Friday, November 24, 2017

Speaking Your Truth: An Excerpt from Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab, PhD

In today's world, the speaking or writing the truth has become more of an important quality than ever before...

In Diana Raab's book, Writing for Bliss, her Seven-Step Plan for Telling your Story and Transforming your life, she includes Speaking Your Truth as one step!

With the publisher's permission, I am sharing some excerpts of what Dr. Raab writes... I believe she has much for us to consider as claims of fake news, lies, and blaming is oftentimes used more in communicating, than what is actually true...

Speaking your truth is not only healthy but also psychologically quite liberating. Releasing your stress by writing your thoughts is one way of speaking your truth. By speaking the truth, you are not writing to be right, you are writing to be "real." You are also thinking about what is important to you, what your values are, what inspires and drives you, and what gives your life purpose. Your truth is your truth and no one else's. In general, it is easier to be truthful than to avoid the subjects that might be more painful for you to write about. In the end, the rewards for speaking and writing the truth will be great...

Writing with your emotional truth is about writing from your heart, rather than entirely from your mind. The emotional truth of a story is the truth of how you feel about the story. Each person has their own emotional truth. Your emotional truth might be different altogether from that of another person, even if that person lived through the same kind of experience you did...When you write your story...make sure to write what you want to write, rather than what you think others want to hear...

The truth is that when you find your authentic voice in writing you will know it, and you will also be on your way to finding your bliss. You will know it because the writing just feels right, and your words flow rather easily. You can always tell when someone is writing in their authentic voice because what they are saying rings true... Writing your emotional truth means being honest about your feelings. It is about allowing your inner voice to take charge. In other words, you are writing from your heart, not your head...

"We learned about honesty and integrity -- that the truth matters ... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules ... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square." 
- Michelle Obama, former First Lady

Diana Raab, PhD is a memoirist, poet, blogger, thought -provoker, speaker & survivor. She often speaks on writing for bliss and transformation. 

Diana has been writing from an early age. As a child of two working parents, she spent a lot of time crafting letters and keeping a daily journal. She's believer in the healing and transformative nature of writing and journaling and facilitates workshops in this area.

She’s the award-winning author of eight books, and the author of over 500 articles and poems. Her latest poetry collection is called, LUST.

Raab is the author of two memoirs, Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal and Healing With Words. She has four poetry collections-- the most recent, called, "Lust."

Diana is on the board of a number of organizations, including Poets & Writers. She's a trustee at Antioch University Santa Barbara, and The University of California Santa Barbara.

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