Is there anything better than sitting down with a clean, crisp, fresh notebook and pen? While staring at a blank page can be daunting, I like to focus on the possibilities which may emerge when the ink scrawls across the fibrous pages before me.
Here are 10 types of journals I’ve kept in some shape or form over the years:
- Automatic writing. Pages of my personal journals are dedicated to automatic writing. This is a technique where you can ask a question of your spirit guides, angels or higher self. Then, have their answers channeled through you and on to the page. With practice, this type of journalling can reveal to you great insights about your life, path, and lessons as they are occurring, or before. Check out this post on how to try automatic writing.
- Intuitive. Recording all your hunches, feelings and suspicions about what’s happening in your life is a great way to build confidence. Make sure you date them and include what’s happening and how you feel about it. That way, you can ‘measure’ your progress. Dot points work fine.
- Personal growth and development. After journaling as a child (typically recording things like “My new friend said this…” or “Today I played at so-and-so’s house”), I put it aside for many years. I only returned to it in 2001 after my aunt passed away. Journaling became a form of therapy for me, a way of processing not only my grief but the first major introductions I had to mediumship after she passed. Simple free form writing, being unashamedly open with your thoughts and feelings is a very cathartic process.
- Dream. If I remember my dreams, I record them. As much detail as possible is jotted down – the themes and symbols of the dream, as well as their meaning and interpretations. While this can lead to immediate insight into what’s occurring in my life in real time, upon later reflection, many of these dreams have also been predictive. I would have forgotten if it wasn’t jotted down.
- Creative writing. Surprisingly, many little ditties and poems have formed in the pages of my journals. In the past, I’ve used beautiful and inspiring pictures as inspiration for some creative writing – short stories, imaginative make-believe lives for the people/places in the images I’m drawn to. Sites like Pinterest and Instagram are great for choosing pics to work from.
- Gratitude. I also took this up not long after my aunt died. That period in my life was quite low, and I found turning my thoughts to gratitude helped significantly. I challenged myself to write just 5 dot points each day into the journal, listing down five simple things I was grateful for. Before long, I spent my day looking for things to be grateful for, so I would have plenty for that night’s entry. My mindset changed dramatically.
- Intentions, goals, and affirmations. Writing down your goals is powerful in itself, but coupling this with setting the energy or intention behind those goals, and creating positive affirmations to manifest the change is a powerful practice. Repeating affirmations often is vital – I often rewrite the affirmations, over and over, for effect.
- Family/relationships. My relationships and friendships have naturally turned up in my journals in some form or another. Most recently, I’ve dedicated time and practice to recording my thoughts, feelings, and insights into pregnancy and motherhood. But you can do this for any kind of relationship. Many people keep scrapbooks of their baby’s milestones, which I actually didn’t, but it is a beautiful keepsake later I’m sure.
- Visual/creative. In high school art class, we had to keep a visual diary and although I don’t consider myself highly artistic, I did always love this ‘homework’. Visual or creative diaries come up a lot in readings – I’m often recommending to more artistic folk to keep swatches, postcards, fabrics, and textures collated in some kind of visual binder. Over the past few weeks this has come up time and time again from Chris… but I’m yet to explore this further.
- Meditation. No matter the kind of meditation, there is always something to gain from it. Jotting down your impressions after meditation is useful for growth. For me, this often includes some form of energetic release or clearing, or some clairvoyant image being revealed.
Of course, as I hinted in this post, I tend to merge all of these into one journal at a time. Each topic here is linked, so I like to see the flow of growth, intuitive development and predictions in real time, rather than across a number of separate journals… but, whatever works for you.
What kinds of journals have you kept? Do you still journal, and is your practice different today from when you first began?