Journal writing is an invaluable tool for the centering of one’s life and work. Once I went for 19 months with only two entries.
It is instructive that the last entry before starting this dry period was entitled “New Centering.” I had reached a plateau and was willing quietly to rest there for a while.
Creative assessment of real desires can help bring them about. But too much introspection can become retreating, and this fuels neurosis.
On making good decisions: “I’m feeling reassured that I will know the right decision to make if I pay attention to my nocturnal dreams, keep a positive and happy outlook, and listen to my heart (i.e., the Holy Spirit dwelling within). Psychic inclinations help, but I must check them out and not go overboard.”
When a song goes through my head, I pause to remember the lyrics.
It is a fruitful path to the Unconscious. Like a dream, the lyrics frequently take me a step deeper in my psyche.
“Once the thought pattern of concern arises, you make that concern real, which then encompasses the entire space of your mind and heart, and thereby you lose peace.” Choose Only Love bk.3, 3:I
When we focus on something, we make that something real to ourselves. A Course in Miracles says this, though using other words. ACIM says that if we make our anger at another person real by concentrating on it, how can we overlook this anger? The thing to do is to fail to focus on something bad or wrong, thereby never making it “real” in our experience.
The thought pattern of concern is worry, pure and simply. We do too often rue our days by worrying about all manner of things.
Worry/concern does not have to happen. I find that if I journal about an issue, the solution often surfaces—and in the journaling, I am setting aside worry. Then my mind is free and clear, and nothing is hindering my contact with God. Prayer then follows easily, nothing separating me from Him.
We need peace. ALL of us need peace. Our troubled world can only turn to those who do have inner peace.
Who else is in a position to help?