“I am a writer.”
Is that hard for you to say out loud?
If so, and if you know that you are in fact a writer but just struggle to claim it, then let's talk about your chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel” (and is pronounced chah-kruh), and it's used in yogic philosophy to describe one of seven main energy centers of the body.
Specifically, let's talk about your solar plexus chakra—which is called “manipura,” in case you were wondering. Manipura is the seat of our personal power and our core self. It makes sense, then, that it is from this chakra that our identity radiates into the world.
If you cringe at calling yourself a “writer” and resist accepting it as part of your identity, here are a few exercises to help you connect with your solar plexus chakra and own your writerly title.
1. Claim Your Identity
“I am a writer.” Say it out loud while looking into the mirror (even better if you say this while making eye contact with yourself). Write it down literally a hundred times. Print business cards with Your Name, Writer. Introduce yourself as a writer. Start a website for your writing and don’t use a pen name. Does the mere thought of doing any of these turn your stomach? Good, keep reading!
2. Write from Your Core
As a writer, you know that not all writing is meant for public consumption. Some writing is intended only for personal exploration (such as the Morning Pages suggested by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way). This exercise is just such writing, and is meant to help you cultivate self-awareness around what may be holding you back from identifying as a writer.
First, sit down with a pen and a piece of paper. This works best if you're physically writing rather than typing. Now take five full, deep breaths. Try to make the inhales and exhales equal lengths. Then bring your awareness to the center of your body, right at your sternum. In your mind’s eye, see a swirling golden sphere there. Imagine yourself picking up this golden sphere. Feel the cool weight of it in your hands. Now see yourself writing on it “I am a writer” in indelible ink. Place the sphere back at your sternum, feeling it click back into place. Open your eyes and write “I am a writer” on the piece of paper in front of you. Next, write down anything that comes to mind: objections, affirmations, your grocery list, your favorite movie line, whatever. Just keep writing until your mind empties. On a fresh piece of paper, write “I am a writer” again. Wait for any thoughts to arise in your mind. If they come, write them down. Repeat this until writing “I am a writer” feels natural and is not met with a stream of mind chatter about “what it means.” …It just is!
3. Write for 15 Minutes Each Day
It’s easier to call yourself a writer if you're writing regularly. Don't make it a thing. Sit down, maybe with your morning coffee or before your evening walk, and write for just 15 minutes. Set a timer if you'd like. Manipura is also the chakra related to self-discipline. When you can connect your writing discipline to your writer identity, you will feel more in alignment and feel less anxiety around calling yourself a writer.
If you're still feeling stuck, check out A Walk Between Heaven and Earth, The True Secret of Writing, Writing Begins with Breath, or schedule a consultation session with DeVore Editorial for more inspiration.