Journaling | Cultivating Creativity and Intuition—
Creativity is the mental process that involves discovering new ideas or the new associations of existing ones, and is stimulated by both conscious and unconscious insights.
Intuition, on the other hand, is the ability to arrive at conclusions without the use of reason or inference. Intuition supplies us with beliefs that we may not necessarily be able to justify.
When your pre-teen begins to write in their journal they automatically, and without fail, ignite a degree of creativity. It’s an unavoidable event of the writing process.
At first, it may be a small glimmer of creativity, but with persistence and continual journal writing they will awaken and develop their inner voice. This inner voice, once recognized, will become the source of their creativity and much more. And the discovery of it will have a positive effect on your pre-teen’s confidence and self-esteem.
As your pre-teen’s inner voice develops in their journal writing they will discover new insights about themselves and the world around them.
Insight is the ability to see into a situation in an intuitive way and is intimately related to discernment.
As your tween’s insight develops they will be able to more effectively grasp and comprehend people and events. When your preteen can more clearly understand things they will become more confident in themselves and their abilities.
Intuition, or discernment, when it proves accurate, improves our trust in our mental processes. It’s important to note here that we can’t discern everything accurately all the time. After all we are human and are subject to error from time to time. However, as your pre-teen develops their intuition through journaling their discerning skills will improve. This will directly affect how much your preteen trusts their ability to see things and extract conclusions.
We have touched on how intuition influences discernment. But intuition can also direct your pre-teen’s intention. Intention is our resolve to act in a determined way.
In a simple and practical way, if your tween intuitively realizes the benefits of journaling they will be determined to make writing in their journal a regular practice.
As your pre-teen cultivates their creativity and intuition through the journaling process you may find them becoming more sensitive about things. This is not to imply that they will become teary-eyed and sentimental.
But part of being creative is being passionate about certain things and compassionate toward ourselves and others. Moreover, as your child writes about their life experiences they develop more of an understanding of life events. This understanding helps your pre-teen to become more sensitive toward their environment and builds confidence.
Being able to remember events and experiences also cultivates a young person’s creativity and intuition. In fact, creativity and intuition rely on memory. That is, we can’t expect to be creative if there in nothing in our memory to be creative with. Furthermore, we can’t cultivate intuition without past experiences.
The journal is an excellent way for your pre-teen to remember the things that happen in their lives, thus giving them the material to cultivate both intuition and creativity. Recording and learning from past events and experiences also has an empowering effect.