Journaling: a bridge between the mental and physical

In this article I am going to share some musings about why I write in a journal every day and what the benefits have been for me. Perhaps this will encourage you to experiment with some form of journaling in your own lives or at least give you a nudge towards another type of practise.


Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes has described creativity as a river and this resonates with me. Creativity is something that when we allow it to, it will flow through our consciousness like sweet and clear waters. When we allow the flow of creativity, our physical bodies become a conduit for the expression of our soul in the physical realm, whether that be in the form of music, dance, painting, drawing, writing, cooking or any other type of activity where we create something in the physical realm.

Creativity is our means of drawing upon the canvas of life.

Allowing the flow

I live a fast-paced and busy life, working 9am-5:30pm Monday to Thursday in the office where I continue to be employed as a lawyer and running my metaphysical and therapeutic businesses from home outside of those hours. Time is a precious commodity for me and I am often faced with an important decision of whether or not I use ‘free’ time as rest or to ‘do’. Needless to say, being creative can be a challenge under such circumstances and for me, journaling is a means of me being able to allow the flow of creative consciousness on a ‘little and often’ basis so that the waters of that river continue to support diverse and varied life, rather than becoming slow, sludgy and sluggish.

My affinity for journaling

I am heavily disposed towards introversion of mental energy, which means that I am a thinker; I am in my head a lot. It can become very busy in my head and so when I write, it is as if I am opening the dam in my head and allowing some of the energy to flow out in the form of words onto paper – it is a form of allowing, release and expression. When I write, I translate and make sense of what it in my head, taking it from the mental to the physical realm. Thus, journaling has become a bridge from the mental to the physical realm in my day-to-day life.

The benefits of journaling

While I can only speak for myself, I can say that journaling has been a low-key and time efficient way of:

  • Making links between the many synchronicities observed throughout the days, weeks and months.
  • Capturing ideas for later creative expression.
  • Releasing energy.

What I deem to be worthy of including in my journal

Have you ever noticed or thought of something and then later you notice something that seems to be linked and you have an “aha!” moment? Those are precisely the sort of things that I note down in my journal and over time, these become the pieces that form a puzzle as a whole. By capturing these thoughts and ideas as they arise on a daily basis, they do not slip away from me and indeed they tend to solidify more.

In the act of noting down an idea in my journal, I feel the flow and then more ideas seem to follow it, simply in the act of expressing them through the written word. The words often come as a torrent, reminiscent of a dam being opened and waters gushing out. In so doing, I often feel a cathartic release of energy, which is especially helpful when writing of challenges.

Each day I note down correspondences, such as the relevant Luna phase, the numerological value of the day, the day of my menstrual cycle, how I felt etc, any significant events, cards drawn and dreams I’ve had.

I don’t always just write in a linear fashion either; sometimes words seem to fly around all over the page in a brain-storm type style, with lines drawn between them making links, perhaps with the occasional sketch thrown in symbolically.

Journaling as a manifestation aid

As you will know, the process of manifestation involves the translation of thought forms (which are things in the astral realm) into action and/or objects in the physical realm. From time to time, especially when a New or Full Moon is approaching, I will be journaling thoughts and ideas and then I seem to come to a conclusion; at that point I feel the force of a decree of some kind wanting to be expressed and I will then write my statement of intent or other declaration to the Universe in CAPITAL letters. These decrees help me to have crystal clear intentions and enable the Universe to deliver appropriate opportunities for me to act on; they are a means of aligning myself with my goals. Of course it doesn’t end there, since I need to energise those alignments with action but it’s a significant part of the process of manifestation in my own spiritual practise.

Are you curious to see how journaling might be of benefit to you?

Why not give it a go? Grab yourself a note book and keep it nearby. I like to write in mine every morning and evening; there is no right or wrong in journaling as everyone and their circumstances are different. Howsoever you choose to use this simple tool, I’m sure you will notice some kind of benefit if you are a literary type person as I am, perhaps even if you are not. As I say, it doesn’t just have to be linear words – it can be diagrams, sketching or however you would like to use a pen/pencil on paper to bridge the gap between what is in your mind and what could be created in the physical realm.

With love as always,



2 Responses to “Journaling: a bridge between the mental and physical

  • Very interesting blog.

    People associate language (words) with the prosaic purpose of mere communication between humans.

    But there is a theory in linguistics that says that language evolved more as a tool for *thought* than communication.

    Apparently, a deep study of human language reveals that it is a very effective tool for thinking but quite a poor tool for communication.

    (Maybe that’s why other media – art, dance, etc – emerged in ancient human history – because there is much that simply cannot be communicated with mere words.)

    (I say human language rather than languages because, apparently, again according to theoretical linguistics, there is really only one language – because analysis of all the different ones reveals that they all possess the same essential ingredients.)

    So everything you have written above seems to chime with that – because you too (if I’ve understood you correctly) are basically advocating using language (journaling) as a means of clarifying one’s thinking.

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