“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
When we write, we grow.
When we write, we heal.
Writing throws us against our growth edges; it throws us against our fear. The writing process asks us to come face to face with our stories, our wounds, our personas and our authentic selves.
Because of this, writing can open up for us new clarity and purpose.
Before I began Finally Writing, I journaled a ton. I was desperately searching for purpose, for direction, for a sense of creating something of service in the world.
When I spent time with these questions, and feelings of ambiguity, direction and purpose started to emerge on the page.
Without always realizing it, I wrote myself advice, began to fight insecurity, and cleared up energetic space–making room for clarity–by writing down the remnants of the day.
The writing process facilitates our learning and healing. When we write, we are given the direction and the answers we need. This doesn’t always happen consciously. More often than not, this shift happens subtly and beautifully in our depths.
The more we write and trust that positive internal shifts are happening, we become more engaged in the writing process, more confident, connected to ourselves and others.
Grow as a writer
With each word we write, we become a better writer. Additionally, when we take the time to reflect on what our writing is telling us about our internal world, our writing takes on new depth and meaning.
Our reader will feel this, we will feel this.
We must keep writing and approach your process with openness and willingness to learn. When we do so our writing improves and our relationship with our work improves.
Grow as a person
It is often not until we reflect on our work that the lessons of the practice become clearer. Even if we can’t always see with clarity, we can trust that each time we write, we write the words we need to heal, to hear, and to grow stronger in our truth.
When faced with resistance, fear, or faced with not wanting to write, or feeling discouraged by a clunky rough draft, trust that you and your writing are exactly where you need to be.
You are being asked to write through these uncomfortable places.
We must push ourselves. That is when breakthroughs happen.
Write to heal
I love the Jungian concept that says the psyche (or soul) has a natural tendency to heal. Meaning, wherever we are with our writing and personal process, we are being guided towards growth and healing.
Writing gives us a way to visualize this healing process. When create something we can look back on, we can reflect on and we can learn from.
It doesn’t matter what you are writing, what genre, or what the content is you are engaging with. The words you are writing, the story you are creating, is the one that you need in that moment.
When we write of someone fighting demons, internal or otherwise, we are fighting those as well. When we write about fear or resistance we are documenting our own process with it.
What we must do is keep writing. Keep trusting that the words that are coming from you are healing and alive.
They are exactly the medicine you need.