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"...Just reading her words will make you want to write." - Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life

"You've just given me the best book to recommend to my writing students. And you! You, who say you cannot write or do not know how to write--read this. You! You, who feel lost and do not know where to turn--read this. Janet shows you the best road…the one that leads to what your soul already knows." --Mary Anne Radmacher, author of Live Boldly and Lean Forward into Your Life

"This is a how-to book that reads like the best novel ever... With paper and pen in hand, one can find out who one is and what one's purpose is....The book is for young and old, rich and poor, happy and sad. It is a book to be treasured for years to come." -- Betsey Brooks, ARE Association for Research and Enlightenment, Virginia Beach, Va.

"...This is one of the most effective methods of psychospiritual growth available. To learn how to set this process in motion in your life, Writing Down Your Soul is an invaluable guide." --Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

"Every human being has an 'inner voice,' a 'higher' nature, an awareness beyond thought and beyond intellect. It is called by various names: Buddha Nature, Christ Consciousness... Atman, etc. It is our Soul. In it we just 'know.' But precious little in our cultural training has helped us to 'connect' with that place of infinite wisdom, unconditional Love, and pure joy. Janet Conner's wonderful book, Writing Down Your Soul is a magnificent gift for us all. It offers a clear, concise, nurturing path to connecting--every day--with the highest and deepest part of ourselves. In that process it helps us become fully alive, fully awake, and fully loving. I highly recommend this superb, insightful, compassionate book!" -- John E. Welshons, author of Awakening From Grief and One Soul, One Love, One Heart: The Sacred Path to Healing All Relationships

"...put it to work enriching your life... immediately." -- August Gold, author of The Prayer Chest, Founder, Spiritual Director of Sacred Center New York

"...She has developed a special formula for success...I didn't want it to end and will highly recommend it to my clients and colleagues." -- Gail McMeekin, career and creativity coach and the author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

About the Author

Janet Conner is a popular writer and speaker with a simple message: We all have innate spiritual intelligence; we just need to know how to activate it. In her books, events, and worldwide courses, Janet shares practical spiritual tools that engage your soul, activate your divine voice, and magnify your creative potential. Janet is the author of its companion journal, My Soul Pages (Conari Press, 2011). Previously, she created Spiritual Geography, the soul writing system that heals the broken heart. Janet lives in Florida where she is exploring the ultimate question: What does your soul want? Visit her at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573243566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573243568
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Conner is a unique voice in the spiritual landscape. In her hands the ordinary is extraordinary, the mystical accessible, and all of life a dance of soul. Her landmark book, Writing Down Your Soul (Conari 2009), connects readers to their "extraordinary voice within" and is consistently the #1 book in the journal writing category on Amazon. She also developed My Soul Pages (Conari Press 2011), a unique companion journal.

Janet's second book, The Lotus and the Lily (Conari Press Oct 2012) and its companion journal, My Life Pages, cracks the abundance code by linking the wisdom of the inner voice with the surprising parallel teachings of Buddha and Jesus. In a profound yet simple 30-day program, Janet sheds radical new light on "The Great Paradox of Prosperity" and guides readers to create the personal receptive conditions that nourish a bountiful life.

Her newest book, Soul Vows: Gathering the Presence of the Divine, In You, Through You, and As You (Conari Press 2015), transforms personal values into a prayer of mystical union.

Janet is the host of The Soul-Directed Life radio show on the UnityFM network. Guests have included leading spiritual teachers such as Matthew Fox, Cynthia Bourgeault, Mark Nepo, Neil Douglas-Klotz, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Sally Kempton and many more. Listen at

Janet teaches five courses in her trademark series Your Soul Wants Five Things, sharing the five mystical practices that meet the soul's primary needs to connect with Source, commit to values, serve a purpose, express beauty, and create life.

Janet lives in Ozona FL, a tiny town on the Gulf of Mexico. She speaks at conferences, churches, bookstores, and spiritual centers, leads soul writing retreats, and reaches thousands worldwide through her telecourses. With her signature teaching of Your Soul Wants Five Things, Janet is fast becoming a major voice for spiritual growth and understanding in our time.

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283 of 294 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read many books about the power of journaling, and I definitely believe that keeping a journal can help you become physically and emotionally more content. By journaling you review what went well, find solutions for what went poorly, focus on what is coming up in your future, and keep yourself on track. This can help with diets, relationships, careers, and much more.

Janet's book is specialized in that it focuses on an "inner voice" for your journal. Instead of just writing down the day's events, Janet wants you to engage in a dialogue with your inner self. By asking yourself questions, you prod yourself to answer from your subconscious, without thinking, without filtering the answers. It gets you more in touch with what the inner you craves. She goes for speed writing, scrawling quickly, so you can get those thoughts out before your mental critic jumps in and tries to regulate your feelings.

I definitely feel this is one great way of journaling. Sometimes it's good to make logical to-do lists, to chronicle your day's events. At other times, though, writing quickly, stream-of-conscious, with blinding energy can really help you get out emotions you might have otherwise blocked.

Janet provides practical advice for doing this. Set up a schedule. Commit to it. Set your intention BEFORE you write, to really give this your best effort. Commit to using the advice to take baby steps forward in your life. Try to plan a space for your writing, but don't keep putting off your start date until that space is "perfect". It is better to begin than to keep waiting. You can create the space as you go.

She provides guidelines about handling privacy issues, about blocking out distractions, about ways to avoid self-editing. You want to write your honest thoughts.
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2011
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It was yet another night of lying in bed, worrying about all sorts of things, when something told me it might be time to take a look at that book I purchased a while ago. I had no idea what to expect. I just knew I wanted to learn a little more about myself and my soul. So I started reading, and found myself moved by Janet's stories about the amazing surprises and blessings that are in store for us when we write this way. I felt a sense of peace that had become a stranger to me. I'm a seasoned journaler and I've read all the great writers on the subject -- Kathleen Adams, Christina Baldwin, Tristine Rainer -- and yes, Tristine's work is wonderful at helping us see how writing can connect us to something bigger, how patterns and meaning emerges through our lives, and how we can write our story in a way that is spiritually powerful. But nothing prepared me for Janet's work: here was someone talking matter-of-factly about the downright miracles that can happen when you connect like this, and she's the most down-to-earth person who talks about miracles you could ever meet! I knew she was right because at my most connected, most aligned, the miracles have happened for me, too. I even been working on a memoir about that for a couple years now because I thought I had so much to share with the world. This book and Janet's work is teaching me that I haven't scratched the surface. There's more. So much more. And I've experienced incredible things that most people just wouldn't believe, so that's saying something.

It's the first thing to *really* speak to me in a really long time, and while I can name a handful of books that were life-changing in one way or the other (I LOVE reading), this one blows the others out of the water.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Maryn Hallock on February 3, 2009
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I so thoroughly enjoyed this book, just for the writing alone. Janet's story is amazing and gives hope to all of us especially when we're in a down spot. Truly inspiring... but then there is the process of soul writing - my oh my - I had no idea I would be in for such a ride as getting to know the Voice of my own Spirit! I have sporadically journaled for years but gave up usually out of disgust with the "pity-party on a page" that I always seemed to create. Now, I write eagerly just to find out what my kind, loving inner voice has to say to me. Get this book and Soul Write! You will be astonished.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
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I started out using the Artist's Way practice of morning pages, writing daily each morning. The first year was just three pages of whining, with little insight into myself or my dreams. I burned that journal. The second year I did a core dump of the day first, and then I started writing about things I wanted to do. The more I wrote, the more answers came to me as I wrote and I had solutions to most of my problems by the time I stopped writing. Then there were times when I would read what I wrote and noticed advice I would not have thought of myself - but it was inspirational and amicably resolved the issue I was writing about. This process continued daily for almost a decade - until about three years ago when I stopped writing and focused on the long hours I was putting in on my job.

I felt out of balance and I wanted to start journaling again, but in a way that would connect to that Divine Wisdom that seemed to showed up during my previous writing time. I came across this book and signed up for Janet Conner's online five week class. What she teaches is a very simple process to help you move from Beta (where we fret over problems) to Theta to connect to your inner wisdom.

Now is this an easy process and do you connect right away? Not if you have fears and doubts about the process or what you are going to receive. Most people do not want to hear what their inner voice has to say because that means they will have to stop ignoring things that need to be resolved in their lives and they will need to act on them. Others fear they will hear their inner critics tormenting them to no end.

Once you get past your fears and doubts, you relax into the process. You pick a time you want to write each day and commit to that time.
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