This week, let?s talk about the true power of journaling.
Journaling is a powerful tool which allows you to uncover limiting, subconscious beliefs and overcome mental blocks. A number of studies have been conducted on the benefits of journaling, finding that it can help process trauma, reduce anxiety and even boost your immune system. The science is clear that journaling is a useful practice. But did you know that it is also one of the best ways to connect with your higher self? By connecting with your inner wisdom and intuition regularly you can massively improve the quality of your life, and reach those big goals you have set. And who wouldn?t want that?!
Effective journaling can look different for everyone, but always involves tapping into your creative side to put words on a page. Some prefer to follow structured prompts while others simply let their mind wander. Getting the thoughts in your head onto paper allows you to process your emotions and better understand any thinking patterns coming up. If you?re new to journaling, it?s best to try out a few different approaches to find out what works for you.
Why should I connect with my higher self?
Connecting with your higher self is where the magic happens! The quantum results!
Your higher self is your inner guidance system or Divine essence. Separate from your personality, it is the part of you that excites with inspiration and intuition.
You may have encountered a deep, inner knowing when making a decision or saying yes to an opportunity that worked out really well for you. Congratulations! You have met your higher self. By tapping into this wisdom more regularly you can completely transform your life. From uncovering your true potential to following your intuition, the benefits to connecting to your higher self are endless. Journaling with the intention to connect with this inner wisdom will bring more peace, guidance and success in your life.
How to get started journaling without prompts
Whether you are completely new to journaling or have been practising for a while, the following steps are a useful process to follow whenever you want to have an effective writing session.
- Set aside around 20-25 minutes of time for yourself where you will have no interruptions. Find a quiet peaceful place and begin to take a few deep breaths. It is important to approach this practice in a calm, relaxed state as this will allow you to connect with your higher self. Maybe even light a candle or diffuse your favourite essential oils.
- Once you feel relaxed, begin to think about what is going on in your life, the goals you are working towards and the emotions you are feeling.
- If you feel called to write, go for it! Do not hold back or filter yourself ? no one is going to judge what you have written as this is purely for you.
- If the words don?t flow as easily, think about someone (real or fictional) that you admire. Write down the qualities you recognise and most appreciate in that person.
- Once you have finished writing a list of characteristics you admire, write I Am in front of each point. Take a moment to reflect on the truth that the beauty you recognise in others is also inside you.
- Now ask yourself what messages the part of you with those qualities has to give you. Write down whatever thoughts come into your mind.
- Once you have finished, read through whatever you have written down and sum up your takeaway in a couple of sentences. You could start with statements such as ?As I read this, I notice?? or ?I feel?? This allows you to process your journaling practice and think about any actions you want to take following your discoveries.
Higher Self journaling prompts
If you need more structure in your journaling practice, it can help to answer some prompts. The ones below are great to help you connect with your higher self:
- How does the highest version of me respond in difficult situations?
- If fear did not exist, would I be living my life differently? How?
- In what ways could I trust my intuition more?
- When was the last time I acted from a place of power?
- When do you feel most peaceful?
- What is my soul most yearning for right now?
How to make journaling a daily habit
So now we know the benefits of journaling and how to get started, it?s time to figure out a system to easily maintain this new habit.
Decide when you will make the time to journal. In the morning after waking and before leaving your bed, or in the evening just after brushing your teeth? These are just examples, but pairing journaling with another part of your routine like this will serve as a natural reminder that it?s time to write. It will also allow your new habit to slot effortlessly into your day.
Once you know when you will journal, make it as easy as possible to get started. For example, keep your journal and pen next to your toothbrush so you can pick it up as soon as you have finished brushing your teeth.
Approach your journaling with an open mind. You will have more to write on some days than on others and that is completely OK. Some days you may only answer prompts while on others you write freely. There is no wrong way to journal, only the way that works best for you.
Accept that life happens and you may miss a day. Forgive yourself and move on. Journaling is the time you set aside for yourself to explore your inner world and connect with your higher self. It should be a practice that brings you peace and clarity, never guilt.
Integrating journaling into your daily routine, whether you manage to write 2 sentences or 20 pages, will help you connect with your higher self more regularly. This practice will help you to achieve your goals and create the life you deeply desire.