Journaling, Spiritual Direction

Intuitive Art Journaling

I’ve been in the habit of writing sentence starters on my dry erase board with a blank that I can write a response to each day. The one that has been up for a couple of weeks says, “I am easily finding myself…” I filled it in recently to say, “I am easily finding myself responding intuitively to each situation and person I meet.” Now in order to respond intuitively, I need to be in touch with my intuition. Over the last 6 years, I have had to relearn how to get in touch with my intuition on a regular basis. Like a muscle, it needs to be stretched and used often to get stronger.

One of the ways that I have found myself easily getting in touch with my intuition is through journaling, and in particular Art Journaling. Have you ever tried it? You don’t need to be an artist or a writer (even though I believe that we all are since we all have a unique voice). All you need are some materials, some quiet time, and the desire to get in touch with your intuition.

In my own experience, I had found that through doodling I could enter a zen-like meditative state. You can learn more about that in my post Zentangling That Monkey Brain. At other times, I sketched or painted an experience that I had been through or a scripture passage I wanted to meditate on. As I drew it, new details and insights would emerge. But one of my favorite techniques is collaging with images and words from magazines. Quite often certain images or words will pop out, revealing either a pattern or answer to a question I am asking.

If you want to give intuitive art journaling a whirl, try some of these steps below:

  1. Gather materials: A journal (ideally with big, blank pages), fun pens or markers, paints, magazines, other found objects (photos, feathers, tickets, maps, brochures, wrapping paper, etc)
  2. Set an intention for your time: This could be about a situation where you are trying to discern the best path, for clarity in a relationship, or even just asking for what you need to know right now.
  3. Play with whatever medium feels right to you. There is no need to create a product. It is about the process, so feel free to paint or glue layers over layers.

If you are interested in experiencing a guided session of intuitive art or journaling, then sign up for our retreat next month. Click below to learn more or sign up.

About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and learnings with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.

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