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The Magic in Writing: Being the Scribe

07/11/2012 07:42 am ET | Updated Sep 10, 2012

There's a magic in writing. It's cleansing, enriching, renewing and grounding. It allows us to process the emotions and events of our life. The Egyptian goddess Seshat was known as the scribe and record keeper. She was the female counterpart to Thoth, the Egyptian pantheon who was revered as the scribe responsible for writing the story of humanity's journey. Mythology records Thoth as the god of the moon, magic and writing. This mythology symbolizes the importance and value of being a scribe.

Many hesitate to record their journeys and muses because they feel their words are not eloquent, that their thoughts are not important enough to be recorded. Once again, I say there is a magic in writing. As a therapist, I encourage every client to write. This journaling need not be anything more than personal letters to ourselves, reminders and a witness of what we are experiencing. In this journaling we record and build bridges in our journeys, leading to pathways previously not traveled. It is one of the master keys to a puzzle that will reveal itself through time and review. Journaling is one of the most valuable therapeutic tools one can participate in. The bonus is there is no financial investment (other than a tablet and pen) and done consistently, its rewards will amaze you.

One of the greatest rewards in having a written history of your life is the readily-available reminders we have access to during challenging times, those times when we encounter episodes of feeling as if we've achieved little, or not accomplished a life of true significance. Moments of frustration are of course a universal experience. When we have a written history we can refer to our timelines, visual representations of what we've experienced, accomplished, survived and thrived through, lessons we've learned; and in turn often we teach ourselves -- we remember. The words can teach us as we review them, seeing past superficial layers into deeper levels of communion with life. It is an observation that fortifies the soul.

And then there is the beauty -- an opportunity to record and revisit the moments of life that are rich and fruitful, returning us to the sweetness those moments give. Being a scribe affords us an opportunity to later revisit our times of struggle and find the beauty hidden that was at the time not immediately apparent. Learning to find the beauty in life, it is not denying suffering but appreciating the richness that remains.

The ways to implement writing into your life are as endless as your creative mind. Writing as a form of manifesting has been used throughout history. Remember, manifesting requires more than the writing or speaking of words, one must enter into an energetic vibration, an inner visualization, to see, feel -- experience with all the senses -- what it is we wish to create. In this way you can write the story of your life into existence. As we do this, the universe responds, but there is also an element occurring within your own being. When you begin to create and dedicate yourself to this vision for your life you will notice that your behavior and thoughts will begin to align with the intention you have set forth. Suddenly, you are becoming what you created first in thought.

With each breath we take, there is opportunity for a more intimate inner dialogue that can enrich our relationships, careers and our moments, giving us the ability to live in the moment instead of being consumed by the past or future fears. This practice of writing will enable its students to process more effectively and therefore release more efficiently. It will assist in focusing on that which deserves and requires our attention for growth in all areas of life. It's inevitable that there will be periods where we experience a pause, and it is not to be viewed as negative, allow yourself to process -- but then release what does not serve you, remember the lessons learned and in great gratitude cherish the continual opportunity of the anew.

Write your life story. Some days your entries may be no more than a word or two. Often those are the most powerful moments. And at the time you write -- be free. Give no thought to spelling or grammar, right or wrong, good or bad -- allow the words to penetrate your soul, giving them the freedom to flow without censoring as they come. It allows the passageways of the conscious and unconscious minds and spirit to communicate, and that is the true jewel.

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