Writing is the foundational tool of RMSS. There is power in the pen. John 1:1 tells us: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Wow! Words can command. In Proverbs 18:21 we are told: “The tongue has the power of life and death”. Words are also effective tools for coping with grief and tragic events. RMSS uses the practice of writing as an avenue of healing as well as an instrument to speak life into members’ lives.

Writing and journaling is part of the human experience. It has been around a long, long time; some say as early as handwriting itself. Researchers have found journals dating back to the 10th century. Journaling is both cross-cultural and cross-professional. Maritime museums house sea Captains’ logbooks and journals dating back 100’s of years. U.S. presidents often maintain journals to help them process the heavy responsibility of governing a world power.

In social sciences, psychologists often advocate the importance of journaling claiming the following benefits to keeping a daily journal:

1. Clarify thoughts and feelings

2. Self-reflection

3. Improves memory

4. Reduces stress

5. Helps problem-solving by engaging the right side of the brain

6. Improves writing

7. Inspires creativity and allows more effective brainstorming

There is growing evidence that writing helps our physical well-being. The University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher, James Pennebaker, believes that writing about stressful events helps individuals come to terms with them. He advocates writing can be a stress management tool, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on physical health. Other researchers suggest journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

RMSS embraces sound research on writing as well incorporating led by the Spirit writing. Led by the Spirit writing involves teaching members to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit to communicate the heart and mind of God for themselves and sometimes others (see John 14:16 & 26 and Romans 8:14). Writing can take a variety of forms from simple journaling to creative writing to administrative writing and even instructional writing. In the studio/support groups, RMSS focuses on journaling and creative writing. We also combine writing with visual arts and music.

RMSS invites new members to tryout writing as a powerful means to work toward healing. To enroll in a studio/support group, please contact us at 720-316-7491 or info@rmsurvivorsstudio.org. Enrollment forms are under the “Get Involved” tab.