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Writing and Sharing Your Spiritual Autobiography

May 25, 2008
I decided to share my life journey in the form of a spiritual autobiography. When I say "spiritual autobiography" I mean that I have shared my spirituality alongside my life. Looking at my life through the lens of spirituality is just one way that I could have expressed my journey. Because my greatest personal preoccupation has long been spirituality, it made sense that I would tell of my journey from this perspective. This way of telling made sense for me. Perhaps it will make sense for you too?

It's scary and risky. For me, sharing my spiritual autobiography is scary and risky. Some people won't understand, agree with or like what I share. I've decided that I'm OK with that. What's more important is that some people will understand. They'll be encouraged, touched and healed by our common threads and the intersections of our lives. I hope and pray that people will be changed by my journey as I have been changed by the journeys of others. I pray that others will share their journeys with those who seek to be encouraged by them. Our lives touching lives can begin right now with our own stories.

If you choose to tell the story of your life, you too will tell it in your own, unique way. Everyone brings their special touch to the expression of their journey, making the experience of telling and receiving stories a flavorful and powerful experience. Parts of my journey happen to have been captured on a canvas. Second to looking at my life through the lens of spirituality, I have looked at it though the lens of an artist. As an artist, I bring the opportunity to actually "see" my journey. It's just one of the many expressions of a journey. I will share my journey my way. If you share yours you will do the same. I encourage you to embrace these expressions rather than be discouraged by them. It's your story. Tell it your way. Let others do the same. Enjoy the ways God has made us all unique.

Right now my spiritual autobiography is circulating among a small group of family and friends. It felt like the safest way to begin sharing. Since I released my journey to the eyes of a few others, I've gotten a little bit braver. I've decided to share my journey as a tool for encouraging others to share their spiritual autobiographies. I'm letting others freely see risky parts of my story. I'm also letting them see some of the art work that fits with these parts even though I can't stop "just anyone" from seeing it. I recently took another step out, and made suggestions (based on my own experience) for beginning one's own spiritual autobiography.

I did this all this sharing on a web site where I can't control who will see what is written and shown there. This is scary and risky for me, but it's worth the risk: someone might be touched by what they read, someone might decide to write their own story, and maybe someone will get started on their own spiritual autobiography because of the simple suggestions I have shared. If my story can be a gift for someone I'm willing to give it. The idea of helping others with my story makes it all worth the risk.
About the Author
After receiving her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute,and her M.S. from Long Island University, Alisa E. Sloboda-Clark has worked as a Christian artist and educator. Alisa has recently written her Spiritual Autobiography to encourage others to share their personal walk with Jesus Christ. Visit her site: JourneyOnCanvas.com.
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