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Author Topic: Recording experiences  (Read 722 times)

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Re: Recording experiences
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2013, 08:12:28 pm »
Quote from: Liadine (dragonflyeyes);68462
So: do you keep a journal (or several) dedicated to your work? Do you have another way of keeping track of things? Is it important to record things quickly, or is it better to give yourself some time to reflect? Given that we're discussing mysteries, is it even possible to articulate some experiences?

I have an all-purpose journal for general feelings, thoughts, and events.  I keep another journal I use mostly for spiritual writing.  It's pretty chaotic, so I re-write the good stuff elsewhere and keep a copy at hand.  All rituals I create are written in my own hand, not typed out.  (This can be a lot of writing when I'm making a copy for a spiritual friend who sometimes prays with me.)

It's hard to keep track of spiritual writings since I write about spirituality often in my general journal.  I don't worry about it because the most important experiences I can vividly remember and won't ever forget.
 
If I am writing down a thought or experience with prayer or meditation, I try to get it down quickly.

There is one experience I shared with a friend over two years ago.  I have hinted at it here and there in my writings, but I never wrote it down, nor did she.  There is a block there.  I don't want to try to commit it to paper because I can never capture it like that.  Instead, I created a liturgy based on the experience.  That's the only way I can record it.  Putting it in ritual code is how I order the experience for myself.  Before I did this, I would often feel a deep confusion.  That's the closest I've come to writing about it.

I haven't started it yet, but I purchased a small journal for the purpose of working out my core beliefs.  Based on those core beliefs I will work out my ideas on other matters.
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Recording experiences
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2014, 09:19:18 pm »
Quote from: Liadine (dragonflyeyes);68462
One of my person downfalls is having no real system of organizing my pathworking thoughts and experiences. For various reasons I haven't kept an online journal in years, and offline I have various experiences/thoughts/etc scattered all over the map - some in one journal, bits and pieces in another, some point-form words in my teeny altar notebook, and so on. I have most important moments recorded somewhere, but not always in enough detail and rarely in a way that makes it easy to connect the dots or compare one to another.

I wasn't sure where to put this topic, but I feel like it's particularly important to keep some kind of thought-record when examining the kind of experiences that are being talked about here.

So: do you keep a journal (or several) dedicated to your work? Do you have another way of keeping track of things? Is it important to record things quickly, or is it better to give yourself some time to reflect? Given that we're discussing mysteries, is it even possible to articulate some experiences?

Hey!  I have three places I keep stuff. One little notebook for spontaneous ideas. Another to keep track of exercises and results.  Finally a third where I document ceremonies/spells/ideas that I'm confident in. Sort of like a drafting system, sketch the idea in first, practice in the second and keeps whatever works best in the third.   Hope this helps!

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