You could pray, or meditate, or dream, or visit a shaman, or a minister, or a hypnotherapist. With so many routes into inner consciousness, why write? Of all the ways to get in touch with God, as you understand God...to hear the small, still voice pointing you in the right direction...why take the time to write?
One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just a hair below your conscious awareness, write. Write every day, at approximately the same time, with passion, honesty, and the intention of speaking with and listening to the voice within.
Janet Conner was escaping a terrible situation of domestic abuse. While trying to figure out how she and her son could live and how they could eat, she realized she had hit rock bottom. With no other advisors, she listened to her own inner voice, which told her to start writing. As she did, Janet's inner voice gained clarity and strength, and she felt an incredible connection to the divine, and almost immediately miracles began to happen.
Today, research scientists in psychology, physics, biochemistry, and neurology are providing peeks into what consciousness is and how it works. Their findings give us intriguing clues as to what is actually happening in and through our bodies, minds, and spirits as we roll pen across paper. Writing Down Your Soul explores some of this research and instructs listeners how to access the power and beauty of their own deepest selves.
©2008 Janet Conner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Less about the many details of her personal traumas even thought she did have a terrible husband. But the book, as far as I could listen, was more about her life and what SHE wrote rather than how to use writing to solve problems or help to cope with them. It certainly didn't inspire me to take up her method.
All the characters were real, so they couldn't be cut out if she wanted to tell her life story and how she wrote. But it was a bit self-focused so she was the only "character" that dominated the book. But how can you get rid of the author? More gentle and diverse methods of writing or some interaction with others' (her students) ways of using her system that worked would have appealed more. Her commanding voice didn't help, either. She did give a nod to Julia Cameron's THE ARTIST'S WAY, a book I loved and used when it came out, but this author's book doesn't hold a candle to that classic.
The religious aspect others mentioned was incidental and didn't bother me that much. But every time she said "Dear God..." it sounded like a demand. Perhaps a different narrator could have brought out the content in a friendlier manner.
I definitely will. I think I will read this one once a year or once every couple of years as a refresher. This book is a testimony to what keeping a soul journal can do for you in your life and I think regular reminders will be great for my growth as an individual and to help me with my future struggles. I am a writer and the more diligent I am with my soul writing outlined in this book, the more fluent my other writing tends to be.
I absolutely recommend this book, not only to writers but for anyone who would like to see great changes in their life.
She references the Artist's Way by Julia Cameron (another great read). Both books have extremely effective means of working through writer's block (something I have struggled with).
I really liked that the story was read by a woman, since it was Janet's story.I could empathize with what she went through and I felt that Jane Cramer did a good job in expressing appropriate emotion in telling Janet Conner's tale. Good Performance.
I love her testomony on how soul writing made her stronger and helped her forgive. I thought it was a powerful story, one that I will not easily forget! T
Thank you Janet for sharing your story!
Gender baised female who turned a 2 year old against his father because she needed money. The book is based on a single perspective experience with undertones of bitterness. Oh, and the Father dies early on and she digs through his effects for the life insureance policy. At least she thanked God in BIG CAPITAL LETTERS in her journal for the 300k life insurance check
Did nothing to increase my interest in the subject. Book has nothing to offer.
Most of it. I'm tired of the male father as villian in our society. I would say go back take your experience out, find others male and female and write about their story. But honestly the I prayed for 10k and the next day Mom wrote me a check, then I prayed for 2k more and a client came up to me and said "bill me more" made me sick. Just another data point that Amreica has become a collection of people who feel entitled to money.
I love a good story. I used to read print books like I listen to the audibles. Growing up, I could always be found with my nose in a book.
Not better, possibly, I ached for a place to underline certain passages. But I tend to listen to audible books as I drive, exercise or do other things.
Several AHA moments that occurred through the book that coincided with my own experiences.
Very nice speaking voice, not my inner voice, and it was good to hear a female voice for a female author and not a male trying to speak in his concept of a female orientation.
Well, I did listen to this almost like I do fiction trying to get through all of it. But I may listen to it again a bit more slowly, or even buy the print version.
I had read Writing Down the Bones some years before and have been trying to do a daily writing practice, so this book was a great reinforcement for that when I was starting to wane a bit. We seem to either be distilled to stronger stuff by life pain or broken. I do feel that we receive guidance if we are open to it. I also seem to get benefit from the daily practice, and sometimes it is not the coherent pages that give me the most benefit or peace. I had a bit of trouble with the benefits that were wish fulfillment, but only because it did not exactly jibe with my own experience. I do seem to find things that align with my interests at times, but not to the extent that it occurs in this book. Still as a another writing as practice book it is a good intro or extension of the concept. I am grateful for reading it now.
This is a challenging review for me. I find myself wholly and emphatically accepting many aspects of this book: You cannot hear your soul unless you know how to listen, and listening takes a stated intention. I believe the author offers outstanding advice on how to do this. However, other aspects of the book I find myself rejecting outright, and taking umbrage with. These include many of the examples offered of responses to soul questions: One participant stated she wanted sunglasses, and lo, the very next day, she won $150 Ray Bans.
I also found the author to be very prescriptive - too much so. However, whenever the author refers back to her prescriptive guide to meditative writing, she gives an example of someone who breaks that and succeeds, tacitly offering the option to accept or disregard steps as preferred ( as an example: Read for 5 or more minutes before writing. After one session, a participant reported that she reads afterward, and it works for her.)
In the end – I found true value in the book. The reading was strong. I would recommend it to others.
The reading was smooth and consistent.
The deep value I took from this book came in less than 30 words: “Address the voice directly, Write fast, Ask lots of questions, Write whatever comes - Open your heart and mind all the way, and just say what wants to be said.”
At time the book felt male-phobic. The vast majority of protagonists are divorced females, with the antagonists described as ex-husbands, fathers and male teachers. I don’t feel this was intentional; but it was a fairly consistent theme.
This was very Christain/Catholic oriented. Not so much about writing as about belief in God. I could not get beyond an hour of it. Not a book about writing as far as I could tell.
This book is dangerous to anyone who values their faith as it pulls the reader in to thinking this is grounded in authentic religion and drifts dangerously to "Spirituality", Secularism, New Age, etc. Christians be warned - this book will infuriate you.
I followed Janet Conner's instructions and the results have been amazing.
Well worth reading over and over again.
I enjoy audio books and blogging.
I enjoyed advice about writing to unlock communication with the "voice", and how daily practice would unlock a mystical connection to a source of information.
First Janet Conner book.
First Jane Cramer listen.
I occasionally felt that the side story, and some suggestions would derail the book, yet it always stayed on track. Repetition of the phrase "write down your soul" was very effective, and kept me focused.
The author's suggestion to ask the "voice" the right questions was profound and surpassed the primary scope of the book. This and other suggestions like it, made it a very informative and satisfying read.
I listen to audio books on my M-F 40 minute commute into Raleigh NC. I am the founder of The Shore Grief Center, a nonprofit.
How to actually wrote purposefully in a journal.
Ask and you shall receive.
I wish there was a supplemental book that I could purchase without purchasing the book. Or maybe provide a secret online supplement.
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