The number one goal in your life, whether anyone likes to talk about it or not, is to be in a blissful energetic emotional state as much as possible. There are a number of ways that you can go about getting into this state consistently. One VERY useful way I have found to raise my emotional state is, a thought journal.
Relief for your emotions
One of the best ways to get closer or into this energetic blissful emotional state is to bring yourself relief as much as possible. Relief is an indication that you are releasing resistance and getting closer to the feeling that you want.
There are many different ways to go about this. You could start off by thinking thoughts that give you relief. And you can tell if they are working by how you feel. But a thought like “It’s alright, I have plenty of time” is an example of a thought you could hone in on, that can give you relief. Whatever is able to give you the feeling of relief, is all you need. Although, I will show you a better way.
How your thoughts relate to your emotions
Your thoughts and your emotions are basically the same thing. If you do any metaphysical research on this subject, the only difference between the two is that the emotion typically takes longer to shape itself to the thought. The thought comes first, and then the emotion. But, it depends how intensely this thought makes you feel. It could be a really quick shaping of your emotion from a thought. The more you think the thought and feel the emotion that is associated with that thought, the quicker you can shape the emotion.
This is why some people give up on exercises like affirmations, because they believe that they are not working. But really, it is because there thought has not caused their emotions to shape, and what they want hasn’t manifested yet.
How this relates to the Structure of your thoughts
Your thoughts have a structure to them that makes it tough for most people to be aware of what they are actually thinking on a deep level. I compare your thought structure to an onion. There are layers to your thoughts. To become aware of these deeper thoughts, you have to peel away the top portion of these irrelevant thoughts.
It’s possible that you have been thinking something totally different than what you are aware of, and that is affecting your emotions. And you could have been doing it for a very long time!
If you are like most people, you are on this level of thoughts that really is irrelevant. These are thoughts that you are aware of that are simple like, “I want to do this”. But they don’t really have to much meaning overall. We all have these thoughts. If you haven’t consciously figured out what these buried/deeper thoughts are in your subconscious mind, then there is a good chance things that are going on in your life, are not what you want. Your awareness needs to be at a different level to recognize these thoughts.
The way to get to your deeper thoughts
How do you access these deeper thoughts of your subconscious mind and find out what is truly running your life? This is where the simple practice of a thought journal comes in. What an amazing exercise this is! It’s so simple, yet so hard. Because most people want to actually ignore those deeper thoughts. These thoughts are your insecurities that everyone likes to create distractions from. So this might be painful at first. But it is what is needed to bring relief and create awareness in your life. Make sure you are being 100% honest with yourself. It is easy to do this exercise and not really put any effort into it. But obviously, you will not get anything out of it that way. You have to be okay with being vulnerable. Let down the defenses that keep you trapped. This is essentially the same as meditating and watching your thoughts, but to me it seems like this is an easier way to become aware of your mind.
Thought Journal for Writing Down Your Thoughts
Step 1) Grab a notebook and pen and set a timer for about 15 minutes. Actually you can do it for whatever amount of time you want. Sometimes you could feel like you are done after five minutes, and other times it might take a lot longer.
Step 2) Write. Write whatever you are thinking. The first couple of minutes are going to be those irrelevant thoughts that are on the surface, and then you will start getting deeper. For me personally, I will get to a point when I am writing the natural thoughts on the surface, and realize that I have some subtle thoughts deeper. I normally stop writing for a second and let them get closer to the surface. Once you have the top layer peeled off, you will recognize those subtle thoughts.
Accept these deep thoughts that you are now recognizing. The whole point of the exercise is the cathartic ability of recognizing and releasing. This will bring you the relief you are looking for.
I feel amazing after I am finished. I love this exercise, because sometimes there are things you aren’t able to talk about with other people, but you want to get out. Well there you go, put it in your thought journal. Release those thoughts deep in your subconscious mind.
You are now moving emotionally in the direction you want to go.
In my next post I am going to talk about how you can build off of this exercise. But this exercise in itself is extremely beneficial. Try it out.