Spiritual journaling is much different than keeping a regular events journal. The writing is done on more of an emotional level than an eventful one. And, although writing your events may sometimes be called for, it isn’t necessary, not at all. Now, before we get into the benefits and wellness of this type of journaling, let’s clear up the common misconception of religious aspect. Spiritual journaling is for everyone! Whether you believe in any particular religion, none at all, the energy of the universe, all of the above, or even none of the above. Spiritual journaling is tailor made for your own individual belief system, and it’s meant to assist you in steering yourself in whatever direction is the right one for you.
So, what exactly is spiritual journaling, one might ask?
The answer is easy. It is a written record of personal reactions on spiritual matters, and on one’s life on a spiritual level. A journal provides a cathartic unloading place for the deepest of thoughts, feelings and ideas. Be it poetry, the ‘whys’ of life, finances, personal happiness or turmoil, new life, death, anything. Write what’s in your heart and soul that day. Then reflect on it later from new prospective.
The entire process is just that, a process. It’s meant to help you reflect on yourself, grow and improve using spiritual hindsight. If committed to, and used properly it’s said that spiritual journaling can do each of the following (plus some):
Help to clear cluttered thought processes.
Assist in grieving.
Help to guide your spiritual path.
Give you an overall feeling of wholeness.
Lift the feeling of weight or personal burden.
Inspire healthy eating and exercise habits.
I recently had the opportunity to be in contact with Marie Higgins the author of Sprouting Spiritual Growth – a Memoir and Guide to Spiritual Journaling.
(NOTE: Marie uses the term God as a universal term. You may decide that Great Spirit, Allah, Higher Power, Sensibility, etc. better suits you today. It is not for anyone else to decide.)
Sprouting Spiritual Growth is packed with insight and guidance. The journey told in Marie’s memoir is very emotionally touching. The inspiration shines through in every page. If purchased in paperback it can even be used as your journal itself, at a very reasonable price at that. When I asked Marie if she were to choose one piece of advice for someone new to spiritual journaling then what would it be? She told me, “After you write down what’s on your heart and mind, always finish with asking Spirit, the Universe or God ‘what else should I know?’ And write down whatever comes to you, or use a tool (such as a meditation card or daily devotional). Be sure to look back every so often to look for patterns, themes, guidance.”
I also asked Marie how she was able to dig so deep, and to find the courage to share her story with the world, and she said, “It came out of journaling that if I was going to put myself out there, that I needed to show the universe I was ready. So, I submitted some smaller pieces and inquiries and an article was written about me by the city newspaper. After that, I was inspired to write the book and it happened very easily by looking back in my journals.
Sprouting Spiritual Growth comes highly recommended, and can be found at barnesandnoble.com. To learn more about Marie Higgins visit her website at www.cardinaltouch.net.