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The Value of Cathartic Writing

Updated on February 19, 2012
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The Value of Cathartic Writing

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


Needless to say, if you have read my work you will have realised my penchant for philosophy and understanding the detail of human thought and endeavour. Not just exploring great minds like Jung and Nietzsche have driven me, but also exploring my own mind through introspection and through written expression.

Writing is a cathartic process that by nature exposes subconscious truths that normally would have remained silent. I discovered I write about subjects I need to learn and learn about subjects I had not intended. In other words, my enquiry and the written results are often vastly different in content and I soon concluded that this writing process offered far more that expected.

I have always believed that ‘there can be no question without an answer’ . This truth of balance and opposites is a universal truth, I believe, and it represents the idea that within us are the answers to all our questions. Whether we choose to recognise them is of course another matter. But in the end, we learn what we need to learn when we are ready to hear and understand it, and not before. You can turn blue in the face telling someone the truth, but if they are not ready to hear it, you are wasting your time. In the same way our answers lay dormant within us, until we are ready to accept them.

Exploring written expression to me is a fast-track opportunity to expose many of my subconscious truths and to bring much of my understanding to the surface of my consciousness. How this ensues is part of the creative process. Creativity is an expression of ‘life-force’, the essence of what life is, the spark from which we are all created. This creative stream with which we can connect through expression, allows the exposure of latent knowledge and understanding.

Writing is my chosen expression and through it I have discovered much about myself and have answered many of my questions about my perceptions of life. How I write attests to this process, and it is more about connecting to the creative stream rather than just writing about a subject. In all the arts I have experienced this ability to connect and flow with what resides within me, and it has been a blessing. What results is often a surprise to me and proves over and again that out potential is endless.

Self-expression is a divine act, connecting to a flow of creativity that offers far more than the task undertaken. Writing for me is like breathing; I cannot live without either. To reiterate, what results in my work is both the result of my enquiry and the exposure of my inner truths, my latent understandings. The more I write, the deeper the probe, the more intense and more direct the mark. What I need to know miraculously appears at the end of my pen and full disclosure often takes place long after. But what finds me is what I seek, always.

The power of writing is self-evident and the opportunity to expand one’s understanding of life can be nurtured by this creative process. The catharsis is often far more rewarding than anything expected and can fuel the continued exploration of the human mind through writing.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for your comment and for reading Jean. Glad you agree. I think all the arts offer a similar opportunity, but writing is much more direct and understandable.

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I believe that writing is cathartic too. I also notice that many of my hubs have come into being simply because I was interested about something, researched it, and then wanted to find out more. I get alot of my ideas that way!

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