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Mark Matousek on Personal Writing to Be Creative

How to Heal & Awaken Through Writing

Author and teacher Mark Matousek finds that personal writing such as journaling and memoir can reveal ourselves with more truth, and help release our creativity.

Our personal myths are not who we really are.

He notes we “construct our personal myth from the random facts that life presents us” and act as if these stories were true.

He adds, “Although we’d prefer to think of ourselves as having a consistent personality across time and space, this is simply not the case.

“No one’s the same at work as they are at home, in flagrante delicto or shopping at Macy’s, sitting in church or drinking on Bourbon Street covered with Mardi Gras doubloons.”

Using writing as an active practice of self-inquiry “unsticks the glue and frees us of the adhesive pronoun. This unsticking awakens us to the truth.

“When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.”

Unkowing to release creative thinking

“Knowing how little we actually know, we suddenly become a lot more creative,” he writes.

“Buddhists call this ‘beginner’s mind.’ Meeting each moment with open awareness rather than through a narrative scrim, we find ourselves snapping to attention.”

From Discover Writing As a Spiritual Practice by Mark Matousek, on The Shift Network Blog.


Mark Matousek – Heal & Awaken Through Writing

Mark Matousek “is a bestselling author, teacher and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through self-inquiry and life writing.”

From profile by The Shift Network about his free webinar “How to Heal & Awaken Through Writing” Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Mark Matousek on Personal Writing to Be Creative

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Eby, D. (2017). Mark Matousek on Personal Writing to Be Creative. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 9, 2020, from


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