The Journal: A Tool for Reflection & Creation

As a proponent of journaling, I believe that our written words take our thoughts, which often circle obsessively in our minds, out of that inner loop to a place outside of ourselves. On the page, we can engage with our own ideas and expressions from a different viewpoint.

Some things we write are the minutia of our day’s activities, which release the energy from our brains and bodies so we can re-center and balance ourselves. Other things are what Virginia Woolf called “the shivering fragments” – key thoughts and images that take us to some deeper understanding or open the door to artistic creation. I review my old journals on a regular basis, using color-coded post-its to mark pieces of writing that offer ideas, creative inspiration and, often, comfort.

In my new video series on journaling, I tap into these insights and share them in short, thoughtful YouTube clips. I have to say that I am often surprised by what I’ve written because there is so much wisdom in it! Wisdom that I did not think I had. But, my Higher Self does have such wisdom and she has much to tell me if I allow her to speak. Yours does, too. And the videos are my encouragement to you to seek out your own insights on the page.

Here’s an old journal entry I found marked with a yellow post-it, which means a “creative opportunity” – the beginnings of a poem or a piece of creative writing. Whether or not I craft it into something more than what I found on the page, this little piece of organic writing spoke its “life wisdom” to me …

I could say that the whole of me knows the order of things. That would be true if I believe in the Divine Matrix. And I do, but still, in this human form, I am parts and pieces not yet aligned together so I can see the biggest picture … A baby pigeon floating beak down in the fountain blurs my vision, yet radiant fuchsia of bougainvillea bursting along the stone fence opens my understanding … This world requires a patient walk, a willingness to keep trying.

I have no idea what prompted me to write this several years ago. What I do know is that I “allowed” it to come forth from my inner being and, for today, I discovered awareness and courage in my own words.

Your inner being, your Higher Self, is waiting to talk to you. Give it the opportunity to share its wisdom with you.

Blessings,  Plynn

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Author: Plynn Gutman

Plynn Gutman is a certified coach with a refreshing and holistic approach to achieving an Integrated Life. Specialized retreats, workshops and classes are all a part of Plynn’s wide array of resources that she offers along with useful life lessons, tips and advice through her blog. A writer at heart, with several titles available, Plynn's variety of work appeals to everyone.

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