You have a story that’s powerful and personal. What would happen if you shared it?

These online coaching sessions will help you discover your own life stories—and why it’s worth the risk trying to share them with the world.   Whether your story is unsettling or inspiring, you can use it to gain insight, challenge stereotypes and bias, and to upend the confines of convention. Explore the possibilities of Spiritual Life Story Work with author and educator 

Susan Scott

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Do you feel called to write? Are you wondering how to start?

Each Spiritual Life Writing webinar introduces you to authors who have felt like you.

Our 2021 guests to date include: Deborah Cardiff, Donna Costa, Lana Cullis, Gloria Fern, Liz Fryer, Meharoona Ghani, Tamara Jong, Jónína Kirton, Vickie MacArthur, Lindy Mechefske, Heather Mason Murray, Lori Sebastianutti, and Betsy Warland.

Several of these are writers and poets interested in reviving the ancient art of spiritual memoir. You can find examples of their work in Body & Soul, a collection of candid first-person accounts that get people talking openly and frankly about lived experiences with spirit.

Like sexuality, spirituality is often seen as private. Is it any wonder then that something powerful happens when we find a language to express ourselves, and when we listen, really listen, to each other?

Do you have a story? We would love to hear it, and to support your speaking out.

For examples of life writing as an art form, as social justice outreach, and as healing ministry, visit my website.

Watch for the newsletter about our “ancestors” webinar on crafting honest eulogies & obits (see video below)

Until then, write your heart out

~ Susan Scott

 

Spiritual Life Story Writing

NEW upcoming Sessions on the 3rd Wednesday of each month – 7pm to 8pm EDT

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Do you ever get the urge to write then falter when setting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard? Do you crave a little guidance to get you going with a new or stifled writing practice? Or, perhaps you’re curious about how exactly a writing group can help you voice experiences with Spirit.

Join Awakening Spirituality for two writing sessions that will nurture your writing practice in a welcoming communal setting.

We will focus on simple, yet highly activating writing exercises. These are experiential sessions, so be sure to come with paper and pen, or your favorite writing device.

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Dec 15 – When the Body Feels Safe

Special Guest – Pam Johnson

“You do not have to be good, you do not have to walk through the desert for a hundred miles, on your knees, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” —Mary Oliver

How do we listen to the “soft animal of our body,” and how can this serve our writing process? What happens when we slow down, tune in, and observe the whispers of our body with the perspective of a kind observer? By paying attention to sensations, movement impulses, feelings we can access the wisdom of the body and turn to it as a valuable resource in our creative exploration. When we experience the body from our felt-sense, lived experience we connect body, mind, and spirit.

Join seeker, Somatic coach, writer, and nature lover Pam Johnson to explore the connection between our bodies and our writing. Pam has been exploring creative, breath, and movement practices for over three decades and is currently immersed in Somatic therapy training. As someone who loves the idea of being open and receptive to creative impulses, Pam connects with nature, yoga, and Chi Gong to explore receptivity both in life and in writing. Look for her writing in Body & Soul and a forthcoming memoir, Magpies.

Come prepared for a gentle sensory exploration and an evocative writing exercise.

Sessions are free, and open to all. You need not be a writer to take part. 

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9 – When the Ancestors Come Calling

8 – How Shall We Speak of the Dead?

Penny Allport

7 – Poet’s Corner

6 – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Balancing Ethics with Aesthetics

5 – Faulty Towers: Choose Your Building Blocks

4 – Spring Into Action: Yep, It’s Time to Make a Plan

3 – The Butcher, The Baker, The Troublemaker: Using Family History to Tell Your Story

2 – Pen, Paper, Vision, Dream: Opening to Mystery

1 – Spiritual Life Story Writing with Susan Scott