Intuitive Journaling for Self-Healing
Have you ever journaled before? It’s a fantastic tool to help connect with your deeper self and become more in tune with your thoughts and feelings. Day to day life is full of so much noise and external influences which make it difficult for ourselves to actually listen to what our heart and deeper conscious is trying to tell us. Our inner self always knows what it needs but the messages are usually not heard because of all the other noise. We often also tend to ignore this inner voice, our intuition, because of fear, judgement and other insecurities. The more we learn to listen to this voice, the sooner we can heal and live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Journaling is a free-flowing exercise that has no limits and rules. It is simply releasing thoughts and feelings that just come to your mind, in the form of words that make sense or just words that seem nonsense. It can be sketches of recognisable things or maybe just a page filled with scribbles. Whichever way it goes, there is no right or wrong and you don’t have to do it the same way every time. Your subconscious may be trying to send a message or maybe it simply “wants to use the exercise as a release. The most important thing is to not cast any judgment on what comes up and don’t feel any sense of embarrassment - remember no one sees this but you.
Journaling can be done any time of day but I like to do it in the morning, when it’s quiet after I have dropped the kids at school, before I go on with the rest of my day. I find this gives me clarity and focus before I begin the daily work or activities. Others like to do it in the evening as part of a bed time routine. It can be a great way to unwind and download the thoughts of the day before you rest and sleep.
The best journals to use are ones that don’t have any lines. Blank pages are best as they don’t create any restrictions. Make sure it is big enough - I would recommend no smaller than A5 size (A4 folded in half). I have a small range of Moleskine journals that I have covered in my art prints here.
Find somewhere quiet where you won’t have any interruptions. Make sure your phone is off or on silent. I like to find a place where I can see some nature or feel sunlight coming in. I find that helps for grounding.
Sit and make yourself comfortable, perhaps even with a nice cup of tea. I like to burn some of my favourite incense. These small details help to set up a simple ritual that becomes easy to look forward to each time. The one and only regular thing I suggest to do when journaling is to always write the date at the top of the page. This will help if you ever want to go back to see patterns and changes within yourself.
Close your eyes, place your hands onto your heart centre and take 3 nice, deep, slow, soothing breathes. Allow yourself to just take a minute or two to centre yourself and feel the sensations that are going on inside your body. You will start to feel yourself relax as you let any tension go and just listen in to your body. Just sit and observe anything that is going on for you - are you starting to relax or is there tension somewhere? Is your mind busy or are you calming? Don’t judge, just observe. There is no right or wrong.
When you feel ready, open your eyes and take your journal and pen. Don’t think into it, just let yourself go and flow. Something might come to you quickly but if not, that’s ok, take your time. Anything that comes to your mind, simply write it down. You may find that what once you start you just seem to keep going. Almost automatically. Don’t judge what is written, if it doesn’t make sense, thats fine. You may find that rather than writing, you begin to draw or simply scribble. Just do whatever you feel your body is wanting you to do.
After some time, you will feel that you have finished. It is up to you whether you wish to look back over what was written or scribbled. Perhaps you will simply close the book with no further look. It does not matter. Perhaps spend another minute or two enjoying your peaceful state before you hop up and carry on with the day.