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Outlander: For Your Consideration

28 Jun

By Kathy Custren

Deadline Hollywood hosted a virtual screening on June 18th for Outlander, the STARZ series that recently aired its fifth season. Afterward, producer-writer Matthew B. Roberts and co-producer-actors Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan joined attendees for a question and answer session. This is among the special industry appeals to the Television Academy and more this year as part of the award nomination process.

A Most Prodigious Pachyderm

Let’s begin by talking about the elephant in the room, shall we? This article is a blatant plea focusing on getting Outlander nominated for any and all television awards, period. Being primarily housebound with the COVID lockdown, many of us manage to enjoy some binge-worthy shows. For your consideration, and leading the pack in the humble opinion of many fans, is Outlander on STARZ—with streaming also available on Netflix, Hulu, and available for purchase through Amazon, Apple via iTunes, and other retail outlets.

We must also mention the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, which is the genesis of these characters and this enterprise. Season five stories rely heavily on her book, The Fiery Cross. There are large blazing torches that bookend the season, courtesy of the craftsmanship of producer Sam Heughan’s uncle. These are but some of the many intricate details of this quality production. With millions of avid fans around the world and after more than 30 years since its inception, viewership and readership alike continue to grow, which is no small feat.

And yes, spoilers ahead, etc., yadda, yadda, yadda. The season is over and if you have not watched Outlander yet, what’s keeping you? Just be mindful of the fact that, five seasons in, Outlander can be addictive. Go ahead and start now and the fandom will wait for you to catch up. We understand.

Appealing to the Television Academy

It appears that particular notice must be announced within the industry to the Television Academy members calling attention to the fine work that Outlander brings to viewers. We are in the home stretch of the nomination period. Not being an industry insider, it is a mystery to many of us how these things work exactly. It must be connected to who knows whom. So, if you know someone, please say something. Tell them to nominate Outlander and its cast. The hint cannot get much bigger. Share this article widely, please.

Outlander is but one program in a sea of shows. Season five, filmed before the pandemic, has an overarching theme we might call ‘peace of mind,’ It has given this to viewers with many big story lines that elicit impressive performances from its players. Diana Gabaldon herself consults and contributes to the show, which helps maintain its vibrancy. So, why is the fifth season of Outlander so worthy of awards? Why does it deserve “all” of them, as many fans like to say? To borrow from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let me count the ways….

Noteworthy Cast Performances in Season Five

1. Weddings: At Fraser’s Ridge (Ep. 501) and at River Run (Ep. 506)

Most shows culminate the year with a major event like a wedding as a way to draw viewers to a peak or go out with a bang. Outlander had two significant weddings this season. The first at Fraser’s Ridge marries Brianna (FYC: Sophie Skelton) and Roger (FYC: Richard Rankin) to kick things off. The second occurs midway through at River Run to unite Jocasta (FYC: Maria Doyle Kennedy) with her betrothed, Mr. Innes, after a falling out with Murtagh (FYC Duncan Lacroix) following Brianna and Roger’s wedding.

2. Roger’s Hanging/PTSD (Ep. 508)

Never a team to shy away from depicting mental anguish or physical torture for that matter, and because one time is never traumatic enough, we relive Roger’s lingering horrors of surviving near-death through an ingenious cinematic device, repeatedly—as most who suffer with PTSD do. Buddying with Young Ian (FYC: John Bell) brings matters to a head. Also see #5.

3. Brianna Taking Care of Stephen Bonnet (Ep. 510)

We may as well use this euphemism for all it’s worth because Brianna sure did handle matters definitively. Worries over Stephen Bonnet (FYC: Edward Speleers) pursued the Fraser family since season four. Brianna is assuredly her mother and father’s daughter, after all. And, to answer Roger’s ultimate question: Yes.

4. Jamie’s Snakebite (Ep.509), Redcoat/Losing Murtagh (Ep. 507)—and Claire (Ep. 512)

Jamie Fraser (FYC: Sam Heughan) delivers both a morality play and a mortality play this season with a trio of moving episodes. Scenes touch on the very real choices we make in life and the importance of family dedication. We are only on this earth for a certain amount of time, after all. While viewers may mark Jamie in every episode, even as a background actor in some scenes, these three hold significant award evidence. Heughan galvanizes his quintessential portrayal as if stoking a fiery cross with jet fuel—brilliance personified.

5. Claire’s Purpose (Ep. 503, Ep. 504) and Traumatic Abduction  (Ep. 512)

Much like her on-screen spouse, Claire Fraser (FYC: Caitriona Balfe) also has a trio of poignant episodes that highlight her storyline this season. Multiple pivotal scenes depict Claire’s calling to be a healer/doctor. These culminate with her violent abduction, which employs another clever and creative cinematic style to show us her experience in a slightly less horrific manner. Balfe continues to delight our screens effectively at her most happiest, homiest, and horrendous of times, dragging our hearts, fears, and tears along for the ride. The final scene of season five leaves us feeling as Claire does, safe—for the time being.

Public Relations and Nominations

So, this is the short of it—touching briefly on a handful of reasons why Outlander season five deserves all the awards. What a ride it has been! If you are like most viewers, chances are you have seen your share of bingeworthy shows over the years. But there is just something special fueling the Fraser Fandom this year that makes this Outlander season five even more meaningful. Perhaps it is the pandemic, or due to the fact that we are gearing up for an extended Droughtlander (look it up).

STARZ does its part to promote shows ahead of the season. Actors repeatedly say they do not do their job with awards in mind. However, it is key performers, supporting, and guest stars such as these and the larger creative family that work on Outlander who embody the best in the arts. Together they turn a daily creative process into a reality that viewers get to enjoy every week and over again.

Outlander S5 Crew

With an audience that includes many countries around the world, it may well be that social media has its own influence among those who nominate talented performers for awards. Inventive videos by Tash Pow on Twitter are ‘a little something’ she put together as part of a personal FYC campaign under way for the past 45 days and counting. Reference these two examples:

For Your Consideration – Proposed Nominees

With this in mind, if any one or more of these impressive performers catches your eye and you happen to know someone, anyone, associated with the nomination process in the Television Academy or any other awards out there, please share. Tell your mama and your cousins by the dozens to spread, watch, and enjoy [Please Nominate!!] the great show that is Outlander season five for these noteworthy performers:

Outstanding Drama Series: Outlander

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Sam Heughan

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Caitriona Balfe

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Sophie Skelton

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Richard Rankin

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lauren Lyle

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Cesar Domboy

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Duncan Lacroix

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Edward Speleers

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: David Berry

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Maria Doyle Kennedy

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: John Bell

…and thank you for your consideration.

Images courtesy of STARZ



In These Apocalyptic Times, Is Trump the Antichrist?

20 Dec


In These Apocalyptic Times, Is Trump the Antichrist?

by Kathy Custren

A New Heroic Age Dawns, Hopefully

Surely it crossed somebody else’s mind by now, during these extraordinary times in which we live, that someone must assume one of the pivotal roles of our age. In the grand scale of the story of Revelations, it describes the end of days, with various prescient glimpses of how the rapturous change might appear. With a firmer sense of this impending-if-not-present apocalypse, we must ask who fits the mold of Antichrist? If not the characterization portrayed as Trump, who better to take that role?

Other storytellers offer insight into possibilities. In the eight-being pantheon of archetypes described by the late Joseph Campbell, we have our heroes, mentors, allies, heralds, tricksters, shapeshifters, guardians, and shadows. And we can probably find people to fit any of those identifiable labels.

Could Trump be a shapeshifter? He has certainly been many things to many people over the years…son, mogul, father, owner, and now purported ‘leader of the free world.’ When one man’s rage, outrage, or other tweeted and spoken words cause confusion, pain, and suffering in not only in the U.S. but other parts of globe, it is time to hang the label of Antichrist over the personage as much as any other.

Generations Later, Hitler Redux?

For many, the resurgence of nationalism (MAGA), extremism (tax breaks), racism (white supremacy), reactionary politics (denial), and heavy-handedness (censorship) recalls for many the rise of the Third Reich. As before, it was not one lone figurehead but a group igniting death and destruction and inflaming painful, world-wide effect.

Today’s ‘Hitler redux’ finds America on the brink of economic fallout, class-ism, and a derailing (not merely deregulating) of governmental systems that formerly served its people. We are not simply tweaking a few improvements and getting rid of outdated or outmoded ways. The ‘cost saving’ efforts, combine to not only stoke a sense of fear but also finality; and to what cannot be named exactly. Is it the ‘American Dream?’ Are we at the dawn of another new age? Is it another page of the patriarchy machismo or hero’s story–or will the archetype have a more divinely feminine aspect?

The United Nations fact finding tour viewed the disparity of a world superpower endeavoring to promote and support third-world realities among its citizens. The members of this segment of society grow as exponentially as the economy worsens. By some unofficial estimates, identifiable sectors indicate an approximate threefold inflation over the past 30-40 years. The numbers do not mesh. There is no ‘common wealth’ in many commonwealths; no adjustment of the wealth or generosity by the wealthy, just the brazen attempt to rewrite of the story of our common dream in mid-sentence. The system that once had ‘checks and balances’ is usurped by greed. As this gap widens, the idea of ‘Christian charity’ truly runs amok.

Government of, by and for the People, Revisited

So, while the government seeks to lead, the people feel less a part of the governed and more disenfranchised than ever before. The hands that feed us also seek to sever the ties that bind us, and the resulting flame of hunger fed by the fuel of separation will undoubtedly bring even more unpleasant realities to light. The next level of the pyramid is at hand. That we would spend more of our combined tax money on those with heavy-duty military assets around the globe, and line the pockets of those with so much already in the bank really does seem outrageous. Yet, here we are, not quite outraged enough…yet.

Where is that outrage, many ask? Often, we look to where ‘they’ want us to see. We find no lack of demons ‘out there,’ because we see plenty of horror stories from within our own borders. We no longer need a North Korean missile test to start drums beating when our own society is awash in brutality, trafficking, greed, and vice. As parents cannot feed and house their children, we brutally evict our elders in handcuffs, and close ranks according to select ethnicity, our simmering melting pot will be roiling soon.

Perhaps we do not need an investigation into Russian ties after all, when our own electoral and governing processes contain their own forms of special interests and influence peddling. Draining the political swamp does reveal just how corrupt things are, unfortunately. We need to join together now, more than ever before. This is government we say is in power, until we change it for the better. ~ Blessings!

Acting to Prevent Human Misery

25 Jul

Acting to Prevent Human Misery

by Kathy Custren


“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” –Eleanor Roosevelt


First Do No Harm…First Do No Harm…First Do No Harm

“You are under arrest.”

Imagine waking up to hear these words. It gives us pause to think about being arrested. Much like The Conundrum, it brings conflicting sensations to us. Beyond the sensation of ‘What did I do wrong?’ is the idea of being withheld from being around others for some extended period. Incarceration and institutionalization have extended ramifications on the human psyche, so we seek to avoid this type of situation as much as possible.


The frustration that comes from being arrested in some way is not something that works well with many of us. We dislike being barred, restrained, or otherwise told no. Whether individually or collectively, we want to be the ones to place those boundaries, draw the lines, and say when enough is enough.


Because what is ‘enough’ can be different for everyone. One person may not be able to stand making their way around a track one time, while others run with hurdles freely. The unique gifts we each bring to the game of life are part of the overall balance of things; yet we tend to focus on what is lacking. Rather than enjoying the bounty we have, we attach to always coming up short, and blaming or stigmatizing those who “bring us down.”


Proactivity – What Lies in Knowing and Understanding

So, being proactive is part of our DNA, so to speak. Why invite trouble, heartache, and suffering, when we can seek to avoid it? Why persevere with pain and suffering when there are ways to eliminate various problems?


Thinking ahead and designing for the future, is something that gives us a lot of enjoyment. Knowing that we have a well-thought plan of action is helpful to us. We budget time and money to achieve our goals. We consider the ‘what-ifs’ in life and provide for emergencies or contingencies that we know are inevitable.


Famine, drought, and disaster are as inevitable as death. In human and world history, there have been any number of catastrophes that cause migration and loss of life. Would we sit on our laurels knowing that what we have could be wiped out at any time? Or, would we seek to somehow make disaster a little less threatening, knowing its inevitability?


Flight or Fight – Responding to Trauma

Many are familiar with the ‘flight or fight’ response. When faced with a traumatic situation, we choose to either fight what is challenging us or run from it…live to fight another day. Each of us does what we can, ultimately understanding that it may not be the best option, but the only one we can make at the time, under the circumstances.


Yet, we seek to demean or diminish those who are dealing the best with the circumstances they have. None of us truly walk in the shoes of another—we cannot be them. We can only seek to understand, and perhaps commiserate, that ‘there but for the grace of God go I.’ We are either on the donating or receiving end of charity. What goes around comes around…as is the way.


Disrupting our comfort level must be something we do every day. If we yearn to stay in, go out. If we want to laze around, get busy. And if we encounter a need, by Jove, let’s do what we can to bring comfort instead of adding to the misery.


Beyond the fight or flight is the flow—the giving aspect that there is always more. Once we recognize this ‘flow to things,’ we may understand much more about what it takes to respond to traumatic events. As we struggle to understand and comprehend the great mystery, we get small hints of resolution that we really must heed.


Systemic Failure; Structure Remains

So much of what we envision when we think of the destruction of something, whether it is an old railroad line, building, society, or an ecosystem, leaves us with gaps we know are there. The abandoned railroad may have chunks of line missing, but we can tell what it was. An abandoned warehouse could be missing most of its windows or machinery, yet it retains a sense of its former glory. Society itself has many holes…cracks through which vulnerable people fall at an alarming rate. And as the world changes entire biological structures as seen in various epochs, the basic elements remain the same.


No one system is perfect, and the structure that upholds it may still be hanging on, but all these gaps are things we could address. Holes in infrastructure could mean there is work to do. We rarely think about quality control when it comes to social or world situations. From patching up a pothole in the road to repairing a broken friendship, there is always room for improvement.


Death and destruction are a part of life; they are the dark times amid the light. Understanding this inherency is something upon which we would rather not think, because that requires planning, too, as much as living does. We may not have much of a say in our own demise, but ignoring the fact that it can happen at any time is one of those ‘unlikely events’ that tugs at the back of our mind.


The Natural Order and Ages of Humanity

All individuals feed into the greater [good] of our existence, still we fail to see “them” as being an integrated part of our greater wholeness. We use the idea of rivers running to the ocean to describe the natural order. In much the same way, we say all spiritual roads lead to God. The systems we have in place operate as part of the natural order, and serve the larger whole accordingly. Oh, humanity! The same is true with each other.


Over time, we identify with these various levels of growth and change. Each generation takes this upon itself…as a yoke of sorts…to break free of the past, of our families, of our history, to start afresh. Consider correspondences to the seven ages of man, the seven chakras of the body, or heptatonic/diatonic scale in music. There is a natural progression, sequence, order, and structure that exists, to which we may apply any number of creative things.


When we defy or deny this natural order, it causes all manner of discord, pain, and suffering. As we mindlessly use and abuse our way through life, we mindfully choose to bring pain upon ourselves and others. Some of us cannot help it, since it is all part and parcel of the balance we embody. It should not surprise us that we can identify imbalances in the natural order because these will become evident rather close to home.


In our struggles, the choices we make become ever more critical. We feel they are tied most precipitously to our sense of existence. One wrong decision when we have little cushion to fall back on can hurt a lot. Rather than making the wisest of choices with an eye on the prize of future goals and achievements, we are left to decide between the lesser of two evils, or which one will hurt less. This fear-based, restricted stance is a different vantage point from which to operate, entirely.


How did we get this way? How can such an advanced or progressive society find itself in such a morass of degeneration? It is dichotomy at work once again. All part of the magnum opus of life; of which, we get to experience but a very small part. As in alchemy or the nearest rainbow, this natural progression is a constant reminder that there is always more beauty to behold. We. Can. Turn. This. Around.


What Holds Us Back? Class? We Do, We Do.

“So, wait,” you muse, “if there is always more, then why does it feel as if we are headed towards an ending?” Ah, indeed, there are many endings. Just as there are many beginnings. Balance says there are just as many opportunities for making good choices as there are to make poor ones. This may be especially true if the sum of our choices yields little in the way of true advancement.


Sure, we can point to any number of technological advancements. A bounty of progress, built upon years of research and development, high capital expenditures, plenty of commerce, travel, trade agreements, contracts large and small, and decades if not generations of toil and sweat. Where would the CEO of Exxon be without the toil and sweat of the Appalachia coal miners? Where would Apple be without the lowliest of workers hired to solder tiny parts together in a clean room somewhere in China for sub-minimum wage?


This advancement of ‘things’ comes at the cost of other things, and people. There is no doubt about it. As we deplete one aspect of our planet’s resources, as we manipulate the materials to suit our fanciful ideas, is there much thought given to the sustainability factor? Humanity excels at tremendous waste. We become the very embodiment of the cancer that invades our bodies, in much the same way we wreak havoc upon the Earth.


What if all the fossil fuels we use and burn so rapidly were buried underground for a reason far greater than any our greedy little minds can imagine? We ignore the indigenous who warn us of our lack of foresight. Shoot, we ignore evidence in front of us that exist in the soulful mirrors of the eyes of our fellow beings. We dare not look; treat each other with great ignorance; with a distain and ugliness that drives others away. Do we really feel safer this way, reinforcing the ‘illness’ that ego-driven greed has led?


Brick by Brick, We Build a Wall

In our confined freedom, away from others, we can breathe a heavy sigh of relief. Until we realize it is too late—that we have traded what was our life for a jail of our own design. Gates and walls once again reign supreme as methods of both division and presumed safety. For all our interconnectedness, we are driven farther apart. Our children and the most vulnerable and sensitive among us bear the battle scars to prove it as they die at their own hand with each passing day.


The folly of walls built by empires in years past do not seem as ridiculous now, perhaps? We hold still others in prisons for far lesser crimes than we allow large corporations to continue doing with reckless abandon. Why, it is an industry—good ‘decent’ work in all these penitentiaries. We taint the most valuable of resources so that every bit of nature carries a premium price, for the greater good, of course.


Our drive to excel causes anxiety that contributes to a wide range of mental problems, but we dare not admit this because of the stigma mental illness continues to hold. Decades and generations of apples not falling far from diseased trees does not contribute to a quality orchard. While there may be fewer ‘institutions,’ many people in pain are behind bars, suffering, seen as ‘less human’ than “we are.” Dare to help, and be considered ‘part of the problem.’


‘But it is not all horrible,’ we console ourselves. ‘Look at where all the tax money goes. Plus, there is Patreon, and PayPal, and GoFundMe, and all sorts of ways we help each other now. We can join with ‘the big buys’ and sponsor and subscribe to our hearts’ content. Nobody has to know the depth of our generosity. And the churches, all the churches around the world—that’s their job, after all, these non-profits and people who care.’ Except there is a deep economic imbalance that exists. The needs far outweigh the fulfillment…there is always more need, too. How do we reconcile this on a balance sheet?


Brick by brick, we build a wall around our hearts, minds, bodies, homes, and countries. To extend ourselves wholeheartedly becomes somehow unbearable, as if cancelling out the good that caring does. To give ourselves unselfishly somehow feels alien to us. At the same time, an odd inclination in what is left of our reptilian brain hints that this could be the very path to humanity’s salvation—to not go the way of the dinosaur.


We close ourselves off from each other, then take drugs to numb the pain. Worst still, we close off one thought from the next, compartmentalizing our lives in such a way that juggling becomes the norm. How can we possibly think in a logical manner when we cannot connect the dots? Yet we dare hope to be healed and for all beings to be at peace.


Connecting the Dots for the Whole Picture

Puzzles can be fun, you know? A favorite growing up was ‘connect the dots,’ where you started on dot-1 and drew lines to dot-2, and dot-3, and so on. It might have been 15 or 20 dots later before the entire picture was complete, but those lines of connection were what made the image happen. Real life is just as uncomplicated, and just as much fun.


Why, then, do we make it so complicated? Is it because we cannot bear to extend our heart energy, that resonance that rings true? What happens when we reach out and connect, dot-to-dot, person-to-person? And what happens if somebody were to touch us? That is energy right there, that carries long-term memories with it. We can choose whether that energy is positive or negative. We can even make a difference and add positivity, to make it better. Again, it is up to us.


Yet when it comes to the heart, better seal that sucker up tight, unless you want to be labeled a ‘bleeding-heart-liberal.’ We cannot abide the various images that have been drilled deep into our subconscious and feed our ego. Keep, conserve, retain what is yours lest someone else “take” it from us and cause scarcity that threatens what we know.


We cannot possibly hope to help anyone who feels help in any fashion is a weakness. This stigma adds further harm to the pain and misery that exists, but try to explain this to someone who says they have done all that they can. This pessimism and negativity does not allow for miracles to take place. How can they, when we put up a barrier that says, “No!”


Constant Evolution and Arrested Development

Nature devises constant evolution; ever-changing and adapting to suit the most optimal outcome. Building walls is our feeble attempt to remain disconnected, despite what nature shows us is the interdependence of all that exists. Our spiritual teachings imply there is more beyond this material world, so even when ‘this’ is over, there is always more.


Do we allow this arrested development to continue? Shall we stifle and snuff out our brilliance to save face? If someone is not too proud to beg, will we give them an even harder time of it by placing even more restrictions and stigma on their already bowed backs? How many hoops and red tape will be enough to satisfy? Will we give any more at all, or have a holly jolly laugh at the absurdity of making them “try harder?”


Or, will we see that ‘but for the grace of God go I?’ Will we become a channel of peace and share openly instead of doing it behind closed doors? We seek transparency in so many things today, yet hide ourselves away from what makes us most uncomfortable. We would rather not see the homeless, the addicted, and those in need, until we join their ranks. As Joan Osborne wrote:


“What if God was one of us?

Just a slob like one of us?

Just a stranger on the bus

Tryin’ to make his way home?”


Nearer My God to Thee, indeed. How close could we be to understanding so many of life’s mysteries, by making just the right connection? As precious as we feel life is and can be, we remain oblivious about our role in it all, and how we can do better.


We spend valuable hours, days, and months focused on the parade featuring a man with orange hair who claims to be a leader and does not lead; on this man’s family; on a cast of characters who come and go almost as quickly as they do in the City of Oz. It may well be the next nail in our collective coffin of displacement, this lesser-of-two-evils choice. We must eat our sin, while those who require our time and attention most fail to get the help they deserve. All while the travesty of our folly plays out before our eyes to keep us constantly and mindlessly entertained.


I mentioned ending earlier, and this too shall end with an impassioned plea for sincerity and justice. It’s not much, but is not easy. The words of other writers echo in the chamber. Let them resound in our hollow hearts and maybe turn that emptiness into something more—honest, open, and fair. For those who lack the means to say so for themselves, I humbly beseech we continue to do more, not less, for each other.


Let us act to prevent human misery and avoid heartache. As with everything else, there’s always more.


“In a world whose absurdity appears to be so impenetrable, we simply must reach a greater degree of understanding among men, a greater sincerity. We must achieve this or perish. To do so, certain conditions must be fulfilled: men must be frank (falsehood confuses things), free (communication is impossible with slaves). Finally, they must feel a certain justice around them.” –Albert Camus

Snarky Tone of Gossip

28 Jan

Buddha - WordsA recent article containing a palpable, snarky tone of gossip prompted this entire look into something we might call ‘positive expression.’ Writing ethics are something to which not every author chooses to adhere. Being a writing aficionado, it is a mindful decision to share words in such a way that they are given proper use.

Words most often serve to inform, and if they carry other intent behind them, for fun or profit, it might be good to dig a little deeper. They may convey a particular message and bring the reader’s attention to a subject. Clearly, not every writer can be categorized as a ‘responsible’ one.

word prism FirthPutting words to paper is a form of creation. Scribing gives words life, bringing ideas into existence. As the person wielding the implement with some measure of skill, there is an element of propriety involved. Perhaps, authors have a moral obligation to create something that adds to our experience instead of rendering an abysmal effort not worthy of garnering attention.

Does that sound harsh? Certainly, writing may be considered by many to be a harmless activity. People write things down all the time, whether the words are read or not. We can always choose not to read ‘drivel.’ It is very empowering to be able to express one’s voice in written words. From words of praise to grumbling complaint, the way we utilize the written word has a lasting effect on anyone who intercepts them.

Having an opinion is each person’s prerogative. Communicating one’s opinion is something that can be labeled a mindful action. Is the opinion we seek to convey something that will help or harm? Is it true or a lie?

truth slapIs it okay to “suppose” or otherwise leave hints, or (as some might describe) artfully bend the truth to suit some purpose? There can be a fine line separating exposition and propaganda.

Like any form of energy, negative writing changes and lowers the tone of our vibration. It darkens the very atmosphere in which we live. The greater the readership the more widespread that change or infection can cover.

This can classify communications containing gossip and innuendo as malicious and harmful to our existence. We may not consider that such words have a major impact. Is it okay to hold this sort of idle chatter in our own head? What kind of an effect might that have on the way our ideas or other mental processes take place? Consider how it affects our heart, the very core of our being.

The bottom line is that putting those negative thoughts out into the world for others to experience does nothing to further our humanity. In fact, we might wonder what retards our interactions with others or why they take such a negative turn. We can be doing so much to further ourselves, if it were not for the time and energy wasted on words that do not move us forward.

Words forgivenWith all that said, could doing mindful writing bring us to a better place? Could something as simple as effective, positive writing help to turn things around? Can peace be spread by the use of words that help, heal, and raise our vibration instead?
It certainly opens up the world of possibility. As a writer and blogger for the past few years, there is much to be said for the purpose and intent of putting words together with fidelity and in an ethical manner. While not every person takes the Hippocratic Oath, we can appreciate and mindfully choose to do no harm.

Why not put the words in our blogs and messages to good use?

Namaste ~ Blessings!