my pool of readers will drift away.

When we are enjoying the journey, we stop worrying about finding our intended audience ~ we trust that our intended audience will find us.

Write on!

9. Cities of the Mind - January 5, 2011

Do we ever find divine inspiration in likely places?

nrhatch - January 5, 2011

I don’t know . . . church is against my religion. 😉

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