An Attempt to Draw a Spiritual Writing Curriculum
When writing is targeted outwards, it becomes an ego-filled path. Some examples of writing ego gone amok:
- plagiarism in GBL
- The Mindanao writer who falsified his credentials
Writing should primarily be an inner practice (at least especially for those who are like me called for an inner journey).
The goal of spiritual writing is primarily to help a seeker strengthen his or her commitment to the inner path:
- help him or her commune with the self
- Help him clarify the troubles of the self
- help him track his journey
- Take care of his thoughts and gifts
The second goal is to help him express his spiritual thoughts and feelings, that is, to produce work that is both didactic and expressive.
The didactic part of the equation is where you will find your strength. Insights. The bare gifts that you receive while walking both geographic space and mind. Capitalize on these.
And then develop enough expressivism.
What the spiritual writing course will be
The course avoids metaphysical and epistemological talk, although these will be welcomed as content of writing outputs.
The course will be primarily about using writing to explore our beliefs and values, help ourselves live with integrity on the values we set for ourselves, and deepen our faith and commitment to our personal beliefs.
It will also be about developing processes in expressing our beliefs. This involves finding the right forms to fit what we want to say and developing skills in expressing ourselves in writing.
The course will also involve advice on reading right, taking care of our writings, and deciding how we share our work to others.