Would you like to discover the story that's inside you? Each of us has within us a story beneath the public stories we tell others and ourselves about who we are. Oftentimes we aren't even aware that we're following stories that keep us small when in reality the story of our life, our sacred calling is much bigger, containing many more layers and intricacies of beauty.
In order to align our minds with our bodies, our ancestors would use stories to guide them as they went through various life stages. Myths told us how to live in accordance with nature and showed us the beauty of our world. Today, most of us aren't in touch with the myths of our ancestors and of other cultures around the world.
Yet stories are still the glue that binds us, that gives our lives richness and helps us to stay rooted to the earth and to our soul's yearning. Uncovering and drawing on our story can help--just like it helped our ancestors--to guide us to safe ground where we can explore our true selves. Here, we can begin to explore our heart self, unpeeling like an onion the years and centuries of conditioning that have kept us small.
I would love to work with you to tap into the truth of who you are through story. My one-on-one Heart Writing™ sessions draw on somatic, heart-based techniques that use the senses and the body as starting points for writing.
The term “somatic” in this context refers to expressing yourself by way of the body instead of solely through the head. When applied to writing, it means allowing the body to lead the process of revealing the story and learning to trust that process as you feel into your emotions, intuition, and physical sensations.
It is important to remember as you are bringing higher consciousness into your daily life that you have never left the meadow; you just thought that you had. All of the joy, clarity and aliveness you long for have always been with you, right here, right now. You just haven’t seen it because your storyteller has grabbed hold of your attention and rarely let it go. The more you allow Life to put you in the situations that bring up the core spells of your storyteller, the more your cloud bank will thin and you will be able to recognize and live from the meadow of your being.
--Mary O’Malley, The Mind's Journal
Heart Writing™ gives you a way of being in the world that strives for wholeness and presence, bringing immediacy and liveliness to your life.
Here are some elements we may touch on in our sessions:
- Mind/Body story
- Visualizations and mantras
- Meditation techniques
- Inner Voices
- Personal mythmaking
- Animal archetypes
- Nature connection
- Hero/Heroine's Journey
- Story making
- Carl Jung's "Shadow" concept
Each week you'll begin to trust the all-knowing body a little more as you allow your writing to sidestep your mind.
Heart Writing™ is a unique way to access places inside you that are hidden. It requires you to be open, go inward, and explore different parts of yourself.
Our life experiences are embedded in our bodies, and some studies suggest that even our parents' and grandparents' experiences can influence us in some way. Communicating with our body through Heart Writing™ allows you to connect deeply to your authentic story about who you are and to bring them to life. Waking up to the story buried within us can help us to expand our sense of who we are and what we're capable of, and to live more consciously as we begin to understand ourselves better.
Over a period of several years, I’ve learned that stories live within me and that I'm a vehicle for their entry into the world. Many times I’ve wanted to write a particular story because it was smart or I thought people would applaud me for my intellect. Then I developed an autoimmune disorder and suffered extreme and constant pain in my abdominal area--the seat of creativity.
Gradually, I discovered that my body was telling me to listen to it, that it was part of my story-making process. Instead of second-guessing myself by allowing my mind to have the upper hand, I began to listen to my body. This new way of approaching my life and creative practice took me on a journey of self-discovery and deepened my writing practice. Today I follow the guidance of my heart story to feel into a situation rather than try to direct it. This new way of seeing and being makes for a richer experience of living and also of creating. It's also enabled me to learn about parts of myself that were previously out of reach.
Dedicating a room or corner in your home as your space and using a special pen or notebook, are all part of carving out time for yourself and your story.
Checking in with your body and connecting regularly to what's going on inside you can help you to be more open and aware of your emotions and desires. Having tools to do this such as a free-writing or meditation practice, will make it even easier to reach the depths of your psyche.
Becoming aware of the body's wisdom creates a sense of power over what you can accomplish as a creative being. Allowing your body wisdom to take the lead is inspiring, confidence building, and life-affirming.
So, let's get started!
"The body has its own way of knowing, a knowing that has little to do with logic, and much to do with truth." -- Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell
Heart Writing™ is of benefit to those who are interested in exploring the whole self, their creativity, and becoming more conscious through writing. It is for those who wish to uncover their authentic stories and live by their own guidance instead of doing what others expect of them.
Heart Writing™ can help you to enrich your creative path and access aspects of who you are through story. Some people approach Heart Writing™ as a way to unlock ideas for writing or another creative practice, to become more awake, and as a spiritual practice. Whatever the reason, this form of writing can open your eyes to the story or stories within you, enhance your creativity, and highlight different aspects of yourself that may have been hidden.
I work with many people who aren't writers. Some of them are artists, however many of them hold a range of positions such as teacher, doctor, or mother.
No matter what your background or field of expertise, this practice can help you see the role the senses and the body play in writing and creating. sHeart writing can make your imagination and creative practice stronger as you come into greater alignment with the story of who you are.
You'll learn more about yourself through Heart Writing™, and this learning will inform your life and day-to-day.
That depends on how much you've delved into your unconscious and allowed yourself the space to expand your awareness and deepen your self-knowledge.
There are many different ways to explore self and to come to an acceptance and understanding of who you are. Heart Writing™ touches on a few different contemplative practices and learning, such as meditation and depth psychology (e.g., dreams, archetypes) that you may already be aware of. Combining these together makes for a powerful way to approach story.
Some psychologists, most famously Carl Jung, have theorized that we're born with the memories and experiences of our ancestors imprinted on our DNA. This idea can serve as a transformative jumping-off point for self-discovery and story-making.
That depends on how deep you'd like to go and the purpose of doing the sessions. If you're curious about the story or stories inside you, then you may wish to do three sessions in order to locate the thread of your story and see a narrative developing. Or, perhaps you'd like to choose the monthly package that involves an in-depth heart story coaching to not only discover your story but to also write and complete it.
There are many ways to use the Heart Writing™ sessions to deepen your understanding of self, but also of what you wish to birth in terms of a writing or creative project. Or not! Please remember that your journey with the sessions is entirely dependent on your heart's desire for what you'd like to explore. See packages for the sessions below.
Although the purpose of this course isn't to complete a writing project, the sessions may give you a stronger idea of who you are and where your interests lay, and as a result what story you want to tell. Also, learning to listen to your body will help you stay true to it.
Once you connect to your story, you may find that your passion for writing or creating will be bigger and more powerful than other experiences you've had. Connecting to YOUR story has the magic effect of giving, giving, and giving some more. Some of my students have had their minds blown by just how electric they feel.
Whatever your story is and whatever your heart writing journey, through our sessions I'll help you to stay the course. Oftentimes our inner voices wrestle with us, especially when we're getting closer to our authentic voice. Naming the voices and being aware of how they can derail us, are also part of the Heart Writing™sessions.
Although it may be the case that you simply want to use the sessions or session as a tool to explore your inner knowing and to become acquainted with the story you carry around inside you. Whatever route you wish to take is up to you.
- Guided Discovery: A one-hour session to go inward and determine what's calling your attention. We'll do a meditation, a writing exercise, and you'll receive a worksheet and some resources to deepen the session's scope. (Cost: $115 US)
- Story Making: Three one-hour sessions including Guided Discovery and two one-hour sessions where you'll go deep and come closer to encountering your true nature. This package includes visualizations, generative writing exercises, worksheets, and story-making techniques that can lead to key themes of your personal story. (Cost: $272 US)
- Writing Your Heart Story: Five one-hour sessions over a two-month period. This package includes Guided Discovery, Story Making, and one-on-one coaching and mentoring to further shape and hone your heart story. Throughout you may focus on a question you'd like an answer to, such as a business idea you'd like to pursue or a relationship you're not sure about (Cost: $499 US)
I offer free 15-minute sessions to determine your focus and desire for the sessions.
Please note that I'm offering a group-oriented program starting July 15-August 15 that is work-at-your-own-pace and involves some group interaction and one-on-one coaching calls with me. Please contact me to register or to ask for more information.
I’m the Storyteller Mentor, Somatic Writer, and Big Sister behind Heart Writing, a personalized online program to help you discover the story and stories that live inside you.
I tailor my one-on-one writing coaching and story mentoring sessions to individual needs, whether that's working on pieces of writing to completion, doing somatic-based writing exercises and meditations to clear blockages in the body, or honing in on a person's story that's waiting to be told, and helping them to develop that story.
With my courses, I help people awaken to themselves and live richer, truer lives based on their passions, their uniqueness, and their spirit's calling. Uncovering stories that live deep within us can produce a lightness of body and spirit, carrying us to a higher level of being, relationship to the world—and a greater joy.
For 15 years I've followed a daily meditation practice, and draw spiritual guidance from Tibetan Buddhism, primarily Vajrayāna practices and techniques. My intuitive guidance is informed by years of bodywork encompassing craniosacral therapy (CST), yoga, Radical Wholeness embodiment techniques; Jungian dreamwork and mythical/archetypal work; and my own journey living with chronic pain over 20 years and coming home to my body.
I'm the author of five books including Milk Fever, a historical fiction novel, and co-translator from French of a book of poetic prose. Publisher's Weekly, Elephant Journal, the Globe and Mail, and The Creator's Journey podcast (along with Jonathan Fields from The Good Life Project and Gretchin Rubin, author of The Happiness Project) have featured me or my writing.
I hold an MA in English Studies from l'Universite de Montreal and a post-graduate diploma in writing from the University of Victoria, Canada. My formal writing expertise is informed by over 20 years of working as a professional copywriter, publisher, and communications generalist, and as a published author of fiction, a poetry translation, and non-fiction.
I enjoyed not letting myself cross a word out or stop to think, I just kept my pen on the paper in continuous motion until I was done. It's interesting where my writing began and ended up.
In a world of overstimulation, deep listening is a breath of fresh air.