How to start a manifestation journal

27 November, 2023 / words by IALH Editor

In the pursuit of personal growth and self-discovery, one method has been reigning supreme – manifestation. It is a powerful tool that brings thoughts, dreams, and desires into reality. There are so many manifestation methods ranging from affirmation to vision boarding; however, one is showing much impact, and that is journaling.

Since journaling, as it is well-known, is writing down thoughts and feelings, likes and dislikes to understand them better, writing down your manifestation in a journal is a potent tool to elevate your intentions by translating positive thoughts from the mental realm to the physical.

To get started, continue reading and get ready to open the pathway to transform your desires into reality.

Beginning Your Manifestation Journaling Journey

Manifestation journaling involves using writing as a tool to clarify your goals, visualize your desires, and reinforce positive thinking. 

To begin, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you begin your manifestation journaling journey:

  • Set Clear Intentions
  • Create a Sacred Space
  • Establish a Routine
  • Set a timeframe for your goal
  • Visualize Your Goals
  • Write your visualization experience, and it must be in the present tense
  • Write Affirmations
  • Be Specific
  • Develop plans to achieve it
  • Release Limiting Beliefs
  • Reflect on Progress
  • Stay Positive
  • Trust the Process

Remember, consistency and a positive mindset are key to successful manifestation journaling. 

The Benefits of a Manifestation Journal

Manifestation journals are not mere notebooks; they are gateways to unlocking your potential and attracting positivity into your life.

Here are some of the benefits of writing and keeping a manifestation journal

  • You will start believing in yourself
  • Keep your goals and aspirations at the forefront of your mind
  • Serves as a focusing tool for your goals and desires
  • Encourages positive thinking, mindset, and emotions
  • Encourages deliberate actions of setting goals
  • You will focus on the positive
  • Keeps you motivated by reminding you of your goals, progress, and why you want to achieve them.
  • Increases self-awareness
  • It serves as a therapeutic and stress-relieving practice
  • Increases your visualization skill
  • Redesigns your mind and brain for success
  • Serves as an accountability tracker

The benefits of a manifestation journal are multifaceted. As a result, the value, benefits, and effectiveness people will find in manifestation will vary.

Choosing Your Journal

Selecting the right journal is crucial for a successful manifestation practice. Whether it’s a notebook or a digital journaling app, it is important it resonates with you. This is the first step towards having a meaningful manifestation experience.

  • Paper or Digital

If you prefer classic writing, then a physical manifestation journal is just what you need. This way, you get to enjoy the tactile experience of writing your manifestation on paper.

On the other hand, if you prefer the convenience of digital tools, you can go for a note-taking app, a dedicated manifestation app, or even a customizable digital journal template.

  • Format

There are certain types of formats to consider when choosing your journal

  • Structured vs. Blank Pages

Some manifestation journals have structured layouts with prompts and sections to guide your thoughts. Others provide blank pages, giving you more freedom to organize your thoughts as you wish.

  • Daily, Weekly, or Monthly

Consider how often you want to engage with your manifestation practice. Some journals are designed for daily entries, while others focus on weekly or monthly reflections.

  • Size and Portability

Choose a size that fits your lifestyle. A smaller, portable journal is convenient for on-the-go manifesting, while a larger one allows for more detailed and elaborate entries.

  • Design and Style

Pick a journal that resonates with your design and style. This can make your manifestation journaling more enjoyable.

  • Prompts and Guidance

As stated earlier, some manifestation journals come with prompts and exercises to guide your thoughts and help you explore your desires more deeply. If you’re new to manifestation, this structure can be beneficial.

  • Additional Features

Some manifestation journals come with additional features like goal-setting pages, habit trackers, or inspirational quotes. Decide if these extras align with your manifestation goals.

Remember, the most important aspect is that the journal resonates with you and makes your manifestation practice enjoyable and meaningful. 

Journaling Techniques for Successful Manifestation

Knowing the journaling techniques available and choosing which resonates with you is essential for a successful manifestation.

Daily Entries for Focused Intentions

Here are techniques for those who want to write in their journal daily

  • The 5X55 Journaling Technique

The 5X55 journaling technique is a manifestation method that involves you writing a specific goal, desire, or affirmation 55 times for five consecutive days. The main purpose of this technique is that the more you write it, the more it becomes imprinted in your mind, enhancing the law of attraction and boosting positive thinking and focus.

  • The 3X6X9 Journaling Technique

This technique involves writing your goals, intentions, or heart desires three times in the morning, six times in the afternoon, and nine times at night, specifically before bed. You can do this for 33 or 45 days. 

The repetitive writing of your affirmations or goals helps to align your thoughts and mind, fostering manifestation.

Reflective Practices for Clarity and Purpose

These techniques are for those who want to reflect to make their journaling journey clear and purposeful.

  • The ‘I AM’ Journaling Technique

The ‘I AM’ journaling technique is a powerful manifestation technique involving expressing affirmations or manifestations with the use of the ‘I AM’ mantra to reinforce positive self-perception and shape a more optimistic mindset.

The belief around this technique is that when consistently written or chanted, it attracts desired outcomes. It is mainly written in the present tense. Start your words with “I AM” and complete them with positive, present-tense affirmations that reflect the qualities, beliefs, or goals you want to manifest. Be specific and use language that resonates with you.

  • The Scripting Journaling Technique

The scripting technique involves you writing your dreams, goals, and desires in detailed, imaginative scripts or story-like form. 

Unlike the ‘I AM’ technique, the scripting method requires you to write in present and past tense, vividly portraying your dreams as if they’ve already materialized. Regular use of the scripting technique aligns your intentions and thoughts with actions, thereby helping you navigate challenges with focus and a positive mindset to reach your goals.

  • The Gratitude Journal

The gratitude journaling technique is a simple yet powerful practice that involves regularly reflecting on and recording things you are thankful for in your life. This technique is rooted in the idea that expressing gratitude can positively impact your mindset, emotional well-being, and overall life satisfaction.

Creative Ways to Enhance Your Manifestation Journal

Enhancing your manifestation journal can make the process more engaging and effective. All you need are creative ways to go about it. Here are the top two creative ways to enhance your manifestation journal

Incorporating Visual Elements

Here are some creative ways to incorporate visual elements into your journal

  • Vision Board Collage

Create a visual representation of your goals and desires by incorporating a vision board collage. Cut out images, quotes, and symbols that resonate with your aspirations and arrange them creatively on a dedicated page.

  • Colorful Mind Maps

Use vibrant colors to create mind maps that visually connect your goals, sub-goals, and action steps.

  • Illustrated Affirmations

Turn your affirmations into visually appealing statements. Experiment with different fonts, colors, and styles to make your affirmations stand out on the page. 

  • Photographs

Include photographs that evoke positive emotions or remind you of past achievements. These can serve as powerful visual anchors, reinforcing the positive experiences associated with your goals.

  • Creative Borders and Frames

Frame your written entries or sections with creative borders. Experiment with different patterns, designs, or hand-drawn elements to add a touch of uniqueness to each page.

  • Color Code Your Intentions

Assign specific colors to different aspects of your life or goals. For example, use blue for career-related goals, green for health, and red for relationships. 

Remember, the visual elements you choose should resonate with you.

Using Prompts to Guide Your Writing

Here is a common question people ask, “Now, what do I write about in my manifestation journal?” The answer can be as simple as, “Write whatever you want to write about.” However, you want to have something detailed or specific to write about. This is where manifestation prompts come in.

A manifestation prompt is a statement or question designed to ensure you can communicate with your inner self. By utilizing manifestation journal prompts, you are stimulating specific thoughts and intentions.

Here are some examples of manifestation journal prompts

Prompts for Goal Setting

  • I can achieve [your goal] because [how/why you are capable]
  • I am confident that success in [XYZ] is within reach because of my well-thought-out [plans of action]
  • I can see myself [pick one: achieving top grades, getting that promotion] because I am actively involved in [your current actions toward these goals].
  • I am close to my [what your goal is] because I [what you are doing towards it]

Prompts for Finance

  • I will earn [insert amount] by [insert date] through [your action plan]
  • I have opportunities in [include your potential ways to get money] to enhance my financial standing, and I will follow these opportunities by [list how you will go about them]
  • I am able to achieve my financial goals because I have experience in [insert/how it will help]
  • With every day that passes, I am doing [insert what you do] to increase my finances.

Prompts for Career

  • I will get my dream job [insert dream job] by [how you will do it]
  • The things I need to progress in my career include [list them out]
  • I believe success is possible in [insert your career] because I have witnessed it working for [list people who have succeeded in your career], and I will not be different because I will [list how you plan to succeed]
  • My dream job is [insert your dream job], and I will get it by following these short-term plans [insert]

Prompts like these help you stay positive and create the life you want.

Maintaining Consistency and Measuring Manifestation Progress

Consistency is the key to achieving a successful manifestation. Here are steps on how to stay committed to your journaling practice and measure your progress effectively

Setting Aside Time for Journaling

Here are some tips on how to effectively set aside time for journaling:

  • Create a Routine

Establish a specific time dedicated to journaling. It could be daily or weekly. What matters is consistency. As a result, having a routine helps make journaling a habit.

  • Set an Alarm Dedicated to Journaling

If you are prone to forgetting things easily or work better when reminded, set an alarm dedicated to your journaling. This helps you plan your time better.

  • Set a Time Limit

If you’re short on time, set a specific duration for journaling. Even a brief session can be beneficial for reflection and tracking your progress.

Reviewing and Reflecting on Your Journal Entries

Once you’ve established a journaling routine, it’s crucial to regularly review and reflect on your entries to measure your manifestation progress. Here’s how:

  • Schedule Reviews

Set specific dates to review your journal entries. This could be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. 

  • Identify Patterns and Trends

While reviewing your journal, look for recurring themes or patterns in your entries. This could include repeated goals, challenges, or emotional states. 

  • Celebrate Achievements

When you review your journal, acknowledge and celebrate any progress or achievements, no matter how small.

  • Adjust Your Approach

If you notice certain aspects of your manifestation process are not yielding the desired results, consider adjusting your approach. Your journal can serve as a guide for refining your strategies.

Getting Started With Your Manifestation Journal

Armed with the knowledge of the benefits, techniques, and creative approaches, take the first step in creating your manifestation journal and make your dreams, goals, and desires a reality.


IALH Editor


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