June = Journals
I am beginning to explore the history of journals and how they have been employed. I believe that the earliest journals may have been cave walls. I love the images and wonder at the meaning of these ancient paintings.
However, my assumption is that journal keeping is most often tied to economic affluence, education, gender, and the availability of paper.
I also presume that the luxury of an inner life that could be reflected upon and expressed to oneself is something that the majority of people who were educationally illiterate would not have seen as a possibility. Their inner life was not expressed in this modality and died with them.
Journal writing often reflects an inherent classism, including the luxury of time and leisure to engage in reflection to explore one’s personal thoughts and feelings. It also reflects a sense of self that is able to reflect on internal and external events in a written form that is private and only rarely shared with others. We, who have grown up with spiritual practices, psychological theories and the importance of an inner life are inheritors of freedom of expression that millions simply have never had.
So, for those of us who have struggled to find our voices and who use journals to privately explore creative expression, meaning, healing and purpose we do so with an awareness of the many through time for whom this was not, and is not, an option. We can value our privacy, and deeply engage in our own private creative expressions that emerge on paper through writing, painting, poetry and collage. And, we can encourage others to do the same.