Book can be both mirrors and windows for us, sometimes in unexpected ways.
Like many other people, I have bought books just because I loved their covers. I read some of them, and some others are still there, on the bookshelf (or who knows where in some cases!), waiting to be finally read.
I have also bought books because I felt immediately in love with their titles, and Julia Cameron's The Right to Write is one of them. I would have bought it even if the author had been completely unknown to me, because that title is, in fact, a powerful statement.
Yes, writing is our right, any person's right, for a number of reasons. Today, I want to focus on these : our right to reconnect with ourselves, and our right to connect or reconnect with other people through our own words.
We all have the right to reconnect with ourselves in any way we can or wish to do. It is not only a need, and, by the way, a big one, but also a fundamental right, because writing is also, or it can be at least, a way for us to pursue our inner balance, peace, harmony, and ultimately, our happiness.
Writing has the potential of having such an impact because it is a conversation with ourselves, specially when we engage in reflective or creative writing, but not only then. As such, it puts us right on the path toward the acceptance of the fact that we are worth it as human beings, among many other things, because of what we have inside us, and that thought in itself is not only soothing, or healing, or calming, or exciting, but it is also extremely powerful, and even disruptive. Sadly, there are plenty of examples of stories that show how easily, how often, this can be forgotten or painfully ignored.
Once we are there, back in touch with our center, with the best of us, with that sacred inner space that is unique and precious inside each person, connecting or reconnecting with other people through our written words can be a moving, fascinating, and terrific experience. Not just for us, but also for those who, in one way or another, may get in contact with what we write, either because they read it, or because we tell them about it, or somebody else does. Many of the things of what we have in common as human beings can be found precisely there, in our very inner center, unique in each person and, at the same time, familiar enough to all of us to recognize at least part of us as reflected in that other human being's inner world.
So, at the end, it turns out that not only what other people write and publish in books can be both a window to their souls and a mirror for ours, but what each one of us writes too.
To me, that is more than enough to start to write, and keep on wr
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