Message from Charlene Kingston
When I tell people I have a journal writing website,
I get a lot of strange looks. People think they know what
journal writing is all about... you get some paper and a pen and
start writing. Right?
The answer is YES and NO. YES, because it is
that easy to start and keep a journal. And NO, because there
is so much more your can do with a journal!
I started my journal when I was 10 years old. It
has been a passionate relationship and one that has changed with
the seasons of my life. About 20 years ago, I went through a tough
personal time, and discovered that my journal was the greatest support
available to me. It was better than friends who had their own problems,
and better than advisors who we pushing me to do what they thought
I should do. During that time, I learned that I could sit
and write by myself and work through the issues and feelings I was
facing. I was doing more than surviving, I was starting to make
sense of the confusing things that were happening to me.
Although I had always been looking for the bigger
picture in my life, that time showed me the real value and importance
of choosing a spiritual life. I make a distinction between
a spiritual life and a religious life. There are many people
involved in religions who don't have a spiritual life. There
are also many people who aren't involved with any religion who have
a spiritual life. And then, there are some people who have
I was so excited
by how my journal helped me find the meaning in my life events that
I started doing journal writing workshops to share this information
with other people. I also started publishing a newsletter,
Celestia™, to share what I was learning with people everywhere. My
main goal was to encourage people to follow their heart. I believe
that no one ever makes a mistake when they choose to follow their
Usually, the decision to follow your heart causes
some initial upheaval and confusion in your life. I have discovered
in my own life that these changes are taking away the parts of my
life that dont help me follow my heart. Once these are gone,
I've found new people, places, jobs, and situations that let me
follow my heart and be the person I truly want to be. Ive
learned to accept the confusion and changes as friends.
know what anyone else should do with his or her life. I dont
want to convert anyone to my way of thinking, or to influence anyone
to make any changes. All I want to do is encourage you to follow
your own heart. Your heart is telling you what you need to do. If
there is confusion, and if you arent sure what your heart
is saying, perhaps your journal writing can help you get connected
to your heart and your dreams.
That is where
Writing The Journey™ comes in. After I quit doing the face-to-face
workshops, I put the workshop on the Internet so people who are
looking for this information can find it. That is why this workshop
doesnt list the exercises
in any order.
I encourage you to read through the concepts
section, and then to look at the writing
exercises. Pick one that interests you and try it.
After than, pick another one that interests you, and try that one.
While you are trying it, listen to your own ideas, and make any
changes you want. There are no rules! Take a chance, and make
the exercise your own by modifying my instructions to fit your life.
If you find
your heart is encouraged by these exercises, and if you feel you
have found a place where you can be just who you are, I encourage
you to sign up for the monthly
newsletter. And keep checking back! I am always
adding new exercises and features to the web site.