Did you know the late Carl Jung kept an art journal? With his visual diary he created small circular drawings he believed expressed his feelings and the archetypal realm of the collective concious.
In Journalling for coaching we use questions to intentionally guide the exploration of an idea, issue or perceived limitation and the journal becomes the canvas we respond in. In art therapy, journalling is used creatively, less focus on words and more on imagery and artful expression which is great if you’re stuck on something and not great with words. Art is a medium for free flow expression and Creative Coach Lauren Castillo who will be co-facilitating next Saturdays workshop will help you achieve creative expression!
During my own personal challenges after divorce a Psycho-therapist friend of mine Simonne, trained by Jung in Zurich guided me to paint on large canvas, she worked as an art therapist in Paris and Rome after WW2 with children and used this medium to help people develop themselves. Simonne Jameson has an auto-biography that talks in detail about her personal life and work as an art therapist, art magazine editor and gallery owner.
Everyone can journal for coaching, you just need a journal (we listed some suppliers) and some art materials! At The Self Coaching Series Workshop we will explore art journalling in one module creatively and with a coaching intention in the other two modules, art materials will be supplied giving you a chance to explore and find your fit.
Some prompts to consider when journalling are:
What are you feeling? Asking yourself this daily and responding via your journal with words, colours, line drawings and magazine cut outs can help you explore your emotional body.
Non dominant hand drawing. Try drawing with your less dominant hand and see what you create.
Dream Journal. Keeping your journal by your bed when you wake up record the content from your dreams, this is often a direct link into your sub-concious mind.
Circle Drawing. Often called mandala drawing you create a circle and then fill the inside and outside with imagery and patterns.
Intentional Journal. Set an intention for your journalling practice, it may be gratitude or enquiry about an idea. You may dedicate your journal to a significant vision.
Doodle Drawing. Doodling with a Sharpie is not only fun but can actually improve memory. It is a good way to get into the zone, a type of creative meditative flow.
There is a few ideas to get you started. In The Self Coaching Series we’ll explore some more and you’ll get your own Journal to take home!
Book your ticket online for next Saturday 2-5pm and come and have some fun journalling for self coaching!