Experience the transformational power of guided contemplative writing, at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.
All you need is your journal, pen, a few colored pencils and your device. Each day for 21 days, I’ll lead you through a writing experience that is new, surprising, revealing and liberating. Your own writing will provide brilliant clarity and allow you to rediscover your voice and your true self, and amazingly, to come to accept, embrace and love who you really are, just as you are and honor YOUR authentic path. You have everything within you already, right now as you read this, to be whole, peace-filled, fulfilled, flourishing and at ease. This program will allow you to discover yourself as your own best healer, teacher and wisdom.
There is freedom in clarity!When women hear that I create contemplative writing opportunities, I often hear, “Oh, I want to write but then I sit down and I don’t know where to start” or “I’ve got bunches of journals and they all have about one sentence in them” or “I feel like all I do when I journal is complain.” For a while I dubbed my journal writing “my complainy pages.” Once we’ve free-written for a while, it can sometimes get redundant and not particularly helpful.
Asking the same questions brings up the same answers.
So this is for you if you:
- want to write but are intimidated by the blank page.
- are feeling called to a form of journaling but the idea of open-ended writing fills you with dread or freaks you out or bores you or because you suspect you’ll find yourself writing all the same stuff all over again that you’ve written before or that you’ll just spend the time venting and complaining about stuff.
- have been writing for a long time but find that you always seem to write the same thing and it’s not really getting you anywhere anymore.
- would like to start a morning practice and sit down with the best intentions, only to sit there not knowing what to do with yourself or how to begin, or the junky thoughts of yesterday are rattling around in your mind, not leaving you alone and you don’t know how to get them to go away.
How is this different from journaling?I have been a journaler, a diarist, I suppose is the correct word, forever. What I’ve often found with straight-up, open-ended journaling AND with journaling prompts that come in the form of a question to think about and answer, is that I tend to write the same thing repeatedly and sort of spin myself around in circles not getting anywhere new.
This is why I have been so excited to watch as the concept of guided contemplative writing has taken shape, because I see how the specific techniques exponentially increase the power of our writing.
The format of our guided contemplative writing is designed to trip up your thinking brain, allowing us to write completely new things and make new discoveries. We approach from a stance of curiosity, wonder, non-judgment, allowing. Using timed writings, visualizations, surprising prompts and different writing styles allows us to bypass thinking brain, getting us out of our own way, out from under a lifetime of stories we have been carrying around with us, that we didn’t even know were there.
Thanks to this format, we will be writing new things and making new discoveries. The processing is a vital part of contemplative writing. Just writing something once and then putting it away isn’t going to get you a lot further than you were before you wrote it!
Why do a program? Couldn’t I just write on my own?Absolutely. This is simply a tool to help you get started or help you maintain and complement your own practice. There are a lot of things that I have wanted to try to learn or practice, and I have found that I have been most successful when there has been a specific system or program for me to follow consistently without having to wonder about what to do next. If I have to wonder, that can sometimes be just enough to make my motivation take a nose dive. Having a guide to walk you through the elements that make this program so powerful allows you the freedom to just write rather than being unsure of where to start or repetitively free writing, which doesn’t always serve us as well as it could.
How will this help me?
In our modern lives, “What do you want?” has become a potentially overwhelming question that is fraught with a lot of emotions: guilt, uncertainty, doubt. Some of us answer that question by exclaiming or moaning, “I don’t KNOW what I want. I don’t know how I FEEL. I don’t really know who I am anymore.” I believe that when we peel away the layers, what we really WANT is simply to feel peace. We wish to be free. Free from limiting beliefs, free from a mind that constantly jumps from worry to worry. At the end of the day, I believe what we’re all wishing to feel in our lives is peace. Calm. Comfortable with who we are and our place in this world, and hopeful and excited about our lives; that’s freedom.
I want us to take a gentler approach to growth, to get away from the idea that we must WORK harder all the time or that there is something that must be FIXED. Being able to really see yourself from a more gentle perspective and approach life in a new way by incorporating nourishing practices that allow you to become more fully in balance and more in line with your True Self is what this practice is all about. You will be getting to know Authentic You, you will come to a place where you can easily answer the question, “What do you want?”
We aren’t our self-limiting beliefs or the untruths that have been piled on top of us since we were children. So much of what we think about ourselves or experience in our lives is sort of just a stuck perception of what’s happened that distracts us from the truth and tricks us into thinking that how we perceive it is real, when it’s not. My part is to help you to uncover and dig yourself out from all of those things. Very often we can’t even see what holds us back because we’ve been hanging around with these stories, perceptions and beliefs that aren’t ours, for so long, we don’t think anything of them; we drag them around with us as if they are truth. And they’re not. I am interested in helping you peel back the layers of untruth and limiting beliefs so that you can discover who you really are and live your most content experience.
Why have a guide?
Besides some of the other benefits of the format, the element of surprise cannot be overlooked when talking about the benefits of this program. This is why I decided to make this into an audio program rather than a printed journal. You wait with pen poised above your paper, this already enhances your feeling of wonder. You’re ready to write, you’re waiting with anticipation, it brings the spontaneity that is necessary for contemplative writing. It gives thinking brain no chance to take over. You know how when you wake up you’re a clean slate before the thoughts of yesterday stream in and start to become what you’re focusing on? That’s why guided contemplative writing. Because you’re a clean slate as you are sitting awaiting the prompt; you feel a sense of anticipation about what it’s gong to be and even hope that it’s going to be a really beneficial prompt. If we bring thinking brain into the mix, we’ve interrupted what True Self has to say. Having the process be guided enhances your experience because you are not repeatedly asking yourself the same questions. Usually we don’t even know we have these stories and beliefs buried deep within and it takes a SURPRISE prompt to get it out. Asking the same old questions reveals the same old answers.
Why was this program created?
There have been many times during writing circles when I have wanted to be able to continue helping a woman work through what is coming up for her in her writing. I consistently see women surprising themselves with what they’ve put on the page, and I want to be able to allow them to delve more deeply into these pieces, to not move on too quickly to the next writing prompt and leave this blossoming revelation behind, but to continue working with it. This has been the inspiration for putting together this guided writing experience.
I will be providing you with opportunities to go even deeper with your writing, to be able to stick with a theme or prompt and to be able to explore it from many angles. Guided contemplative writing will get you saying, understanding and seeing in ways you haven’t before.
I created this program because it has been such an honor and a THRILL to witness women experience this kind of writing, and I want it to be something that is accessible as a personal practice. During circles, I sometimes just sit back and watch, amazed, as the writing takes on a life of its own, watching as women come to giant, beautiful realizations about their lives. Who knows what did it for them, whether it was a word, the prompt, the timed writing … but they needed something unusual, unexpected to excavate it.
Where do I start?“Your Voice,” the first in this Freedom in Clarity series, will be available soon. If you’d like to be notified when it is available, please subscribe below.