The one thing about keeping a journal–your subconscious leaks onto the page. That is, if you let it, which you should.
This means dealing with disturbing images, notions, thoughts that come and you don’t know why. Unwelcome thoughts, perhaps. But the one who is a committed journal writer will allow that to happen, will even coax it into happening, no matter how unsettling the images are.
In this podcast, I open my journal to a page that shows how the subconscious mind searches for images, to make sense out of life, even if it means cutting open your own son.