BOOK REVIEW: Creative Journal Writing by Stephanie Dowrick

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of journaling? Journaling is the written record of events, thoughts, and emotions that are somewhat meaningful to you. Stephanie Dowrick, the author of Creative Journal Writing, believes journaling works like any other artistic expression as it helps you verbalize creative impulses and shift the energy of your subjective experience in a healthy way. In this sense, journal writing enhances your inner development and gives you greater insight into what you think and feel.

I picked Creative Journal Writing to read because I wanted to know more about the inner workings of journaling and creative writing. I have experienced many benefits while journaling and I know I need to write about my feelings and thoughts like I need air. It is my healthy coping strategy since it allows me to process problems and explore solutions. I wanted, however, to drink from someone else’s experience and knowledge and I’ve been very pleased with the confirmation that journaling helps you find out what matters to you and, most of all, it helps you reconnect with your soul, the spiritual part of you through which you can feel closer to home.

We do not write in order to be understood, we write in order to understand (C. Day Lewis)

And, if you are not tempted by spiritual reasons to dive deeper into creative journaling, you may appreciate the fact that journaling writing is a whole-brain activity. This means journaling has the capacity to work both our right (problem-solving, intuition, creativity, emotion) and left-brain (intellect, sequences, rationalism, order) aspects. It really gives you the opportunity to unite both your intellect and intuition and use them to come up with creative solutions or ideas. It trains your ability to see patterns and connections which otherwise you would probably miss out on.

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I did enjoy Stephanie’s book a lot and I strongly recommend you peek at it if you are into journaling and writing as a method of self-expression and personal transformation. You will find many interesting prompts across the entire book so that you can work your writing flow and perhaps discover more about yourself within specific topics to which you never really paid much attention. And whenever a prompt puts you off somehow, please remember that might well be your ego sabotaging your self-development process.

A sample page of my current Journal

Last but not least, I would like to mention that in Stephanie’s book you will also learn that journaling doesn’t ever need to become boring. It can be exciting and sacred at the same time. All you have to do is to make it yours and follow your own approach to journaling. I personally like to explore different ways of recording my thoughts and emotions. Sometimes I just write what I think and feel; other times I use my journal to record excerpts of other people’s writing or quotes that resonate with me. More recently, I have added some drawings and colored some of my journal entries.

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Book How To Make One Hell Of A Profit and Still Get In To Heaven

BOOK REVIEW: How To Make One Hell Of A Profit and Still Get To Heaven by Dr. John Demartini

Are you passionate about a service you wholeheartedly provide and yet feel awkward when it comes to charging for it? Do you struggle to know the value of the work you do? Or did you ever wonder how could you overcome money consciousness issues? If you said yes to at least one of these questions, then Dr. John Demartini’s book is for you.

12 Books to Read in 2022, If You Want to Boost Your Well-being

I compiled a list of 12 books to focus my attention on throughout 2022. These are books I have been really wanting to read and they cover different aspects of well-being. Some are more spiritually inclined (e.g. Alchemy of Light) while others are more finance-oriented (How to Make One Hell of a Profit and Still Go To Heaven).

12 Books to Read in 2022, If You Want to Boost Your Well-being

This year, I’m setting the intention to be more disciplined with my reading and book options. Up to this moment, I have around 400 book titles to go through. Although I start and learn from many of them, my reading process is too random and seldom gives me the opportunity to reflect upon each author’s masterpiece. Since books are truly my best mates, it’s about time to treat them with more respect and the attention they deserve.

As such, I compiled a list of 12 books to focus my attention on throughout 2022. Am I going to read them all? I don’t know. Am I going to follow the order I’m giving them to you? Probably not. I do know I will not pick any other book until I finish and reflect upon these 12 titles. These are books I have been really wanting to read and they cover different aspects of well-being. Some are more spiritually inclined (e.g. Alchemy of Light) while others are more finance-oriented (How to Make One Hell of a Profit and Still Go To Heaven).

I hope some of these titles catch your attention and interest. If you already read any of these books, I would love to know your opinion about them. Please leave your feedback in the comments section.

12 Books to Read in 2022

The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

Creative Journal Writing (Stephanie Dowrick)

Hatha Yoga or the Yogi Philosophy of Physical Well-being (Yogi Ramacharaka)

High-Performance Habits (Brendon Burchard)

Alchemy of Light (Llewellyn-Vaughan-Lee)

What Life Could Mean to You (Alfred Adler)

Intuitive Studies (Gordon Smith)

The 12-Week Year (Brian Moran & Michael Lennington)

Emotional Wisdom (Dena Saxer & Mantak Chia)

The Resilience Workbook (Glenn Schiraldi)

Principles (Ray Dalio)

How To Make One Hell of a Profit and Still Go to Heaven (John Demartini)

BOOK REVIEW: Creative Journal Writing by Stephanie Dowrick

I did enjoy Stephanie’s book a lot and I strongly recommend you to peek on it, if you are into journaling and writing as a method of self-expression and personal transformation. You will find many interesting prompts across the entire book so that you can work your writing flow and perhaps discover more about yourself within specific topics to which you never really paid much attention to.

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The 4-Stage Psychological Response to Disaster

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A disaster is a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship. Can we prevent disasters? No, but we can prepare for them. Emergency disasters deal with survival, which is one of the primary needs of human beings. It includes the need for water, food, rest, clothing, shelter, and health. When preparing for eventual disasters, we can take care of at least four physical needs. These include protection, location, water, and food. Other factors can affect our chance of overcoming an emergency though. Our psychology is one of them.

Abraham Maslow established a difference between deficiency needs and growth needs. Deficiency needs include survival, safety, social, and psychological needs. Growth needs involve fulfilling your full potential as a person (self-actualization). Little harm may come if you don’t meet your growth needs in an emergency. Yet, if you don’t meet your deficiency needs, a lot of unpleasant results arise. Thus, it’s important we mentally train ourselves to respond in case of an emergency.

Colin Towell is the author of The Survival Handbook. He states we go through four different psychological moments in an emergency. These are pre-impact, impact, recoil, and post-trauma. Learning more about these moments can help us prepare and be better equipped. I will briefly describe each of these stages next.

Pre-Impact Period


In this stage, there is danger but some people may not recognize it while others can see it clearly. Those who can’t see danger exists are usually in denial. They refuse to accept the danger until it becomes too obvious to everyone and action is taken.

Impact Period


In this stage, people know there is a life-threatening situation. The majority feels frozen and unable to react rationally. Few people tend to express extreme behaviors (e.g. screaming, melt-downs). A minority usually remains calm and fully aware.

Recoil Period


In this stage, people begin to gradually return to their normal reasoning capacity. This is a period in which people become more aware and in greater control of their emotions.

Post-Trauma Period


This stage occurs when the Recoil Period is not successful. If people don’t get their reasoning and emotions in check, they may develop PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). This condition includes negative experiences such as guilt, depression, anxiety, aimlessness, and bereavement.


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