Journaling to Deepen Your Self-Discovery & Connection to the Universe!

Updated: January 31, 2023

Do you have a practice that allows you to drop in with Spirit when you need to reconnect? 

In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of spiritual practices that allow us, as individuals, to form our own, direct relationship with our Higher Power. This is one of things I love about Oracle Cards. But another often overlooked and yet, incredibly powerful spiritual tool for self-discovery and connection with the Universe is journaling. 

Journaling is beautiful, because it’s so accessible. All you need is a piece of paper and pen. And a willingness to explore your inner landscape. 

I’m an avid journaler (and have been for over 35 years). To this day, I’m in awe of the incredible growth, clarity, and insight that can come from this simple practice. 

Journaling changed my life, and I’ve watched it help countless other people tap into their inner wisdom, access a deeper connection to Spirit, and make meaningful changes in their lives. 

If you’ve ever felt blocked when it comes to journaling because you’re worried about not being much of a writer, or about needing some kind of specific knowledge or tools to get started, I’m here to tell you – it can be SO simple! 

Follow the tips in this article and you’ll be able to begin exploring a journaling practice, or deepen the practice you have. I’ll introduce you to things like combining Oracle Cards or meditation with journaling, but I’ll also show you how you can get started with just your pen and your intention for a consistent practice. 

Overcoming Resistance to Journaling

I’ve noticed that a lot of people feel an initial resistance to journaling. 

Maybe because of a bad experience with writing in school, an association with a teenage diary, or a fear of somehow doing it wrong. Another common objection is that journaling feels like it’s just a way to ruminate on the past or all the negative parts of your life. 

If you’ve ever felt a block around journaling – whether it’s for one of the reasons above or another reason altogether – I invite you to set your reservations and past experiences aside for now. 

Why not open yourself up to the idea that no matter how you’ve felt about journaling in the past, it could be fun, easy, and incredibly helpful to learn how to use journaling for personal growth?

Here are 3 Tips to Help you Overcome Resistance to Journaling:

1. Start small. Don’t set out to write pages and pages all at once. Start with a small goal, such as writing for five minutes at a time.

2. Set an intention. Clearly define WHY you want to start journaling and what you hope to gain from him. This can help you stay motivated.

3. Doodle! Sometimes when I’m feeling blocked or resistant to journaling, I don’t put the pressure on myself to write words. Instead, I just doodle and draw in my journal! Sometimes that’s how I have to get things out of my head, and then there are times that the act of doodling opens up my mind and allows the words to flow in my journal after.

Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Connect with Your Intuition and Discover Hidden Signs from the Universe

If you’re craving direction on your spiritual path and don’t know where to start, journaling can also be a great way to connect with your intuition to begin feeling more connected to the little signs and nudges from the Universe. 

The Universe (Spirit, God, Source, or whatever you choose to call it) is ALWAYS communicating with you. You just have to learn how to tune into the language it’s speaking. 

Journaling can support you in this discovery as it will heighten your awareness of the synchronicities and  connections between events, little magic moments, and subtle signs you may be missing. 

Your intuition is the language of the Universe, and when you learn to attune yourself to it, there’s a whole world of guidance and magic available to you. If you’re just starting out, you can read more about How to Start Journaling As a Spiritual Practice here.

If you want a simple journaling practice you can easily fit into your life right now, try starting with a simple gratitude journal – writing down what you’re grateful for and why each week. When you start to shift your focus toward these things, you start to notice little miracles often begin happening. 

Journaling With Oracle Cards and other Spiritual Tools 

One of my favorite ways to take my journaling practice even deeper is to combine it with other spiritual tools. 

If you already have a journaling practice, and are hoping to use it as a means to connect with your inner wisdom or feel guided on your spiritual journey, I highly recommend trying one of these combinations. 

Even if you’re new to journaling, these tools can actually support you to make journaling feel easier, and to give you a feeling of guidance in your practice. 

1. Journaling with Meditation 

I love to do a short meditation before a journaling practice, because it helps me get grounded, quiet my mind, and re-focus on my intention for my journaling session. 

If you’re a fan of silent meditation, you can simply sit for a few minutes before you start writing to come to a place of calm. 

But if you have a hard time sitting still or quieting your thoughts (like I still sometimes do, even after over 35 years of meditation) – try listening to a guided meditation before you begin. My Meditation for Clarity & Guidance is perfect to help you access the right mindset for a productive journaling session. You can listen to it for free here.

2. Journaling with Oracle Cards 

Personally, journaling with Oracle Cards is one of my all-time favorite ways to get in touch with my intuition and connect with Spirit. When you use Oracle Cards in combination with journaling, it allows you to get enlisted by Spirit – to go on a journey you wouldn’t expect. 

Sometimes it may feel like you don’t understand where you’re being taken at first, but by following the card’s prompts instead of just your intellectual thoughts, you can discover much more than you would through only your own thoughts and feelings. 

Using Oracle Cards to journal is like having a mystical witness who guides you through your self-discovery process. If you’re curious about using Oracle Cards for journaling, you can simply ask the question, “What do I need to know for my highest good today?”, then pull a card from your favorite Oracle Card deck. Or pick a card for free with my online Oracle Card deck here if you don’t have a deck of your own yet. 

If you want to go deeper with your practice of journaling with Oracle Cards, you can also check out my new Oracle Card Journal, which will guide you through a 40 day process of journaling with Oracle Cards to connect with your deepest self. 

3.  Take a Journaling Course

Sometimes the best way to dive into a new practice is to get support and structure to help you get started. If you’re ready to get consistent with journaling and to see what is possible when you integrate a regular practice into your life.


How Do You Integrate Journaling As a Regular Practice In Your Daily Life?

Do you have a regular journaling practice, or has this article helped spark an idea for how you will approach journaling? Share your thoughts and comments with me below about journaling. I love reading what you have to share!

Showing 34 comments
  • Angela Binch

    I’m trying to register but no link is sent for me to attend, is the link broken? how can I register for the Journaling event?

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      hi, Angela! have you checked your spam email? this FREE masterclass is open to everyone!

      • Anonymous

        Way back 1975 when I went to Humber College for fashion we had to take English, which was a strong suit for me. However we had to journal daily which I didn’t do. I made an agreement with the teacher that after our trip to Montreal I would hand in a journal as I believed I didn’t really have much to write about and this would make it more exciting. I got my credit for that semester however I didn’t turn a journal after the trip. Well… I did after the teacher said that sh could remind my credit. I really wish that I had taken up the practice back then. I really regret it. At 67 it’s time

        • Colette Baron-Reid

          there’s really no such thing as “too late” when it comes to journaling! I encourage you to journal! 💗

    • Paula French

      Wow, I am learning so much from you. I guess I didn’t realize that I was journaling but I have been keeping track of my daily cards I recently purchased your 40 day oracle card journal. I haven’t started using it yet. I’m waiting until your class starts next week I’m so excited about it, I’m just coming into an awakening I think and I’m learning so much about myself and making myself a better person. Thank you so much for your guidance.

  • carol piercy

    I have been journaling most of my “adult” life 50 years plus. Sometimes random thoughts and yes, often using my oracle decks to reveal what I need to know and writing about my lifes challenges which have been many and the great joys I have also encountered in my life.
    My journals are very different from my diaries which are filled with “stuff” and every day happenings. What is a great joy now is I have the time to re-read these journals and they are certainly revealing just how far I have come on my spiritual journey . The lessons I have learnt and some that need a tweak even at my time of life, and how wonderful being here in these amazing times of spiritual awakening for so many on our planet is.
    I hope when I have crossed the rainbow bridge many of my words will be an inspiration to others.
    Much love and thank you for sharing so many of your gifts with so many of us.

  • Jo

    I do like starting out journaling but sometimes use it as a therapy tool to get all my “stuff” out. Then read it back and it seems a bit grim!

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      it can get pretty grim sometimes, Jo. thank you for sharing this with me!

  • Laura

    For the last few years I have begun getting out a notebook & just writing thank you and whatever pops up in my head. But lately I have wondered if I am repeating over and over the same things and if I need to rewrite new things and is there a correct text I am to be using. So I am looking forward to Jumpstart your Journaling . Once I jot down a few things I usually talk out load to the spirit or universe and have a quick conversation then I pick one oracle card. In all if I have time it is anywhere from 10min in the morning to 30min.

  • Glenda

    I have been journalling for 25 yrs so much gets written in them and looking back I see I have cime a long way.

  • Kathryn

    I love reflecting on a daily oracle card I pull. It always brings up something new and a different way of seeing. What am I making this mean and that’s interesting are two thoughts that get me going. Thank you Colette! Can’t wait for the journaling class to learn some tips.

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      that’s a great way to journal!

    • Kathy

      I registered for the masterclass, but didn’t have time to read the information that came up after I signed up. How do I learn more about the digital Journaling tool? Thanks!
      Ps, loved your Vision board workshop!!

  • Sandra

    Since I discovered you my life has changed❤️
    Thank you for all that you do all who you are, wonderful.

  • Brenda

    I actually love putting pen to paper, however in recent times I’ve been stuck in a rut, this is a great reminder and tools given to help thank you 😊

  • Jennifer

    I read above that sometimes you doodle while journaling. When I had tried journaling in the past I felt like I was writing nonsense and had nothing to say so I ended up doodling mostly, thinking I was wasting my time and paper I stopped. So, perhaps I’ll get some oracle cards and try again and not worry about doodling 🙂 I learn something from you everytime Colette! Thank you, Jen

  • Paula French

    Thank you so very much. I’m very new to this and your wisdom deck drew me in and I can’t imagine a day without it I even took it on vacation

  • Tina

    I ordered the Oracle Card Journal, and I’m excited to start journaling with it. I joined the Master Class as well! This is a divinely timed class for me. Thank you for creating such value for all of us and assisting us in our journey.

  • Nancy McMahon

    I journal quite often as this is my way to connect with spirit however I could use some tips on how to strengthen and trust what comes through. Thank you so very much for hosting this class!

    Blessings to you

  • Cindy

    I have stopped and started many times over the past decade. Sustaining is the hardest part – well, maybe along with just getting started (wry smile). On some level it’s like only praying when you need something – betting there’s more just as much to be gained in lighter times as there is in the darker times. And I know I need to work through some things, so I need to do this. Looking forward to the Master Class – thanks for all you and your team do.

  • Anonymous

    Today was Day 1 of using the Oracle Card Journal. I asked the question at the top and it was incredible. The card Not For Me addressed a worry I had gone to sleep with. I have never journaled before and am excited to take this path to awareness.
    Love your energy. Thank you.

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