Ritual Spotlight


“We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.

We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.

We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.”

―Julia Cameron from her book, ‘The Artists Way.’


As with all rituals, we like to set the stage to write with a series of small acts. Here is our tried and true recipe for employing the act of writing as a tool for transcendence:

  1. Clear your space
    Less clutter leads to greater levels of concentration 
  2. Create a container for creativity
    We use the BEL to time these exercises, transcribing as many thoughts as possible until the first pin drops
  3. Allow prompts to guide you
    i.e. What are you most grateful for? What do you know now that you didn’t a year ago? What do you need more or less of?
Different exercises serve different purposes. We like to use stream-of-consciousness journaling to help settle a racing mind and gratitude lists before bed to end the day with grace. In the words of Toni Morrison, “writing is about putting things together,” so perhaps the next time you put pen to page you’ll allow the map of your own making to help lead you back to yourself.