Stream of Awareness - Journaling Tool
All thoughts and feelings come to us for a reason. They each have a purpose and
"We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand." -
Robert Cecil Day-Lewis
Do you know how you think, create, intuit or learn? Explore your mind with the
Stream of Awareness tool. This is the only tool many people use when they
journal. Julia Cameron in 'Artist's Way' highly recommends using it daily. She
calls it 'Morning Pages.'
There are two approaches to Stream of Awareness. The first approach has no
agenda at all. You simply write whatever comes to mind. It's doing a mind dump.
"I hear, I feel, I see., Is the stove on? This is a stupid exercise. I hope I
am doing it right. What if I do not have a thought? My desk sure is messy.
Wonder how work will go today? I hear a noise." Capture every thought,
sensation and feeling on paper. Repetition is okay. Aim to keep your pen
constantly moving for at least 10 minutes.
The second approach is to create some intention to focus your awareness and then
to write whatever comes to mind.
Getting predominant thinking and worries out of our heads and onto paper
releases trapped energy from our heads, hearts and hands. It eases the
repetitive worry routines in our minds. Once we have released the surface
chatter, we then get to see deeper layers of our thinking. The subconscious mind
regularly sends up thoughts, ideas, emotions, symbols and messages, but they get
lost in our habitual self-talk. Now you have a tool to grasp these deeper
messages and possibly make sense of them.
- Take 10 minutes and write everything that comes to your mind. This will
require speedwriting - you may want to create your own form of shorthand but aim
to get all your thoughts down. Once you complete a good 10-minute dump of your
mind, review it. What do you notice about your thoughts and sensations and
self-talk? Are there any common themes? If so, what are they? Any insights? Any
surprises? Which of your five senses do you use the most? This may bring up more
topics for journaling. Write these new topics in your Hot List for future
- Create an intention to focus your awareness on your physical body. Do a stream
of awareness for a short time by focusing on one or more of the following areas:
body sensations, pains, discomforts, gravity, breathing, hearing, smelling,
tasting, touching or seeing.
- Create an intention to focus your awareness on your emotions. Do a stream of
awareness for a short time by focusing on one of the following areas: desires,
impatience, grief, defenses, addictions, anger, pet peeves, fears, depression,
sadness, or feelings or emotions in general. Review your writing. Are you open
to experiencing your emotions or are you blocking or denying them?
- Create an intention to focus your awareness on your mind. Do a stream of
awareness for a short time by focusing on one of the following areas: guilt,
resentment, judgment, self-centeredness, ineffective habits, worthiness,
self-talk, etc. Review your notes to assess your predominant mental attitude. Is
it primarily negative, with criticism, gossip, deception, illusion, excuses,
manipulation, argument, blame, rationalization, etc.? Is it more positive,
uplifting, optimistic, inspirational, loving, honest, inclusive, supportive,
- Create an intention to focus your awareness on your etheric energy. Do a
stream of awareness for a short time by focusing on one of the following areas:
overall vitality, psychic feelings, other people's emotions, telepathy,
pre-physical sensations or pains, your aura, etc. If this is a new frontier for
you, don't be concerned if you feel you are making up any impressions you
detect. Persevere with your explorations.
"Our ideas are like our children - they must crawl before they can walk, and
walk before they can run. Be gentle and forgiving in nurturing your ideas into
reality. Our ideas are our teachers, too, and we grow with them as they lift us
to new plateaus of achievement." - Earl Nightengale
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