Writer's Playshop: Entrainment


It’s no secret that I’m passionate about the ocean. And color. And writing. So when I get a “nudge” to combine all three into one playshop, well, that’s not work—that’s a vacation!


Have you ever seen dolphins at play? They’re champions at having fun. They swim, blow bubbles, whistle to their friends and jump and twirl in the air. The ocean is their playground. Writers have a playground, too. It’s called the imagination.


One of the many things I’ve learned about dolphins is a phenomenon called entrainment


This was explained as the dolphins having the ability to rebalance the brainwaves of humans through a meditative, alpha-like state that produces euphoria. 


When people swim with the dolphins, they often feel happy and blissful, as if they are being propelled by the high vibrational energy of the dolphins. They feel as if their movements are synchronized with the dolphins. 



Visualization

Let’s imagine you are in the water and ready to experience alpha by using one of my favorite joywriting muses—color. It is here—in the creative alpha mind state—where you will feel more joy, more confidence and produce more creative writing. 


Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Picture yourself standing next to a gorgeous, turquoise, Olympic-sized swimming pool. The water has miraculous cleansing and healing properties so it is safe to be here. To enter the pool, there is a rainbow staircase containing seven steps. Each step is further and further into the water. 


The first step you see is Violet. In your mind, remove your shoes and step down onto the Violet step. Inhale the color Violet, exhale, then think or say aloud: “I am a writer. I am always positive that things happen for a reason and will turn out fine. I know everything I need to write." 


Now walk down to the second step, Indigo. Breathe in the color Indigo, exhale, then think or say aloud: "I am a writer. I am always a visionary and inspiring to others. I see everything I need to write." 


Walk down to the fifth step, Blue. Breathe in the color Blue, exhale, then think or say aloud: "I am a writer. I am always an excellent and honest communicator. I speak everything I need to write." 


Walk down to the fourth step, Green. Breathe in the color Green, exhale, then think or say aloud: "I am a writer. I am always healthy and healed. I love everything I need to write." 


Walk down to the third step, Yellow. Breathe in the color Yellow, exhale, then think or say aloud: "I am a writer. I am always learning and worthy of the power of knowledge. I can do everything I need to write." 


Walk down to the sixth step, Orange. Breathe in the color Orange, exhale, then think or say aloud: "I am a writer. I am always feeling good about myself and others. I feel everything I need to write." 


Walk down to the seventh step, Red. Your body is now fully immersed in the water. Breathe in the color Red, exhale, then think or say aloud: "I am a writer. I am always receiving the support I need. I have everything I need to write.”


As if on cue, you hear a whistle and you watch a spinner dolphin jumping above the pool, splashing back into the water and then rising again to do flips and twirls. It is now swimming towards you. 


You laugh and you swim out to meet it. Suddenly you realize that you are no longer swimming, but sort of gliding along it, doing laps around the pool. 


You are giddy with joy and you laugh as you feel tiny butterflies in your stomach and the sense that there is always time to play. This is what you will do with your writing. You will play with your words. You will go with the flow… 


Now clap your hands and open your eyes! You are feeling creative…inspired….and wide awake…ready to write with your whole heart and joy! 


Exercise

So let’s try this entrainment on paper, shall we?  For the next 10 minutes, write about a time when you asked a question of the universe and then was surprised when a synchronistic event answered your question in a positive way. 


Do you remember how you felt at the time—physically, emotionally and mentally? If you can’t recall anything, no problem—just make it up! Don’t let your big bad adult editor get involved here. Don’t think about where you’re going, just go with wherever the energy is taking you. 



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