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Scribing the Soul
December 2001

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by Kathleen Adams, LPC, RPT
Director of The Center for Journal Therapy

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.

Unseen Companions

One December, in the midst of the darkest nights of the year, I experienced a dark night of the soul. My faith was seriously tested. I struggled with a profound sense of separation from God. Like the psalmist David, "I cry by day, but thou dost not answer; and by night, but find no rest." (Psalms 22:2)

Dark night or no, life goes on. One day I stopped by the neighborhood bookstore to pick up a few Christmas gifts. Twenty minutes later, loaded chest-high with books, I headed to the sales counter. The aisles were narrow, the crowds jostled, and suddenly a book came sailing through the air and landed face-up in my arms.

"Iím terribly sorry!" cried the woman with whom Iíd collided. "Let me put that away!" As she reached for the book, I glanced down. On the cover was Abbott Handerson Thayerís painting Angel, which I remembered from my college humanities class. The book was called Ask Your Angels. I laughed out loud. "Thatís okay," I told the apologetic "angel" who caused the book to fly into my waiting heart. "Iíll just get it."

That serendipitous event began a magical, mystical journey through my dark night of the soul. I began "asking my angels" in journal dialogue, Unsent Letters and written meditation and prayer. And, no surprise, I immediately began hearing answers.

Angels guides, muses, the spirits of beloved ones who have passed on, the Holy Ghost, patron saints, Christ Consciousness, nature, devas, the Soul, the Wise Ones, intuition, Higher Self Ö all of these are unseen companions whose support and guidance are available for the asking. The journal is a wonderfully eclectic melting pot for unseen companions. It doesnít matter what you call them, or if you call them anything at all. Just ask for their guidance. Then wait for the answer. Write whatever comes.

Ask Your Angels

It may seem odd, foreign, or unsettling to communicate with unseen companions, but Alma Daniel and her coauthors of Ask Your Angels assure us itís perfectly natural:

Contact and conversation with your angel is filled with all the tenderness, love and wonderment of discovering a best friend. Talking with angels is an entirely natural relationship, although over the centuries itís become obscured by the belief that if you canít see something or touch it Ė it isnít real.

The Inner Wisdom dialogue is the communication technique of choice for most experienced spiritual journalkeepers. Begin with an opening ritual in which you create sacred space. This can be as simple as clearing your desk or table and lighting a candle. Add any other elements of your personal spiritual practice, such as prayer, chanting, the use of divinatory means such as runes or tarot cards, hymns or sacred music, altars, or any other deepening devices.

Then enter a meditative state in which you consciously call in your unseen companions. It may be helpful to visualize yourself in a beautiful place in nature, or another realm where you can open yourself to connection. Ask sincerely and openly for the wisdom and grace of your unseen companion to enter you and speak to you.

When you are ready, formulate a question that your heart wants to know. Wait in patient silence for guidance and inspiration. It may be helpful to formulate a list of questions before you enter the meditation.

Allow plenty of time. The Inner Wisdom dialogue often unfolds in waves or layers interspersed with periods of silence. Usually after a few exchanges, the dialogue will find its own direction.

The Inner Wisdom dialogue technique comes directly out of the teachings of the late Dr. Ira Progoff. It remains one of the most enduring and beautiful legacies of this brilliant man. As you communicate with your unseen companions, offer a message of gratitude to Dr. Progoff, and ask your angel to pass it along to his soul.

© 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 womenís 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:

November 2001 "Families Writing"

October 2001 "Coping Strategies for Times of Crisis"

September 2001 "Journal of a Synchronicity"

August 2001 "Rituals for Soulful Writing"

July 2001 "A Bakerís Dozen Ways to Journal Your Dreams"

April 2001 "Journals to Go"

March 2001 "Healing Words, Healing Touch: Jihan's Letters"

February 2001 "Love Letters"

January 2001 "Scribing the Authentic Self"

December 2000 "Riding the Inky Wave"

November 2000 "The Good News"

October 2000 "Soul Food: Exploring Affirmations in Writing"

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



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