“I am Goscelin, the scribe. On these pages I will record the stories of our community, the sisters of Belle Coeur, and my observations of the formidable events that befell us. I begin my arduous task tonight as the first cold winds of autumn rattle the shutters, lending a shimmer to the candle flames and an airy chorus to the scratching of my quill.”
In the story of Ink and Honey, Goscelin the Scribe of the Sisterhood of Belle Coeur is called to record the stories of her sisterhood within the pages of their journal, an illuminated manuscript. Her skills as an observer of the nature and nuances of her sisters’ personalities and her sensitive witnessing of the daily circumstances of medieval life served not only her sisterhood but the legacy of the scribed wisdom she left behi
As a writer, women’s journals have always held a deep fascination for me. During the thirty-five plus years that I’ve been blessed to facilitate the feminine creative process, I’ve been repeatedly awestruck when a woman shares a story or reflective passage she’s scribed in the pages of her journal. The power of a woman’s story originates through her “truth-telling” and the authenticity of her scribing. The simplest language, unedited and unrefined, when spilled from the heart … to pen … to the page with passion and honesty contains the potential for transformation, healing, and inspiration. Both the scribe and whomever she chooses to be her witness, are blessed in the telling and sharing of the story.
In this way, the journal-keeper is a Soulful Scribe. She regards her journal as a sacred container where she records her observations, prayers, stories of her earthly pilgrimage, and her life’s journey. Journal-keeping (scribing) for the most part, is a private, solitary, and contemplative experience. However, there is a synergy created when journalers (scribes) gather in community to write and share their wisdom, their stories, as scribes bearing witness to what is expressed on the page.
The time we are living in invites the creation of a global community of Soulful Scribes, women called to explore, express, and imagine their lives as they put pen to paper to record what rests upon their hearts and spirits.
Are you a Soulful Scribe?
What is the question, story, observation, prayer, poem, or revelation you long to pen upon the page?
How might a supportive circle of Soulful Scribes nourish and encourage your personal scribing?
What are you inspired to scribe as your thread in the tapestry of women’s stories as lasting wisdom and legacy?