I remember the first time I wrote for the sake of getting my feelings and thoughts down on paper and not for some academic assignment. The words did not flow as I romanticized they would. I was frustrated because, "I had to fill 3 pages damnit!" but everything I got down on paper felt filtered and inauthentic. I was so used to editing everything as I wrote it that I couldn't relax enough to let my true thoughts and feelings out.
It took 3 days of the morning practice before I finally started sounding like me and not the good student trying to get an A+ paper. Sounding like me didn't have the flavor I thought it would. In writing I discovered a wiser, kinder, more confident, and certainly more daring version of myself. I found that by asking questions of her I got clear answers for how I should move forward regardless of the situation.
Over time, I realized I was being divinely guided by my inner wise woman and Spirit guides. I had stumbled upon an endless well of inspiration, support, and love and all I had to do was write to access it.
I believe all women have an inner wise woman within them. She waits for us to consult her most of the time, but sometimes she must intervene through gut feelings and the intuitive nudges we get when something either feels "off" or "just right." But what if we came to her first? What would happen?
That's what my daily writing habit has done for me. I won't lie to you, though. I don't have a structured practice where I sit down at 8AM on the dot and write a certain number of pages in my journal. Some of the women I most admire do that, and while I'd love to do it that way I've come to find that my way suits me best.
What I do is create a little space for myself each day wherever I can get it to tune in and ask for guidance through my writing practice. Sometimes I don't write at all, but I am called to pull an oracle card or simply listen to what my inner wise woman has to tell me.
More often though, I write. I write about my desires, my fears, my values, my plans, my hopes, my resistance, my gratitudes, and my pain. I write about what is really going on beneath the surface. Sometimes as I write I can tell the words aren't mine, and I can see they are actually messages channeled from Spirit. No matter what my writing practice looks like, I always receive clarity I didn't have before putting pen to paper.
So how can you heal yourself though your own daily writing habit?
Just get started
Set aside a certain amount of time or a certain number of pages you'd like to write each day. Start with just 5 minutes or 1 page/day if you have a hard time adopting new routines. You don't need a fancy journal or the perfect space to write. All you need is yourself, a pen, and paper.
Writing can be really healing, but only if you allow what you really want to express to flow out. This can be a challenge if you're a recovering perfectionist like me, but I promise you can do this. Don't worry about grammar, spelling, or even punctuation! This is for your eyes only - at least at first. You may find that what your inner wise woman has to say is just to good to keep to yourself.
In writing unfiltered, you subconsciously give yourself permission to show up unfiltered in the world. The world needs more unfiltered, authentic people sharing their gifts.
Love what you find
When you're writing and the voice of judgment pops in, challenge yourself to see love instead. Every creative mind on the planet has this voice telling them they have nothing valuable to offer the world. Imagine what would happen if we all listened to this judgmental voice. There would be no art, no music, no books, and no outlet for expression! Your mind will always have a reason why you can't create what you love, but almost always that reason will be invalid.
The power of healing is in loving yourself through the judgment and having the courage to express your truth anyway.
Healing is discovering who you really are and loving what you find.
We all have the capacity to heal ourselves, because we are all healers. If you feel called to write, by all means write. Any practice can be healing if the intention to heal is there.
Give this technique a try and let me know how it goes for you in the comments. I love supporting you on your self-healing journey!