Art Journal Therapy Activity # 41 - Self-Reflective Writing

Collage by Shelley Klammer
Collage by Shelley Klammer


This journal prompt will support you to understand the deeper patterns and meanings of your thoughts. It includes the three rules of reflective writing and four final questions to reflect upon.





- Pen and journal


- Candle


- Meditative music







Expressing vs. Understanding


When we self-express without deeper reflection, we release our emotional accumulations without understanding them. Free-form automatic writing, as in the Artist's Way morning pages support an emotional release or a "brain drain" but unless we examine the deeper meaning of our thoughts and feelings, we will continue to repeat the same patterns of self-expression without knowing why.


If we really listened to what we think about in a day, a month, a year, we would discover that our seemingly random thoughts cyclically communicate our challenging and inspiring life themes. Our written thoughts reflect our emotional patterns, and the repetitive struggles of our life perfectly...