Writing Down your Soul by Janet Conner
There is a Voice inside you. There is a Voice inside everyone. Whether you hear it or not, the Voice is there. Whether you ask it for help or ignore its guidance, the Voice is still there. Waiting. It is waiting for you to stop, if just for a moment, and listen. The Voice is always there, guiding you, encouraging you, loving you.
The Voice is right there, barely below the surface, waiting for you to pick up your pen and penetrate the thin wall of consciousness that keeps you apart.
Deep soul writing doesn’t replace anything; it enriches everything. Writing focuses your attention so clearly on the wisdom within that you cannot help but feel guided and loved.
Make no mistake, the practice of pouring your soul onto paper is profound, and in the way of all things profound, well, it can change your life.
Once you open that door in your soul, you can’t quite close it again. You can’t pretend that you don’t know where the door is or how easy it is to walk through. Once you start engaging in rich, deep conversations with something higher, bigger, deeper, and wiser than yourself, you’ll find yourself contemplating ideas you’ve never considered, saying things you’ve never said, and asking questions you’ve never asked.
Always, there are more questions. Because the answers, as you are about to discover, live deep inside the questions.
The best ideas are scary. We all want safety, but safety, it turns out is a paradox. To feel really safe, you first have to stop out into the unknown, experience the fear, and discover that all is well. I can tell you for ten pages or hours that you are safe and loved, but until you feel it – feel it in the deepest place in your soul – you don’t know it and you certainly don’t believe it.
Christina Baldwin (1990) Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest
Julia Cameron (1992) The Artist’s Way
Sarah ban Breathnach Simple Abundance Journal
Jack Canfield – ‘Most people have their greatest success accessing intuitive information through journal writing. Take any question that you need an answer to and just start writing about it. Write down the answers to your question(s) as quickly as they come to you. You will be amazed at the clarity that can emerge from this process.’
Writing down your soul is certainly profound. It is definitely a spiritual practice, and it is probably the deepest reflection you’ve ever experienced. And your mind is totally engaged, but so are your heart and soul and body.So this kind of writing is a kind of meditation. This kind of written meditation meets you where you are right now, no matter what’s on your mind. It is an intimate personal conversation that can’t be explained or even shared.
Writing down your soul can be an occasional relief valve or an ongoing conversation.
Your journals are sacred. They are a record of your most private conversations with yourself. Plan a place to keep your soul notebook private.
If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just a hair below your conscious awareness, write.
Dr. James W Pennebaker Opening Up: the healing power of expressing emotion
These are the four steps to writing down your soul: 1) Show up, 2) Open up, 3) Listen Up and 4) Follow up.
SHOW UP – showing up marks the first creak of the door into the realm within…while this seems self-evident, if you don’t show up to have the conversation, the conversation won’t take place.
Michele Colt shares that writing is effective because it utilizes three senses: sight, hearing and touch.
the Voice’s favourite language is its only language – the language of truth
There are alot of suggestions on how to write down your soul…but there is no ONE way or RIGHT way. Instead I want you to have confidence to take the plunge and begin writing yourself, for yourself. In the course of writing itself, you will discover your own method, your own rituals, your own process. The key is simply to do it. Show up to HAVE the conversation, Open up and ENGAGE deeply and fully in the moment.
At first your writing might look like a monologue. Its supposed to be like that. you have a lot to say, and writing gives you a safe place to say it. Nothing can happen, until you tell your story. So tell it. But know that, although writing down your soul begins with and springs from the seed of your story, telling your story is not its purpose; receiving wisdom, guidance and grace is.
Spiritual listening, like all spiritual disciplines, gets deeper and richer with practice…at first just listen to the facts of your experience: what happened, who did what, who said what, and what happened next. Listen to how you felt when it all happened and how you feel now about writing it. Listen to your sorrows, joys, frustrations and fears.
As your story reverberates in your mind, you begin to notice details and hear subtle nuances.