Journalling can be a helpful way of investigating where we assign meaning in life, discovering our deep rooted beliefs and how they impact the way we think and feel and behave and identifying the inherited ideas about the world and our place in it that are preventing us from implementing the changes we wish to. Uncovering the patterning we have subconsciously put in place to keep us feeling somewhat safe and in control in life can help us to see what it is we need to reporgramme so that the resolutions we make from the conscious mind align with the patterns and behaviour we take from the subconscious.
Until we recondition the subconscious to operate from an understanding that we are more than our conditioning, more than our programming, more then the messaging that have formed our personalities, we will keep identifying with our triggers, keep fighting for our limitations and continue wanting change from the conscious mind whilst keeping things the same in terms of our dominant perspective and the way we feel and behave most of the time.
Getting clear on the belief systems that inform our choices and actions can bring to light ideas and opinions we didn’t know we had, don’t really believe in and actually see as unhelpful. Just recognising when the ego is leading us so that we can choose instead to walk a path of peace, clarity and wellbeing, helps us to no longer justify behaviour we actually want to be free of and rather, choose not to continue it by changing the direction of our thinking when we start to engage in it or the urge to comes up.
Journal Prompts for Self Investigation
Who am I?
How do I think of myself?
What terms do I use to describe myself?
How do I assign meaning in my life?
What behaviour do I most want to change?
What do I feel like before I engage in it?
What am I usually thinking when this happens?
What beliefs have lead me to think and feel this way?
Can I see objectively how this behaviour is a choice?
How might I react differently next time I feel the urge to engage in it?
Am I identified with the behaviour?
Do I view myself as the type of person who behaves this way?
Why do I believe this?
What can I do to slow down my thinking in the moment in order to distance myself from the feelings that lead to it?
Am I willing to take responsibility for my behaviour?
What can I do to empower myself to no longer identify with this behaviour?
How might I begin to become aware of unhelpful thinking?
How might I begin to become aware that I am always creating my feelings with my thinking?