“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”
~ Lee Iacocca
Many people are used to working things out internally, for example, sorting out thoughts or situations in their minds over time. Others are so unclear or feel confused about what is going on, what they want and what they don’t want, that they are reluctant to begin to clarify things even if it’s just one thought or situation at a time. Most of us have some sort of nonsensical tape playing in our heads, which results in unease and unhappiness. It can feel difficult to begin.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
But if the Out of the Whirlwind Journal program seems overwhelming or intimidating to you, this in itself can be a simple place to begin. By taking a look at those feelings of overwhelm, getting clear on any feelings of resistance in your focused Out of the Whirlwind Journal is a doable first step. Exploring these thoughts by writing them down is a big step toward an awakened consciousness.
The processes of writing stuff down, parsing, sorting and getting at the deeper truths give you the opportunity to run your life instead of the whirlwinds of your mind. Physical, spiritual, psychological and social effects then start to be handled. You begin to develop more and more coherence of what’s going on—what’s wanted and what’s not wanted. The Out of the Whirlwind Journal helps you to recognize what’s fun for you and realize that those fun moments are what you want to create more of for yourself.
Journaling becomes an act of fundamental honesty and open mindedness. Writing it down helps you take your life back from your mind. In a 2006 article on PsychCentral.com (http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/), the author, Maud Purcell, says: “The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.”
Purcell goes on to list several benefits of journaling, the first of which is the foundation of the Out of the Whirlwind Journal: Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
In her book, Writing Down Your Soul, Janet Conner also makes a strong case for the act of journal writing. In one instance she quotes Jack Canfield from his book The Success Principles as follows:
“Many people have their greatest success accessing intuitive information through journal writing…You will be amazed at the clarity that can emerge from this process.”
Additionally, research has shown that with regular journal writing, new neural pathways are created and that, with practice, a person can reach theta brain waves frequency. Theta is the frequency attained during meditation and where powerful transformation can occur.
Instead of resisting your Out of the Whirlwind Journal, use this resistance as a starting point for getting at your truth.
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