There are some good books available for those who want to take their journaling deeper. I will be referencing all of these in my blogs as I add more information each week.
While you may see the terms “soul” or “spiritual” in many of these titles, I stress again that none of these books concern themselves with religion, nor do you have to believe in any diety to reap the benefits of reading them.
The Miracle of Morning Pages, by Julia Cameron
Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” has been a wildly popular book for decades. In this small volume, Cameron reviews the Morning Pages tool that is central to TAW.
If you haven’t done Morning Pages, this book is a great into. If it’s been a while since you’ve done morning pages, this is an excellent way to remember the discipline. Brief, but filled with good information.
Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within, by Janet Conner
Conner’s book is the perfect How To book for soul journaling. Filled with helpful tips and entertaining stories, it will help to catapult you into a soul journaling practice.
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.
Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within, by Karen Hering.
Whether you approach this book primarily as a reader or a writer, you can open a rich correspondence with yourself and learn what your own heart has to say. Karen Hering offers a path of self-exploration and a contemplative practice of writing that engages memory and imagination, story and poetry, images and the timeless wisdom of world religions and myth-ology. It will open your ear to your own truths while opening your heart to the world around you.
WritingThe Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice, by Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Aaron Shapiro
Disclaimer: at this point in my life, I prefer to read books written by women. No, I’m not a rabid feminist or radical lesbian. I’m just of an age where a woman’s thinking makes more sense to me than a man’s. I’ve lived my life in a man’s world, and I understand logic and analytical thinking. But now I want intuition and emotional thinking.
That being said, I do want to balance my book selection with the male perspective. I chose Rabbi Shapiro and his son Aaron’s book because I have great respect for Jewish contemplative thought and study. I am enjoying their book immensely.
Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, by Ahava Shira PhD, Wendy Judith Cutler MA, and Lynda Monk MSW
One of my pet projects that I’m considering for some time this year is to form a women’s journaling group, and I’ll be using this book as my guide.
Writing Alone Together is a practice of gathering with other women to write, read and create a sense of community through the transformational power of journal writing. This communal practice creates shifts in consciousness, in our lives and in the world.
How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice, by Pat Schneider
“When I begin to write, I open myself and wait. And when I turn toward an inner spiritual awareness, I open myself and wait.” With that insight, Pat Schneider invites readers to contemplate their lives and deepest questions through writing. In seventeen concise thematic chapters that include meditations on topics such as fear, freedom, tradition in writing and in religions, forgiveness, joy, social justice, and death, How the Light Gets In gracefully guides readers through the artistic and spiritual questions that life offers to everyone.