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Getting Past the Inner Critic

  • Saturday, October 07, 2023
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • via Zoom


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Getting Past the Inner Critic
**Please note all times are listed in ET**

Thousands of books have gone unwritten because a writer has caved in to her inner voice: Who do you think you are? You don’t know enough yet. No one will be interested in what you have to say. You don’t know how to get something published. We could fill a page with them, but better to burn it and start anew:
What have you learned from the sufferings you’ve borne?
Who in your life could benefit from your stories?
What joy do you derive from writing?
What writers have influenced your life?
Once we start to ask the right questions, our courage and wisdom begin to align. We can imagine our audience. We feel a sense of purpose. We know our work is for the good, could relieve pain, save a life, cause some joy.

This 90 minute class is like a chiropractic adjustment or a wheel alignment. It puts things back in the proper relationship, tunes your ear to the Guiding Light. We’ll take some time to write a bit, listen a bit and ponder as a whole the practices we can use to stay afloat through trial and tempest.

When I attended the first IWWG conference, I didn’t think of myself as a writer. Now I have 11 books published. That is the effect of sisterhood, support, and solidarity. We’ll conjure up all that during our time together and your image of yourself as a writer will be clear and beautiful in the mirror of your soul.

Jan Phillips is a writer who connects the dots between spiritual intelligence, evolutionary creativity, and social transformation. She is the author of eleven award-winning books, has taught in over 25 countries, and has published work in the New York Times, Ms., Newsday, People, Parade Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, New Age Journal, National Catholic Reporter, Sun Magazine, and Utne Reader. Her memoir, Still On Fire—Field Notes from a Queer Mystic, was released by Unity Books in October 2021.
She has performed with Pete Seeger, presented with Jane Goodall, sung to Gladys Knight, and worked for Mother Teresa. Her books have been endorsed by Gloria Steinem, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Joanna Macy.
Jan teaches throughout the United States and Canada, facilitating retreats on evolutionary faith and prophetic action. Her quest has taken her into and out of a religious community, across the country on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one woman peace pilgrimage. She has produced three CDs of original music, several videos, and a seven-hour audio program called Creating Every Day.
Jan sends out her Bulletins of Immortality weekly and a monthly Museletter to her mailing list. You can subscribe on her website.

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