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“An elixir for the soul”
—George Davis, Psychology Today
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Telling your story is an ancient mode of healing.
Your life may be determined more by the way you remember past events than by the actual events themselves. How do you rewrite your life story so that your pain becomes meaningful, leading to growth and transformation? Heal Your Self with Writing offers a step-by-step journey of discovery through focused journaling, which will bring about healing and empowerment.
Put the past behind you, where it belongs!
About the author
CATHERINE ANN JONES is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose works include The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, and several episodes of the popular TV series Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has taught extensively at many universities and institutes. Her book The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing is used in many schools.
2014 Nautilus Award: Silver
Category: Creative Process
I loved the book, mostly because it is filled with writing exercises inspired by spirituality and wisdom; and so the exercises can have transcendent healing effects. Heal Your Self with Writing pulls wisdom from all across world civilizations—from Lao Tzu to a female Sufi to Booker T. Washington to Steve Jobs. The writing is smooth and so there is no heavy medicinal effect to the healing. It feels more like healing with natural remedies. It cleans the chakras. Heal Your Self with Writing is an elixir for the soul.
—George Davis, Psychology Today
This is so much more than a book on writing. It is a guide to the soul’s journey, with Catherine Ann Jones as a compassionate teacher and wise companion along the way.
— Dr. Betty Sue Flowers, Series Consultant/Editor, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
Heal Your Self with Writing is much more than a “how-to” book. It is a spiritual manual of what it means to live authentically, persuasively written, psychologically wise, and full of pertinent examples and exercises.Catherine has been where she is talking about, drawing on a lifetime of experiences and inner work. The result is a marvelous fruit contributing totally to the new movement that sees art and healing as part of the same higher and deeper purpose in the emerging culture of our time.
— Jay Ramsay, Crucible of Love: The Alchemy of Passionate Relationships
I deeply value the soft voice of wisdom in this book. The accounts of encounters with shamans and mysterious teachers are unforgettable. On every page we find something to cherish: an exercise to stir the depths, a quotation to remember always, an insight to open the way. Catherine Ann Jones is a true friend to the soul.
— Dianne Skafte, Ph.D., Listening to the Oracle
Through a carefully designed sequence of examples and step-by-step writing exercises, Jones takes us on an informative journey of self-discovery and self-knowledge invaluable for care and healing of the soul, fascinating for anyone simply interested in exploring a deeper approach to life, and invaluable for anyone looking for healing.
— Selden Edwards, New York Times best-selling author of The Little Book and The Lost Prince
Through simple, anyone-can-do-them exercises, Jones makes plain the power of words to broaden your perspective, exorcise your demons, and yes, change your life for the better. It’s a book that would have come in handy during my own dark nights of the soul, and I cherish it in happy times as its lessons brighten an already bright spirit.
— Matt R. Lohr, Co-author, Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure
Catherine Ann Jones shares her unique but universal journey, traveling beside us as we grow more deeply acquainted with our individual and archetypal selves. She is a wise and congenial guide, illustrating each exercise with personal stories and epigrams from literature that explode from the page. This book provides keys for gaining oneself through writing—a Way for writers to follow for a lifetime.
— Alfred Collins, Ph.D., Fatherson: A Self Psychology of the Archetypal Masculine
Writing provides its own form of the hero’s journey. With Catherine Ann Jones as your guide, those who engage Heal Your Self with Writing will enter the most profound journey of all: into the depths of self-remembering to retrieve one’s narrative identity.
— Dennis Slattery, Ph.D., Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story
One thing Catherine Ann Jones knows how to do is tell a story. Using examples from her own life, she shows how to use the stories people have inside themselves, and those they tell themselves about themselves, with the express purpose of healing themselves, transforming the hard rocks of life into jewels. Even if you’re not a writer, this is a great book to help you get to know yourself better.
— Amy Corzine, The Secret Life of the Universe: The Quest for the Soul of Science
Heal Your Self with Writing is a well-written—and useful—book for anyone wishing to explore the depths of their interior life and personal connections with the unseen and unspoken mysteries of existence. I highly recommend it to people of all ages.
— Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., Life Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Medical Association
Wonderful! Very practical exercises that can free us from past traumas and release our creative energies. Many of the exercises are not only therapeutic but also fun. Read, practice, and be healed. Then write a note to the author to thank her for a life-changing book.
— Ravi Ravindra, Ph.D., The Spiritual Roots of Yoga
Heal Your Self with Writing is insightful and wise, tender and true. Catherine Ann Jones reminds us, “Ultimately, we long for what we truly are.” Her writing will bring you back to who you are and help you trust your deepest knowing. For whatever’s unhealed, open this book and read, then turn to your journal and write. You’ll be so glad you did!
— Patrice Vecchione, Writing and the Spiritual Life: Finding Your Voice by Looking Within
Catherine Ann Jones is dedicated to the healing power of writing. In this book she shows you how you too can use writing to release old fears, pain, and conditioning so that you are finally free to live your life fully and happily.
—Marilyn Tam, The Happiness Choice
Heal Your Self with Writing shows how we can engage in deep inner work through writing. The use of focused journaling helps us take ownership of our full lifespan and find healing possibilities in all that has happened to us, nothing left out or unappreciated.
— David Richo, Ph.D., How to Be an Adult in Love
In this treasure of a book, Heal Your Self with Writing, Catherine Ann Jones explores the idea of how we can change the stories that we tell ourselves from our past that are holding us back and learn how to heal them through writing. By doing this, we can bring our world back into balance and create the life that we want from a stronger place of truth, awareness, and connectedness.
— Jen Grisanti, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path to Success
Using proven exercises from her workshop bearing the same name, Jones provides a worthy guidebook where a writer can find therapeutic release through the writing process.
— Kathie Fong Yoneda, The Script-Selling Game: A Hollywood Insider’s Look At Getting Your Script Sold and Produced
Like The Way of Story, the author’s previous work, Heal Your Self with Writing is a testament to the healing power of narrative and story, which connect us to the soul. I’m sure that the emotional resonance produced by writing in response to the exercises in this book will clarify the reader’s values, improve self-understanding, relieve stress, and generally inform the reader of his or her internal state of affairs.
— Lionel Corbett, M.D., The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice
A must-read for anyone who feels mired in an old life script and longs for the creative freedom of new perspectives.Reading Heal Your Self with Writing is like opening a treasure chest of alchemical exercises and wisdom that reveals the gold in the depth of personal memories. A book to be turned to again and again.
— Hendrika de Vries, Marriage and Family Therapist