So you’ve started your journey with creative visualisation meditation. You meditate on a (semi-)regular basis. You’re seeing guides, exploring other-worldly landscapes, getting insight into your life, spirituality and the way the world works.
That’s awesome. And I’m not being sarcastic or anything there, it’s absolutely amazing, and I bet you’re feeling amazing for doing it.
But what’s next? Are you doing anything with those insights, or are they drifting away so that when you try to recall your meditation a month or week later the details are gone?
The things I can’t remember
I started meditating seriously in my mid-twenties. I remember some amazing meditations in that time – dancing with a giant tribe of spiritual people around a fire in the desert, flying over the earth with a dragon, standing in front of a group of goddesses and receiving their blessing – but I don’t remember the details.
Did I talk to anyone as I danced? What did that dragon and I discuss? Which goddesses were there as I knelt? And what about the meditations I don’t even remember. Were there insights there I wish I knew?
Creative Visualisation starts meditation with a journey. You wander somewhere or meet someone or step through a mirror or jump in a lake. The idea is to let your mind switch off enough to fall into a meditative state. Sometimes – often – your subconscious or Higher Self takes over and takes you further, showing you what you need to know.
These meditations are a large part of your spiritual journey. When you meditate you – to paraphrase Diane Robinson – listen to the universe. This is the moment that it’s easiest for your guides to reach you.
Sometimes the journey seems strange – flying to sun, or entering your own blood vessels to visit your heart – but the images are being shown to you for a reason.
The Benefits of a Meditation Journal
It’s because of the strangeness that you should write the journey down. In writing your meditation as if it were a story, you remember details. Just as with a dream, when you’re no longer experiencing it first hand you can see connections or a theme running through.
Those themes? You can see if they connect with earlier meditations. If there’s something you need to work on the theme will come up again and again. Looking back on past meditations can help you see the theme or lesson of your life right at this moment.
Looking back can also help you see how far you’ve come. Was it all about self-love last year? It’s awesome that it’s not coming up anymore because you’ve come so far. Did you get slightly patronising proud smiles when you asked for help a couple of months ago (yeah, that’s one of mine)? Now you’re asking for help when you need it, which is great.
You know what else reading back on past meditations does? It makes you smile. I read through a couple of my meditation journals as I was writing this post. This is from earlier this year:
“I was in the desert and there was a meteor shower above my head. I gave my thoughts to the stars as they fell and let them carry my worries away. (They giggled).”
I giggled too, reading it. And giggled, smiled and laughed at other memories of meditations from long ago. And it’s always good to have something around that makes you smile.
What if I don’t do Creative Visualisation?
It doesn’t matter what sort of meditation you do, it’s still a moment to quiet your mind and ‘listen to God’. There are still insights that come to you in that quiet. If you’re working with mantras or affirmations, record what the affirmation was.
Being able to see your progress is a huge part of continuing progress. That’s why people who run or lift weights record their times or reps. Why I make a note of the number of words I write each day.
Meditation is no different. Record the length of time, any insights, the journey, if you had one, themes, mantras, symbols. Anything that helps you see the progress you’re making in your soul’s journey.
If you had a bad day, write that. “Didn’t see anything. Couldn’t feel it. Don’t remember anything.”
It happens. Tomorrow is a new day, and all your other records tell you that meditation is absolutely something you can do.
So, grab a book. Doesn’t matter what it looks like. And fill in your journal with your meditation.
Are you going to start journaling your meditation? Do you already record them? Let me know in the comments.