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Scribing the Soul
A Monthly Column

by Kathleen Adams, LPC, RPT

In ancient times, scribes were devotees of the Word. They were the bridges between worlds, charged with the sacred task of painstakingly transcribing the Mysteries into a form that could be referenced by holy men and women. Many centuries later, our modern journals give us unlimited access to the Mysteries of our souls. Through this column, I hope to offer ways that we can approach our own lives with the love and devotion of the scribes of old.

"Soul Food: Exploring Affirmations in Writing"

We've all heard about affirmations: Powerful, positive statements, framed in the present tense, that speak the underlying truth about ourselves and our lives. It is commonly agreed that the ongoing repetition of affirmations can not only have a meditative, calming effect but can also have the power to dramatically shift our self-concept by moving us into "possibility thinking."

One of the best-kept secrets of affirmations, however, is the way they are amplified and constellated when they are explored in writing. This month, I offer you a smorgasbord of 31 affirmations, one for each day of October. Follow the calendar and use each day's affirmation as a writing prompt, or scan the list until you find one you want to explore deeply, and use it as a writing theme for a week or longer. May these affirmations richly feed your soul in this month of harvest.

1.   I now surrender all of my worries to the Divine.

2.   I view obstacles as lessons, not failures.

3.   My needs are met perfectly by Infinite Intelligence.

4.   I release my anger toward those who have hurt me.

5.   Each morning, I select my attitude for the day.

6.   I am a beacon of love, light and peace.

7.   I embrace gratitude.

8.   I draw to myself people who appreciate my gifts and strengths.

9.   I am whole, healthy and complete.

10. Grace goes before me, preparing the way.

11. I trust that I am in the right place at the right time.

12. All mistakes are opportunities to begin again, with added information.

13. I am on a path of true discovery.

14. I am open to the gifts and abundance of life.

15. There is One Life, and that life is my life now.

16. I am a smart, powerful, dynamic, capable, self-confident, fabulous human being.

17. Even in the midst of struggle, I can always choose the thoughts that enhance my life.

18. Whenever a difficult situation arises, answers come to me easily, and I immediately know what to do.

19. I have the freedom to choose my thoughts.

20. I allow all feelings in myself and others.

21. The still, small voice within me grows clearer and stronger each day.

22. My life is rich in ways that I have only just begun to understand.

23. Abundance is all around me, and I openly accept it.

24. I cherish myself, in exactly the package I come in.

25. I surrender my will to Divine Will.

26. My mind is alert, clear and aware. I know everything I need to know, when I need to know it.

27. I am deeply rooted in faith.

28. My freedom is always available to me. I refuse bondage.

29. I harmonize with the new, higher vibration that resonates within me.

30. I courageously lean into my next step.

31. All is well with my soul.

© 2000 Kathleen Adams. All rights reserved. 


The Center for Journal Therapy and Offerings for Your Spirit
proudly present

"The Art and Language of Soul-Making"
with Kathleen Adams and Dana Reynolds
Section 1: June 16-21, 2001, Benet Pines, Monument, Colorado
Section 2: October 25-30, 2001, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico

Join Dana Reynolds and Kathleen (Kay) Adams for a six-day, five-night immersion into creativity. Dana and Kay will combine their passions for sacred art-making and writing to inspire your heart and soul to new levels of creation.

Kathleen Adams is one of the living masters in the power of writing to heal and change. Her gifted guidance of the articulation of spirit into metaphor delivers those she facilitates to new portals of self-understanding. She has taught the language of soul for more than 15 years as psychotherapist, writing teacher, facilitator and leader/advocate. Kay is the author of four books, including Journal to the Self and The Write Way to Wellness, and is President-Elect of the National Association for Poetry Therapy.

Dana Reynolds is a contemporary mystic and facilitator of women's circles. Her work initiates transformation through the engagement of soul with the sacred imagination. She is a spiritual midwife whose gentle guidance supports individual Self-birthing and encourages a new cultural consciousness. Dana is the author of Be An Angel, and her essay, Visual Prayers, is included in the anthology, Our Turn, Our Time: Women Truly Coming of Age.

Kay and Dana are both monthly columnists at SoulfulLiving.com. This retreat is the joyful celebration of their ten year friendship and the co-creation of innovative and inspirational work to enrich and enliven the art and soul of each participant. Come prepared to receive the blessings and magic these two muses will abundantly offer.

Together in circle, we will form community and share our stories through the pen and our soulful creations. This gentle combination of writing and sacred art-making promotes healing and enlivens the flow of creative energy into all areas of life. We hope you will join us on the rim of our circle as we step into the mystery of the sacred imagination and the language of the soul.

Section 1: June 16-21, 2001
Benet Pines Retreat Center, Monument, Colorado Benet Pines Retreat Center
Nestled in the Black Forest of Southern Colorado, Benet Pines' 33 acres of pine forest and wildflower meadows offer panoramic views of Pikes Peak and the Continental Divide. You are lodged in comfortable shared rooms, in a modern house or a rustic cabin. Family-style meals, which are mostly vegetarian, are a 5-minute walk from the meeting room. Meditation gardens, extravagant nature displays and congenial retreat center staff make this a perfect site to write, make art and connect with your soul. Section 1 includes: Pilgrimage packet in advance of the retreat; workbook; manual; all art materials (with the exception of personal touches you may want to bring); round-trip shuttle service from Colorado Springs airport to Benet Pines; five nights' lodging and all meals at Benet Pines (double-occupancy); 16 sessions of facilitated art/writing process with two master teachers. Not included, but available by appointment: Massage and/or Reiki with Sister Jan. Total cost: $1400. Certified Journal to the Self instructors and prior Benet Pines retreat attendees may deduct $100. Space is limited to 14 participants. Please register early. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your space. Balance is payable throughout 2001. MasterCard/Visa is available. Call Jennifer at 1-888-421-2298 or e-mail kay@journaltherapy.com to reserve your space.

Section 2: October 25-30, 2001
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
Your accommodations will be at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House a historic adobe inn nestled into the Taos landscape, a private Eden. Famous artists and writers such as; D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keefe, and Willa Cather were inspired by their visits to this very special place. Here your body and spirit will be nurtured by cozy shared rooms, fresh linens and towels daily, optional full body massage, three delicious meals each day, and a spacious open workspace with a view of the Taos mountains. Section 2 includes: Pilgrimage packet, two workbooks, and all art materials (with the exception of personal touches you may want to bring), and five nights' lodging and all meals at Mabel Dodge Luhan House (double-occupancy); 16 sessions of facilitated art/writing process with two master teachers. You will provide your own ground transportation from the Albuquerque airport to Taos. We will assist you with these arrangements. Total cost: $1800. Space is limited to 14 participants. Please register early. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to hold your space. Balance is payable throughout 2001. MasterCard/Visa available. To register, e-mail dana@sacredimagination.com or call 831-622-7518.

Co-sponsored by The Center for Journal Therapy, www.journaltherapy.com
and Offerings for Your Spirit, www.sacredimagination.com.


Kathleen Adams LPC, RPT is a Registered Poetry/Journal Therapist and Director of The Center for Journal Therapy in Lakewood, Colorado. She is one of the leading voices on the power of writing to heal and is the author of four books, including Journal to the Self and The Write Way to Wellness. Her upcoming seminars include the annual 5-day women’s writing retreat in Colorado July 8-13, and a one-day Journal to the Self workshop in Denver in late July. She would love your feedback on this column; please e-mail kay@journaltherapy.com or stop by her website, www.journaltherapy.com.


Read Kathleen's Past "Scribing the Soul" Columns:

September 2000 "Diary of a Headache"

August 2000 "Making Up the Truth"

July 2000 "Pockets of Joy"

June 2000 "Five Ways to Scribe Your Intuition"


Read Kathleen's Feature Article on Dream Journals:

Writing in the Dark: Cracking the Soul's Code Through Dream Journals



Visit Kathleen at her Website:



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