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How to Develop a Ready Mind -- Part 1 (Acts 17:11)
Written by Freelance Writer and Author, William Ballard
(Author of: The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith)
Acts 17:11 (KJV)
11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
I am excited about this current series and even more stoked to be sharing today's post!
How does a writer develop a ready mind? And what does it mean to have a ready mind? These are some of the points we will be covering today, plus so much more.
Our minds are one of the most fascinating creations that God ever designed. The mind (your mind) is truly divinely crafted by the hands of God. And the only way to develop a ready mind is to place it back into the hands of the one who crafted and designed it. The one who knows it inside and out.
How does a writer develop a ready mind?
What does it mean to have a ready mind as a writer? The only way I know to answer this question is by saying this: A writer's mind is the bridge between what is seen and what is unseen.
In Hebrews 11:1-3 it reads:
Hebrews 11:1-3 (KJV)
1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2) For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
We talked about faith in the first article of this series and I am mentioning it again here because it is one the most important subjects to understand when it comes to knowing, understanding, and managing the power of the mind.
When I say that a writer's mind is the bridge between what is seen and unseen, what I am trying to get across to you is that our mind is created or divided into two parts: 1) the conscious mind and 2) the subconscious mind.
Conscious mind (or the Practical Mind)
The conscious mind gains information, insight, and knowledge from the physical world as we see it through our physical eyes. We gather that information from our five senses, 1) sight, 2) touch, 3) smell, 4) taste, and 5) hearing.
What we see with our physical eyes does not require the same measure of faith as what "see" through our spiritual and imaginative eyes.
The information we gain from our conscious mind brings forth knowledge but what we gain from our subconscious mind or spiritual mind brings forth wisdom.
It is important note that the conscious mind contains the matters of our intellectual nature.
Subconscious mind (or the Spiritual Mind)
The subconscious mind gains information, insight, revelation, and wisdom from that of the nonphysical world. Some may call this "world" a spiritual world or the world of imagination. We can see from Hebrews 11: 3 how both these worlds were framed (crafted and designed) by the Word of God.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
It is important to also note that the subconscious mind contains the matters of the heart such as feelings and emotions.
Your Mind is One of Your Greatest Assets
Because we have these two parts to our minds that makes are mind one of the greatest assets we have as human begins.
One thing that you must understand is this: not one thing that has ever been made in the physical world, meaning that which we can see, touch, taste, hear, or smell was first made manifested in the subconscious (or spiritual) part of the mind.
And that goes for what God created as well. Everything was created by the Word of God. He spoke and things were brought into existence. But before those things became physical or manifested in the natural realms, they were first made manifested in the heart and mind of God.
God made us to be able to have that same ability with the minds He gave each and everyone of us. God wanted us to be creators just like Him, but, of course, He wants us to give Him the glory for what is created. I mean, He is worthy of that credit and honor because He gave us this gift (the mind) of great creative ability.
What does this have to do with having a ready mind as a writer? Well...the answer to that question is, it has everything to do with it. You must understand that you are human being that has been made into three parts: 1) Mind, 2) Body, and 3) Soul. Two of those three parts are spiritual and only one of those three are natural or flesh (physical).
Your Mind is the Bridge Between the Imaginative World and the Physical World
When we say, "have a ready mind", what I am saying, in essence, is to have a mind that is ready to receive insight, revelation, and wisdom from God. To be able look through the eyes of faith what He has for you to grab a hold of and become passionate about those things and share them with the world.
Now, these principles apply to anyone and everyone. Depending on what God has made you and called you to be, you can use these concepts and truths to bring forth that, which He plants inside your heart and mind, to the physical realm. Whether that is through art, speaking, writing or what have you.
Everything starts in the mind and heart of God, and when we open our hearts and minds to what He has for us, He becomes a ready farmer, ready to plant new ideas, new revelations, new concepts, new inventions, and new artwork in the spiritual side of our mind.
Once it is planted in the spiritual or subconscious side of our mind it then becomes rooted in our heart and soul which grabs a hold of passion and desire. When it does this, it can't help but break surface into the conscious side of our minds, which then, we begin to bring that which was once in the spiritual realm to the physical realm.
(Note to the Reader: I talk a lot more about the process of this miracle in my book, The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith. I highly encourage you to get a copy today so that you can take this concept of, How to Develop a Ready Mind to a whole new level.)
How to Develop a Spiritual and Intellectual Ready Mind
Here are your action steps for this weeks article:
1) Start today to make reading the Word of God part of your daily habits. The only way to develop faith is by hearing the Word of God and you must fall in love with it. We will be talking more about faith as we go through this series, but developing and growing in faith is just as (if not more) important as developing a lively and powerful imagination. In my opinion, both go together and are necessary for any writer to be successful.
2) I highly recommend you get your hands on my latest book, The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith. If you really want to take the concept of this series to a whole new level, then I encourage you to invest in your writing life by getting a copy.
3) Start following the Rule of 5 for Writer's series at my Becoming an Author Blog. In this series we have already covered rules 1, 2, and 3 which are Reading, Writing, and Thinking. The food you get from the Word of God will feed your spiritual mind and the food you get from both these blog series will feed your conscious and intellectual mind.
Now Over to You...
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About the Author
William Ballard is the proud author of, "The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.