Journaling As a Tool for Creative Visualization
Writing in a journal is a concrete and tremendously powerful tool for creative visualization. It is a forum to lay down and listen to the yearnings of our souls. It is a rich soil in which to cultivate that which we wish to manifest in our lives.
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” - Barbara Kingsolver
In the next four weeks, I will give writing exercises specifically tailored to helping you visualize your dreams within the pages of your journal. Spring–what a perfectly symbolic time to be planting seeds of thoughts and intentions in our writing.
Before we begin, here is a little information about creative visualization…
- Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create clear visions of what you want in your life. Writing about them is an act of faith in yourself, and it brings you one step closer to them. To do this, you do not need to know what is going to happen in your life. We cannot even imagine how our lives will truly unfold.
- Get quiet and listen to your deepest desire for your life. Don’t be fooled by that inner critic that tries to tell you that you can’t do what you want to do. Have courage to state on paper what it is you want from this life.
- Be as specific as possible, yet know that you will constantly amend and shift our visions as you grow older and gain wisdom. When I was in college and wrote about the kind of apartment I wanted to live in, I wrote about small things like having colorful ceramic mugs from which to drink my coffee, and big things like, “I want to stay healthy and fit throughout my life.”
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” -Langston Hughes
We are co-creators in our lives. Chance, luck, fate, destiny—the things we cannot control—and strength, courage, persistence, faith and love—the things we can control—all come together as we flow along our life’s path.
You have great power in your lives. You have power in deciding what you want. Yes, you will have difficult times. At times, you will have to work hard and be persistent. But when you believe in yourself and your possibilities, you open yourself up to growth, wisdom, and happiness.
Though you may not realize it now, or even believe in the power of writing your creative visions for your life, your thoughts and your intentions have tremendous power. Writing them down only makes them more concrete.
Believe. In. Your. Life.