When it comes to intuition, spiritual growth, and personal development, journaling is key. Writing down your impressions, predictions, healings, and learnings is a great way to document progress and growth. Particularly with intuition, you have some ‘proof’ to come back to later, your intuitive hunches will be validated (or show you how to improve your interpretations).
How to maximise journaling for self improvement
Setting your intentions for any activity is linked to its success - so too with journaling. Treat your journaling as a beautiful opportunity to reveal more about you and your life, a chance to take time out of your busy routine and indulge yourself in a very healthy way.
Here are five tips for ensuring you get the most out of your journaling ritual.
1. Choose a beautiful notebook or journal.
You certainly don’t have to spend a lot of money on journals, or you may be a collector like me. Whatever you choose, try to make it inspiring, special or appealing to you in some way. After years of personal journaling, I decided to create my own digital journal for spiritual growth, the Head and Heart Digital Planner. Perhaps you’d like to make your own to fuel your creativity. You may wish to bless the journal, by asking your guides and angels to do so.
On a practical note, if working with paper journals, aim to source journals of roughly the same size and dimensions to make for easier storage, especially once you start filling multiple journals. Lined paper is also a little easier to work with.
2. Dedicate time to journal.
Make it a special practice, a ritual as part of your daily or weekly routine. Taking time to connect with yourself is a beautiful indulgence, and marking out time in your schedule helps keep this time a priority. Just a few minutes is precious. Intuition often strikes while you’re on the run, so you may also like to carry your journal with you and jot down notes as they arise, so you don’t forget them later. This is one advantage of a digital journal for spiritual growth - it's always on your device.
3. Record everything in the same book or digital journal.
Your digital journal can be used to record everything related to your spiritual growth: dreams interpretations, positive affirmations, intuitive insights and predictions, automatic writing, notes from meditations as well as free-flowing personal introspection and reflection. There are sections for all this and more in the Head and Heart Digital Planner. Keeping it all chronicled in one place helps you identify themes, patterns and of course growth over time.
4. Date and label everything.
This way, you not only have signposts marking your progress but you can ‘prove’ your predictions and insight did occur before other information was made logically available to you. This will build your confidence as you develop your intuitive skill.
5. Review your digital spiritual journal.
Reflecting on your notes is an important part of charting your progress, however, try not to get too fixated on what information you’re collecting along the way. It’s not your job to make the insights and predictions true. Remember, it’s important to step out of the way to allow something bigger than you to step in and help bring it all to fruition, at the right time.