Temenos Journal II

Why Temenos Journal?

Temenos Journal was a monthly newsletter that I wrote in the 1980s. I had a burning need to express myself and tell my stories. I would even spend my own money to print 4- and 8-page newsletters and I would mail these newsletters out to people who had expressed an interest in reading what I wrote.

Not everyone understood this need to “publish” my stories and my viewpoints on things. One friend remarked in horror, “But Genie… This is like your journal!” That’s the point.

I published my first Temenos Journal from Nevada in October 1996 and I explained:

I call this publication a journal because that’s what it is. It’s my story, from my unique perspective, and so I say whatever I want to say. I hope that by sharing my stories of transformation that somebody might be inspired to take a look at even one small murky or dusty corner of denial in their life. For as we gradually clean up the lies we tell ourselves, we make more room for clarity and truth and peacemaking… within ourselves, within our families, and within our communities.

I call the journal “temenos” because that is the Greek word for sanctuary. This is where I come with reverence to speak my truth, tell my stories, test my theories, and reveal myself to myself.

When we don’t feel safe to speak our truth, as in an oppressive society or in a dysfunctional relationship, then truth and clarity suffer. Energy is misdirected and drained. When we hold back our truth in the interests of avoiding discomfort or disapproval, then our spirit chokes and our perception becomes muddled. Even the humblest effort towards clarity and understanding can help transform a relationship or a culture.

And so I write…

Exposure and invention are acts of courage and the degree to which you are willing to expose your authentic self, your art, your soul–is the degree to which you will be recognized by like-minded and like-hearted people.


  1. Genie, you write so eloquently and thoughtfully. Your journal is such a refreshing philosophical break from the mindless tedium and mediocrity that exists elsewhere on the web. I really feel that your blog has substance and valuable and well-thought-out content. Additionally, it has a good beat and is easy to dance to.

    Comment by Stacy Alexander — May 4, 2012 @ 3:31 am |Reply

    • Since I’m typing on my phone at 3:30 a.m., I managed to stick one too many “ands” in that comment, but I think you catch my drift. I dig your blog. You tell it like it is.

      Comment by Stacy Alexander — May 4, 2012 @ 3:34 am |Reply

  2. Thank you Stacy. I’m glad you can relate!

    Comment by Genie Webster — May 4, 2012 @ 5:20 am |Reply

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