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Writing Therapy: Using Writing for Self-Healing and Transformation

Updated on May 29, 2013

“All healing is first a healing of the heart.” ~Carl Townsend

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” ~Buddha

Beautiful stream at the Huntington Library.
Beautiful stream at the Huntington Library. | Source

Let the Transformation Begin

I am sure that you are aware of the fact that writing is a form of communication. In fact, this communication usually takes place between the writer and the reader; however, this can also take place between the writer and a Higher Power. Personally, I often receive insights in my writing. Sometimes I am not aware of this until many years later. For example, my first poem that I ever wrote, “The River,” explains our eternal nature, as well as the infinite nature of the Universe. I wrote this poem in 1987. To put this into perspective: My spiritual awakening happened almost a decade later, not at the time of writing.

The poem was inspired by watching a video that featured the late Leo Buscaglia. He was commonly referred to as Dr Love. He traveled the world sharing his messages of love. I know that Leo’s incredible work was one of the stepping stones to my awakening.

There are so many beautiful teachers in the world. We just have to know where to look.

We are told by many great spiritual traditions to “ask and the answer will be given.” Yet a great many forget about this marvelous truth. I want to remind you that you are surrounded by Loving Beings that are here to assist you when called upon.

Your writing can unlock doors and open your eyes to new ways of thinking.

We know that writing can be used for certain purposes, such as to entertain, educate, inspire, and empower, but it can also be used for transformation. For example, writing can be used for self-healing. We could also use it to heal others and the world. In addition, writing can also be used to accomplish goals and dreams. I am quite sure that you can think of other purposes. The sky is not the limit.

You are blessed with a brilliant imagination.

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Native American Statue at Cabot's Adobe Museum. | Source

How Does It Work

This form of writing is different in that the focus is on you. We are interested in bringing about self-healing and transformation. I remembered listening to a lecture by Jack Kornfield.

He said that “spirituality is about self-acceptance.”

The wise philosophers of the ancient past tell us to “know thyself.” I agree with both of these wise words of wisdom, but I also think it is equally important to love yourself. After all, the first relationship should be with yourself. If you cannot love yourself unconditionally, then how can you expect to love another unconditionally. I know of people that do not like themselves. They hate spending time by themselves.

My Health Science instructor at the community college told the students about the importance of hanging out with oneself. I love spending time with others, but I also enjoy spending time alone. It is wonderful to get to know myself. I enjoy connecting with my Soul.

A beautiful analogy that you can use to help you understand how to use Writing Therapy is to think of a young child that has scrapped his knee. He runs to his mother who happily cleans, dresses, and kisses the wound. The mom doesn’t yell or beat the child. Instead, the mom demonstrates the unconditional love that exists in all of us.

And this is the type of healing that I would like you to give to yourself!

This might be a little difficult for some. Our society likes to fight everything. We are at war with everything, including ourselves. We think that we will get rid of war with more war. If we are dealing with an illness or disease, we are taught that we must fight and conquer it. Check out these powerful words by Albert Einstein:

“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”

Now, what happens if we apply the “mom kissing the wound” philosophy instead of the “conquer and destroy” mentality? We would see a transformation in our being. We would see our world transformed. We would finally understand what spiritual teachers have been saying for thousands of years.


The Healing Light

Can you imagine every cell in your body bathed in the healing light of pure unconditional love?

What does perfect health look like? Can you feel the unconditional love that radiates from your heart center?

This love is the true you.

Send love, compassion, and forgiveness to the parts of you that need healing. Give thanks for this healing.

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Different Forms of Writing

There are many different forms of writing that are available for your choosing: A Letter, a short story, a poem, a play, positive affirmations, journal writing, as well as guided meditations.

Pick the form of writing that you resonate with. After all, this Writing Therapy is all about you. It is your chance to reconnect with yourself. It is your time to demonstrate unconditional love, compassion, and forgiveness to the parts of you that need healing.

Transformational Bridge Meditation - Terry Fatland


I strongly recommend that you do some type of meditation or relaxation exercise before conducting the Writing Therapy. If you try to write while feeling stressed or agitated, the exercise will probably not be very effective. When you meditate, it relaxes the mind and body, allowing the Ego to get out of the way. You may also want to check out "Theta eBook."

There are also other great exercises and techniques to bring about relaxation that I have not mentioned. Do your research and you will be surprised.

This article was written with love.

Peace, Love, and Light,



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    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      d.william, I am glad to hear that this hub lifted your spirit. It brings me great joy to hear that. It is my intention to make a positive difference in the world.

    • d.william profile image


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub. You have the ability to uplift someone's spirit when feeling down. This is a great gift to be able to share with the world.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Marie, thank you very much for the kind words. I think writing to express your feelings, as well as to receive Higher Guidance are both excellent ideas. It is amazing that the simple act of expressing our feelings with awareness can release them. There are many things that we unconsciously hold onto. That is wonderful that writing poetry helped you out as a teenager. It helped me out as well.

      Thanks for voting this up, beautiful, and awesome. :)

    • VioletSun profile image


      6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Terry, I had a few relaxing moments in the late evening, and ventured into this hub. You write with deep wisdom, and I am soooo grateful! The only writing therapy I tried was writing poetry when I was a teenager and it helped me tremendously. I called it my healing balm. However, as an adult, I haven't really tried this, and I have been wondering how it works and I was led to your hub! :) I am still healing from the sudden deafness in April, and I have to keep a high focus so I do not fall into struggle and block my healing. I want to use writing to assist in my healing so I wonder if I should write to express my feelings or to receive Higher Guidance.

      Voted up! Beautiful and awesome. :)

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Denise, that's great to hear that you know Marie as well. It seems that we are all being drawn together. I am looking forward in checking out your hubs.

      I also appreciate all the connections on HP and FB. It makes my heart sing to witness this positive loving energy.

      I want to wish you the best in getting your website started.

      You're welcome, Denise. It is my pleasure to help.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I know Marie, Terry. I agree-another beautiful soul whose light radiates with her work. She and I have many common spiritual links. I have several hubs here related to my spiritual path.

      I will take into consideration your feedback and it was helpful for me to know that it took many months to design your website. That gives me a perspective of the time line,so I won't be discouraged.

      I appreciate the connections that I make here on HP and on FB and yes, promoting and supporting only makes room for more. Thanks for your feedback. :)

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Denise, thank you very much for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it. That's very cool that you found my website and hubpage link from Michelle's facebook page. I love Michelle's work. Her positive and uplifting messages are lifechanging. I was referred to her by Marie(Love Is The Answer). Marie is a beautiful soul as well. I am greatly inspired by the messages of love that these two contribute to the world.

      That's awesome that you have a blog. I will definitely check it out. It is all about helping one another out. It is absolutely amazing that when you share other people's work that others feel compelled to share yours. I have noticed this a lot on facebook.

      That's cool that you want to create a website. I would either take a class, or find someone to design it for you. I used WebEasy to put my site together. It is very time consuming. It took me over a year to build it.

      Thanks for voting this hub up and across. It's great to find another person that works with spirituality and healing. :)

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is beautiful, Terry. I followed the links from Michelle S's Facebook page to your website to here. Thanks for sharing. I'm so intrigued by your website. I have a blog: aheartofawarrior, however, it is really not going anywhere. Like you, I work with spirituality and healing. I am hoping to create something similar, (not exact, of course), to what you are presenting in your website, but am unsure of how to establish it. Would you suggest I take a web design class?

      Wonderful hub-voted up and across (minus funny)

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you samtebbutt. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. It's great to see that you see the healing power of "art and words" too. It is absolutely amazing on how powerful these two things can be to our lives.

      I greatly appreciate you voting this hub up. Thanks for stopping by.

    • samtebbutt profile image


      6 years ago from Ireland

      Really enjoyed reading this. Really believe in art and words as being great healers within self, such expression can open inner dialouge to problemsolve, voted up!

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      You are too kind Tenkay. I am blushing. I greatly appreciate your kind words.

      It sounds like your best friend was very wise. Meditation and nature are gifts to the Self. I am truly glad that you can see the benefits of Writing Therapy. I am honored to share what I know with others. Take care. And thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

    • TENKAY profile image


      6 years ago from Philippines

      My best friend for almost two decades was my first mentor on self healing using meditation and positive energy from nature. I am learning from you, another God's sent angel, on another form of healing, which is writing therapy.

      thank you very much.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Eddy. I greatly appreciate the kind words. It brings me great joy to be of service to others.

      I am glad to hear that writing has helped you. That's wonderful!

      I can relate to your third statement. It has helped me connect to my inner spirit as well. Writing has also help me feel connected to life. I love connecting with nature. She is a great teacher.

      Thank you for stopping. Take care.


    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Tebo. Thank you for the kind comment. I would give writing a chance. You never know what treasures you might find in your own writing.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      What a brilliant hub and I am sure many will benefit from.

      I have used writing as a therapy and it has led me to a place of fulfillment and happiness.

      Also it has taught me how well I am in tune to my inner spirit.

      Take care and I look forward to reading to many more by you.


    • tebo profile image


      6 years ago from New Zealand

      i agree with the other comments. Truly inspirational and on occasion I have tried the writing thing but have not stuck with it long enough to see any result. I shall try again. Thanks for reminding me.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      You are welcome Feline Prophet. Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad my hub inspired you. :)

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you mljdgulley354. Your uncle was very wise. Your first relationship begins with yourself.

      Well said. Those that do not want to accept personal responsibility for their well-being will not understand that the tools to heal themselves exists within.

      Thanks for sharing your insights with us.

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      Feline Prophet 

      6 years ago

      This is my inspiring hub for the day! Thanks, Terry! :)

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a beautiful hub. When my children were growing up I would tell them "if you can't get along with yourself, you won't be able to get along with anyone else." These words I learned from a very wise uncle as he was watching my oldest daughter fight with her little wagon. I have found the approach to healing is not for those who like to be sick whether it be physical, spiritual or mental.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi My Nurse Says. Writing has also brought me closer to God. I use to believe that God was separate from us, but many years of writing changed that thought. I understood that God is not separate from us. I also realized this truth when connecting with nature. As Jesus has said, "the Kingdom of God is inside you and all around you."

      Writing has also taught me to be more open minded and understanding. I love learning about other cultures. I'm always fascinated when I hear someone speak with an accent. My wife and I love traveling, trying foods from different countries, listening to music from different countries, as well as hearing about their country. It was absolutely beautiful to learn about Nepal from Vanaya Ghimire.

      I strongly agree that writing is powerful therapy. By bringing healing to yourself, you are making the world a better place.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi GoGreen Tips. I'm glad that writing was a powerful force of healing in your life. Music, books, writing, and nature were, and still are, the forces that bring healing and transformation in my life.

      Like you, I'm new to writing for others. I joined Hub Pages two years ago. I strongly believe we are here to share with others. This may be in the form of love, joy, kindness, compassion, words, and so on.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Becky. I agree that forgiveness is very freeing. It takes a lot of courage to look at yourself in the mirror and say "I forgive you. I accept you. I love you." However, it is beautiful if you can see yourself smile while saying these words.

      I will have to check out Sunnie Day and Hyphenbird. Thanks for sharing that with us.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Fennelseed. You are welcome. It brings me great pleasure to share my insights with others.

      As you have said, writing has been a powerful force of healing in my life. It's wonderful that it has brought healing to you as well. I'm glad that you found your son and yourself. I re-discovered myself through my writing.

      I find it incredible that the very act of writing can open people's eyes. It has opened my eyes.

      Thanks, Fennelseed, for sharing your thoughts with us.

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      My Nurse Says 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      It's quite true.. writing has also been a great way for me to get closer to God and understand myself and His ways... It somehow allows me to be open-minded and more understanding... I do advise it as a way of personal therapy... aiming for the betterment of oneself...

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      Greg Johnson 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis

      Really great hub! I agree totally. I started writing many years ago, just to bring some form of peace to my mind that hurt for so many years. It offered a therapy that helped uncover feelings and thoughts that brought unhappiness and disruptions to my mind.

      Only recently have I started writing for others. Even as I write for others I get a deep personal satisfaction that I get nowhere else.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Forgiveness is one of the most freeing method of Christian love. Forgiving others s easier than forgiving ourselves. Sunnie Day and Hyphenbird have both recently written hubs on forgiving. This is very good. I think you would enjoy theirs.

    • Fennelseed profile image

      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I have found so much truth in your words here as I have travelled a path of awakening over the last 12 months. I started writing as a release for deep grief. I wrote quite profusely and the words of pain flowed as if I was only a conduit. I was looking for my son - I found him and myself.

      What you speak of here I can attest to as my writing has "opened my eyes to new ways of thinking".

      Your hub is written with a great deal of insight. It is wonderful work that you do, Terry and I thank you.


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