Writing for Emotional Healing and Personal Transformation

As part of the online book tour I’m doing for my book, The Windless Echo – A Short Story Collection, I did a guest post over on the blog Mythical Books. It was on “Writing for Emotional Healing and Personal Transformation”.

It’s relevant to the topics here, so I thought I’d post it. If you want to check out the article, you can do so here: http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-windless-echo-short-story.html

The article relates to the principles I talk about over on the Inner Storytelling page, but is geared specifically towards those who might be interested in writing, but might not have found a way it can be personal and impactful for them as a writer.

Recent Updates

Hello! Just wanted to put out a post on the main blog, about some of the changes I’ve made that haven’t necessarily shown up through subscriptions.

Recently, I added the following:

  • Relaxation – An article about relaxation as a technique for self-awareness and inner balance. Essentially, it seems to me related to what many people call meditation, though this is my own take on it. It seems a relaxed state of being can help one become more aware – and one can let one’s self relax in many areas: physically, emotionally, mentally, in terms of focus, awareness itself, and perhaps others
  • New Video Walkthrough of Drawn Processing – a little over an hour long, this video walks through what a typical session of working through something might be like. Starts with the basics, then explains how processing would proceed from the starting point, and what one might be able to expect as one goes along, through it.
  • Article on Powerlessness – this ailment article goes into the condition of powerlessness, and how indecision over what choices to make can result in this sort of state. Feeling stuck in this state can leave on feeling helpless, since no visible options, sometimes, can seem good. Includes a method for approaching powerlessness, aimed at helping one know what dilemmas one’s going through, and easing you through the process of working through those dilemmas.
  • Article on Shame – another ailment article, this time on shame. Touches on subjects of how shame may relate to the fear of vulnerability, how it functions as a coping mechanism, and how self-kindness can help with it. Includes a process for helping you to work through any shame you might be going through.

I also made some changes to the following articles:

  • Negativity – I went back to this article and reflected on how I expressed things, and refined and edited things a bit where I felt it was appropriate. Specifically I went into certain states and conditions that can emerge from negativity (such as Martyrdom, “Trying to make due”, Complaining, and Addiction), as well as certain principles that are likely helpful when approaching negativity, such as observing and allowing feelings, keeping an open mind, and connecting with what positive states are like. I’ll likely add a step-by-step method soon.
  • Anxiety – Again, I’ve had some new experience working with this ailment, and so I reconsidered and rewrote a lot of the article. I also streamlined the method you can use, which involves uncovering and processing through worries, as well as went into new details about what seems to cause anxiety, and what the experience of it is like. Its root seems related to a lack of trust in one’s self and one’s own capabilities of handling an experience. It can feel like constriction. Furthermore, I go into how anxiety can lead to a desire to control circumstances, in order to avoid what one feels anxious about.

And that’s it! I did some minor other updates to some of the other Ailments articles, but, that’s about it

Announcing the World Within Forum!

Just wanted to do a quick post to announce the start of a forum section on The World Within – you can find a link to it in the menu bar, or via this link: http://www.theworldwithin.org/forum/ .

If you’ve ever been looking to discuss things with me or with others who read about or engage with this kind of inner-focused material, you are welcome to do that on the forum. But more than that, the forum is a place to communicate, and is a place of community. Even if you’re not looking to post about inner-world-related topics, you’re still invited to join in. Here is a preview of some of the sections of the forum:

General Discussion (of Inner Worlds): this is an area to discuss any and all topics relating to inner worlds, such as their structure, how they function, how to navigate them, and thoughts about their nature.

Talk and Share: A social area where you can talk about anything and everything that might not go in any other forum.

Help and Advice: A section where you can ask for help or advice on anything, or help those who ask.

Share your World: A place for sharing from your inner world. Whether it’s experiences, artwork, music, or even creative works that relate to your inner world, this is a place to share those things.

World-Related: Itching to talk about something you saw elsewhere in the world (such as media), that relates to inner worlds? This board is a place for that.

Those are some of the main boards, but you can check out the others by going to the forums. And, even if the board is currently empty (as of writing this post, most of them are), please feel free to post – even if you’re the first voice in a certain area, whatever you’d like to say is still welcome as part of this (currently budding) community. You can also be as messy or as informal as you like ^_^ It’s okay to just be yourself.

So, if you’re at all interested, please check it out, and take care,

-Oliver : )