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
"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
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
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
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
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
26. My mind is alert, clear and
aware. I know everything I need to know, when I need to
27. I am deeply rooted in
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
31. All is well with my soul.
© 2000 Kathleen
Adams. All rights reserved.
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 email@example.com
or stop by her website, www.journaltherapy.com.
Kathleen's Past "Scribing the Soul" Columns:
"Scribing the Soul" Column
2000 "Diary of a Headache"
2000 "Making Up the Truth"
2000 "Pockets of Joy"
2000 "Five Ways to Scribe Your Intuition"
Kathleen's Feature Article on Dream Journals:
in the Dark: Cracking the Soul's Code Through Dream