5. Ask lots of open-ended questions. In Writing Down Your Soul, there is extensive information on questions that work and questions that don't.

6. Write fast without editing or judging.

7. Be grateful. Say thank you, because you were heard.

One of the amazing discoveries of deep soul writing is that the more time we spend in theta while writing, the more easily we slip into theta throughout the day. A particularly rich opportunity to experience a natural state of theta is during the semidrowsy moments before you are fully awake. Lie still on the pillow and notice what's happening inside. You can also slip into theta while meditating, praying, driving, walking, and taking a shower—a.k.a., the phone booth to God. (Don't laugh. I get so much information in the shower, I had to find waterproof paper.) For more information on deep soul writing and theta, please visit janetconner.com.

Foundational Truths

I'm not your teacher. I don't have your answers. My saying this may surprise you, but think about it—how could I, when I don't know your soul's purpose? It's possible that the very thing you are wrestling with—and trying so hard to make go away—is exactly what you're here to unravel. So I don't have your answers, and I don't think anyone else does either.

What I do have are powerful processes that help you activate your own innate spiritual intelligence, communicate at the soul level, and find the answers only you can find. Those are the answers that will change your life.

So who are your teachers? Well, for starters, they are you, your soul, and life itself. And then there are our master teachers, the Buddha and Jesus, and the many saints and mystics who reached the highest state of consciousness, called perfection or divine union or Christ consciousness. In the Lotus and the Lily process, we step back in time and stand in their holy footprints for a moment. From there, we can glimpse life as they saw it and allow their profound teachings to enter us—body, mind, and soul.

Here are a few foundational truths of the Lotus and the Lily:

1. The Divine lives in paradox. When you stumble upon a paradox, pay attention. Wrestle with it, and you will learn something about the mysteries of life.

2. Modern science is catching up to what the ancient mystics knew: We are an inseparable whole. Everyone and everything is connected in a verdant sea of information, energy, and potential.

3. When the conscious mind is not operative, information can flow to you from anywhere in the universe.

4. The masters of all traditions perceived the truth and shared it. We are not discovering new truths; we are listening to ancient ones with fresh ears.

5. Answers fill us. Questions open us. We don't want answers; we want bigger questions.

6. Intention and gratitude are two essential inseparable waves. They bless everything they touch.

7. You have the power to create, and you have the power to discreate what you have made.

8. You build an abundant life by creating conditions for receptivity, not by wanting.

9. You don't actually want anything. What you want is the freedom the thing represents.

10. The mandala is the perfect symbol of the union of the human and the Divine. It is a three-dimensional hologram that generates a dynamic relationship with all that is.