Writing, used as a tool to enhance awareness and ignite healing, is a powerful path to what you most desire; the freedom to live your life on your own terms, connected to and in expression of the wild, sexy goddess you are. Here are 10 ways to use intuitive writing to start the journey home to yourself.
Many of the women I talk to crave the feeling of freedom; wild, sexy, unapologetic, passionate moments, connected to their desires, dreams and vision they have to help others, without having to worry about upsetting or offending anyone. These women know the path to freedom lies in their ability to stay awake, aware, courageous and aligned, and sometimes they forget how exactly to do that every day.
Writing is one of the ways to stay accountable to this kind of life.
I’ve used the pages of my journals as a tool for self-reflection since I was fifteen. I recognized those pages as a place I was learning about and healing myself a little later in life, when the writing became something I did to survive the pain of old wounds that wouldn’t die. When full books started to move through me I knew writing was something more than just a few scribbles and I began to understand I could connect with my soul and use the writing to hear her messages.
Writing is a way to hear the language of your intuition, inner healer and guide.
It’s a path to clarity, understanding, awareness and healing when what was unknown to you becomes known on the page. There are several ways to use writing as this kind of powerful tool. Before you begin, make sure you have an inspiring, gorgeous notebook to write in, and a pen that feels good to your fingers. The little things matter when you write to feng shui your soul.
Here are fifteen tips and prompts to get you started writing your way to the freedom and life you crave:
- Make time. You will prioritize things that matter. If this matters to you, put it on your calendar as a VIP appointment with yourself. Start with three minutes, a low pressure amount to commit to at first. No matter how long you write, it’s really the commitment that matters the most. That commitment will become a practice that will eventually evolve into a powerful discipline.
- Feel then write. Allow your writing to start from a body-connected moment. Rest your mind, connect with the senses and notice what you feel. Do this before you begin to write.
- Write for you. Even if you intend to write out loud for the world to read eventually, start without any expectations and write selfishly. Allow this time to be yours, completely. Use this prompt: I’m giving myself permission to _____.
- Notice your thoughts. Recognizing and understanding the inner critic voice in your head will change your writing. Notice when you’ve checked out of your senses and are focusing more on the mind chatter. Start to know the difference between over thinking and feeling your way into your writing. Write down the messages that keep coming back. Noticing the patterns will enhance your awareness.
- Don’t censor yourself. If you catch yourself censoring because you’re worried you’re being too this or too that, and you’re afraid someone might read it, then plan on burning your pages afterward so you don’t have to censor yourself. The process of writing is more important than keeping the writing.
- Use prompts to inspire you. One of the best, simple prompts to warm yourself up is “I feel_____.” Another one to begin with is “What I really want is_____.” Both these prompts will connect you with your body and with your desires. A photo can also be a prompt. So can a sunrise. Stare at something in your environment and start writing.
- Read your writing out loud to yourself. This amplifies the feel and acts as a powerful awareness tool. After reading, what questions come up? Use those as another prompt.
- Allow your pain and your joy to move you to write. Sometimes we think we only need to journal when something’s wrong. Actually both ends of the spectrum, and everything in between is a good place to write from. Try writing when you’re sad, and also when you’re happy. Give yourself permission to feel everything and to write about it all.
- Catch yourself in judgement. When your soul starts moving out onto the page sometimes you’ll start to feel more, and sometimes it’s not always easy. Remember writing can help you tap into deep layers and to be gentle when you’ve learned something about yourself you didn’t realize before.
- Stay in the moment with your writing. Remember that tomorrow will feel different than today. Don’t get stuck in the words you write. Give yourself the freedom to change your mind. Writing is a snapshot of your thoughts and beliefs in the moment. And with awareness in each moment you can respond to what’s happening, instead of react.
- Write a letter you won’t send. Use your writing to sort out a message you need to speak to someone, but can’t yet. Don’t censor yourself.
- Write about how you want to feel. Most of the time we’re going after a feeling. We think certain material things will help us feel a particular way but it’s actually the feeling we’re after. What’s the version of freedom and happiness you’re searching for?
- Write about your perfect morning. Writing is a way to manifest the things and feelings we desire into our lives. What we think (that energetic pulse we project into the universe) is what we’ll create. Use your writing to amplify the message. Write, in every detail, about the perfect morning. Where are you? What are you doing? What are you feeling, tasting, smelling, hearing? The more senses the better!
- Keep a special notebook to collect dreams, quotes and notes about your vision. If you’re an entrepreneur or you have a dream of doing something amazing, bigger or more purposeful in the world, keep a special journal handy for everything you think about toward that goal. Write in that every single day, even if it’s just one line, about that dream.
- Write every day. Like every tool, the more we use it the faster we learn and master it. Write every day, but don’t set goals so high you never attain them. If it’s a busy day, go back to the three-minute timed writing and do that. There will be days you write for an hour or more and days you have time for a few minutes. Enjoy the process. Practice self-compassion. Practice gratitude about the discipline you’re creating and the life you’re shaping in those pages.
One last note about pain. Many lives have layers of pain, trauma and tragedy. Many people have a lot to write about and feel like they don’t want to begin due to the overwhelming feeling they’ll get stuck in all of it, have to re-live it, or that writing about it will be focusing on it somehow. Remember, you’re feeling and writing your way through to clear a space for joy to fill in the gaps. Healing is a unique process for each individual. Writing is just one tool to help you on the journey. Make sure to seek out complementary tools that enhance, amplify, and empower the process further. And write about those too!
Join me in the comments and let me know what pieces feel like a struggle, and what pieces feel like magic, when you begin to write your way to freedom.
Laura Di Franco, MPT is the owner of Brave Healer Productions and a powerhouse who writes to Feng Shui her soul. She’s the author of Brave Healing, a Guide for Your Journey, her sixth book to help inspire your fiercely alive whole self. Join her and write words that build your business and heal the world. Schedule a call at www.BraveHealer.com