Much like any spiritual calling, the impulse to write demands courage, dvotion, and a deep sense of purpose. In this inspiring guide, writer and writing coach Jill Jepson explores the connections between the creative life and the spiritual life through diverse sacred practices. Drawing on the traditions of Buddhist monks, Navajo storytellers, Amazonian shamans, and more, she offers more than eighty-five writing meditations, prompts, rituals, and exercises to help you overcome blocks, access your inner resources, and discover your authentic voice. Her enlightening instruction and nurturing guidance will incite you to write with joy, honesty, and true vision.
Jill gives an overview of the book:
All writers, be they novelists, poets, journalists, or scholars, are, at root, tellers of tales, and it is in their role as storytellers that the sacred core of writing lies. Despite our impulse to search what we read for themes, symbols, metaphors, “what the author is trying to say,” and such, it is in the act of storytelling that writers perform their cardinal work.
Storytelling may seem too commonplace—even trivial—to be the key to a writer’s spiritual path. But this is because, like all seemingly simple work, we have become so used to it that we fail to see how remarkable it is, and how strange.
When you tell a story, you become what F. Scott Fitzgerald called “part of the consciousness of our race.” Storytellers are the custodians of human history, the recorders of the human experience, the voice of the human soul. They are the ones who keep safe the vast store of information collected by the human race over time. Stories sculpt meaning; they shape how we think about the world; they provide the framework for understanding our place in the Universe. Stories determine what we cherish, despise, or ignore. They define, in fact, what it is to be human.
Stories are gifts. The Universe offers them, not merely to us as individual writers, but to the world. Writers are the ones charge with the work of giving stories form and passing them on to others. To be open to stories, to receive them,to treat them with care and respect, and to offer them to the world is not merely our work, but our sacred responsibility.
I have spent a lifetime exploring spiritual traditions throughout the world--from Siberia to Afghanistan, Syria to Japan. I have also spent a lifetime writing. In my work, I weave together those two threads, combining the spiritual and the artistic, examining the ways...
For me, the power of the book is Jill Jepson's unflinching, and unerring plumbing of the depths of the compulsion to write and create. Drawing on her on personal travels around the world, and deep within...
I believe writing is a spiritual practice, and so I was drawn to the title of Jill Jepson's book. She approaches writing through four gateways to the sacred: the mystic, the monk, the shaman, and the...