The Healing Power of Writing

Writing your story by using your own creative voice is an adventure in healing! It helps to connect the thoughts and words with layers and levels of healing due to a variety of painful experiences. Healing provides a new perspective, helps in letting go of the past and provides a path to forgiveness and compassion.

Self-reflective writing helps to organize and focus the experience to heal illness, loss, grief and life-altering transitions. Writing helps to validate experiences and to access our inner healer in order to gain a fresh perspective to find courage and hope. It is a way to learn from the past, plan for the future and to get through a crisis. When a traumatic event occurs or we undergo a major life transition, our minds have to work overtime to process the experience.

Transformation comes from understanding both the positive and the negative aspects of our experience, as we seek to find meaning and justification. Writing helps us to gain confidence in our ability to find hope, grace and renewal. Healing does not come from striving to forget the hurt. It comes from remembering the hurt, to put it into perspective and to find a place in the memory to store it as a guidance tool.

Writing about difficult or painful experiences can be a healing tool to strengthen the immune system. Recognize and express the pain in the privacy of your journal or talk into a tape recorder. If it is too painful, if it is too soon, stop recording to allow the grieving process to advance.

Of utmost importance is to recognize when you have become overwhelmed by grief, when the feelings have become too much to handle. Take care of yourself by asking for professional help to heal. The pain that comes from a loss shows we can love!

Healing is a process whereby the body, mind and spirit seeks wholeness, restoration and balance in the wake of illness or stress or loss. Take the time to grieve in order to work through the agony of a sickness, worry anxiety and the loss of people, a job, money and other daily upsets. Endings always create new beginnings.

Healing is the process by which the body is continually trying to get back into balance. Writing is a path to healing. It puts structure and organization to those anxious feelings. It helps you to get past them. Writing puts the memories in order so they can be stored as a part of you that uses those remembrances to make peace with the past so you don’t mess up the present.

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