I don’t need much of an excuse to grab a delicious notebook off the shelf and start a new journaling project, so thanks to Anne who yesterday sent me a link to a blog post by one of my faves, Martha Beck. MB was explaining about a Pray Rain journal and how she used one to manifest a new dream home adjacent to a national forest where she can live closer to nature.
Martha’s piece gives us another strong ticking-off about carrying too much clutter in the world. As I said to Anne, no argument from me there, I’m all over clutter-clearing. In fact, I have taken it mildly too far and couldn’t find a nice glass jam jar to keep my gratitudes in. Tsk.
I did a little bit of online research about the concept of the Pray Rain journal and discovered the original resource which Martha acknowledged, created by master law of attraction coach Jeannette Maw. And then I started in. Of course I did, nothing I love so much as a good idea, unless it’s one of my own of course.
The principle is simple, all the best ones are. You write in your Pray Rain journal in the present tense as if your dream life, your vision board, had already come to pass. So think of this as your vision board in words. Feel the feelings, that’s the important bit. And in the present tense too. I have done this exercise before without knowing what it was called and it did work. So I’m in, like Flynn, and enjoying it.
The original story is explained here:
“Pray rain journaling is a self help technique whereby you act like what you want to create in life has already come to pass, which speeds up the manifestation process. You take a blank journal, and every single day you write a page as if your dream has already come true. So if your desire is to get married, you write a page a day as if you are already married to your amazing spouse. If your ambition is to own your own company, you write a page a day as if you are already the owner of a successful company. Here comes the magic: by the time you’re finished with your journal, your dream will either have already manifested or will be well on its way to doing so!
The term ‘pray rain’ comes from a story where a community was in a serious drought and in desperate need of rain. Someone from the community went out and did a rain dance, but everyone was puzzled when it looked like he was standing there and not moving, rather than dancing around and chanting for rain as they expected. When they asked him what he was doing, he answered, “I was praying rain”… as opposed to praying for rain. Can you see the difference?
Instead of dancing around and doing a traditional rain dance, the man stood there and felt what it would feel like if his community was already receiving all the rain it needed. He focused on feeling raindrops on his forehead and arms, feeling his clothes drenched with water, imagining that all the crops were well-nourished, and that the community as a whole had plenty of water to drink. And this is exactly what we should all do in order to make things happen in our lives: feel the feelings now of already having that which you desire to create in your life.” From SelfHelpGoddess.com
This idea of feeling the feelings and that being the important bit chimes with another inspirational I love and recommend to my clients, Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer. Go Wayne, my main man.
So I wrote my first journal entry about living my vision board, how it feels to be living in my dream home on my dream Caribbean island and getting into some of the daily detail, the architect I’m using to do up the little house as my writer’s sanctuary. Sea views, windward breezes, French lessons on the beach, yachts, visitors, lobster, pizza, juice and croissants. And tomorrow I get to feel the feelings again as I journal another day in the next daily chapter of my dream life. Almost here now I can feel it.
What’s your dream and how could a Praying Rain journal help you get into the feelings which accelerate your manifestation? Do you have a vision board which has got a bit tired when it comes to hooking you into the feelings perhaps? I like to use my vision board subliminally, it’s on my bedroom wall and I see it all the time. And I’m thinking of putting pictures into my new journal too as they are powerful. I allow the photos of my dream home to play over and over on my laptop and iPad.
And I gotta feeling my dream just accelerated a tad.