Writing Therapy: Using Writing for Self-Healing and Transformation
“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
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.
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.
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
- Amazon.com: Theta eBook: Bryan Jackson: Kindle Store
Amazon.com: Theta eBook: Bryan Jackson: Kindle Store
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,