Journaling is a powerful practice whether you’re expressing gratitude on a regular basis or sorting out past trauma. There are secrets to using writing as a tool for self-discovery, healing and transformation so get ready to learn how to create a simple practice that changes your life.
In 2015 I took my journaling to another level and began writing my next book with the help of NaNoWriMo, a free online book-writing inspiration program. The goal was to write a 30,000-word book in thirty days. Mine ended up at 65,000 words and detailed every wound of my childhood. What came out onto those pages I would later describe as Feng Shui for my soul.
What happened after that was a surge of creative energy. I’d cleared the emotional baggage by writing my stories, a process in the talk therapy world they describe as narrative therapy. I gave myself permission to feel, to connect words with those feelings and to write uncensored. And as a result I felt something shift inside me.
I’m no stranger to journaling having saved all the diaries and notebooks I’ve ever written in since I was fifteen. That’s thirty five years of journaling, in case you were wondering. The missing link to the writing becoming a tool for healing was the body connection; the link to my intuition and the soul-essence I was born with.
When I began using the healing modalities I’ve learned over my career and combined them with the journaling, the journaling started creating things like clarity, confidence and a path toward my mission and calling in the world; something I call Brave Healing.
I’ve used an intuitive journaling process in all of my brave healing programs ever since and people are saying things like:
“With all of the healing therapies that I have tried ; tapping, bio energy, reiki, massage, counseling, meditation, this class is absolutely one of the best for my heart and soul. I have always found writing my feelings to be a freeing therapy. I find this class that supports healing through writing to be powerful, exciting and up-lifting. I’m able to tap into my brave self, write, and show up to my vulnerable self!”
Let’s get to the three secrets of developing a transformational journaling practice:
- Feel first then write.
- Write every day
- Don’t get stuck in your thoughts
Feel First: When you feel you connect with the language your intuition uses to communicate with you. When you think, you’re not in a feeling state and so are not listening to your intuition. Feeling thought is different than thinking thought. Feeling is healing. Feeling connects you with something bigger. Feeling is the first and most important step to using your journaling as a tool to declutter your emotional and physical baggage and heal yourself on the page.
Write every day: Creating a regular practice of this is key to it developing the momentum required to create a steady clear space for creative flow, feeling, healing and self-discovery. If I don’t have time to write, I’ll make sure I at least do three minutes. Some is better than none. And I schedule this time because if it’s not scheduled, it’s not real. So if it matters to you, get it on your calendar!
Don’t get stuck: Don’t believe everything you think. When you’re thinking too much you’ll quickly get paralyzed in inner critic messages and old, conditioned voices. Try breathing and grounding and centering yourself back into your body sensations when this happens. It’s the awareness of your thoughts that will give you the choice to take a different action. Writer’s block comes from the habit of thinking too much instead of feeling. Journaling that flows from an embodied place will always flow. That place is an unlimited source of ideas, answers, clarity and creativity.
Sometimes we make up a lot of excuses that get in the way of doing what we know will help us. Why we self-sabotage like that is complicated. But the solution is simple. It takes acting through the doubts and fears to create a new habit that serves you and your desires, dreams and goals.
One of those actions can be starting an intuitive journaling practice. If you’re wanting more information, guidance or inspiration for your own practice, make sure to take advantage of a call with me! Offering this for a limited time and as my schedule allows. You can find that at the top of www.BraveHealer.com I’d love to grab your hand and take you on this incredibly profound journey but you have to be brave enough to reach out!
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. The Write Habit online writing club is now open at www.BraveHealer.com