Journaling is a great tool for self-discovery. I recommend a mix of free writing and using prompts to trigger your journaling practice.
The following journaling prompts for self-discovery are from these great books I’ve read over the years and found useful in my journey towards wholeness.
The Lotus and the Lily by Janet Conner
These questions will help you to realize how you numb yourself to avoid what you dislike. Your answers will make you aware of your numbing habits and stop yourself from responding as usual. Also, your answers will show what works for you so you can do more of that.
1. What are my sleep triggers?
2. What situations or people make me want to go back to sleep?
3. What were my most awake moments?
4. What situations or people make my soul sing?
The Power of Receiving by Amanda Owen
These questions will move you to revise your ideas of bad and good to help you open up to receive. Your answers will enable you to let go of the punishment/reward paradigm. It will help you to redefine your “good person” paradigm as a “whole person.”
5. Are you acting from a belief about what defines a good person?
6. Are you drawing from a personal philosophy that doesn’t give you wiggle room to be human?
I Hope I Screw This Up by Kyle Cease
Feeling gratitude opens you to receive more of what you love.
7. Write down one hundred things that you love. No matter how big or small, put it down.
Writing Down Your Soul by Janet Conner
Janet Conner encourages free writing. However, these questions will trigger you to write if you don’t know where to start.
8. What am I worried about?
9. What problem, if I could solve it right now, would change my life?
10. What sends my stomach into knots?
11. What is my greatest fear?
There are plenty of tools to explore your subconscious mind. Journaling is one of them.
In my experience, journaling helps to dump all that you don’t want to focus on what you want. It’s a cleansing process first, and a building process second.
You can follow rules and recommendations to start your journaling practice. Allow yourself to begin. Later on, create and follow what works for you.