The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
The Healing Power of Storytelling with Gerette Buglion

Have you ever felt better about yourself after telling someone your story? Today we speak with author and cult survivor Gerette Buglion who guides others to tell their “I got out” stories in a process she calls Writing to Reckon. We start with a question from podcast listener Beth sent via Instagram, “What was your biggest motivation for telling your story and what were your hopes for it in the world?” We go deep into answers to those questions and also address the shame that people sometimes feel about discovering that they have been in a coercive situation. We talk about how writing your story can help you find a way back to yourself and why you might or might not want to share it and with whom.

Support for writing your story can be found at including Gerette’s free Writing to Reckon classes, or register here Gerette finishes by sharing her three favorite writing prompts designed to help you reclaim your own power as you write your story. Her new book is a journal to help you flesh out your story. The August zoom book launch party will be Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm Eastern Time. To join, register here

BIO: Born a middle child of seven, Gerette Buglion is a natural – and lifelong – educator. Today, she’s Executive Director of IGotOut, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting survivors of cultic relationships and author of An Everyday Cult and Writing to Reckon Journal for Survivors of Religious, Spiritual and Cultic Abuse.

Find our guest at: #igotout #writingtoreckon #everydaycult

Intro music is Water over Stones and outro music is Everything both by Mood Science. Today’s ambient music is created by Rick Kleffel. The audio can be found at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on July 15, 2023.


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