Inner Outings - The Diarist's Deck of 33 Cards and Book of Exploration
by Charlene Geiss & Claudia Jessup
“Keeping a journal will change your
life in ways that you’d never imagine."
— Oprah Winfrey
"I estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of blank journals sitting in homes and offices, collecting
dust, even as they call to their owners to record something of that
person's day, a recent event, or an important memory. Are we unable
...or terrified... to write? There are dozens of reasons one
should keep a journal, and as many forces preventing us from getting
started or going deeper."
To help beginners embark on their inner journey and encourage and
support experienced diarists to freely write their personal stories, I
began the Diarists' Workshop in Santa Fe and developed Inner Outings.
Charlene Geiss has kept a journal almost from the
time she could write — or use scissors and paste — and her journals
are more than just a chronicle of her days and thoughts. They are works
of art, combining writing and drawing with collage, and becoming unique
and beautiful expressions of the complexity and joy of life. .
Charlene began teaching others to journal in this
manner a few years ago and, with the help of veteran writer Claudia
Jessup, she created a deck of cards and a book that could assist readers
and journalers to tap into their inner creative energies and by so doing
to discover their truest selves. Journaling and writing books have been
popular for many years, but now research shows that keeping a journal
can be good for your physical as well as your mental and spiritual
The Diarist’s Deck consists of 33 unique and
beautiful cards, each with a “legend” that corresponds to a question
or statement that will inspire a journal entry. The questions appear
simple, but they will open readers’ minds.
The accompanying art is designed to encourage
deeper and deeper exploration into readers’ inner souls. The text in
the Book of Exploration expands on the legend of each card and provides
further questions and statements to stimulate the imagination and help
reach back into memory and forward into dreams.
More than 18 writing techniques are suggested,
as well as non-writing techniques such as collage and drawing for self
expression. The many prompts will help journalers, artists, and those
who thought they had little to say discover their own personal style.
The deck is designed to be used again and again.
Depending on the mood and circumstances in which a journal keeper finds
themselves, the legends may seem funny or poignant, bring up sadness or
explore problems or frustrations. Each time a reader chooses a card for
inspiration, they will discover new depths in both the words and
The title says it all: inner outings. Take your
“inner” self on an outing; bring the best of your self up from the
depths and explore it, discovering in the process how to use these inner
outings to make your life more meaningful and to fully experience the
joy and beauty around you.
Publication Date: September 15, 2002 Paperback 144 pages, 5.5 x 7.5” and
33 four-color cards... I recommend buying new so it's just your energy in them...
“Confessional writing has been around at least since the
Renaissance, but new research suggests that it’s far more therapeutic than
anyone ever knew... Researchers found direct physiological evidence [that
writing about your feelings and experiences is good for your physical health]:
writing increased the level of disease-fighting lymphocytes circulating in the
— Newsweek, April, 1999
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