Creative journal writing

 Journal with pen

‘Creative journal writing goes way beyond just recording events on paper. Without needing any rigid formula to gain success, it is the companion that supports but does not judge. It can be a place of unparalleled discovery and a creative playground where the everyday rules no longer count. Proven benefits of journal writing include reduced stress and anxiety, increased self-awareness, sharpened mental skills, genuine psychological insight, creative inspiration and motivation, strengthened ability to cope during difficult times, and overall physical and emotional well-being.’  

From the back cover of Creative Journal Writing by Stephanie Dowrick. If you’re thinking about starting a journal, you might find this book of value.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter.


There is some writing that is best done with pen and paper. This is where journals come in. A journal is a book you create by writing down your thoughts, and your answers to those questions that bother you, or that you have been putting off looking at for years.

Journals are a pathway to self-discovery or self-recovery.

You can write what you like in a journal. You’re the only person who is likely to ever read it, and you’ll be dead when, and if, anybody else reads it, unless you come from New York, where everybody seems to publish a book about their personal journey.


Extract from the soon to be released third book in the Living alone series: Sanity Savers

Thanks for dropping by, Peter.

It is not possible for you to be alone

Another of Jeshua’s ‘it is not possible’ statements to spend some time with.

I dare say most of you do not believe this statement. Most of us equate being alone with loneliness, which has to be avoided at all cost.

We believe that we are social beings and we want to belong. We join the crowd. Not just one crowd but many crowds – a religious crowd, a political party, a sporting club, a drinking group. I’m sure you can name a host of other crowds but they will all serve the same purpose -surrounding ourselves with like minded people.

Being with liked minded people and doing things together for a common purpose feels like an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Lots of good things get achieved by people cooperating to manifest a common vision. Works for the other side of the coin too. We even have a word to describe such crowds – gangs.

Being part of a crowd has other consequences that we all know about but generally don’t want to acknowledge. The crowd expects, and in some cases demands, that you conform to its behavioural norms, its mindset and its worldview.

Consider what happens when you decide to behave differently or express a different opinion.

The crowd decides that you no longer fit in. People start feeling uncomfortable around you. Peer pressure is applied to pull you back into the fold. If that doesn’t work, you get excluded or expelled from the crowd. The Catholic Church has a lovely word for it – excommunicated. Once that happens, you become an outsider, a heretic. You find yourself alone.

But it is not possible for you to be alone.P1000088

It’s easy to believe that you are alone, especially if you see yourself as a separate being. If you’re looking at the surface of the ocean you only see the waves, but the waves are not the ocean.

It takes courage to consciously choose to take yourself out of the crowd, any crowd. But if you don’t take yourself out of the crowd you stay subject to the energy field of the crowd. You stay part of the herd.

Herd mentality. I invite you to look it up in Wikipedia. It can be very subtle but it’s also a powerful tranquilliser that can keep you locked into unconscious behaviours and thought patterns.

If you want to take the journey of discovering who you really are, you need to take yourself out of the crowd. You need to risk testing the truth of Jeshua’s assertion that it’s not possible for you to be alone.

‘In the beginning there is not much difference between the coward and the courageous person. The only difference is, the coward listens to his fears and follows them, and the courageous person puts them aside and goes ahead. The courageous person goes into the unknown in spite of all the fears.’  OSHO in Courage: The joy of living dangerously.

This is an invitation to get out of the stands and step into the arena.