Do you want answers to some big questions? Try journaling. Studies show it can increase resilience, self-esteem, and stress relief. Let’s talk about the power of journaling with meditation. Some call it automatic writing. This is a great opportunity for you to check it out, as well.
The combination of journaling and meditation together can be quite powerful. I had learned this a while back when I was being certified in guided imagery. My teacher and coach would say it’s very important for people, after they go through a guided imagery process, to write down some things that come to them–maybe even draw out some images. That form is a different kind of journaling. The journaling I’m talking about today is when you’re in a meditative state, you then ask for guidance and write what flows.
How to Do Journaling and Automatic Writing?
You always begin with gratitude like thank you so much for any inspiration I may receive. “I am so grateful for what you may bring.” Allow this beautiful appreciation into this process. With more gratitude comes more grace, and that’s what we all want. After meditating, get into a very thankful state. Then, ask an inquiring question like, “What do you want me to know today,” and then just start writing.
Do not judge anything that’s being written nor edit. It’s all free-flowing and it may seem a little strange at the beginning. Some people set a timer—maybe 5 or 10 minutes per question. I would also recommend a couple of questions per session. I would not ask about your whole life. Another great question could be, “What’s important for me to focus on today,” and you may get an answer. Or, “How can I be more loving toward my family? Then be quiet and see what answers may come.
Now, sometimes you may get great answers in your writing. Sometimes the answer may come a little bit later. You may be reading something and a quote jumps out at you as the answer to your question, or a book may fall out and open up to the right page. You never know how these signs may come, but a lot of times, they will come in writing because we do have a higher intelligence.
Be Open to Inspiration and Guidance Received
When we can open up and be still, we can let this inspiration come through. The problem with this generation and technology, we’re always on our phones or we’re checking our screens. We need some downtime. We need that breathing space so the beautiful insights and inspiration will come. Then, just say thank you, thank you for that. Thank you for that little wonderful surprise or wonderful little miracle or whatever.
This week why don’t you try one or two of these sessions where you ask an inquiring question and see what comes up. I wish you and your family all the best with this beautiful practice. I also invite you to go to the website of our new app called Inner Peace Time and download some free gifts. Click image below.
Vicki Atlas Israel is a Mindset and Meditation Coach, and the Amazon bestselling author of “Inner Power NOW.” The Foreword is written by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jack Canfield, co-creator of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” High-achievers hire Vicki to improve their wellbeing to live their best life. Vicki is also passionate about bringing more inner peace to parents, children, and those who work with children.