In Response to Lisa Frideborg-Lloyd: The Power of Writing

Earlier today, I had stumbled upon my friend’s Tweet in regards to her blog about writer’s block and twenty-three ways an author/blogger can overcome it. It had some great tips, pointers and activities. You can read about it at Lisa Frideborg-Lloyd’s blog, Seer Pathways.

Lisa’s spirituality is pretty eclectic, and I’m not sure if she’s a Theosophist like me, but practically everything she posts causes me to nod my head, laugh or flat-out cheer on. So, don’t quote me, but I dig her blogs.

Lisa Frideborg-Lloyd

Lisa Frideborg-Lloyd

Anyway, many of the comments stated that writer’s block was a rarity for them, and I was amongst that lot.

In my comment, I had noted that writing is spelling, ergo, casting a spell.

I’m not going into a history of human language here, but in response to my comment, I would like to elaborate a bit.

In Kabbalah, the power of words is intrinsically linked with the universal language of numbers. Each scale of numbers is sectioned by a power of ten. This works for the human species inherently, mainly because we have ten digits, or fingers. The root of all human perception of mathematics and, ultimately, spelling is designed around our action-oriented tool of ten fingers. You don’t have fingers; you don’t have the body process to manipulate human will as we have been naturally designed (although challenged people can overcome this!).

So, say if we were a species that only had six digits in total, we’d design our mathematics to fit into a series of six. Our spelling would fall in suit with that biological paradigm.

We also write (spell) with our fingers as the driving impetus. No great surprise at all here.

As I’ve blogged before about the nature of spelling, I’ve stated there that spelling is Kabbalah-based. When you spell, you practice magick. I don’t care if you are a Hellfire-and-Brimstone Evangelical who vehemently fears magick, if you’ve ever written a cheque – you’ve just cast a spell, buddy. Sorry, but every school that teaches your child how to spell may as well be Hogwarts – and that’s ALL of them.

Why do people spell? What drives a person to write? The answer is the caster’s sympathetic action in desire for a physical or emotional reaction out of the human object. Spelling makes the world go ‘round, but in a way that convinces others to bend upon the writer’s (the agent’s) will.

Whether you are a cop writing a ticket, a kid posting a note on the refrigerator, a doctor writing a prescription, a novelist writing an omnibus or a politician promulgating legislation, you are casting a spell. You are attempting to evoke a response out of your human target(s).

Of course, all humans have free will to disregard or resist the spelling. We could toss that script or ticket in the garbage. We have the ability, the choice, to ignore the note or break the legislation enforced upon our community’s will. This all depends upon the power of the caster versus the will of the object, as all spells can fizzle.



20 Responses to “In Response to Lisa Frideborg-Lloyd: The Power of Writing”

  1. A wonderful blog, Mark! As writers, we love to elicit a response from our readers. It may not be the response we were expecting, but still, we are grateful that our magick works, and it grows stronger with practice, so keep writing brother, for one day we just may be the next Dumbledore!
    With my beard, i’m part way there! I just need to work on my magick a whole lot more!

  2. That goes for me too, brother! I’m cultivating a beard myself! That’s a topic for another blog, but yeah.

    But we authors ARE attempting to will our readers to act and react. Always keep that in mind when you write. What combination of words – how I am spelling – will elicit the proper message that you will to convey.

    • Staying with the musical theme: the first musical instrument, i suppose, if you discount the human voice would have been the drum, which is why rhythm and beat is so important, not only in music but in writing too, as we have to convey a realistic and rhythmic pattern to the dialogue that we write. I always see punctuation (commas, semicolons, colons) as places to take a pause and take a breath, the length of which is dependent on the punctuation mark that is being used, as if i were narrating the whole thing.

  3. What with me being Irish and raised in an Irish family, I am more attuned to the music of the language I’m writing as my people “sing” when they speak. If it “sings” well, that’s preferable to the rules of the Queen’s Diction. Lisa’s a Swede, I believe, and they too possess a musical language.
    We humans had learned to sing prior to learning how to speak or spell. I find that interesting. My question is, what came first? Speech or spelling? I don’t know about that.

  4. Thank you… Quite an honour! I really like your thoughts on ‘spelling’ and would like to say something witty here but I’m in the process of summing up the financial year and it seems to have killed a few things, including my ability to ‘spell’ 😉

  5. Of course! I totally agree about the Tarot. Same goes for the Lennies. I actually read both the same… Shhhh… don’t tell anyone!

  6. I do follow the Theosophist path, but I too love (worship) Jesus. I am pantheistic, but only worship the Elohim YHWH

  7. But “fuck it” is a solid philosophy. LOL!

    • I’m going to listen to a talk by the author of the Fuck It Way, John C Parkin in May at the MBS fair in London. You should come! Barefoot Doctor will be there too. The talk is titled ‘Happy Hour’ 😀

      • That sounds like fun! My friend David Eccles is a Trenty and my friend Hannah lives in Ludlow. I should save my writer’s pennies for this.

        “The Fuck it Way?” LOL! The word ‘fuck” is percussive. It can carry so many definitions.

  8. It’s going to be AWESOME! I’m going with my Astrologer friend, Helen. Would love to see you there, although I know it’s quite soon and writer’s pennies may not stretch far enough… 😛

    • They don’t… But I’ve got a PLAN! Bwahahaha! I supplement my income with legal work, so it’s totally possible. When’s the date? I’m probably banned from England, anyway. LOL!

  9. They don’t… But I’ve got a PLAN! Bwahahaha! I supplement my income with legal work, so it’s totally possible. When’s the date? I’m probably banned from England, anyway. LOL!

  10. It’s on the 25th of May – a Saturday!

  11. A thought provoking post, no doubt! Mathematics is, in my humble opinion, the language of the universe. The variant expressions of such is fascinating to me. Thank you for giving me something to ponder today. I love it when someone is really, and truly, able to make me think. 🙂

    • Hi, Katherine. I am also examining here the nature of human filtration of maths and it’s language as a communicative backbone. Yes, there is no doubt that mathematics are the language that can universally bridge any gap, but, our sapio-centric biology will still create a barrier against other species, earthly or otherwise. That factor must still “translate” our understanding of mathematical structure to fit their own. So, the “Tower of Babel” is not limited to humans.

  12. Very cool, Mark! By the way, you’ve been mentioned in my new post: Join the YA Revolution!

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