Manifesting Positive Relationships

It is another New Moon, the first of Spring 2017.  The New Moon is a great time to send energy toward what you want to manifest in the coming month.  This New Moon, I am turning my focus toward my relationships, and I invite you to do the same!  

First, get out your art journal and a pen...or open up a document on the computer to hash out your vision.  To get some clarity about your relationships, begin by writing a gratitude list about your relationships.  Who in your life are you grateful for?  Then journal a bit about what you want your relationships to be like.  How do you want your relationships to feel?  

I came to the conclusion that I want to offer a ton of positive energy to my relationships.  I also figured out that I want to treat people how I want to be treated.  I want to be more accepting and less judgmental in my relationships.  I want my relationships to feel REALLY good!

Next, figure out what one quality you want to manifest in yourself...what one quality do you want to focus on for the next month that will help your relationships blossom.  I've decided that I want to be more LOYAL in my relationships.  Loyalty means so much to me and I value it so much when other people are loyal to me.  

Background of Journal Page

Get out your art journal and prepare a background.  I wrote in my journal so my first step was to cover the background with craft paint.  Then I added some brown acrylic ink, I wanted my page to feel really earthy and grounded.  Use the materials you have on hand and get some paint on the page.

Next, gather up a couple of magazines and flip through.  I used a National Geographic magazine. Tear out some images that represent the quality that you want to bring to your relationships.  Cut them out and glue them onto the journal page.  

Manifesting Loyalty in My Relationships

Finally add the word which represents the quality you would like to bring to your relationships during the next month.  Date the page so you will know when you set your initial intention.  Now look for ways to bring the quality into your relationships during the month.  If you want a reminder, take a photo of the journal page and post it as the back drop on your computer, print out a copy to tuck in your purse or to glance at throughout the day.  

When the next Full Moon rolls around, give thanks for your relationships and write a bit about ways your chosen quality showed up in your relationships.  Here's to building relationships that feel really good for everyone involved.  Manifest better relationships today! 

Ritual de lo Habitual: Habit Transformation with Journaling

If you are anything like me, you may have a bad habit that you want to change.  Today I came up with a kicky cool art journal exercise to help transform bad habits into something better!

Ritual de lo Habitual

To create your journal page you will need some supplies.  Here are my suggestions, however feel free to use what you already have on hand.

A couple of craft paints or watercolors

Acrylic Ink

Permanent Markers

Pens

Art Journal or paper

First paint the backdrop for your journal page.  Next add some drawings of your bad habit, or find some magazine images to represent the habit and glue them onto the paper.  Write "Ritual de lo Habitual" across the top.  I used stencils however you could use bubble letters or any lettering style of your choice.  (Ritual de lo Habitual is the name of a Jane's Addiction album, I thought the title was fitting for the page.)  Put a few drops of acrylic ink or watercolor toward the center of the page on one side.  Then close the book and press together to create a mirror image.  

Take your own liberties and make the page your own.  Be sure to leave space for writing, and unless you have paint markers you will want to use a light backdrop so that you can write over the paint.

On the left side of the paper, write your top reasons why you want to change the habit.  Then on the right side list some healthy replacements for the habit.  Then when you get the itch to partake in the bad habit you can turn to the list and find a healthy substitute to try out instead.  

Enjoy transforming your bad habits to good with this fun exercise!  You can make one any time you want to change a habit.  Keep them out somewhere you can see them, or use a photo of the journal page as the backdrop on your computer to remind you of the healthy replacements for your habit.  Before you know it you will have transformed a bad habit into something much better!

Valentine's Day from the Heart

I created the above journal page because this Valentine's I'm focusing on giving some more heartfelt treasures.  I could buy some junk at the store, a gag gift or box of chocolate...however this year I'm reading Wayne Dyer's book "Discovering Your Sacred Self" and I wanted to apply some of the principles to my marriage.

My husband and I have been together for nearly 18 years now.  We've had some good times, some bad times, and have shared lots of laughs together over the years.  This year I am giving him more freedom to make mistakes, unconditional love and a year of tasty home cooked meals.  I'm devoted to having a fabulous marriage and I take so much joy in the day to day moments that make our life together special.  

So in your journal this week, perhaps contemplate what you can give to your relationships...beyond material gifts.  Maybe there is a relationship that you feel could use more joy, or a friendship that would benefit from some love and understanding.  Ponder how you show up in your relationships this Valentine's Week, and create a list of ways that you can better honor your relationships.

 

What does freedom mean to you?

This weekend is the first in my new weekend series of journal prompts.  During the week, approximately every Wednesday, I share a technique or idea for you to incorporate into your journal toolbox.  Then on the weekends I will share a journal prompt for you to explore in your journal.  

This week's prompt is a simple one, yet it could be highly charged for you.  With the political environment recently I've been doing a lot of thinking about rights and freedom.  So this week's prompt to explore is simple.  

What does freedom mean to you?  

I explored various aspects of freedom in my journal this week, the above image is what I came up with.  First write in your journal about what freedom means to you.  Then take some craft paint, and paint over the writing.  This helps you to work through what you want to say with your journal page.  It is a process of refining your message.  

So I challenge you to ponder what freedom means to you.  Everyone is coming from a unique place in life, with different experiences and life challenges.  Your vision of freedom will be very different from other people.  And that is beautiful!  It's important to understand the things you value in life in order to create a life you really love.  

Themes for your Art Journal

I tend to make my journals more "anything goes" however sometimes it is quite nice to create a themed journal.  Sticking to a theme can be fun because by the time the journal is done you will have an entire book all dedicated to a focus that you love.  You can also create themed journals to give to other people, or devote a blog to your theme. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started...

1.  Introspective Journal-this is what I tend to do most.  I am seriously way into personal growth and spirituality and love to create journals around the things I am learning.  You could create a journal about your spiritual path, or about ways that you witness Divine Presence showing up in your life.  

2.  Gratitude Journal-this is especially a good idea if you are having a rough time in life.  Creating a gratitude journal, and painting or drawing things you are grateful for each day can totally turn around your mood.  You can also take photos of things you are grateful for, print them out and use them as collage fodder for your journal.

3.  Dream Journal-Keeping a log of your night time dreams is another introspective practice.  A dream journal will be quite personal to you, so if you make one you may want to find a place to store it away from prying eyes.  Exploring your dreams can give you insight and answers to issues you face in day to day life.  Collage would be an amazing way to journal about dreams.

4.  Seasonal Journal-You can keep journals for each season, and document things you love about the different seasons in your area.  I am very into nature so including natural elements in a journal like this would be so lovely.  You can also work in seasonal recipes and document ways that you are celebrating the seasons.

5.  Travel Journal-If you have ever taken an epic road trip or traveled abroad, chances are you have tons of photos from that experience.  Making a travel journal is a fun way to honor trips from the past, or you can make one of new adventures and road trips.  Fun things to consider are collaging ticket stubs, wrappers from foods from the region you are staying in, etc.  It is fun to gather collage fodder from the places you visit and include them in a travel themed journal.

6.  Diary-Last but certainly not least is the diary journal.  Simply documenting your day to day experiences is fun because then at the end of the year you can look back over your journal to see how you spent the year.  It is a great way to remember how far you have come and all the wonderful things you did throughout the year.

I hope this list gives you some ideas for your journal adventures.  Come up with an idea that suits you, and your journal experience will be personal and so much fun!