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Visual Journaling : Going Deeper Than Words - Barbara Ganim

Visual Journaling

Going Deeper Than Words

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Published: 1st October 1999
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Most people who journal use words. But words come from the left brain, which interprets experiences through our learned beliefs and expectations. As this breakthrough book demonstrates, there is a more effective way to journal---using images. Simple drawings, crayon art, even doodles and stick figures can help anyone---even those who believe they "can't draw"---move beyond thought into deep reaches of feeling and intuitive knowing. Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox have developed their Visual Journaling technique into an acclaimed workshop. This book, beautifully illustrated with black and white and color drawings from the journals of students in their workshops, makes this enjoyable tool for personal exploration accessible to everyone. A six-week plan of exercises and interpretive activities teaches readers a lifelong practice that can reduce stress, explore conflicts, and overcome obstacles. Its simple techniques can help everyone gain access to "soul-based" inner wisdom.

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Authors' Notep. xii
Introduction: How Jmages Express What Words Cannotp. 1
Sidebar: Dealing with Fear and Self-Doubtp. 4
You Don't Have to Be an Artistp. 5
Visual Journaling Helps You to Access Your Inner Wisdomp. 6
Using Verbal Responses to Process a Drawingp. 6
Going Deeper than Words to Give Voice to Your Soulp. 9
Words Interpret Our Feelingsp. 9
Imagery Reveals Our Feelingsp. 10
Only You Know What Your Imagery Meansp. 13
Our Feelings Communicate What We Needp. 15
Taking the First Stepp. 17
Sidebar: The Influence of Carl Jungp. 17
Preparing for the Journeyp. 18
Materialsp. 19
Setting Up Your Journaling Spacep. 19
The Four Basic Steps in Visual Journaling: Doing a Practice Journal Entryp. 22
Setting a Clear Intentionp. 22
Sidebar: Examples of Intentionsp. 24
Quieting the Mind through Body-Centered Awarenessp. 24
Exercise in Body-Centered Awarenessp. 25
Seeing with Your Inner Eye through Guided Visualizationp. 25
Exercise in Guided Visualizationp. 26
Sidebar: How People Visualize Imageryp. 26
Drawing Your Inner Imagesp. 27
Sidebar: Beware of Judging Your Visualizations and Your Drawingsp. 27
Visual Journaling as an Everyday Practicep. 29
Introduction to the Six-Week Programp. 29
Accessing and Expressing Your Emotionsp. 30
Sidebar: Tips to Help You Maintain a Regular and Consistent Visual-Journaling Practicep. 32
The Body Never Liesp. 34
Don't Neglect the Check-In--Even If You Feel Greatp. 35
Before You Beginp. 35
The Check-Inp. 36
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 37
Using Movement and Sound to Access Imagesp. 39
Accessing Your Feelings through Movementp. 39
Using Sound to Access Your Emotionsp. 42
Developing Your Own Approach to the Four-Step Processp. 43
Sidebar: The Progressive Development of a Journal Drawingp. 44
Healing Your Stress-Producing Emotionsp. 49
How Stress-Producing Emotions Affect Your Physical Healthp. 51
The Stress Equationp. 51
Accessing, Releasing and Transforming Your Stress-Producing Emotionsp. 54
Sidebar: What to Do If You Are Not Experiencing Stress Right Nowp. 55
Discovering the Source of Your Stress-Producing Emotionsp. 55
Sidebar: When Words Appear with Your Imagesp. 56
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 58
Some Journalers Don't Always Use the Self-Exploration Questionsp. 60
Transformation through ReEnvisioningp. 60
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 61
Expanding Your Journal Work beyond the Confines of Your Journal Pagesp. 61
Discovering Your Unhealed Emotional Woundsp. 63
Accessing, Releasing and Transforming Unhealed Emotions from the Pastp. 63
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 64
Releasing and Healing Old Emotional Woundsp. 64
Conversing with Your Imagesp. 67
Letting Your Images Speakp. 67
How to Dialogue with Your Imagesp. 68
Sidebar: Answers to Questions about Dialoguing with Imagesp. 70
Dialoguing with Your Imagesp. 72
Dialoguing Questions to Elicit Responses from Your Drawingsp. 72
Dialoguing with the Drawings of the Previous Two Weeksp. 73
Seeing Your Images and Their Responses as Symbolic Messagesp. 73
Letting Your Drawings Tell Their Storyp. 76
Drawing with a Story to Tellp. 76
Story-Prompter Questionsp. 77
Sidebar: Suggestions on How to Interpret Your Storyp. 78
Putting It All Together: Different Ways to Approach Writing a Storyp. 79
Art from the Heartp. 85
Overcoming Fearp. 101
Discovering the Lessons of Fearp. 104
Overcoming Your Fearsp. 104
Discovering Your Fearsp. 106
Identifying Unreasonable or Unrealistic Fearsp. 106
Sidebar: What to Do If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Painful Emotional Experiencep. 109
A Reminder to Continue Your Regular Check-Insp. 109
Exercises to Help You Eliminate Fearp. 109
Accessing an Image of Your Fearp. 110
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 110
Everyone's Image of Fear Is Differentp. 112
Believing in Yourself to Overcome Your Fearsp. 114
Asking Your Soul What Your Fear Has to Teach Youp. 116
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 118
Releasing Fear from Your Life--Burning Ritualp. 118
What We Fear Will Reappearp. 119
Resolving Inner Conflict Through Soul Zlisdomp. 121
How Inner Conflict Arisesp. 121
Becoming Aware of Inner Conflictp. 122
How Fear Drives Our Inner Conflictsp. 122
What Causes Inner Conflict?p. 123
Inner Conflict Is a Primary Source of Stressp. 123
Resolving Your Inner Conflictsp. 125
Issues That Create Inner Conflictp. 125
Identifying the Sources of Inner Conflict in Your Lifep. 128
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 129
Understanding Your Soul's Resolution of the Conflictp. 130
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 131
Using These Exercises to Resolve Other Inner Conflictsp. 131
Trusting Your Soul's Solution to Your Inner Conflictp. 133
Expanding Your Visual-Journaling Experiencep. 135
Visual Journaling as a Lifelong Practicep. 137
Strengthening the Connection to Your Soulp. 138
Knowing Your Soul Purposep. 139
Discovering Your Soul Purposep. 139
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 140
Examples of Soul-Purpose Symbolsp. 141
Remaining Congruent with Your Soul Purposep. 144
Drawing the Landscape of Your Heartp. 144
Self-Exploration Questionsp. 145
Using Larger Formats and Different Mediap. 146
Imagistic Signatures and Personal Power Strokesp. 148
The Benefits of Working with a Groupp. 151
Starting Your Own Visual-Journaling Groupp. 153
Beyond the Six-Week Programp. 154
Bibliographyp. 157
About the Authorsp. 159
For Additional Informationp. 161
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ISBN: 9780835607773
ISBN-10: 0835607771
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.04 x 21.72  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.64