A Monthly Column
by Kathleen Adams, LPC, RPT
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.
Center for Journal Therapy and Offerings for Your Spirit
and Language of Soul-Making"
with Kathleen Adams and Dana Reynolds
Section 1: June 16-21, 2001, Benet
Pines, Monument, Colorado
Section 2: October 25-30, 2001, Mabel Dodge Luhan House,
Taos, New Mexico
Join Dana Reynolds and
Kathleen (Kay) Adams for a six-day, five-night immersion
into creativity. Dana and Kay will combine their
passions for sacred art-making and writing to inspire
your heart and soul to new levels of creation.
Kathleen Adams is one
of the living masters in the power of writing to heal
and change. Her gifted guidance of the articulation of
spirit into metaphor delivers those she facilitates to
new portals of self-understanding. She has taught the
language of soul for more than 15 years as
psychotherapist, writing teacher, facilitator and
leader/advocate. Kay is the author of four books,
including Journal to the Self and The Write Way to
Wellness, and is President-Elect of the National
Association for Poetry Therapy.
Dana Reynolds is a
contemporary mystic and facilitator of women's circles.
Her work initiates transformation through the engagement
of soul with the sacred imagination. She is a spiritual
midwife whose gentle guidance supports individual
Self-birthing and encourages a new cultural
consciousness. Dana is the author of Be An Angel, and
her essay, Visual Prayers, is included in the anthology,
Our Turn, Our Time: Women Truly Coming of Age.
Kay and Dana are both
monthly columnists at SoulfulLiving.com. This retreat is
the joyful celebration of their ten year friendship and
the co-creation of innovative and inspirational work to
enrich and enliven the art and soul of each participant.
Come prepared to receive the blessings and magic these
two muses will abundantly offer.
Together in circle, we
will form community and share our stories through the
pen and our soulful creations. This gentle combination
of writing and sacred art-making promotes healing and
enlivens the flow of creative energy into all areas of
life. We hope you will join us on the rim of our circle
as we step into the mystery of the sacred imagination
and the language of the soul.
Section 1: June
Benet Pines Retreat Center, Monument, Colorado Benet
Pines Retreat Center
Nestled in the Black Forest of Southern Colorado,
Benet Pines' 33 acres of pine forest and wildflower
meadows offer panoramic views of Pikes Peak and the
Continental Divide. You are lodged in comfortable shared
rooms, in a modern house or a rustic cabin. Family-style
meals, which are mostly vegetarian, are a 5-minute walk
from the meeting room. Meditation gardens, extravagant
nature displays and congenial retreat center staff make
this a perfect site to write, make art and connect with
your soul. Section 1 includes: Pilgrimage packet in
advance of the retreat; workbook; manual; all art
materials (with the exception of personal touches you
may want to bring); round-trip shuttle service from
Colorado Springs airport to Benet Pines; five nights'
lodging and all meals at Benet Pines (double-occupancy);
16 sessions of facilitated art/writing process with two
master teachers. Not included, but available by
appointment: Massage and/or Reiki with Sister Jan. Total
cost: $1400. Certified Journal to the Self instructors
and prior Benet Pines retreat attendees may deduct $100.
Space is limited to 14 participants. Please register
early. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to
hold your space. Balance is payable throughout 2001.
MasterCard/Visa is available. Call Jennifer at
1-888-421-2298 or e-mail email@example.com
to reserve your space.
Section 2: October
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
Your accommodations will be at the Mabel Dodge Luhan
House a historic adobe inn nestled into the Taos
landscape, a private Eden. Famous artists and writers
such as; D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keefe, and Willa
Cather were inspired by their visits to this very
special place. Here your body and spirit will be
nurtured by cozy shared rooms, fresh linens and towels
daily, optional full body massage, three delicious meals
each day, and a spacious open workspace with a view of
the Taos mountains. Section 2 includes: Pilgrimage
packet, two workbooks, and all art materials (with the
exception of personal touches you may want to bring),
and five nights' lodging and all meals at Mabel Dodge
Luhan House (double-occupancy); 16 sessions of
facilitated art/writing process with two master
teachers. You will provide your own ground
transportation from the Albuquerque airport to Taos. We
will assist you with these arrangements. Total cost:
$1800. Space is limited to 14 participants. Please
register early. A non-refundable deposit of $350 is
required to hold your space. Balance is payable
throughout 2001. MasterCard/Visa available. To register,
or call 831-622-7518.
Co-sponsored by The
Center for Journal Therapy, www.journaltherapy.com
and Offerings for Your Spirit, www.sacredimagination.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or stop by her website, www.journaltherapy.com.
Kathleen's Past "Scribing the Soul" Columns:
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