Creative Wordshops July 2018 Writing Newsletter

You could travel into the inner one. On a journey of that sort you find gold. (Rumi)
I recently facilitated Outer and Inner Journeys A Creative Journal Retreat. The blurb read:

Outer and Inner Journeys

You could travel into the inner one. On a journey of that sort you find gold. (Rumi)

Journals involve both outward (observation) and inward (reflective) journeys. We write on the edge of the skin where inner and outer meet. Since journaling is about listening to inner voices, it has the power to unblock and release potential in all spheres of our lives. The journal also cultivates the practice of regular writing which feeds into other genres – fiction, life stories and poetry.

The art of journalling offers a physical, emotional and mythological map. The word ‘journal’ comes from Old French, ‘day’. A daily encounter with yourself. ‘Journal’ echoes the word ‘journey’, and so you become a traveller of inner and outer regions, writing in your travelogue. Your Nautical ship’s log. Some record only what has happened to them; but others record how they happened to the universe. (Henry David Thoreau)

A journal is a mirror, lens and a window. Like a pane of glass in a shop front, it reflects both what is inside but also what is in the street. Like the Roman god, Janus, with two faces, placed at the entrance to the house. One face looked into the interior and the other into the world. The lens suggests different ways of focusing and seeing – magnifying, zooming, wide-angle, portrait, landscape.

July letter 2018