Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life

Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life

Stories, dynamic meditations, and innovative writing exercises to spark creativity and spiritual awakening

The best writers say their work comes from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? “We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity,” Writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your writing—so your words reveal layers of profound emotional insight and revelation that inspire and move your readers.

Writing calls on us to fully engage our mind’s cognitive powers, while meditation asks us to let go of thinking and storytelling. Though these two practices may seem incompatible, Albert teaches us that they can be powerfully complimentary. With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a journey of growth and discovery—to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation, while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.



“In this gentle, lucid, erudite and compassionate guide, Albert Flynn DeSilver offers the wisdom and warmth of a true friend who has walked the path.  One who reaches out a capable hand and offers it to the new writer, to the struggling writer, and says here, here, let me show you not only how to write, but how to live.

—Dani Shapiro, Bestselling author of Still Writing and Devotion


“This is a wonderful collection of insights, practices, writing exercises, and meditations to help you get words on the page, not just as an accomplishment but as a way to discover who you really are.”

—Susan Piver, Bestselling author of Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation.


“Albert Flynn DeSilver is our funny, wise, and vulnerable tour guide on this magical year-long journey through the soul of writing. I recommend it to seekers who want to tell their stories, writers who want to connect with their deepest truths, and anyone who wants to use words as a path to what lies beyond language.”

—Anne Cushman, author of Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel and Moving Into Meditation


“This book is full of wonderful insights, exercises, and some luscious prose. Lucky for us, Albert Flynn DeSilver learned how to write as he was walking the spiritual path, a quality lacking in so many books on spirituality. This is an original, and a real good read.”

—Wes Nisker, Radio host, commentator, actor, and bestselling author of Essential Crazy Wisdom

Bay Poetics

An Anthology of San Francisco Bay Area Poets, edited by Stephanie Young

Faux Press, Cambridge, MA 2006

“Bay Poetics is a stunning achievement.”

—Ron Silliman

Sometimes in the Open

Poems from California’s Poets Laureate

Sacramento Poetry Center Press, 2009
Featuring poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, U.S. Poet Laurete, Kay Ryan, Al Young, and Albert Flynn DeSilver among others.

Letters to Poets:

Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community. Saturnalia Books, 2008

“This courageous and visionary book enacts and embodies a concrete ‘relational aesthetics’…Don’t miss it!”

—Cornel West

Cloud View Poets

An Anthology: Master Classes with David St. John

“These poems are meditations of passage, and the reader is obliged to read slowly, honoring the lives one meets page after page…nothing less than stunning.”

—David St. John


The Nonexistent Press, 2006

Improvisational sound poems. Cover art by Albert Flynn DeSilver.

A Pond

The Owl Press, 2001

A 2″X2″ mini book-length poem. Cover art by LRSN. Limited Edition.

Time Pieces

The Owl Press, 2001

A memorial poem sequence for my father.

Al & Marian’s Coast to Coast Round Up

The Owl Press, 2000

A collaborative road trip book of poems and drawings from New York to San Francisco.

Cover painting by Marian Cremin. Limited Edition.