Inspiration to Keep You Writing
"In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it." ~ Julia Cameron
As part of my emotional healing process, I wrote 3 pages longhand in my journal every morning for many years. I later began to explore other morning creative practices such as morning collages, morning mandalas, morning intuitive drawings, and morning art journaling.
Yet, it was the written journaling that helped me cognitively sort and understand the various voices inside my head. By sorting out all of the different sides of myself that were conflicted, I was able to calm myself, unravel my emotional pain, and become more inspired in my thinking.
What are Morning Pages?
In the words of Julia Cameron:
"Put simply, the morning pages are three pages of longhand writing; strictly stream of consciousness. Pages are meant to be the act of moving the hand across the page, and writing down whatever comes to mind - the stuff that eddies through our subconscious and muddies our days. Get it on the page."
Writer's Block and Emotional Overwhelm
When I first started writing morning page in my 30's there were periods of time when I could not write. When I was emotionally blocked, I would evade my writing for days, weeks, and even months. When I started to get into the deep stuff, the hard parts, the places inside that I did not want to admit to - I stopped writing.
Keeping in mind how challenging it is to write when in emotional pain, I have designed a 3 part journal course - 90 days in total - to support you through the initial, intermediate, and advanced stages of writing through the "hard stuff."
As Julia Cameron shares:
"When people ask, "Why do we write morning pages?" I joke, "To get to the other side." Morning pages get us to the other side: the other side of our fear, or our negativity, of our moods." Above all, they get us beyond our Censor. Beyond the reach of the Creator's babble we find our own quiet center, the place where we hear the still, small voice that is at once our Creator's and our own."