What is the outcome of creative journaling and personal publishing? Artists have their way of searching for a personal truth. We take the risk to reach deep within ourselves to find helpful stuff (answers) that can begin to emerge and grow. We may even discover something profoundly honest and real.
This process of developing clarity about our life is something that definitely matters. Creative journaling, as a matter of habit, is a healing journey. The work can lead us away from disease and despair and toward a revitalization of mind, body, and spirit. How do I know? What qualifies me? How is it that I'm an authority?
So often, in the middle of the night, I've awoken with a flood of adrenaline racing through me that sent me racing to the toilet where I ritually heaved up my anxiety attack. As I held on to the toilet seat - quivering - my wife hurried off to kitchen to bring out the saltines and tea. Finally, I would settle down and fall back asleep. What a life. So much worry. So much over-reaction. So much panic and drama.
Creative journaling is the habit that supports my choice to engage and connect with curiosity, wonder, and the Great Mystery of it all. Here's what saves me and sustains me: My perspective, attitude, and state of mind. I allow my curiosity to rise and have power. When everyone stresses over the big project, in secret, I am learning to find a way to make it personal and fun ...to satisfy my sense of curiosity.
What has to be at stake for me? It seems that I mostly care about the personal satisfaction related to my sense of curiosity. Perhaps it is extremely selfish, but that's it for me. That's who I am. That's my personal truth.
The curiosity that I'm developing... This saves me time after time after time. And at this point, sixty years into it, I have a pretty strong point of view. I'm compelled to share it. If there was one thing I could say to my kids in a way they might listen: You don't need to suffer, but you do need to be curious.
So, do I hold a degree in this or have some sort of certificate? Not really so much... Unless there is a degree in how to hang on to the toilet seat at 3 am! :-)
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