If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. Martin Luther
Thank you for joining me in week two of my Tools for your Spiritual Journey series. This week is soul writing, also known as journaling.
The tool for week one was meditation. Check out How to Create a Solid Mediation Practice if you missed it. Hands down, soul writing and meditation have been the most powerful tools for my own soul work.
Why do I call it soul writing instead of keeping a journal?
Because for me, the quickest way to discover what my soul truly wants is to start writing. Soul writing has always been my default resource when life has me confused.
As a young teenager I kept a diary. Later in my teen years and through my early twenties, I wrote poetry. In my mid-thirties, when I wanted children and my husband didn’t, I wrote letters to my deceased best friend.
It wasn’t until my forties, when my marriage was coming undone, that I started keeping a journal. My soul writing took off like a rocket!
Writing is the indelible fingerprint of my soul on paper. Michelle L. Buckley
There is no one right way to begin soul writing.
Keeping and maintaining a soul writing practice is a very personal activity. What might feel perfect for one person could feel awkward for someone else.
Almost anything is fair game. You may wish to start by simply recording your thoughts and ideas with a daily entry. Or you could use your journal to release strong emotions you have trouble expressing otherwise.
I have also read about “dump” journaling, where you write very fast and fill the pages with whatever is in your head. The goal here is to clear the clutter from your mind before sleeping or meditation.
My soul likes to write letters, prayers and ask questions. I write letters to God, Universe, Source, whatever you prefer, they are all the same to me.
I write letters to my self, my inner child, my deceased loved ones and to people who are alive and well, but will very likely never get to read what I’ve written.
Expressing gratitude in your journal is a fabulous practice, especially if you can do it daily. Many people keep a separate journal or notebook just for this purpose. I posted my gratitude journal for four weeks last fall.
Soul writing can be more beneficial than talking to your best friend.
When you are soul writing, no opinions matter except your own. You cannot be swayed by someone else’s thoughts on any given subject.
No one is going to judge you for your soul writing. God already knows. The only advice you can expect will be divinely placed on the page.
Write whatever you need to write. There is nothing taboo here. If you can feel it, think it, or wish it, then it is perfectly acceptable and appropriate. No matter what It is.
The more important question is, if you are feeling or thinking something that makes you uncomfortable, why? And where does it stem from? This is what soul writing can help you discover.
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. Natalie Goldberg
How can you get started with your own soul writing?
I’m glad you asked. I have some great suggestions! Just so you know, I am an Amazon affiliate, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase a product though a link in this post.
I consider this a win, win, win, win situation. You get a wonderful product, I get a small commission, Amazon gets their sale and in this case, the author does as well.
First, I am going to recommend a book called Writing down your soul by Janet Conner. Janet originally wanted to call this book Dear God, so you can see why it was exactly what I was looking for.
In this book Janet provides unlimited subjects for your soul writing and she tells her story of transformation as well.
She also introduces affirmations, mirror work and laws of attraction. All tools I will write about in the coming weeks. Her Prayer Sandwich is pure genius and she will guide through every step.
Also available is a companion journal, My soul pages. I used this cute little journal to start my soul writing while reading her book and I really enjoyed it. Janet has inspirational quotes and poems scattered throughout the journal pages. I love this sort of thing, it makes my heart smile.
The only caveat is that I had the journal filled from front to back in less than two months. So you decide what is right for you, all that is really required for soul writing is a notebook.
What if I don’t like to write?
Well, I have you non-writers covered as well. You can also gain access to your true desires through other creative avenues.
Maybe you like to draw or paint. Then I would suggest keeping a sketch journal, even if you don’t believe you have great talent. You do! This is only for you anyway.
I keep a dream journal on my nightstand. This does require some writing, but it is predetermined. Simply jot down what you remember of the previous night’s dreams.
And lastly, I saw this great little journal in the bookstore called Wreck this journal. I love this idea! This is perfect for the non-writer out there who still wants to try keeping a journal.
The author, Keri Smith, encourages journalers to engage in harmless destructive acts such as poking holes in pages, painting the page with coffee (or your favorite beverage) and coloring outside the lines. Creative expression at it’s best.
I keep imagining how satisfying it would be to stab my journal page over and over again, with my pen tip, of course, if I was angry about something. The goal is to allow yourself to feel the feeling or think the thoughts and then release them. I think this would work.
If you would like to read the other posts in this series, I have included links below.
Thank you for reading!