JOURNALING: How It Can Increase Your Intuition And Creativity
Have you ever thought about journaling, but don’t know where to start?
Journaling can be as simple as recording your gut feelings, instincts, hunches, or impressions about experiences in your life in a notebook. You can also make it a daily practice to write in your journal for as little as 10 minutes. Or you can spend more time reflecting on questions or prompts given to you.
Journaling is for anyone who wants to discover their inner wisdom, the all-knowing soul source directing you in life. Even if you have no experience writing, you can journal. It is a creative and therapeutic source of self-expression.
There are numerous journaling techniques you can try, and while they all have benefits, some have greater success activating your intuition and increasing your creativity. The journaling techniques I feel help you gain insight and awareness are:
- Morning Pages: The book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron explains this concept. When you wake up in the morning, you grab a journal and write for three pages straight. There is no holding back. You write without caring about mistakes or grammar, just write until you hit your three-page mark. This type of writing is called stream of consciousness writing, where you just let all your thoughts flow out, much as they run through your head.
- Stream of Consciousness Writing: This technique is similar to Morning Pages, but you don’t have to do it in the morning or for three pages straight. It may be done anytime, anywhere, and for any length of time. It is the one I practice.
- Daily Life and Experiences: This is the type of journaling that most people associate with diaries and journals. People automatically assume that if you journal, you have to write about what you did that day, which turns many people off from journaling because they believe it would be boring to write about daily life. Even though that is the stigma, this is what my journal consists of, and I enjoy writing about hanging out with friends, school, work, and small everyday memories.
- Reflective Journal: A reflective journal (aka a reflective diary) is the perfect place to write down some of life’s most significant thoughts. In a reflective journal, you can write about a positive or negative event that you experienced, what it means, or meant to you, and what you may have learned from the experience.
A well-written journal can be an essential tool. As with any technique to get the most benefits, you need practice. It could mean forcing yourself to write, at first, but after a while, it will become like second nature. Write down your entry as soon as possible after the event. This way, the details will still be fresh in your mind, which will help later in your analyses.
Why Journaling Improves Clarity, Creativity, and Inner Connection
Journaling slows the mind down, so you see how you think.
Journaling quickly captures our flighty thoughts on paper, enabling us to see what we think so we can learn how we think. Slowing down creates space for more in-depth and higher thoughts to emerge. A new level of awareness awakens, which supports a more focused and creative thought process.
Create a bigger picture.
When the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts, synergy is created. When you write down numerous ideas, you begin to see the relationships and trends they have. When events can be connected, we can draw on our intuition to discover additional meaning.
Change your perspective.
New clarity and understanding are the results of seeing things in a different light. From a multitude of facts or concepts, you’re able to synthesize by reducing them to a few main points. Your change in perspective draws the most important details out.
Journal Writing Prompts
- How can I get more solitude, stillness, and peace in my life?
- How do I control rather than trust?
- I can experience a greater sense of meaning and love in life by …
- What tensions are stressing me now?
- What major block needs to be resolved?
- In what areas do I need more imagination?
- My deepest heartfelt desires, dreams, and visions are …
- What can I do to increase balance in my life?
- What excuses keep me stuck?
- How can I increase my overall abundance?
Journaling allows your subconscious mind to solve problems while gaining insights about the things you are writing and learning. You also get a deeper sense of yourself, even unlocking hidden aspects and identifying beliefs that hold you back. If you haven’t yet begun to journal, I encourage you to start now. Just pick up a pen and a piece of paper or notebook and start writing. You’ll be glad you did because your entire life will change.
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