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chefkeem
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on 08/13/2013

Wizzley author, Marelisa Fabrega, today posted 30 Pearls Of Wisdom By Eckhart Tolle on her blog.

Pearl #8 sounds like the best-ever advice for online authors:

Become a participant in the play of form by creating without self-seeking; when you create without self-seeking, you’ll create beautifully. However, when you create and there’s self-seeking in it—when you tell yourself “I need”, “I want”, or “I must have”–, then you infuse the creative energy that is flowing through you with negativity. 

Whatcha think about that?


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frugalrvers
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on 08/13/2013

Hi Chefkeem!

Thanks so much for the great link! I loved every single point on there. Jim and I have a small, daily meditation book with similar reminders to start our day, but I'm printing this article off and hanging it somewhere.

I think it is 100% true, but would add another part.

When we are creative only for the intent of needing/wanting something (self seeking), it is a negative feeling on the inside. But it is also negative for those looking at your "art." People can feel art that is created from the heart/mind/spirit...something beautiful created to share with others. Many people can ALSO tell when an author (or any type of creator of anything) is doing it solely for him or herself. There's no true connection with those admiring his/her work, because their words or whatever ring so hollow.

Our society measures success by dollars - if you're making a fortune, you are to be admired.

In my experience, it is those with all of that success that are the least happy. There is never "enough" and there is no time for living...just getting more, more, more. If you're creating for solely personal gain, the bank account may be full, but the spirit is likely on empty.

 


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chefkeem
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on 08/13/2013

Great insights, Robin.  Smile

Perhaps another twist:

If you create without self-seeking, people will flock to you, and your needs will be met.

It's a universal law: As you give - you shall receive. But you gotta give first. 100%. No sneaky thinking about receiving.


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
frugalrvers
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on 08/13/2013

Yes, Yes, YES!

Brilliant Chefy!

Jim and I completely believe that people give off positive energy and negative energy...and that we are naturally drawn into (or flock to) those that give off purity, passion, honesty.

Some in the online writing world might think "but what about the keywords? the formula? etc" - but I'm beginning to learn now that I've stepped back that, when you aren't chasing the formula, likes and tweets, that you can actually be more creative and think outside of the box once you recognize you are currently in the box and self seeking.

Heck...so many social media crazes are for personal gain! Either to spread the word about your stuff or, I read recently that people talked about how we need to feel popular...we have the illusion everyone wants to know what we ate for breakfast on twitter, etc. So see? Even social media is for personal gain, not to be social with mankind!

You're right...you can't "trick" yourself into thinking you aren't interested in the receiving...it doesn't work...and the universe knows!

 


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chefkeem
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on 08/13/2013

Keywords are often misunderstood as some kind of "dirty trick" to get better traffic and rankings. They're not.

Keyword-optimized content - meanwhile, one word or phrase in the title is enough - simply gives the search engines a hint of what the article is about. Then, the algorithm evaluates the content for quality and originality.

If I write a heart-felt piece about the homeless, there'll probably be the word 'homeless' in the title - the naturally-occurring keyword. Is all. No tricks necessary.


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
frugalrvers
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on 08/13/2013

Oh gosh...what a goof I am...

I completely didn't mean that keywords are bad! I just gave a crappy sentence and now, reading it again, I can see why it sounded like I implied that. I use keywords! They are not dirty!

What I meant, when I tacked on the word formulas after that, are those who write AFTER the fact...they hunt keywords, they hunt formulas for success, then try to find the "passion" based on the system, instead of the other way around. They may not give a darn about a yellow gadget, but the keywords show they will get what they "need, want, must have" if they just write about the dang thing.

Sorry for the confusion!


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teddletonmr
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on 08/14/2013

Thanks for the helpful tips on the proper use of keywords.

Be will all, Mike  


Make it a great day, teddletonmr
KathleenDuffy
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on 08/14/2013

I believe this too.  Not only that - I would get very bored with merely 'self-seeking'.  Thanks for this. xx


Kathleen
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