This blog continues on where The Power of Journaling left off. It is the transcript of an interview I gave last year with Tami Patzer of Blue Ocean Authority and Beyond the Bestseller. If you have always wanted to start a journal, and are interested in deep self discovery, this two part blog series is for you!
Tami Patzer (TP): Sometimes it is hard to find that real, authentic person inside, but once we do we are on our way to a lot of self-discovery and of becoming a better, deeper person. So you have done a lot of writing and even in your bio, you know, you said, “Hey I actually quit doing all this stuff because I wanted to write more,” so here’s a question: have you been able to write more, and do you have any prompts or ideas that you can share with the audience to get them to start to, as you said, start to unpeel that “onion of self?”
Krista Callas (KC): I just want to say one one more thing about what we choose to write with because it’s such a such an interesting point to me. I love to write with a pen but for a while I was keeping a journal on my computer. There’s really benefits to both. With handwriting, there’s something about that psycho-neurological connection of physically writing with a pen, that for me is very deep. But I’ll tell you, when I was typing on my computer, where most people can type a lot faster than they can write — you can keep up with your brain faster when you’re typing. There’s pros and cons to both, but typing can really facilitate things moving faster, things arriving faster, coming out faster. You can have some wonderful, spontaneous moments on your computer. But I do love writing with a pen the best.
Getting back to what kind of questions might people consider to move into this ‘unpeeling of the onion…’ Here are some questions to consider:
- What in my life is seeking resolution?
- What’s not fully resolved in my heart?
- What am I seeking to understand more deeply about myself and my life?
- What happened in the last two days that feels unfinished, awkward, or that was perhaps a mistake that I can learn from?
- What are my best and worst character traits, and when do they show up in my life?
TP: Interesting, because the truth is, how often do we actually stop in a day and reflect on what’s going on and how we feel? Our lives seem to be lived on a treadmill and even when you’re not doing something, sometimes I’ll feel guilty because it’s like I’m supposed to be doing something. But the truth is that we need to stop and do this reflection and a get in touch with that inner self so that we can keep functioning at an optimal level.
What’s happened in the last two days that feels unfinished, awkward, or is a mistake I can learn from? It’s kind of interesting because if you look back, two days is not that much time, but if you think, “I could have done this, that, or the other thing, or you know it could be as simple as, “Gee, I should have gotten up at seven instead of laying in bed until nine!” I think there’s some truth in that, but then at the same time you look at that as a positive, that maybe you needed that time.
It’s interesting to ask yourself what best and worst character traits that you have and when do they show up in life because that is a reflection and again, maybe those are questions I don’t want to answer. That’s why I don’t want to journal at all because I know that I have bad character traits and I have good character traits and sometimes I’m tired. I don’t think I’m abnormal — everybody has these things. But I think that journaling the way that you’ve described it can actually be very useful in helping you.
Besides the computer you can use a pen, pencil and paper. Some people like to have notebooks or blank books. Are there any tools that you think will help people with their journaling, and what about voice journaling? Have you ever done that, and what do you think about the value of that?
KC: I have never done voice journaling. That’s an interesting concept. I think for me, there’s something about having the written word that captures an essence. Certainly in voice journaling you’re going capture the emotion in your voice. You’re going to capture the sound, the quality and the rawness of that moment, for sure. And so that could very definitely be a way of a self investigation as well. I hadn’t even considered doing the voice because the written word has always captured my imagination.
TP: We’ve talked about writing, typing and speaking — and it’s all about becoming real and becoming authentic. I know you’ve written about this at www.kristacallas.com. where you have a blog about journaling. Do you have any other advice for people who want to use journaling on their journey?
KC: I would say, regarding whatever you use to journal — whatever helps you unpeel that onion — there’s going to be the best way for you, and it’s just a practice of trial and error to discover what works best. Give each thing a shot and see how it works for you.
There are also some really great journals out there for inspiration. Virginia Woolf’s journals have been published. Thomas Merton, who is a famous contemplative. And most people have heard of the Diary of Anne Frank. There’s also Etty Hillesum, a favorite of mine, who was an incredible, incredible writer during World War II. She did perish in the war, but she had such an incredible inner journey, where her inner world became so rich that the war basically didn’t even affect her. She lived a powerfully transcendant life and wrote it that way in her journals. And Virginia Woolf — I don’t know if you’ve read any of Virginia Woolf’s writing but boy, she could take a single moment and open it from a seed into a complete garden that’s just a feast for the soul. These are some ways that you can be inspired to begin a journal, by seeing other people’s journals.
The other thing is that when you’re journaling in conjunction with receiving Life Force Energy Transmissions, there is a synergy there that is so powerful. It’s incredible because Life Force Energy Transmissions can help evolve your consciousness and help raise your consciousness. Over time, we begin to see more and more of who we really are and not who we wish we were and in this journey towards our own souls, writing can be a powerful investigative tool that helps us to update our inner files and run at a new level in terms of our consciousness, in terms of how we behave in the world, in terms of our being becoming more aligned in our thoughts words and deeds, which is really becoming more authentic. The two of those together dovetail wonderfully.
TP: That’s really interesting and I think that a lot of people would probably love to connect with you, Krista, about journaling and about Life Force Energy. If somebody wants to connect with you what’s the best way to do that?
KC: Through my website, which is www.kristacallas.com.
TP: So Krista, before I let you go, do you have any last words?
KC: Just to say thank you for having me again, Tami. It’s been a real pleasure.
TP: Thank you, everyone. Start journaling because it will help you to uncover things. I’m sitting here going, “Oh my goodness, if I started journaling, I’m sure I would start connecting the dots a lot faster and a lot better!”