By Judy Garrido
There are several reasons a person may decide to journal, that likely has its roots in what the purpose of their journaling is for.
As an integrative coach, with heavy emphasis on energy awareness, I've often encouraged clients to journal their experiences. The number 1 reason for this is due to memory. Our memory of past events isn't as detailed as we'd like it to be. As a matter of fact, forensic hypnosis (hypnosis used in criminal cases) isn't even admissible in court. The reason for this is due to what is called "false memory." Over time, our memory tends to distort the actual events. It's also the reason why hypnotherapists don't really focus on whether a remembered event is factual or not, they simply work with what is presented, trusting that the deeper part of the client is presenting whatever needs to be transformed, at that moment.
Therefore, journaling really presents us with the opportunity to more clearly recall events, feelings, challenges, dreams, and experiences overall -- assuming we are journaling the experience just after it occurred. And for an empathic or highly sensitive person, this can really make a huge difference in keeping track of their daily experiences.
When you're empathic or sensitive, the experiences of awareness are daily, and journaling can not only help to make sense of the experiences, but also help you to avoid uncomfortable experiences as well.
For the beginner, journaling helps you to connect the dots, so to speak, as well as increase your awareness of subtle energetic experiences.
For the person who has been taught Transformative Dreamwork, it helps you to recognize what worked, and be able to apply it again in the future.
When it comes to energetic and intuitive awareness, it also helps you to recognize patterns. For example, you may have an experience of intuitive awareness because someone was thinking of you. However, in the moment it happens, you have no proof of that. You simply have what you were experiencing. Over the next day or so, the person thinking about you may then contact you in some way. Therefore, it may take a few days or more to connect those 2 dots. If you had journaled the experience, you could then go back and make a note next to that initial entry. Then when you have a similar future experience, you'll have something to reference.
For those who have been trained in Transformative Dreamwork, I've created a Dream Journal - Transformations, that will be available soon. It's my way of encouraging seasoned clients to journal their dreams, exactly what they did to transform it, and what manifested from their actions. Again, this will help with future reference. It can also help to give insight into what is occurring during waking hours.
For those who have been trained, look for the announcement of the upcoming Dream Journal - Transformations.
I hope you'll consider the benefits of keeping track of your experiences, what you did specifically to transform them, and what manifested from your actions, as this will go a long way in helping you with increased awareness, discernment, and focused transformation, as well as adding to your personal reference library.
And if you do purchase a journal and have found it helpful, please let me know by leaving a comment here or contacting me directly.