Expressive Writing: The Sacred Art of Understanding Yourself Better

Just like plants, from which we obtain the so-called essential oils, we as human beings also have an essence. I believe that essence resides in our hearts. The more we distil our hearts, the more we see and perhaps understand what our essence is like.

I’m not talking about our physical heart though. I’m talking about something that allows us to go way deeper. I’m talking about a resonance, a frequency that emanates from the centre of our chest.

The more we tune into that frequency, the more we feel who we are and the more we become one with everything. What separates us from the outside starts to melt and we connect beyond our physical limits.

My preferred way to melt these boundaries is through writing. Every now and then, my body and mind are disconnected from each other. Each one of them speaks into the void and they find no listeners.

My mind is usually faster and more resolute than my body. I have ignored my body. I have mistreated it. I have lived my life pretty much inside my head. As a result, I have often forgotten the importance of uniting them as one.

When I sit down to write though, that disconnection tends to disappear. Both my mind and my body come together. They form a sole beam of light and I feel like I’m floating. I’m swirling around in a sky made of cotton clouds.

While I’m comfortably lingering in that space, my heart keeps pouring out words. These are sometimes sweet, other times bitter. Whatever the case, I let my heart speak with little to no filter. I feel alive and human by allowing it so.

That sense of aliveness comes with the feeling that I’m reaching my essence. Or at least a deeper part of myself. I get closer and closer to my core. Sometimes it’s like I can even touch it. The closer I get, the more I feel like I belong.

It’s mostly for that feeling that I sit down and write. It’s for that feeling that I let myself experience the flow of being, the flow of creation itself. I let it come to life on paper or on the screen of my laptop.

That’s why writing for me is to step into a sacred space. It’s a portal to my inner being. It does not disconnect me from others. It actually helps me transmute the way I relate and interact with reality as a whole.

For me, writing is the gateway to a world where all emotions co-exist freely. It is where there are no harsh rules shaping and bending my being. I don’t turn left or right as the outer world commands me.

I believe writing can be a way to connect with life’s beauty. At least, when I write, I dive deep into our collective heart. That’s where we all exist equally, regardless of skin tone, size, shape, age, or belief system. That’s where good and bad are one too.

When I slide into that space through writing, I do not only exist. I am one with myself and with the world. I just am, and I find beauty in the tiniest of details throughout that journey. Even in what we grow up to believe to be bad, ugly, or shameful.

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65 Comments

  1. So beautifully put! πŸ™‚

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  2. officialosi says:

    Your writing style is amazing and very unique to anybody else’s I’ve seen on here. I don’t really know to explain it, but it’s almost poetically soulful, but you can still follow what you’re trying to say like they’re normal sentences. This is a wonderful take on it personalised for you

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    1. Thank you so much! That’s the most amazing feedback I ever had! 😻β™₯️ Thank you for reading and sharing the magic πŸ’¬

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      1. officialosi says:

        Your welcome πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ½

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  3. jamiesmartkins says:

    Very well said and artistically put. Indeed writing serves a gateway to our comfort zone and connect with life with new meaning. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind feedback β™₯️ I’m happy it resonated with you. Where can I read you too? 😊

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  4. Carolyn Page says:

    Well said, Vanessa… Writing, for me, is a portal into our deepest understandings – when we allow it to be! πŸ™‚
    xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you, angel Carolyn 😊β™₯️ I feel that magic when I read you. 😘😘😘😘

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      1. Carolyn Page says:

        😘😘😘😘

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  5. RudyMariee says:

    Can I just say that I love your writing style! Wow. I’m with you; our bodies and our minds must be in sync in order for us to be our best selves. They have to learn to work in harmony. Acupuncture & meditation have really been an invaluable tool on learning how to communicate with myself. Looking forward to reading more of your work!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! That’s really sweet. I agree 200% with you and we should “do” more of what helps sync mind and body 😊 I never tried acupuncture but I’m pretty sure I could do with some sessions. Where can I read you too? Thank you for coming by and sharing the magic 🌸

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  6. Great post and well said! xx

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    1. Thank you, lovely! 😻 xx

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  7. Very good, I love to write and every word you said is right on point. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you! 😻😻🌸

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  8. Michelle says:

    I love this! Writing shouldn’t be a chore, it should be what you love.

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    1. Agreed 200%! 😻β™₯️🌸

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  9. Hi, I loved the last line of the post so much. You put it so wonderfully!
    Thanks for such a wonderful share, I am sure everyone who loves writing, resonates with this post πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Moushmi, for coming by and sharing the magic! That’s really kind β™₯️ I’m really happy it resonated with you. Where can we read you too? 🌸β™₯️ Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 🌞

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      1. You can read my writings here- https://aestheticmiradh.com
        Have a great weekend.
        Much love πŸ™‚

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  10. thetinkerbug says:

    Such a beautiful post! #goals!

    I completely agree with everything you’ve stated here. In high school, I fell in love with creative writing. Somewhere along the way, I lost touch with my writing self up until recently. Now that I’m in the blogging world, I can’t stop writing. It just takes over me and takes me to such a wonderful state of mind!

    Another great post! Love it!!

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    1. Wu-hu! I’m so glad you rekindled your passion for writing – I can feel it! And you do write amazing blog posts πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing the love for writing πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  11. I love when you wrote there that writing is coming into a sacred space. Yes it is. Its communing with yourself and the world around you.

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    1. It’s a beautiful human experience 😊

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  12. bkoenig says:

    Your mention of our essence being in the heart was moving! According to Vedic Philosophy the heart is where the soul is located. Perhaps you are both correct. Vedic philosophers from thousands of years of spiritual exploration and you, because you probably have a great soul πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! That’s such a lovely observation. I read that too somewhere, can’t remember in what context, but it was indeed related to eastern philosophy. I didn’t think of it before when I wrote this, it’s so interesting how we end up ‘confirming’ eastern thinking… Thank for coming by and lightning up my day, I really appreciate it. Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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  13. robinleeann says:

    “It’s a portal to a world where all emotions co-exist freely and where there are no harsh rules shaping their expression.” — I feel the same way so much! This is very much like me when I write. It’s a portal to another realm, a better realm. And sometimes it’s just a place I’d rather be. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ So nice to ‘meet’ other people with a similar vibe. I too would rather prefer to be on the other realm πŸ™‚ Sending love x

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  14. Wonderful post, with which I wholeheartedly agree. I often describe writing as magical. It takes me out of my self yet makes me more myself at the same time.

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    1. That’s beautifully said, Theresa πŸ™πŸ½ I couldn’t agree more with your view πŸ₯°

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  15. AmethystAP says:

    I love this piece, so beautifully expressed. I feel called to start a more expressive daily writing practice after reading this post. Putting pen to paper is a wonderful way to connect a racing mind and a forgotten body. At that moment they are one and united. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, lovely πŸ™πŸ½ I’m so glad you felt prompted to write more 🀩 Enjoy it πŸ’Œ

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  16. Oh, yes, that vibe or frequency that is felt so deeply is relatable and I like how well written and expressive this article is. Keep up the awesome posts and inspiring work.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Alicia 🀩 🧑

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  17. Pinecanvas says:

    Sometimes it feels like you read my mind and write them down, but better. The description of feelings while writing are so spot on. I wish I could have more time to write, but at the moment I could find extra time only by decreasing sleep time and not sure it would do any good in a long term.
    Can’t wait to find out more about it.

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    1. This is beautiful, Vanessa. I like that you spoke about a place where all emotions can co-exist together ❀ sometimes I force myself to feel one thing at a time, I forget they can co-exist in order for me to deal with a situation. I forget that feeling all of it at a time contributes to healing. This is a beautiful post x

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      1. Thank you, lovely πŸ’– I’m guilty of that too. Usually writing from the heart helps me to mend that πŸ˜ŠπŸ€— We must welcome every emotion, that’s one step closer to our emotional freedom 🧑 Thank you for your wonderful insight x

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    2. I’m sure time will bring you more opportunities and space to write 🧑 Life does get in the way many times. There are also different seasons when it comes to writing… I believe the most important is that we do not forget about how much it can benefit our well-being when we write from the heart rather than the head alone 😊

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  18. Ezioma Kalu says:

    Yes, I’m a Writer and I can totally relate to this. When I’m writing, it feels like my entire spirit and being merge together to create a beautiful world. Writing makes me connect to my inner self.

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    1. That’s beautiful 😍 I’m so glad we can share this experience πŸ€—πŸ’–

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  19. This is a lovely read, I never felt in my life the actual feeling of writing until recently. I feel different.

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    1. Oh, that’s lovely. It is different, isn’t it… πŸ’–

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  20. zacthrav says:

    A wonderful post and really beautifully written. Writing is the same for me as it is for you. I connect with myself, and I play in the mind with characters and dialogue. I also get the same feeling when on stage. I have written so many stories and scripts that will never see the light of day, but the process and the exploration of my worlds is what I love most. I connect more to the imagination than to reality.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words 🀩 I’m happy we share this experience. What you said is so inspiring. We should always write when, what, and how we feel like it, even if it remains in a drawer. It’s important to us – and I can relate so much to connecting more to the imagination πŸ’–

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  21. Wonderful post. Writing is very special to us too.

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    1. Thank you πŸ’– I’m happy you share it too πŸ₯°

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  22. A lovely article. It is great to be immersed in writing and just let it flow.

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    1. Thank you, Jamie πŸ₯° Yes, it is so magical πŸ’–

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  23. So true! Expressive writing makes us learn about ourselves. It also helps us to become a better person.

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    1. So true, Fadima πŸ’–πŸ€©

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  24. You have a beautiful way with words when you are explaining and it makes it so easy to follow what you are sharing.
    Writing is such a beautiful task and help you heal as well as thrive. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren x

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Lauren πŸ€©πŸ’– Thank you for coming by x

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  25. It’s so lovely to hear you feel this way about writing. I can totally relate. Also beautifully written!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Sam 🀩 I’m glad you can relate πŸ’–

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  26. thestoicpadawan says:

    You could feel the energy in this post. How your essence wanted to show itself and use your body to express itself on paper. I can completely relate to how you express yourself here. I’ve never used to write, but once I started it felt as if I found some presence from within that was screaming to get our and be heard. It had to overcome shame and the fear of being heard. This post was a beautifully written as it is important to read. Thank you for allowing us to have a glimpse into your world.

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    1. Thank you, Benny ✨ Those are very kind and beautiful words, I appreciate your comment and feedback. Sharing our world can be scary but also a source of healing and connection with others. Thank you for reading 😊

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  27. C says:

    I’m still learning and evolving as time goes, blogging/writing both go hand in hand. I love writing when I feel passionate or motivated to do so, preferably in my own quiet space.

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    1. Yes, that’s a magical experience 🌟

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