You can use writing to heal your life.
Take that in.
Words have the power to connect, to transform and to shift. Words can form movements, and transform fear into faith. And no one knows that better than my friend Mark Miljons-Rostoks!
I knew there was something special about Mark before I even met him. Years ago, he came to one of my lectures in Melbourne, and I saw him sitting in the front row. I didn’t just see him: I felt him. His energy radiated like a bright light!
Mark remembers that I kept looking directly at him as I spoke that evening. And he’s right: I literally saw a gorgeous orb hovering above his head, and I couldn’t look away. I knew I had to meet this glowing man.
Writing Is a Healing Tool
Mark and I connected after the talk that evening, and we’ve been pen pals and friends ever since. Mark is a true light, and a light worker whose chosen medium is words.
He’s been a continual source of inspiration for me, and he’s about to inspire the world.
I could not be more proud of my friend. Mark recently released his first book, a memoir called Bursting Bubbles … and the story of how it came to be is nothing short of miraculous!
I really wanted you to meet Mark, so that you can bask in his light too. Mark agreed to share some words about his writing process, how he’s used writing to heal … and how he’s overcome incredible obstacles to practice his art.
As Mark says below: “I can’t move a single muscle from the neck down (not even a fingertip), which obviously makes it pretty bloody hard to type.”
But, type he did. Check out Mark’s beautiful memoir:
Soak in Mark’s inspiring story below, and keep a journal handy: After you finish reading Mark’s words, I want you to write down any feelings or thoughts that wash over you. Reading stories like Mark’s can ignite divine inspiration in you, so take the opportunity to do some writing of your own. You, too, can use writing to heal!
Now, without further ado, here’s a lesson in wisdom, hope and writing from my golden light Mark.
Thank God I can write; it keeps me sane. I can’t move a single muscle from the neck down (not even a fingertip), which obviously makes it pretty bloody hard to type. So, I use this technology called SmartNav. Now essentially, this is a hands-free computer mouse system that has two parts: a sensor on some glasses and one on top of the computer monitor, and both talk to each other wirelessly.
When this device is in operation, I simply move my head in millimeters (it’s super-sensitive), and it moves the mouse on the screen.
I move my head left, and the mouse follows suit. Then to click, I simply hover on one spot for two seconds. And to type, I use this same hover and click system with a standard on-screen keyboard, which can be a pretty slow process. Still, I am very grateful and feel quite lucky that such a device is available to me.
“I Find Peace in Writing”
My mum was a writer, and I’ve inherited the skill from her. Also, there’s this whole other kooky side to it too, which I think is best to highlight through this extract from my book:
Apart from enjoying writing myself, it’s how I connect with my mum (who tragically passed away several years back). Weird stuff, I know. When I write, it’s like she’s around. I think that’s why I find peace in it. Hence, writing is a bit of a necessity for me. Not only is it how I clarify my thoughts, but it’s just part of who I am.
“Writing Was My Healing Journey”
When I first started writing Bursting Bubbles, never in my wildest dreams did I believe that my “vent fest” might become a book. Specifically, I had a crack at the personal writing challenge of writing 500 words five days a week (for two months), and this out-letting was purely for my mental health and to get some stuff off my chest. I needed to burst some of my own bubbles. [Blogging] was my healing journey that magically evolved into something that I am very proud of today.
You see, talking about evolution, a two-month writing challenge turned into eight months (I was enjoying it), strangely a thread and narrative was starting to form, and then at the end I put it all together and had a book. Boom. You can thank Gabby for that, she was the one who really sold me on the idea.
“I Have Talents and Gifts That Need Sharing With the World”
I’m driven, curious and love varied experiences. And my life philosophy… make the most of what you’ve got. I mean, even as a quadriplegic, I have talents and gifts that need sharing with the world. Or better put, we all have limitations in one way or another. Just don’t let these stop you from living your best life. All it takes is a little creativity.
In general, I tend not to divulge a lot about my plans and dreams. I’m a humble, quiet achiever. But for this, well, I’m currently working on a series of autobiographical books – I just found it too hard to squeeze a twenty-year struggle with disability and adversity into one book. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to publish this by the end of 2022. Fingers crossed. But until then, Bursting Bubbles is kinda like the cliff notes and an introduction to getting my story out there, and slowly I’m working out how to market it. Man, this is a whole new world to me, but it’s all pretty exciting! Thanks for reading.
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