Three Questions for January
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
Journaling has many benefits, but possibly the most profound is that it gives us a modality for hearing the still, small voice inside. When you take time out from your busy life and sit down with pen and paper, you are activating a sacred connection, a means of communication between you and your inner self. This inner self goes by many names...soul, universe, God, authentic self, higher self just to name a few. It is the intersection of you and that which is greater than you. As we learn to recognize and listen to the voice of our inner self, we gain access to intuitive wisdom in the form of guidance, encouragement and compassion. Journaling becomes more than just an exercise in writing down our thoughts, concerns and dreams. It becomes a magical way of living and being in the world in which we feel connected, guided and loved.
Asking questions is a simple and straightforward way to cultivate a practice of listening to the voice of your inner self. Before you begin this exercise, take a few moments to review the post that I wrote about recognizing the voice of your intuition on the page. It will provide you with some helpful tips and guidelines for identifying the voice of your inner self.
Close your eyes and begin to settle in by letting your breath become slow and natural. After a few moments of quiet breathing, set an intention to connect with your inner self and hear his/her voice. Open your eyes and begin to write answers to the following set of questions. Don't overthink your writing here, simply let the pen flow across the page. Let what wants to comes through on to the paper come through. This is easier if you keep your pen moving and don't judge or edit as you write. Write for 20-30 minutes or so until you feel as though you've answered the questions thoroughly.
What do I need to let go of right now?
How will letting go create more space in my life?
What good things are coming my way that I need to make space for?
Once you have finished writing, go back through the previous post, Recognizing the Voice of Your Intuition on the Page. Using these tips and guidelines, read through your answers to the three questions and underline what feels like the voice of your inner self. Use this internal wisdom to take action if you feel guided and inspired to do so, or use it as a journaling prompt and dive even deeper into what your inner self is trying to tell you. Remember that writing and listening deeply in this way is a practice. As we continue to set aside time with pen and paper holding the intention of accessing our internal wisdom, it will become easier to hear and identify.