Stream of consciousness journaling changed my life, and it will change yours too.
I first started this practice back in 2016 upon reading Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way. I desperately needed tools to begin healing my relationship with my mental health.
Julia Cameron talks about using the Morning Pages – 3 pages stream of consciousness journaling first thing in the morning – as a way to clear the mental clutter for the day to tap into greater creative potential.
At first, I was skeptical – Three whole pages every day? What on earth would I write about? And was this really going to work?
At that point in my life, I was still on most of my medications, “treating” various mental health ailments. The thought of stream of consciousness writing – basically vomiting all the thoughts I had onto paper – was truly terrifying.
I had a major resistance to seeing what truly went on in the maze of chaos I called my mind.
I let this resistance stop me for several months, before finally committing myself to the promise of self healing. I was going to need all the help I could get in tapering off the rest of my medications.
After several weeks of journaling every morning – I began to notice how cyclical and repetitive most of my thoughts were. I was complaining and fearful about the same damn things.
After several months, my thought and behavioral patterns became very clear. I was allowing my self abusive speak and fearful complaints run my life and dictate how I would show up to each day.
“I am so tired.”
“I feel so anxious, I don’t want to leave my bed today.”
“ I can’t do (thing I want to do), because (insert excuse here).”
A major pivot in my mental health game was when I began to actively challenge these intrusive thoughts through my journaling. When a negative thought would spill from my pen, I’d immediately reframe it with a better perspective.
And my challenges began to turn into my blessings.
This kind of journaling was such a helpful tool for me because I could see all my thoughts in tangible form. Rather than being some amorphous demon that I couldn’t see, my mind became something I could hold, and therefore begin to retrain.
It allowed me to become painfully aware of all the limiting beliefs, self defeating thoughts, and emotional triggers and patterns that needed healing.
In any change we desire to make in life, awareness is the first step.
We must first become very clear on what we are doing that isn’t working. And from there, we can discern what changes are necessary and how to get there.
The Morning Pages can essentially become free therapy, in which you play the role of both patient and therapist. And for me, having unsuccessfully tried many avenues of therapy – this was perfect.
After all, no one had more intimate access to the true state of my mental health than me. I was claiming sole responsibility and ownership of healing my mental dis-ease.
This is when I began to make leaps and bounds in my personal development game.
Legendary creators like Alicia Keys (singer-songwriter), Martin Scorsese (film director, producer, screenwriter), Tim Ferriss (Author of The Four Hour Workweek), and Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of Eat, Pray, Love) all swear by the Morning Pages in being huge contributors to their creative process.
But you don’t have to just take it for face value and believe my own experience or those of the mega-creators I mentioned above.
Try this powerful process for yourself!
I invite you to start a 7 day challenge with starting your own Morning Pages practice.
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You are worth the time. You are worth the energy. You are worthy of your own love and devotion.
And let’s face it, no matter who we are or where we stand, we could all use a little extra care with our mental health.
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