When There is Nothing to Say

Every Monday I write a new post on this site. Something I’ve never written before – and hopefully something I’ve never thought before. On Thursday another post goes up, which is an excerpt from a book or something previously published.

For this week, I got ready to write my post, and discovered I had nothing to say. Usually I just tune in, and there’s a message there, like a fax from beyond. But this week, no fax. The in-box was empty.  Now what to do? I’ve told everybody I work with that I publish every week. I have a commitment to it. I have readers who get used to expecting something from me every week.  Thousands of them.  And I’ve got nothing to say.

Disaster.

You know, my favorite aspect of working with awakening coaching is to support people in their creativity. I love to help people bring forth the unique gifts they were born to give to the world – whether as a song, or in writing, or as a movie script, or a new product or company or a painting. The greatest obstacle people report to me is the feeling of “I’ve got nothing to say. It’s all been said before, better than I could say it.  I have nothing original to add. There is no fax. The in-box is empty.”

I have lived with this feeling as a daily visitor for several decades, and in the meantime I’ve managed to write several books, create many training programs and on-line courses. This is because I’ve developed all sorts of tricks and tools to bypass the “there is nothing to say” thought and allow the gift to be given anyway.  It is through using tools like this that I can help people bring forth the gift that is waiting to be given inside of them too.

Many years ago when I was only about 18, I hitchhiked with a friend of mine from England to Florence, in Italy. We went to visit the Galleria dell’Accademia. Besides the David, this building also houses half finished sculptures, also by Michelangelo.  

They are extraordinary. The figures are trying to bust out of the marble, freeing themselves from years of imprisonment.   Michelangelo wrote in a letter to one of his contemporaries “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” In just the same way, I feel like the gifts we were born to give are already perfectly contained within us. We just have to remove the unnecessary clutter to bring them forth.

You see? I had nothing to say today.  I started to talk about what it is like to have nothing to say, and I have ended up saying this.  It might, hopefully, be quite useful to you to contemplate that perhaps you have a unique gift to offer, trapped in stone and waiting to be set free.  My unique gift is helping people to tap into the wellspring of their own unique creativity.   If you’d like to work with me in awakening coaching in this way you can fill out an application form.

This Thursday, October 18 I am going to offer a free tele-seminar at 6 PM Pacific time. It is called The Creative Spark.  I’m going to share with you the 5 most useful tips and tools to tap into and bring forth the creative genius inside of you.

You Can Register Here

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5 Responses to “When There is Nothing to Say”

  1. Silvia October 18, 2012 at 11:22 am // Reply

    Thanks again and again nothing left to say is all well
    My eyes just fell on a crying statue while browsing on facebook
    Have you ever seen the rain? Drops sparkling eyes!

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  2. Signe Weiss October 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm // Reply

    I think it´s human to sometimes not have anything to say. Why is that that we have to say things all the time. Produce. Become, Do. Sometimes it´s maybe better not to – and embrace the feeling. I love sitting quiet with a friend. But it seldom happens.

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    • arjunaardagh October 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm // Reply

      Yes, Signe, you are right.
      There are often times when it is beautiful to be quiet and still
      I spend many hours per day in this way, and I am sure that you do too
      I work often with creative people who need support to bring forth their gift, out of that silence
      thanks for the feedback.
      aa

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  3. Lumi October 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm // Reply

    I also think that sometimes, when you really feel that the inbox is empty, there is a reason for it. Maybe it’s time to remain silent. Maybe it’s time to tell your subscribers that “today I have nothing to say… see you next week!”
    The ones that love and are faithful to the fact that you will offer something the next time, the ones that will understand fully that you are just being authentic and true to yourself and the others, they will wait for your next post, even more than before…. We love you, Arjuna, and we thank you for being YOU!

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    • arjunaardagh October 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm // Reply

      Yes Lumi
      thanks for this.
      Often this is true, that it is simple time to be still

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