There are two types of journal entries that I do. One is a “reality” entry, and the other is a “dream” entry.
The reality entry is what I guess you would call standard journalling. It’s where I write about what is actually happening in my life. I’ll use it to help process my feelings – both the good and the bad, what I have learnt – and also gratitude lists.
The other type of entry I do is what I call the “dream entry”.
The dream entry is a visualisation. I’ll take some time to reflect on what I want to call into my life, and write down what I see. I am a visual person, so this has always been an easy process for me.
Last year, I consciously focused on the type of place that I wanted to live in. I didn’t have a timeframe in mind – it could have been ten years away. I just wanted to imagine and describe my own version of Utopia.
I pulled out my journal and started writing what I could see and feel:
“I am living somewhere close the to beach, somewhere warm and tropical…
There is music, dancing on the beach, passion, fun, deep + meaningful connections with others…
I am living simply, connecting with nature every day, watching sunsets, spending time in + near the ocean…
I am well nourished and eating lots of fresh foods…”
I had no idea where this place even was – or even which continent it would be. But I knew it existed. I wanted to live in a place where dancing was a normal way of life, and not just something that people do at weddings or in nightclubs. Where nature is worshipped over TV screens. Where the pace is a little slower… And where simplicity replaces busyness.
Six months since I wrote that entry, I am now living in that place. The vision that I created is now my reality.
There are probably many other places like this in the world, but after writing that journal entry I followed a series of hunches and connections, and my intuition led to where I am now living, in Tulum, Mexico.
Each time I go back and read the “dream” entries, I am blown away by how much of it I have manifested into my life. Many of these entries match up with my reality exactly to the tee – from the opportunities that have fallen into my lap, adventures I have been on, people I have met, the way I want to be treated and the way I want to feel.
I have included journalling in my upcoming 7 week program, Awaken You, because visualisations work – it’s how I designed my life. When you record your visions in written word and/or images, you give energy to them – which is why journalling can be so powerful when done strategically.