Wouldn’t it be great if you could get daily emails from your inner self, soul, energetic aspects and past life selves? Imagine if these daily emails let you know what a certain issue is all about, why a particular pattern keeps recurring, what you need to do to let something in, or shift something in your life?
Imagine if you could get daily emails from your physical cells letting you know why a health issue has manifested or whether some of your beliefs have actually been inherited via your genes from your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents?
Well guess what? You can receive these daily emails. The only thing is, you have to show up and be kind of like your own ‘secretary taking dictation’. Our spiritual technology hasn’t yet got to the stage where we can wake up, press a button, and out comes our daily report of where our personal energy is at! So, this is where a journal comes in handy.
Some people think that journaling is writing about what happened today, like the sort of diary you kept as a kid. And if it’s that for you, and you enjoy it, great! However, journaling can be so much more. For myself it has been one of the most powerful and effective tools I’ve used to uncover the roots of issues, heal old wounds, reveal helpful insights and gain clarity.
It sounds like a cliché, but it is really true that within us we hold all the knowledge and wisdom we need to get through life. This sounds like a pretty vague or mystical concept, but it starts to make sense when you realise that we are made up of multiple layers of energetic fields. Those fields include our thoughts, beliefs, physical cells, ancestral history, emotions, feelings, memories, soul potential, past experiences and a myriad of soul aspects and energy centres; your inner child, masculine energy, feminine energy, all the chakra’s, not to mention our connection to the collective consciousness, and to physical and non-physical soul family.
All of this provides a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and guidance for us to draw on, however we definitely weren’t taught in school how to tap into it – nor even that it’s possible to do so. We all have the ability to do this, it just takes practice much like anything else in life.
When you journal with a higher intention, you are essentially letting yourself get out of your own way and stepping aside so that the answers and clarity you need can come to you. Your subconscious gets a chance to speak to you directly, as opposed to trying to get your attention in ways that are potentially sabotaging your relationships, work, health and other life areas.
Someone asked me recently is it like automatic writing or should you stick to your focus? Definitely the former. More often than not, your journaling will take you somewhere completely unexpected. You show up thinking a certain person is the problem and end up writing about something that happened when you were 6 or 16. You might show up seeking relief and clarity as to a current emotion that is uncomfortable and end up having an amazing conversation with a part of you that has felt ignored and unloved. So much healing can happen in one journaling session.
Sometimes we’ve hidden a part of ourselves away so well that it takes pages of journaling before we finally start getting to the root of an issue. Many if not most of our issues are multi-layered so we might find ourselves writing about something we thought we covered ten or a hundred times already. As we open up to more of ourselves, likewise we also expand our ability to go deeper into ourselves, gaining deeper insights about the same situations.
How to start if you are new to this? If you don’t know where to start, an easy question to start with is: What do I need to know about .....? If you have a very specific issue you can ask things like: What part of me wants this situation? It’s confronting to ask this because most people would answer “None of me wants this!” Okay you can believe that and continue to feel stuck. However it is so much more empowering to consider, “Hmm, well if a part of me does want this then perhaps I should go find out what this part of me is, and why it wants this!’ It is very empowering to dialogue with the various inner aspects and energetic parts of yourself that come up.
It is helpful, powerful and entertaining to name issues and feelings you want to address. Somehow it is much easier to talk to Sammy Sadness or Fred Frustrated than it is to journal to your general Self. If you’ve been sitting in a feeling for a while, go in, have a chat to it, ask it what it wants to tell you.
There is no right or wrong way to journal, there’s no step by step rulebook to follow. The main thing is to trust what comes. Don’t get caught up in “I’m making this up” or “Where is this coming from?” By all means, if you want to be sure you aren’t receiving information from sources that aren’t good for you say a little prayer or affirmation beforehand. Ask that you receive guidance from your highest sources of truth, love and light, and that all information is aligned with your best possible self and reality. From there, let the pen take you where it wants to take you.