Hello everyone, hope you’re well. I love to journal and I’m so happy to share with you my article that appeared in last month’s issue of The Inspired Guide magazine (here).
Journal writing is really a spiritual thing. When we’re journaling, we’re honoring our self we’re nourishing our soul, we’re uncovering and unraveling to the core of who we are. It’s a sacred time that we devote to ourselves to getting to know our own thoughts, what we want, what we desire, where we’re headed to. It’s a way to connect with our inner wisdom. Journal writing can be the gateway to mystical experiences and a mystical connection with Universal Mind.
There’s no right or wrong way to journal. We can write dialogue, letter style, bullet journaling…We can write to a prompt, ask a question, write our future…My favorite is three pages of stream of consciousness writing first thing in the morning. Julia Cameron calls it morning pages in her book The Artist’s Way, three pages of just letting your thoughts flow. It’s a great way to get out what’s on my mind (brain dump) or I’ll write three pages of gibberish. And then there are those times when I write more than three pages because in the middle of gibberish, revelations show up, AHA moments, and such profound writing I have no idea where it all came from.
Benefits of journaling
We can journal to heal ourselves, gain mental clarity. We can journal ourselves to happy, to success, reach goals. We can use journaling to make decisions, vent frustrations. We can gain confidence, up level our mind. We can journal to get through difficult times, as a means of forgiveness, give gratitude. It’s the place where we can express what’s in our heart. We can connect with our angels or, our spirit guides. And something I recently started and am loving, scripting, writing my future self.
Writing in a journal can also be a way to meditate, enhance memory and creative expression.
It can be a profoundly spiritual experience. A search on Google will bring up loads of prompts for just about everything.
Our journal is our private special magical world where we can let ourselves unfold unto.
Keep it easy and fun
I love beautiful journals and there are many on the market, but I can’t write in them I feel intimidated, I feel my writing has to be perfect, I don’t want to mess them up. The best one I found for me is a 3 or 5 subject notebook I get from Target; my only requirement is that the cover has to be in a color I like. Here I can be messy and free and I don’t worry about my writing being perfect and pretty.
I like to bless my journals before I start writing in them, I use the first page to write a blessing. “I bless this journal, thank you for all the wisdom and love.” I decorate the page, sometimes it’s flowers, stars and hearts, or I’ll create a vision board with pictures I cut out from magazines, I just follow my instinct. I use the last page to give thanks for all I have received and I write “thank you” in big letters across the page.
Our most deepest self will reveal itself in our journal, find one that makes you feel happy when you pick it up.
Journaling is a return to self
Taking time to journal is the greatest investment we can gift ourselves. It’s a powerful way to get to know and reclaim ourselves. It opens the doorway into the mystery within, it’s magical.
Happy Journaling & blessings.
COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2020