I finished reading Tristine Rainer s The New Diary this morning Great book Although it was published in 1978 it s every bit as fresh today from the preface by Anais Nin to the final chapter on using a journal as a resource and tool to enhance creative workThis is both a book for people new to keeping diaries or journals and an excellent resource for people who ve been keeping them for decades There s something for everyone here even for those who ve never considered never thought they wanted to keep a diaryWhat makes this a
great book on journaling is that it explores so many ways book on journaling is that it explores so many ways looking at explores so many ways of looking at journal and looking at one s life from day to day moment to moment from using the four functions of sensing feeling thinking and intuiting to exploring various points of view formats and even traveling through time The main strength of the book is that it explores journaling or diary keeping as a process It s the process that s important not the product though of course the product will be enhanced by all the methods and ways of thinking about the diary explored here and the product will be accessible and satisfying if one uses the advice about rereading iven hereIf someone told me they were just about to start their first personal journal I d recommend two books this one and Visual Journaling by Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox Between them I think they cover everything you might possibly want to do with a diary until you think of new things on your own I wish I d read both books when I started I m very Les Innocents glad to have read them since If you re serious about journaldiary writing I highly suggest this one The book doesn t provide lists of journal prompts but rather provides various frameworks and ways of thinking about journal writing and how it can be useful Rainer also includes journal entries by herself and other writers as examples of what she s explaining The book is not preachy or filled with uotes and spiritual prompts She show how journaling can help you process your current and past experiences and deal with challenges in your life She also includes a chapter on journaling and eroticism which is a subject often overlooked in many books on journaling This book talks about the importance of journaling for all sorts of reasons and shared several techniues I ve been journaling for years so it was helpful to examine new ways to refresh and deepen my practice I don t uite remember how or when Iot this book I think it was for sale in a horribly stuffy second hand bookshop for a couple dollars but it was very very important to me when I was 13 or soIf I d have writte It s I Was A Stranger got that 70s self help smell all over it but at its core if you ignore some of theodawful example entries this book provides a lot of interesting journaling techniues I do find that some of them et me writing than I otherwise would and in ways that clear my head and feel helpful Its tone doesn t suit me but the content unde This could arguably be the most important book in my life I read it at 12 and started journaling The New Diary is about a completely modern concept of journal writing It has little to do with the rigid daily calendar diary you may have kept as a child or the factual travelogue you wrote to recall the Grand Canyon Instead it is a tool for tapping the full power of your inner resourcesThe New Diary is as much for those who. ,
Upport people in their process of keeping a journal The well known journal keeper Annais Ningives a ood introduction she and author Tristine Rainer had some years of interactionI first started journaling when I was 12 years old Having suffered from Selective Mutism both from the extreme physical and emotional abuse from birth on and from Asperger s Autism I was fortunate to be in a ifted student program where I had a wonderful teacher who suggested *that I could write my feelings stories dreams and thoughts down *I could write my feelings stories dreams and thoughts down journal form She knew that I loved to read and I was reatly amazed to find that like the authors I had so admired lived for found comfort in that I too could write Maybe not as ood but this was a way that I could communicate1964 was a time long before the personal computer By the time that this book came on My favorite book on journaling Can be delved into deeply or picked up at odd intervals I used this text in a class for six months and can look back now and positively identify when I began making huge changes in my life it was after less than 2 months working in my journal every day I ve iven many copies to friends Very difficult to separate my views on the book from my views of the diary contents that are explored The diaries are from the 60s and 70s Women debate if they should choose a career or et married One woman writes that her fear is she s such a poor housekeeper that she will never find a husband Like this was actually a thing Men married you because of your ability to fucking cook and a husband Like this was actually a thing Men married you because of your ability to fucking cook and and mend Like they were interviewing for a housekeeper Because wow That s so screwed up One woman imagines herself aged 40 and how she would feel if she d spent her life in the masculine energy of creating a project and carrying it through Jane a novelist diaries a conversation to et inside the heads of her characters a 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts group of Aztec Indians in the period immediately following the Spanish conuest p 296 Jane I need to understand you I feel so far awayStar Jaguar You should visualize us as we walk in file with the burdens on our backs Watch our legs our feet Watch the ways we spread our toes out in the dirt carefully avoiding the sharp stones Watch us as we set our burdens down and prop them with the sticks Watch the way we sit Each of us sits differentlyBecause there s nothing like imagining how Star Jaguar and his fellow Aztec Indians sit instead of actually you know researchingenocide And maybe finding out the name of the actual Moonrise (Snowfall, groups of people who were annihilatedSo yeah This all interfered with my ability to compartmentalize the journaling techniues discussed Basically Rainer suggests using the four Jungian techniues Catharsis feelingDescription sensingFree intuituive writing intuitingReflection thinkingand making lists So I didn tet a ton from the book in terms of journalling ideas and useful techniuesI accidentally own two copies of this and I ll be finding new homes for them The book wasn t valuable enough to keep in my library and I rate it a 2 for just ok. And imagination; a workbook for exploring your dreams your past and your present lifeIt is for everyone seeking concrete methods for dealing with personal problems It is for women and men interested in achieving self reliance and inner liberation for artists and writers seeking new techniues for overcoming blocks to creativi.
Tristine Rainer ´ 9 DOWNLOADEriously a practice which continued for 20 or so years Around 911 Most Of Them Were Lost Forever It S 911 most of them were lost forever It s that I can t even think about without etting very upsetAnyway my 12 year old self thought this was even think about without etting very upsetAnyway my 12 year old self thought this was VERY important book second only to Harriet the Spy By the way GO READ Harriet the Spy In this book she doesn t teach you how to keep a diary but instead shows you how your diary can offer you so many possibilities You will be able to clarify your Hello, Snow! goals focus your inner energies free inhibitions and release your imagination Here you explore and seek to understand It is that active communication with the self that makes the diary a new diary Here are some of theoals we can achieve through the New DiaryThe New Diary is a safe place to free the creative child within you and experience the full range of your imagination It allows you to develop an ease with writing and the habit of writing simply from using what you already have your own experience As you discover your natural voice in the diary you can also begin to focus on your enuine interests and to collect material for many creative usesThe therapeutic and creative benefits of keeping the New Diary are in fact almost as numerous as the people who enjoy the pleasure of keeping it Among the advantages most freuently mentioned areA healthful release for feelings and tensions a place to advise yourself clarify oals and make decisions a way to nourish yourself with friendship and self acceptance a nonthreatening place to work out relationships with others and to develop your capacity for intimacy a path to self awareness and self knowledge a place to rehearse future behavior a techniue for focusing your energies on what is immediately important a way to organize and expand your t i m e a place to find creative solutions to problems a memory aid a means of achieving self identity a way to enjoy and profit from solitude a uide to finding clarity in the midst of crisis or change a device for discovering your path and taking responsibility for the direction of your life a means of accelerating or con cluding psychotherapyA place to develop skills of self expression a method for turning negative mental habits into positive energy
a way to ain perspective on your emotions and to resolve the pastway to Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch gain perspective on your emotions and to resolve the past means of keeping in touch with the continuity and rhythms of your life a place to record meaningful in sights a way to preserve family and personal history a uiet place to relax and refresh yourself a device for freeing your intuition and imaginationA way to learn to trust life a means of experiencing the essential humanness that links all people a tool for recording and understanding dreams a way to become your ownuide and uru a place to celebrate the process of living a path to spiritual peace a workbook for creative writing and drawing a safe place to take intellectual and creative risks a source book for future projects a means of discovering joy within the context of your life please see pp 4 5 This is one of the best books to Already keep a journal as it is for those who have never kept one It does not tell you the right way to keep a diary; rather it offers numerous possibilities for using the diary to achieve your own purposes It is a place for you to clarify oals visualize the future and focus your engergies; a means of freeing your intuition. ,