I have written down my observations and responses to events in my life in diaries since I was 8 years old. Keeping a private personal growth journal is therapeutic process that helps me keep in close touch with my inner brat. ;) But sharing every detail of my personal life with the whole world online in a public blog would neither be wise nor appropriate. So I have been keeping both a personal growth journal online and a dream journal in private blogs.
My commitment to journaling was flagging when I read Doreene Clements’ The 5 Year Journal in 2007 but her book spurred me on. I shared my approach to keeping dream journal in this blog. I have also published some of my dreams in this blog and doing these things encouraged me to continue recording my introspective internal journey in my private journal blogs.
1. Catch your dreams - We dream every night and in fact we dream all day long too although we are rarely aware of it. Our dreams are not usually depicting real events, except in situations of remembrance or prophesy it’s true, but if we stop and consider then we will realize our dreams are real scenarios – manifestations of our unconscious thoughts and our emotions – manifestations built from the stuff of our lives and made alive through our imagination with the assistance of our intuition.
2. Journaling Your Dreams Part 1 – Beginning – Journaling is an important way to help remember dreams. Journaling dreams can make all the difference between getting a valuable piece of information and completely losing it.
3. Journaling Dreams Part 2 – Tips – Get yourself a dream journal. If you scratch down your dreams on scrap pieces of paper, or in general note pads, you’ll be sure to lose them. Here are some tips in helping your dream recall.
4. Journaling Your Dreams Part 3 – Questions - When journaling dreams there are specific questions that we can answer that will assist in dream interpretation.
Keeping a private personal growth journal online
Using a keyboard is not that much different than using a pen and writing a journal in long hand. In a blog the process is essentially the same, but in a blog I can do more in the way of self expression by uploading and adding images, video and audio to the text. Writing in a blog editor is far easier for me as I do have swollen finger joints and painful hands.
The way bloggers communicate and present themselves and their opinions online is important, but even more important than online presence is “to thine own self be true”. Authenticity is the character trait of being genuine, honest with oneself as well as others. It’s more than that too. Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite the demands of society or one’s conditioning. – Blogging: Online presence and authenticity
Conversations with myself
My personal growth journal provides me with access to phases I have gone through. I record significant events and major issues in my life as they unfold, the issues I’m struggling with. I return to what I record in my personal growth journal at later dates and I work things through by having conversations with myself.
Have a conversation with yourself and question your current strategies or aims. Criticize yourself. Praise yourself. Give yourself advice. Reflect on your mistakes. –The Benefits of Keeping a Private Journal
I record the experiences that touch me deeply and lead me to laugh or cry. I ask myself deep questions about what I think about them and I answer questions too. But most importantly, I record my spontaneous emotional responses to those significant events and life issues first, then I revisit them again and again and record my deeper thoughts about them as I move towards acceptance or resolution.
Gaining insight and healing
I have found that along with therapy, counseling, and meditation, keeping a private personal development journal is an essential part of my healing process. By undertaking the journal writing process I gain insight into my subconscious mind, insight I would not have gained if I hadn’t gone through the writing process.
I have used my journal to recall abuse and heal from it. I used my journal to chart my course through cancer and through recovery from a head injury. I’m currently recording my life struggles as a disabled person committed to overcoming chronic illness and stress.
By remaining committed to recording my thoughts and responses, posing questions and seeking answers I am taking care of myself. The answers demand deep self-inquiry and to find them I must honestly explore my desires and motivations. I must recognize not just my hidden egocentricity, based on my attachments and aversions, I must also find out where my non-negotiable commitments lie, re-visit my core values, and make adjustments where required. I use my personal growth journal to learn how to love myself and formulate strategies for setting myself free and becoming a better me.
The benefits of private journal blogging
Keeping a private journal helps me:
- record significant life events and major issues and my responses to them;
- become aware of my inner dialog and gain insights into the workings of my mind;
- release disappointment, frustration, fear and anger;
- become aware of my strengths and weaknesses;
- recognize patterns and best practices for replacing them;
- clear up confusion and solve problems;
- set goals and explore alternative ways of achieving them;
- express my creativity;
- celebrate my breakthroughs and victories;
- reduce stress;
- have more to compassion for others and more to contribute to relationships;
- remain committed to my personal growth, personal development and self improvement.
- Do you keep a diary or journal?
- If so, have you tried private journal blogging?
- If so, what benefits you have received from keeping a diary or journal?
- Do you have opinions, either positive or negative, about the value keeping a private diary or a private journal blog?