Why journal anyway?
Einstein said “You can’t solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created the problem”.
Journaling is a way of changing the level of your thinking It enables you to take the observer position whilst you capture what’s present in your life.
It creates time and space for you to reflect more deeply on your experiences. It also brings into consciousness things that were unconscious. This is, in itself, creates powerful change.
When you get really good at it, you’ll also find that it’s the perfect way of communicating with your spirit guides, higher self and guardian angel.
Why is it more powerful than just sitting and meditating?
It gets the head out of the way. If you’ve ever had trouble making a decision or trusting what is true, or even discovering your true heart’s desire it’s probably because your head is getting in the way and confusing / blocking your true hearts desires.
When you write, your arm is connected to your heart, so it bypasses the head. You are more likely to write straight from the heart.
Journal writing also causes all those jumbled up random thoughts to form into a more coherent story. Because you write slower than you think, it forces your thoughts to slow down and form a logical order. This helps you to resolve inner conflict and confusion. It literally sorts your thoughts for you.
Journaling can give you the solutions to problems. Simply write the problem down as a question “How can I change x to create y outcome?” and then simply write everything that comes without censoring. Avoid asking unhelpful or disempowering questions such as “Why does this always happen to me?”
Journaling can help you to create more of what you want in your life, and remove what you don’t want in your life. it aids you to create the future you desire.
So What is Journaling? And What is it Not?
In its simplest form it is you, a pen and some paper sitting down and writing. You just allow the words to free flow out of you.
Journaling is not the simple recording of facts and events, although there might be some facts and events, if you restrict your journal to this you’ll be losing its most powerful and important benefit.
When you are journaling it’s essential you ask yourself and journal about your feelings, emotions and the relationships between events, as well as just the facts.
Journaling can have structure, or no structure. You might have a series of questions you regularly ask yourself, or you might simply allow the words to just free flow.
Of course you can journal at any time, although it’s a good idea to find a time when you won’t be disturbed. It’s also a good idea to make it a routine so that you do it at the same time each day.
There are some advantages to journaling first thing in the morning and last thing at night as your brain is already in a light trance state (alpha brain waves) which makes it even easier to bring things up from your unconscious mind.
How to Use Your Journal to Sort Your Thoughts
Of course you can journal any way that works for you, but it can be helpful to ask yourself some questions to start to directionalise your thinking. It’s by asking powerful questions that your sort your thoughts.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help sort your thoughts.
- Open the day asking:
- Will what I’m going to do today, BEST SERVE, my talent and ambition, my needs and the needs of those I care about?
- At the end of the day ask yourself:
- Did what I did today, BEST SERVE, my talent and ambition, my needs and the needs of those I care about? Based on what I’ve learnt what do I need to: Do more of? Do less of? Do the same? Do new or differently?
- Creating more of something in your daily life
By asking the right questions you can create more or less of a particular experience. For example if you want to have more spiritual experiences journal for them.
- What did I do today to open myself to spiritual experiences?
- What did I do today that closed me to spiritual experiences?
- What spiritual experiences did I have today (list ALL)?
- What did I learn about how to create more of them?
- What did I do, believe, create that made this experience possible?
- What did I enjoy about the experience?
- What did I not enjoy? How can I make it more enjoyable next time?
- What can I do tomorrow to create more spiritual experiences?
You can tailor this list to direct your thinking towards anything you want to create more of in your life, money, joy, peace, abundance, good relationships, and anything else you want to increase in your life.
Questions to Increase What You Achieve
Most people say they want to get more done, but what they really want is to achieve more. Note that achieving is different from a “to do” list. To Do lists are often busy but unproductive activities.
Instead change it to a “to achieve list”.
- What 3 things did I commit to achieve today?
- What did I achieve?
- What was challenging and why?
- What did I aim to achieve today but didn’t? Why?
- What do I need to do differently so that I achieve more tomorrow?
- What 3 things am I committing to achieving tomorrow.
- Questions to change your thinking
- What got in my way?
- What worked for me? What didn’t?
- What did I do that got in my way?
- What did others do that got in my way?
- How did life, the universe support me?
These example questions are by no means exhaustive, I encourage you to create your own and use them to shape and direct thoughts and actions.
From Lisa Turner and Psycademy – Leaders in Spiritual and Psychic Development How Intuitive are you?
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