writing Circles supporting well-being, connection & creativity with Dawn Thompson
Words for healing
Why is Writing a Healing Practice?
I have come to believe that within each of us dwells a wise Self or Narrator, who is always striving for our well-being and wholeness. The word healing comes from the old-English term haelen, meaning "wholeness." Wholeness means the bringing together of our full self. Through our writing, we connect with our inner landscape, where all aspects of ourself reside - our memories, emotional body, wisdom, imagination, inner genius, unique voice and the great intelligence of the heart.
Writing can help us make sense of moments of suffering or find meaning in the day to day we may have missed. When we write, we connect with our shadow selves and with our inner gold, with our capacity to hold grief and joy all in one day. Writing can also remind us that making up story is our super power and that we can use it to be the conscious author of our own life.
The good news is we are all writers. We all have words. We all have stories. In fact, in all of time, across all the world, only you can write what you write. The other good news is writing can be a life-long tool, a compassionate friend, a safe haven, and as many writers have told me, the best therapy they’ve had. It’s more or less free. You can do it on the bus, in the bathtub, with a circle of friends, alone in your office or first thing when you awaken. At its best, writing is truth telling. And when we write with others, we remember we are not alone, that there is a shared humanity that weaves through our tales. We find ourselves in one another's stories and are inspired, encouraged and forever changed.