Happy Monday.  I hope your weekend was amazing.  I spent most of Sunday organizing and decluttering.  Whenever I spend a little time organizing, I'm always rewarded. Sometimes it's in the form of a few dollars found in the pocket of a pair of jeans.  Other times, I'm reunited with a long lost item I thought I'd never see again.

Yesterday was no exception.  But instead of finding cold hard cash, I stumbled on a brand new journal that I purchased years earlier.  Apparently, I planned on taking journaling seriously again but somehow fell short.  Since then, I've sat through various seminars where people shared amazing stories about how journaling has changed their life.  They've used the journaling process to manifest wonderful results.  That's the journey that I would like to embark on.  And here's how I'm going to do it.
Unfortunately for me, I've never purchased a journal manifesting course so I don't know the exact process that others used to obtain their results. So I'm going to create my own ritual and tweak it along the way.

I've journaled before, but I used it more as a diary.  This time will be a bit different.

One of the essential components of my new and improved journal is a "monthly log."  Basically, it's the place where I capture the main highlights of the month.  Sometimes, things are going really well, my weight is in check, my hair is thriving and my skin is flawless. Then I ask myself, "what have I been doing to create these results?"  I think long and hard and can't pin down the exact actions I took to get there.  There have been times when I look back at a pic and wonder what my routine was back then.  With this monthly, log, I can quickly go back and review a record of my past activity at a glance.

EXPRESSING GRATITUDE
The next component that must be incorporated in the journaling for manifestation process is expressing gratitude.  This is crucial.  Without gratitude, the manifestation process is stifled. Gratitude keeps us in a state of expectation because we're conscious of all the wonderful things transpiring in our life.  Expressing gratitude also makes us feel good. This is absolutely necessary if you're participating in the act of manifestation. It also helps us get through the mental barriers that we sometimes have when we're in the process of manifesting a "bigger" intention.  As we express gratitude, it's important to remember that the things we're now grateful were once desired intentions.

Since this is a manifesting journal, the overall theme is that we are ALWAYS in the creation process (Always Be Creating).  As such, it's important to jot down the all of the manifestations that happen on a regular basis.  That's what this journal is for.

DELIBERATE ACTS OF CREATION
I don't just want to be a passive observer in the process, I want to be actively engaged in the act of creation. So, I'll partake in what I call "deliberate acts of creation."  Let's say, you're inspired by an image of a beautiful interior. You could think to yourself, "I'd love to live in a place like that one day." Or, you can ask, "what can I do right now (or this week) to bring my current reality one step closer to where I want to be?"  Active creation is about taking the necessary steps that activate the creation process.  The last thing you want to do is sit around an visualize all day without doing anything about it.  I plan on adding action items on my daily to-do list from the active creation brainstorming process.  This way, I'm doing something on a regular basis that contributes towards making my visions a reality.

LONG TERM VISION PLANNING
Last, but not least, I'll need to add a component that helps me manifest my big dreams and goals.  The reason why I haven't  reached my big goals is because I've taken very little action to allow them to manifest.  As I update my journal, one the tasks will be to give an account of what I'm doing (or what I will do) to make sure that my long-term goals become real.

The point is to keep our long-term (and semi-long term) goals at top of mind.  I'm convinced that the #1 reason why we don't accomplish our big goals is 'cause we rarely bring them into our current reality.  We keep them segmented away from our daily lives and we don't do anything to ensure they actually happen.  When I journal, one objective is to jot down ways to incorporate my big dreams into deliberate acts of creation.

Let's see if this actually works.  I've done this process before with voice recordings but haven't actually been disciplined in the act of writing it down.  We've all heard that writing things down is a powerful process.  I hope that in 2018, I can proudly say that I'm one of those people who journal every day and that it's changed my life!



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