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Scribing the Soul
January 2002

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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.

Poem of the Month

New Year 2002
The dream changes at midnight
when I begin to peel the year 
like ripe fruit, letting old
mistakes and bitter regrets fall
away in cupped segments like rough
rind. I hold tight to the intent
to master this annual birth, this
time learning to forgive the old
wounds, celebrate the common joys.
It takes a gentle hand to undo 
the layers, bare the tender flesh
and never damage beyond a bruise.
There is little time for standing
still. I move into the new year
sticky and fragrant with the scent
of earth and sun and hope on my
hands, and the urge to mix tart
pulp with sweet cream, letting 
the juice drip from my fingers
and chin without apology.
-- Amy Christman

Journal Prompts:

  • This poem was written from a word game Amy plays with her writing group. She was given ten words and told to compose them into a poem. The words are: common, cream, birth, forgive, peel, still, master, ripe, midnight, never. Try your own poem.

  • Make up your own "juicy word" bowl or pouch and
    draw a few words from it. Incorporate these words into a write or a poem.

  • What is different about you in 2002?

  • If you could choose three things to focus on in 2002, what would they be? Write an intention or vision statement. Make it vivid and detailed.

© 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.

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

December 2001 "Unseen Companions"

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 Baker’s 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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