Kabbalah By Heart

Allison Gilbert, LMFT, Certified Kabbalah Coach


Transform Your Emotions

Posted on February 23, 2023 at 7:00 PM

I thought I'd only write once a week but this came up and I was in a really inspired mood, so here goes!


I have been a person whose emotions gets the best of them from time to time. Being in therapy has helped because I didn't have a compassionate ear a lot of the time when I was growing up. But when the sh*t hit the fan in my life in 2017, when my dad died and then with Geoff, I decided to start a "grief" journal that I still write nearly every day since then.


Writing has been my favorite thing since I was a child, after taking a poetry class in High School. Then at UCSC, I wouldn't choose to take a class unless the final was a writing assignment instead of a test. Writing, for me, has been a way to explore feelings that I was ashamed to share with anyone else. I can be more RAW in writing (as you well know!) than I can in speaking. (Though my closest friends may not agree with that statement!)


Exploring Feelings/Transforming Feelings

In this post, I hope to share with you some ideas, techniques and tools for journaling that can help you to explore and transform your feelings. First, it's a good idea to find a set time every day to write. I like doing it immediately after waking up, with a cup of coffee.


Ideas for Starting a Journal Entry:


  • What did you experience yesterday?
  • How did you feel yesterday?
  • Are you feeling anything now that is hard for you?
  • What are your plans for the day?
  • Do you have any concerns about today?
  • What is your intention or your goal for today?

I have often used my cards for some inspiration for the day. You could pull one of my Hasidic Kabbalah cards or any other deck you like to use.


How to use a card for your day:


  • Shuffle the deck and ask to see what you need to see in order to make the most of this day.
  • Place the card some place where you can see it during the day.
  • When something difficult comes up, ask yourself, "how can I use the card's concept to work through this difficulty? How can I apply it to this situation?"



Can you see my reflection taking the picture?!!

Kabbalah Cards Site

Once you pull a card for your day, you can write about how this card is informing you for today. Or the next day, when you go to journal, you can write about how this card helped you.


Transforming Feelings through Journaling:


  • When writing out your feelings, try not to simply vent but instead, let your Observing mind come online. Then, you can become more interested in just what it is that you are feeling with no judgement.
  • Hold the desire to understand what the feeling is really all about. You are simply gaining more information. Be CURIOUS.
  • Feelings are the Inner Child. They just need to be held, given a voice, given some compassion. They will dissipate once they are truly seen.
  • You may find that once the Inner Child has really been held, another inner voice will arise - the Higher Self. Notice what that Higher Voice is saying.
  • See if you can get yourself to embrace and fully write out what that Higher Perspective is all about.

Thanks to one of my special clients for giving me this topic! Writing things out can be a great way to get whatever's going on inside of you to stay outside of your body, so you have a better chance to transform it or let it go. I even wrote when I was going through my cancer treatment and it helped me tremendously. I shared it online in a blog. Writing is, I believe, the greatest self-help tool that we can have and use for our personal growth and development.


Hope this was helpful.


Take good care,





​KabbalahByHeart.com - here you'll find a blog of all of the emails I've ever sent out​


​Kabbalah by Heart on Pinterest - you'll find lots of pins linking to great Kabbalah and Judaism info.​




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​Learn About Kabbalah - 3 short videos explaining Kabbalah history, main concepts and Hasidism​


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