WRITING TIP: Speak for what is mute

freewritingThere are parts of us — and of the human collective — that have been voiceless. We have to listen deeply to encourage those voiceless parts to speak. Only our open receptivity, our patience and generosity will call these gems out of hiding. To hear what hasn’t been heard before — the quiet intuitions and impressions, so hard to put into words and such a relief to find articulated — this is where real hope lies, both personally and collectively. In his book, The Gift, Lewis Hyde put it this way: “The intellect can speak — it can describe the known world, it can draw logical conclusions. But it can’t create speech for the mute. It is a gesture of the awakened soul to offer articulation to the speechless content of the self.”