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Scribing the Soul
February 2001

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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.

Love Letters"

Who among us doesn't love a love letter? Here are 28 suggestions -- one for each day of this loving month -- to help you explore the many dimensions of your appreciation and care.

Letters are one of the three primarily relational journal techniques (Dialogue and Character Sketch are the others) and are intentionally designed to be a one-way communication. Since you have the entire stage, you can feel free to express yourself in as much detail, and with as much emotion, as you wish. However, before you send your letter, tuck it away overnight. Perhaps stash it beneath your pillow, to literally sleep on it. Read it again the following day. If it feels right, mail it. If not, leave it in your journal. There's plenty of benefit from just having written the letter.

Devote yourself to a full month of open-heartedness. Notice what happens to the quality of your relationships, personal empowerment, and energy.

1. Who is your dearest friend? Write a letter telling her/him what you value, appreciate and enjoy about your friendship. Share a favorite moment.

2. Write a letter to someone in your local community whose leadership or volunteer work you admire.

3. What's your favorite restaurant? What do you love about it? Drop the owner, manager or a special waitperson a note.

4. Write your employer or supervisor a note of appreciation for your job. If you're self-employed, write to yourself.

5. Bodyworker Anne Rojo says, "Why not fall in love with the body you've been sleeping with every night of your life?" Write a love letter to your body.

6. As an author, I deeply appreciate letters from readers who have enjoyed my books. Write to a favorite author today. If you can't find an address in the book or on the internet, send it in care of the publisher -- it may take a while, but it will be forwarded.

7. Write a love letter to someone in your family or extended family who is older than you.

8. What is your special creative talent or gift? Write a love letter to your Muse, expressing thanks for inspiration to express your creativity.

9. Write a love letter to someone who makes you laugh.

10. Write a love letter to God.

11. What teacher from your childhood or adolescence really made a positive difference in your life? Write a letter to him or her. This is a good one to send, if the teacher can be found.

12. Write a love letter to a friend from the animal kingdom -- a current or former pet, the birds at the feeder, a member of an endangered species.

13. Write an e-mail of appreciation or admiration to someone you know, or know of, only from the internet.

14. Write a love letter to the love of your life -- past, present or future.

15. What is the place you call home? Write a love letter to your physical dwelling, neighborhood, city, state or region.

16. Entire ancient civilizations worshipped the sun, knowing that no earthly life could be sustained without it. Write a love letter to the sun, or to your favorite natural element.

17. Write a love letter to someone in your family or extended family who is younger than you.

18. Write a letter of gratitude and appreciation to someone who helps care for your body -- physician, massage therapist, dental hygienist, pharmacist.

19. Write a love letter to someone who has been like a father to you.

20. We all have habits or behavior patterns that we'd like to change. Today, instead of cursing it, write a love letter to one of them.

21. Write a love letter to someone who serves you in the course of everyday life -- the grocery check-out clerk, your mail carrier, your auto mechanic, your financial advisor.

22. On the birthday of the first president of the United States, write a letter of appreciation to a political figure whose leadership you admire and support.

23. Write a love letter to someone who has been like a mother to you.

24. Write a love letter to a beautiful place in nature where you go to be restored.

25. Write a letter to a charity or nonprofit organization that puts love into action. Enclose a check.

26. Write a love letter to your guardian angel, spirit guide, patron saint, Higher Self, clergy, or other spiritual wisdom figure.

27. Write a love letter to whatever or whoever once saved your life, literally or metaphorically.

28. Write a love letter to your Emerging Self -- the "you" you are becoming.

© 2001 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 kay@journaltherapy.com or stop by her website, www.journaltherapy.com.


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

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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