From time to time, I am opening this space and my podcast to reviews of books that fit into the categories of positive thinking, and manifestation, as well as related spiritual and new-age works. Today, I am opening this space to a new discovery of mine: Writing Down Your Soul by Janet Conner.
My Thoughts on Writing Down Your Soul
Writing Down Your Soul is not what I expected, and that in a good way. I expected a book about journaling and simple insights in honing my intuition, yet I found a powerful book, that has the potential to be transformational and life-changing.
This book was not something I sought intentionally, instead it came across my recommendations after picking up another book from the library’s e-book lending system, and the cover (which is stunning, well, I do have a thing about owls, I and I adore the color blue), so I picked it up on a whim.
The author pours her heart out in the beginning pages, showcasing how she discovered through very personal trauma the need and the solution of spiritual journaling and communicating with the Universe, which she calls The Voice.
The book focuses on finding ways of communicating with the universal life force and receiving guidance and healing through that communication. Using various sources – ranging from scientific to spiritual – to back up her assumption that this is even possible, the Author practically introduces techniques and thoughts on how to do just that.
Important aspects of journaling – According to Writing Down Your Soul
- Intention – journal by making a clear statement at the beginning that you are willing and open to listen to the guidance of the Universe.
- Purpose – writing with the knowledge that you want to discover the information you need right now
- Process – creating a ritual around the writing process
- Commitment – you have to be committed to acting upon the guidance given.
There is no right or wrong in talking with the Voice. You are writing in the only way that really matters—you are telling your truth. As you write about those rooms, you are doing deep rich, healing work. Keep on writing anyway that brings you peace.” – Writing Down Your Soul
Writing Down Your Soul VS The Artist’s Way
Writing Down Your Soul is a very spiritual book, similar to The Artist’s Way is, as it does ask the reader to believe in the availability and reality of an “out-there voice” to communicate with. But it is open, not geared toward a particular religion or tradition, at no point preachy, simply open-minded and inclusive. This brings me to two points:
The Author mentions having worked with morning pages (as written and described by the above mentioned The Artists Way) as have I and found (and again like me) a not deep connection to it. There Julia Cameron does suggest daily mandatory morning pages, where to leave worries and thoughts – no matter negative or positive on paper, to clear one’s mind. That never worked for me, because I never thought that writing my worries down on paper would have any positive effect of any kind, and therefore would be fruitless. Actually, it had me focus more on the negative than on the solutions. Whereas Writing Down Your Soul searches for answers and solutions. Whether you believe that it is your inner knowing or a deity or guide out there that gives the answers using her techniques of writing is irrelevant. What is important is that the journaling will bring forth a motion forward in your life, rather than a stagnant revisiting of old and new wounds.
For me, aligned with my personal path of spirituality, I found guidance and answered, in this what seems almost like a meditative – somewhat automated – trance writing, and I found that practice exhilarating and powerful.
The second point I wanted to mention was that the Author mentioned how this can align with the practice of the Law of Attraction due to the intention to look for solutions. I only wish that she would have mentioned that earlier in the book, and not as a quick side note, because for a while reading, I was wondering how I could accept writing like that, as a practitioner of Law of Attraction. Should I really focus on my worries and on top of that on paper, which focuses my energy even more?
She answers that briefly, as I mentioned, by reminding us of the intention with which we should approach the page – the connection with the Universal Source as you perceive it, and search for solutions and conclusions.
My intent is to give you the confidence to take the plunge and begin writing yourself. In the course of writing, you will discover your own method, your own rituals, your own process. The key is simply to do it. Show up to have the conversation and once there, open up and engage deeply and fully in the moment. – Writing Down Your Soul
Another thing of the things that sets this book apart from the Artists’ way is that it allows readers to find validity in writing the journal entry on the computer. In my case, with my hands hindered by a disability that makes my fingers dislocate randomly while writing or performing other tasks, writing on the computer is effortless and easy. Other books discourage writing on the computer and leave people like me, who can not simply take advantage of the things that others can, disappointed and left behind.
She does have a point, however, in order to get into the flow of things, one should be a quite fast typer because the faster you type the more you are allowing the voice to guide you rather than your ego, head, and past speak. In addition, when I write my morning journaling in communication with the divine, which the author in this book calls the voice, I mostly close my eyes, which turns of my inner editor, and forces me to just let go, and allow a flow to occur.
The author even mentions the use of speech recognition software, for those who have problems writing by hand or typing. I love that inclusivity and that validation!
What has changed for me since reading this book?
After all, the most important part of any non-fiction book is to act upon the new knowledge given!
- I have been able to approach the writing of any kind with that sense of awe and allowed what I want to write to set aside, and instead write with my heart.
- I have changed my relationship with writing from something I was doing as a part of my business and personal life, to a profound connection that I am allowed to experience, and a way in which I can find peace, clarity, and ease.
- I am more open to guidance away from the page as well, often finding myself with answers to the question I have had throughout the day, and more often the not dictating to myself that which has come to me.
- I have begun to embrace again that relationship between me and words, that sacred bond that I feel each and every now, and have felt before – before the trauma, life, and years had taken their toll on my thinking process.
The book touches also on subjects such as the Akashi records, which it explains briefly, however, if you are interested in learning more about the Akashi records, you should consult other books that go more into depth, like How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe
Powerful Journal Prompts
Another powerful aspect of this book is the list of questions the Author provides to ask in the communication with The Voice – the Universal Energy. While some might be familiar, some are quite thought-provoking. Here are some examples:
What am I worrying about? When do I worry? What do I do when I’m worrying? How do I know I’m worrying?
What has my worrying produced? What has changed? What do I get out of worrying? Why do I persist? I must be getting something out of worrying. What is it? What has to happen for me to stop worrying?
If you are spiritually inclined, or religiously curious, and you are looking for a book about journaling that has depth and a uniqueness to it, then I highly recommend that you should read Writing Down Your Soul. I thoroughly enjoyed the Authors warm and caring voice, her ability to communicate spiritual truths without preachiness, and her all-inclusiveness.
Author: Janet Conner
Publisher: Conari Press
Publishing Date: January 1st, 2009
Genre: Self-Help, New Age, Journaling
Available at: Amazon