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How Journal Writing Pushed Me Beyond My Limits

I realized recently that my journal writing has been much more powerful than I had ever been aware of. Things have shifting in so many ways over the past year.

Those shifts have been powered by the writing I do daily in my journal. This is not some boring account of my day or a discipline I push on myself. It is more a life force vibrating with meaning and aliveness.

The more I explore it the more vital the exploration becomes. Now, I feel an essential piece of life is missing from my day if I don’t sit, tune in and write.

What makes this writing so powerful is that I utilize many of the ideas that come directly to me via the writing.

This method for me is a superhighway to my intuition, higher nature and the voice of my soul. This knowing takes me beyond the noise of the ego into truly expanded states of awareness directly wired to the highest consciousness of the universe.

Everything I ever need to know is made available to me through this writing practice.  Here’s how it works – with a few further insights that will make your journal writing even more powerful:

1.         I drop away any need to be right or think I know. It seems humility makes me receptive.

2.          I request guidance, which may come in response to a question I have, from seeking clarity about a recent insight or awareness, or just out of the blue.

3.         Then I wait. Soon there are words pouring through the ink of my pen onto the journal pages. Often I can’t write fast enough to keep up.

4.          I accept fully that I am guided and that this guiding voice is infinitely wiser than my ordinary mind.

5.         Insights, fresh perspectives and clear guidance are presented to me. Always I have a choice to use or ignore them.

6.          I have come to understand that clear guidance, when repeated, needs to be paid attention to. If I ignore this advice, it inevitably causes me suffering.

7.         The voice of knowing is always peaceful and feels right as soon as I hear it. Truth always resonates in my being.

8.          My ego-mind’s games are often pointed out even as they try to trick me. I now rarely fall for this nonsense because my wiser Self immediately sees through any falseness.

9.         After clarifying any further questions I always write a note of appreciation for these gifts of inspiration and awareness.

In addition to these ideas here are few insights gained that will enhance the journaling experience: 

* I pay close attention to what shifts me towards being more open and expanded in my heart. 

* I also use the journal to create imagery and ideas of what I want to bring into my life. I have come to appreciate the value of these desires as paths to further realize and express my potential.

* I explore creative ways to integrate new insights into my daily living.    

* I use journaling when I’m stuck and it quickly moves me into more expanded states.

* Journaling brings me fully into the moment and often taps into a great river of joy, light and love.

* I discovered that writing my insights, awareness and understandings gives them more substance and clarity.

I take my journal with me when I venture out into the world. Sometimes I even have to pull off the road when I driving because awareness is streaming through me and I want to take notes.

Let me know what questions you have about using journal writing for awareness and expansion.

I hand you this gift of insight and smile at the thought of your exploration. 


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Reader Comments (3)

Hi Joseph
Thanks for a great reminder of the power of writing down thoughts and ideas; the 'life force vibrating with meaning and aliveness' as you put it.
And isn't it true that when you look back over old journals, you see that so many things have manifested?
21st Century Monk

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig Coggle

Thanks Craig for the supportive note. I usually don't read through past journals but I know what you are saying is true because what I write about vibrates in me for a long time.

April 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterJoseph Bernard

I was inspired as I read your post. The power of the journaling process, when we listen and take notes, can be astounding and life changing. I love the process as you describe it and the benefits which you share that are ground breaking. I love the imagery concept and detailing what it is you want in your life. That, in itself, can bring profound awareness and heighten the positive energy needed to make what you want a reality. I also agree that when you write your thoughts and ideas, it does give them more substance just by having them there in ink.

I have chosen your post, How Journal Writing Pushed Me Beyond My Limits, for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day on 4/12/13 for all things journaling on Twitter; a link will be posted on the social networks, on my blog and website Refresh with Dawn Herring, and in my weekly Refresh Journal: http://tinyurl.com/cth72mu.

#JournalChat Live is every Thursday, 5 EST/2 PST, for all things journaling on Twitter; our topic this week was Your Journaling: Shake It UP! Our special guest was Tina Bradley.

I appreciate your inside view of journaling and how it has changed you life. Here's to the power that journaling can initiate!

Be refreshed,
Dawn Herring
Your Refreshment Specialist
Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter
Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Herring

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