Writing in a journal is practical and helps you work through healing. In a journal, we can be honest with ourselves. We can write down what we are thinking and feeling. It’s like our secret connection with the universe. Using a journal to write about your core wounds brings awareness to what they are and helps heal them.
Writing is a cathartic exercise that takes what is out of our minds and puts it onto paper. Magic happens when we take the time to write. One of the ways writing helps is to separate us from the problems we are experiencing. After you write your thoughts and feelings, reread them. You will have a little distance from them and be able to see things with fresh eyes.
Here are writing techniques you can use while journaling:
This technique involves writing from ten to fifteen minutes. Feel free to set the timer. You can choose to write longhand (on paper) or type on a computer.
You can write anything you can think of that comes to mind. Try to write the first thing that comes to your mind.
- Don’t judge it. Let the words come to you, even if they do not form a sentence.
Stephen King uses this method as a warm-up for writing before starting his day. You can use it as a warm-up for journaling. It gets the random thoughts out of your mind and onto the paper. As you write, you will start to think of more things to write. Let the words flow to you.
- Writing with prompts
Writing with prompts is a beautiful way to have a dialogue and to discover your inner truth.
Use a list of questions or prompts that tell you to write about specific things. Use this exercise to get curious about what is going on or what you want to change. Ask questions as you write to dig deep.
- Writing to your future self
Use this type of writing to discover your blockages and negative beliefs. Your negative beliefs are what hold you back from achieving your goals.
Decide to write a letter to the future self. In your letter, explain how you live right now. Tell yourself what you do. Describe your partner, house, financial situation, and anything else.
As you write, explain what’s going on now and imagine what you are like in the future. Ask yourself questions about the future and write as if you already know yourself at that time.
Describe how you see future self and your life in a year, two or ten years.
- Writing to your past self
When writing to your past self, you inform yourself about what happened from the past to the future.
Write about your life and what it is like in the future. Write about things that interest you or you want to manifest. If you want to manifest a soul mate, for instance, write about how you met that person. Write about your relationship with that person.
You can write all the tips you would give to your past self. It is also an excellent way to forgive yourself for everything you have felt guilty of for a long time. Your past self didn’t have the experience and pieces of information you have now.
Finding Your Voice through Journaling to Reframe Core Wounds
If you have not journaled before or have been a while since journaling, you may feel awkward at first doing it. It is not uncommon for many to encounter blockages in writing at first. But be consistent and disciplined to practice journaling to increase your skill level.
When you start reading what you wrote and think, “Well, this doesn’t sound like me,” no worries. In time you will find your voice.
Use questions to uncover your core beliefs and reframe them.
Question after question will lead you to the answer. When you gain awareness of the answer, replace this belief. It does not help you anymore. You can replace it with a new belief that will help you.
The easiest way to replace a belief is to turn it around. If you don’t like being alone, you can turn it around to say, “I enjoy being with people.” Using this belief has a more positive spin to it.
The new belief points towards you enjoying being with people instead of being alone. It could point to your personality as extroverted. flipping your negative beliefs, you no longer beat yourself up about them. You can discover unique aspects of your personality and look at things in a new way.
• Write every day what you are grateful for that day.
• Write about your flaws and virtues.
• Write about how you feel.
• Write down your plans on a daily and annual basis.
• Write about relationships with the people you love.
• Write about your fears, dreams, ambitions.
• Describe your behavior in certain situations.