Uncover the gifts hidden in the shadows of your psyche by transforming shame and embracing the beautiful complexity of your humanity
Have you held some secrets deep in your heart and mind that you’ve never shared with anyone?
Are there parts of yourself that you feel ashamed of?
Writing can help. Truly. There is remarkable new science that shows that intimate journaling, if done in the right way, can help you metabolize the past (or the present) in a way that frees your attention, allowing for greater liberation and joy.
One of the keys is to first stop resisting the darker parts of your psyche — and relating to them as your shameful “problem” areas — and instead recognize that your shadow likely holds the most profound gifts for you (and the world) once you can surrender into what it has to teach.
And that requires a spirit of curiosity and deep inquiry, which can be cultivated through the simple discipline of regular journaling.
In this free event, you’ll learn secrets to healing and transforming through writing from a man who has not only turned his own childhood and adult traumas into profound blessings through his journaling practice, but who has also taught thousands of others to do the same.
Mark Matousek is an award-winning author and a vulnerable, heartfelt, penetratingly wise soul who knows how to help guide you through the deeper levels of wounding you might have experienced and begin to explore your more luminous core.
Whether you’ve faced abuse or addiction, death or depression, or done things you feel very badly about, you’re not alone. However, healing and increasing spiritual freedom invariably come from working through the obstacles you face. And writing can be one of THE master keys that helps you unlock the door to a transformed life.
This applies not only to “dark” aspects of yourself but to profoundly positive potentials that you might have suppressed for fear of the repercussions of letting them shine.
During this virtual workshop with Mark, you’ll learn how to:
- Use writing to sense and feel different edges and dimensions of traumatic experiences and how they live in your body
- Develop your witnessing capacity so you can work with suppressed feelings more objectively and begin to heal
- Create a safe space in your writing to express “unallowable” thoughts, emotions and experiences — without dwelling in them
- Look objectively at parts of yourself you have felt ashamed of and see the gifts they contain
- Open to the bright and bold potentials within you
Mark is a brilliant writer, profound teacher and humble heart-friend who is delighted to offer his services in this session to help you heal, as you discover the wisdom and beauty within the very parts of you that have been most shielded by pain or shame.
What People Are Saying About Mark Matousek...
“Mark Matousek’s writing instruction is transformative. His classes will change the ways in which you examine your life, and how you think about yourself as a writer. He approaches your work with a deep sense of empathy, allowing him to help you tell your story in your voice... No matter what stage of the process you are at, time spent with Mark will yield extraordinary results.”
— Libuse Binder, Author of Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties
“Mark Matousek is a truly gifted writing coach. With an interviewer’s ear, he listens deeply and hears what people have to say. With the determination of a midwife, he helps them give birth to themselves, through their words. As my ‘book whisperer’, he is showing me that writing is truly a spiritual path, leading not only to publication, but personal transformation. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from him!”
— Gwenyth Jackaway, PhD, Associate Professor, Fordham University
“The writing course I took with Mark Matousek was an amazing journey into the soul of each who took it. We found we were able to trust each other, thanks in large part to Mark started our first class with the words; "You’re all here for a reason, even though you may not know what that reason is." Over the course of just a handful of short sessions, I’ve come to realize that not only was I there for a reason, but that this reason was more important to my well being and self understanding than I could have possibly fathomed when I first signed on for this class... I am deeply grateful for the experience.”
— Brian Carr, President, Solid Threads
“ Mark is more of a midwife than a teacher. In addition to his innate grasp of and experience with storytelling, what makes Mark so great to work with is his very present presence — it’s what allows me to access what I’ve got to share. I’ve been meeting regularly with him for the past six months for help on the story I am writing and the process is so enjoyable I’d rather it not end.”
— Jeannie Demers, Freelance Writer
About Mark Matousek:
Mark Matousek is a bestselling author, teacher and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through self-inquiry and life writing. He’s an award-winning author of five books, he worked with Sogyal Rimpoche on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and collaborated with Andrew Harvey on Dialogues with a Modern Mystic. His first book published in 1996, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story became an international bestseller published in 10 countries and was nominated for two Books for a Better Life Awards.
A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, Details, The Saturday Evening Post, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and many others.
Mark is on the faculty of the The Omega Institute and The New York Open Center, teaches transformational writing workshops around the U.S. and in Europe, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls.
He brings three decades of experience as a memoirist, editor, interviewer, survivor, activist, and spiritual seeker to his penetrating and thought provoking work with students. His workshops, classes and mentoring have inspired thousands of people around the world to reach their artistic and personal goals and transform their lives.