In The Dream
By Lynne Miller
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Dharma Center Meditation
With The Author
did you decide to write a book?
I read several excerpts from my journals, and those writings
inspired me. They reminded me of the incredible moments that
I experienced with Rama, in fact I felt like I was touching
the truth and energy again. Books like The Way of the Peaceful
Warrior, My Baba and I, and Grist for the
Mill were magical adventures as well as teachers. I felt
inspired to write a book that would tell the story of a teacher
and a student. I decided to use the novel format because I personally
prefer reading that genre.
What did you learn by writing a book?
I learned how to sit at a blank computer screen and get quiet,
and let the muse flow. I learned that different levels of self
surface through the medium of writing, and over the years I
have learned the writing is a reflection of consciousness. As
I read what I have written, and continue to write I am appalled
at my limited vocabulary.
Do you have any suggestions to help others publish
I encourage everyone to take the time to write. Write for yourself.
Write with the understanding that you will open your own doorways
to self discovery. When you feel the shift to write for an audience,
enjoy that new process. You will notice that you will write,
rewrite, and edit again and again as you refine the words that
reflect your awareness. That is the fun part. When you think
you have a product that is ready to publish, I recommend that
you use a self-publishing company. I used Xlibris, but explore
the internet for options. I have heard that the traditional
publishers are only taking established writers. If you choose
to send a manuscript to a traditional publisher through queries
plan on a lot of time to pass and be prepared for rejection.
How do you inspire yourself to write?
I am not sure that I "do" anything. It is always more
fun to write when a wave of creativity floods my mind. I often
force myself to sit and write, even when I don't feel inspired.
Sometimes those forced sessions at the computer render a delicious
entree. Sometimes not. Books about writing have been very helpful.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is excellent. I met a old
Italian painter whose walk is very slow and painful. He is eighty
something, and as I talked to him I was amazed at the way he
brought words together that rarely meet. He told me that he
sits in front of a canvas every day, and has since he was 7
years old. He waits there in front of the blank canvas, without
plans or techniques, and then paints.
Do you have any funny stories about things that happened
while you were writing the book?
I had written about 80 pages of my book, and edited it a time
or two, but it was an infant. My friend Liz of Ramalila, (is
that like Robin of Hood), was in the process of transcribing
Rama's lectures. With only a day's warning, we learned that
Rama was coming to San Diego for his book signing. Twenty-four
hours later I was handing my bound manuscript, and 12 bound
tape transcriptions to Rama. He assured me that he always read
everything that he received. That night at the workshop on the
Bay at Paradise Cove Rama talked about the process of writing
his book. He said he began writing it about two years ago, put
it down, and then it was almost as if the book forced its own
birth. It was as if he had no choice in the decision. I laughed
because he was describing my experience, and it sounded like
we had been writing on the same timetable. It took me another
year or so to complete my book, and by then he had completed
Do you have anything else that you would like to add?
The combination of meditation and writing is powerful magic!