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Tinker Lindsay Tinker Lindsay author. script consultant. wild imaginer.

Tinker Lindsay is an author, screenwriter, script consultant, and conceptual editor who's written screenplays for major Hollywood studios and co-written a "mindful mystery" with Gay Hendricks. [www.dharmadetective.com]

My vocation is writing. Only with an open heart can I write and respond to others’ writing (not to mention love and live) at my best. Only then can my intuition act like a creative dowser as I pass it over written words and feel a pull into those places where there’s the most power and truth.

I was born with the skinless heart, über-sensitivity, and wild imagination of a writer. To survive childhood, I built a protective shell around my heart, which calcified throughout young adulthood and on into marriage and parenthood. In 1999, after that same heart was broken (open) by divorce, my children announced, in the kitchen, on Thanksgiving morning, that I was completely disconnected from reality, myself, and them.

I’d acquired so many and such varied tools for keeping safe – busy-ness, perfectionism, an eating disorder, Chardonnay, even my long-term daily meditation practice — but those protective measures had also cut me off. Even so, I was shocked! Me? Disconnected? They might as well have told me I was a Martian. That was my turning point. I could either stay safe or dare to change. Within a week, I’d started therapy.  

Four years into my Tinker-reclamation project, I sequestered myself with a journal for a three-day retreat, to confront a lifelong fear of actually manifesting my desire to write professionally. I wrestled, wrote, meditated, cried, wrote some more. Surrendered. Opened my heart to answers.

Finally, my higher power – that patient, quiet spirit inside – let me know that sensitivity, a skinless heart, and an unfettered imagination are a writer’s greatest assets. I could use all my experiences – painful, joyful, sweet, and bittersweet – to communicate hope and transformation to others. Once I clarified this mission, the writing took care of itself.

We’re often too harsh with ourselves. We’ve internalized a hall-monitor-from-hell who blows the whistle at any tiny infraction, preventing us from hearing the whispers of the heart. When I get too busy, tired, or other-directed, what soon sets me straight are a good night’s sleep, a long walk, and – most of all – setting aside time alone to talk with my heart, sweetly and gently.

When we’re willing to stay open, every day is full of new shifts and understandings. So treat your heart like a baby bird, with gentle attentiveness. Nothing is stronger than exquisite vulnerability.

– Tinker Lindsay

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