Emotional Purging through Heart Writing

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Heart Writing Tools

Start with Morning Pages

To begin with, let’s talk about morning pages, the journaling style from Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way.

Morning pages is a style of writing in which your intention when you sit down is to write three pages (or more) without editing or thinking too much [no grammar rules in morning pages – gasp!]. It is a stream of consciousness writing in which you keep the pen moving until you have completed three pages. Some people set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes and write until a timer beeps. Typically morning pages are done when you first wake up.

If you have not done this before, try it out. See what you think. It is a GREAT way to get the writing juices flowing. Sometimes you fill the page literally with blah, blah, blah and other times full essays pour out of you.

How to Reinvent Morning Pages and Make it Your Own

Morning pages is a great practice to connect you more deeply to yourself. With morning pages there is no agenda: you write your three pages straight through. This is a great tool to have in your self care tool basket.

Why would you want to reinvent morning pages if it is so good? The short answer is time. We don’t always have enough time to do our morning pages plus do other journaling exercises as a part of our inner exploration. For many of us we also have blogs to write, essays or novels we are working on, or creative projects or art to create.

Modify morning pages by setting some intentions and being guided by a connection to the heart space. Working on this type of inner listening, be soft and fluid with the intentions and blend them into your journaling practice. This can also be integrated with an awareness of energy frequencies of certain places: by a river, by the sea, sitting on a blanket in a park by your favourite tree. Heart writing integrates heart listening and working with your inner guidance. Sometimes heart writing is about clearing emotions and other times it uncovers insights previously hidden.

Heart Writing Strategies

  • Write about the things that you would like to release from 2021 / 2022 or other years.. This may morph into intentions for 2023. During your writing drop your attention into the heart space.
  • Write about what you notice in your mind, body, spirit and heart. Write 3 pages straight through.
  • Start with the love bubble meditation. Write about your experience.
  • Worry dump: Dump all of your worries on the page. Purge all the corners of your being and write in detail about all of your worries, every last one of them. [optional] Burn the pages at the end.
  • How do you feel today, in this moment? Angry, sad, afraid, confused, disappointed, all of the above. Start with this starting point. Write three pages keeping the pen moving and letting yourself admit how you are feeling.
  • Angry writing: If you have a lot of pent up anger, rational or irrational, try doing some angry writing in which you pour your angry ranting onto the page. Let yourself be as irrational and abusive as you want on the page.
  • The writing often gets big and jagged, so big pages can be helpful. I recommend burning the pages or tearing them up afterwards.
  • Love and acceptance: Start with the heart connection meditation. When you get ready to start to do your heart writing, consciously invoke the energy of love and acceptance of self. Write about how you are feeling, following each section with the phrase, “I love and accept my feelings about this situation.” Write for a minimum of 20 minutes. Notice how your body and heart feels afterwards. Is it lighter?

It is important that we get the professional support that we need. These exercises are not meant to be a replacement for professional support. A professional helps us get perspective and process things at a different level. They are more able to help us access subconscious blocks. Our own introspection is also necessary.

Resource

Cameron, Julia (2021) The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

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