what if … you could find any answer you needed?
What if …. you could find any answer you needed?
Over time, I discovered this expression of my thoughts and emotions was an incredibly powerful tool I could use in so many ways. It was called journaling.
Journaling is the act of writing down your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and assumptions about a situation in your life.
is the way you involve yourself in your life
so you will understand it.
It’s not anything like the writing you do for school!
This is you, writing to you,
and there is no right or wrong way to do it
In fact this should be you writing to you
and to absolutely no one else
This is for your eyes only
Because you will only be honest with yourself
if you know for sure that no one else will read it
And journaling doesn’t work if you’re not honest with yourself
That warrants repetition!
Writing out your thoughts and feelings doesn’t work
if you’re not honest with yourself!
because it could hurt someone I love if they read it.
That’s how I stay honest with myself
So, why does writing down what you think and feel give you answers to your life problems?
Let’s look at you as having four parts
a child who cries
a wise sage who knows everything
an ideal self that holds all our potential
And most of us live our whole life without knowing how to contact these parts of us
Journaling is how you contact these parts of yourself
So glad you asked!
you write down what is hurting you right now – all of your hurts, no matter how small or silly they may seem to be – if you feel it, it’s real.
- What is making you cry or be sad?
- What is someone doing to you that is making you feel broken?
- What is making you feel so alone?
- What is making you sooooo very angry?
- What is making you feel helpless?
If you don’t get all the pain out
you won’t be able to get to the next stage
When I first started journaling
it took me three months
to write out all the pain I was feeling
But then the most amazing thing happened
There was a silence in me and a peace that I had never experienced before
All the pain was gone
It was a quiet place with answers
Instead of writing out my pain
I started writing out answers and solutions to my pain
And they were good answers!
I had discovered that day by day,
I could write out what was bothering me
and then find understanding and answers in that situation
So, what about the ideal self? The potential you hold?
That came a little later
As I continued to carry on this inner dialogue on paper
I began to get glimpses of my potential,
my talents, abilities, skills,
things I could contribute to the world
That was many years ago – too many to mention –
and I have never stopped journaling
Why would I ever give up a gift so profound and precious?
Why would you not try to find this gift so profound and precious?
Create your own path
Try it – put pen to paper or fingers to computer – just see what happens. Or read on for more help in how to do this