Try it: the evidence journal prompt

I plopped down on her grey loveseat and began settling in the space. The intimate couch the heart of her tiny reiki studio. The decor of grey and white uniform but for an assortment of emeralds, luminous crystals and candles on a shelf – created a calm, uniform backdrop that eased the mind immediately. I grabbed the fuzzy white pillows to cradle around my body and grabbed for the plush grey blanket creating a pool of cotton in which I was firmly centered. I could finally begin digging into the details. 

“I had this exciting thing happen,” I eagerly started. “But it doesn’t start out how you think,” I prefaced. 

“Remember how hard I have been working to get my book proposal ready? Well, I sent it out, and I received encouraging first responses.  But, I also received just as many edits. All I do is wrangle over the new direction to take.”

“I guess this is what they mean by writers block?” I pause.

Since the start of the year, I have been putting earnest effort towards a working manuscript for my book about female empowerment.  After months of work enabled by 5am wake up calls, I had enough material to start querying agents. I had assumed receiving feedback would have been easier than the creation phase – but it wasn’t.  

The heart and bones of my book were now under debate. 

“And here is where it gets interesting,” I add.

I share that, over the weekend, I had received an email from a friend, who was checking in on me.  When I responded with a few tidbits about my book and some other happenings, she responded with: “for some reason Ganesha-ji keeps coming to mind.  Ask Him for guidance.”

Thinking it divinely advised and within the realm of things I do already, I went to my altar and ask Ganesha-ji (we add -ji as a form of respect) for guidance. He is the remover of obstacles after all. Hindu lore describes him as the scribe of the Mahabharata, as well, an author.

So, I meditated and opened myself up to divine guidance on how it should evolve. I went on with life.

I went on to share, “then came a twist.”

A queried agent responded with intriguing feedback on the direction of my book.  She had thought about a new way to make this stand out important angle I want to incorporate. Many parts of what she said excited me and felt resonant.  As I thanked her for her time and feedback, she said to me, “I am passionate about bringing eastern wisdom to women.  I have been around it for decades, as early as the 1970s.  In fact, I purchased my 21st Ganesha statue yesterday.”

Another Ganesha for her?

“Kismet, right?” I ended.

When I brought this up in my session, my reiki teacher was wholly affirming of the synchronicity. She said it was a reminder that we are always supported, especially when we ask to be.  

“Put it in your evidence journal,” she instructed me.

“What’s that?” I followed. 

She says she instructs clients to keep an “evidence journal” of all the synchronicities that happen in their life.  It could be that they think of someone and then receive a text from them shortly after. It could be a hummingbird, a deceased family member’s favorite bird, fluttering by in a moment of sadness.  In my case, it was the multiple nudges with Ganesha.  My prayers had been responded to immediately.  It was the direction I was hoping to receive. 

“Why journal this?” I followed.  

“When we are in the middle of crisis, it is hard to remember the good stuff in our lives – the people, goodness and the many, wonderful things we already have.”

She tells clients to write the great things that happen to them in their life in this book, too. That way, in moments of grief and loneliness, we can come back to this notebook to remember the bounty we have. She put special emphasis on journaling the kismet moments.

“Writing down the synchronistic moments reminds you that you are never alone,” she says.

Support from the Universe, Infinite or God-of-your-choice is always accessible to us, simply by asking.  When we ask and then receive, it is evidence that we are not operating without assistance or divine guidance, she reminds me. 

Keeping a log of this can reinforce our habit of asking for help. Journaling can finely attune us to signs of our getting that support. It can also bring confidence in moments of doubt, as well.  

Have you ever heard of this?  Interested in trying this?  I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *