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Author Topic: A question for the journal-ers  (Read 215 times)

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A question for the journal-ers
« on: January 02, 2019, 09:15:39 am »
I wasn't sure exactly where to put this, but anyway... do you journal?

If so, what do you journal about, just in general terms?  And is there a specific way in which you do your journaling?

I've just started a dream journal, and I'm obviously writing a little account of what happened in the dream and then listing any obvious symbols or themes that cropped up in it (also the date, what day of the week, what I'd been doing the day of the dream -working or not- and something about whether I'd consumed anything that evening which could impact the dreams I had, such as alcohol, cheese or spicy foods).

Is there anything else specific that you'd include in any dream journal entries?
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Re: A question for the journal-ers
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2019, 03:07:50 pm »
I wasn't sure exactly where to put this, but anyway... do you journal?

If so, what do you journal about, just in general terms?  And is there a specific way in which you do your journaling?

I've just started a dream journal, and I'm obviously writing a little account of what happened in the dream and then listing any obvious symbols or themes that cropped up in it (also the date, what day of the week, what I'd been doing the day of the dream -working or not- and something about whether I'd consumed anything that evening which could impact the dreams I had, such as alcohol, cheese or spicy foods).

Is there anything else specific that you'd include in any dream journal entries?

I don't dream journal, but I definitely journal. 

I tend to journal my way through divinations, so I'll draw cards or cast runes, and then do a quick sketch of the layout.  I'll either journal it out right then or let it sit for a day or two, and then come back and journal it out.  I write down my first, obvious impressions of each card/rune and it's position, but then I'll go for deeper meanings, and finally a "the whole reading at a glance".  For me...writing it out like this helps me actually go deeper.

I also did monthly reflections this past year, so each month, at the end, I'd look back and see what I did and write about it.  I journal about Sabbats (both "I just reread my Sabbat notes, and here are my thoughts on the themes of this Sabbat" but also, "I just did my Sabbat ritual, and here are my reflections on it.").  I do a new moon divination (for what my plans are for that moon cycle) and journal that out.

I also journal when I'm stuck on something.  I just grab a journal (because I have many) and start writing until I feel like I've said what I need to.  Sometimes I'll come back to those and read what I've written and then journal about what I read.  I also like to work through journal prompts and workbooks, so I'll find one online I like and journal my responses (right now I'm working on the Core Desired Feelings workbooks)
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Re: A question for the journal-ers
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2019, 04:32:38 pm »
I wasn't sure exactly where to put this, but anyway... do you journal?

If so, what do you journal about, just in general terms?  And is there a specific way in which you do your journaling?

I've been journalling off and on for...oh, gods. 26 years? I think I started when I was 6. I'm not as consistent about it as I'd like to be, but I keep coming back to it.

My journalling used to be just accounts of my days and feelings; for a while I tried to dream journal, but I've never been able to stick to it as a regular habit. I tend more to write down my dreams when they seem Important in some way or I just can't shake them.

Lately I've split off my journalling, recording different things in different notebooks, and I've adopted Bullet Journalling as a way to keep lists of things or track certain things. So it's expanded beyond accounts of my days and basically become an external brain for me.

I have a writing notebook to keep track of my manuscripts, story ideas, word counts in certain months, ongoing writing projects; a work notebook to keep track of publishing projects, social media postings, and more; a Grimmerie that uses bullet journal techniques to record magic ingredients, spell work, correspondences, etc; and a general, all-purpose bullet journal where I record goals for the year, books read, movies watched, make lists of things I want to accomplish.... The list goes on.

In addition to my physical, ink-and-paper journals, I also try to write in my Dreamwidth on a regular basis -- that is more "accounts of my days" but it's also venting, rants, noodling out ideas to try to figure them out, updates on my goals, goal lists, etc....

One of my goals for 2019 is to get better about being more consistent on Dreamwidth in particular, and to work on journalling more in my ink and paper journals.
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Re: A question for the journal-ers
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2019, 07:59:24 pm »
If so, what do you journal about, just in general terms?  And is there a specific way in which you do your journaling?

I do - I started right around the time I started group witchy training because it was encouraged, and it turns out to be useful.

I do mine online - on LiveJournal originally, these days on Dreamwidth. I found that having a default 'writing for an audience' helps me articulate some of it, though I also make private posts for things that I want to note but not have other people see. (Both sites have options for 'anyone can read this', 'everyone I've given general access to can see this', custom filters for sub-groups of those access lists, and private posts only you can see. Most of my stuff is access-locked, but I also have some custom filters, for writing, for things with my priestess hat on, etc.)

I don't write every day, but I do try to do it often enough I can look back and figure out what was going on in my life (and I generally do a summary of doctor's appointments and things like that, as well as other major events.)

My dream posts are almost always private, and I just tag them as being dreams. That way I can go back and peer at them if I need or want to. I don't remember my dreams very often (usually a handful over about 10 days, every three months, and very scattered ones in between), so I try to note if there's anything obvious going on in my life, and then what I remember.
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