This is one of the journaling techniques from the Journaling to the Self book I mentioned earlier.It's called Clustering.
The idea is to write down a word. I recently did this with the word "Relationship" and another one with the word "Control". You can chose a word you associate with a problem your having right now. Could be a random word. I chose mine because they were becoming "themes" in my journal writing and I wanted a more in-dept look at it.
This technique is used a lot with brainstorming in the business world but the author of the book says it's also a great way to get into your subconsciouses. It works in a similar way as free writing does. It's also a quick way to get to the bottom on something or the core. This is also a Right Brain exercise and allows us to tap into our creative right brain for answers instead of always using our logical left brains.
Write THE word you want to start with in the center of the page and circle it. Think of that word and write the next words you think of out side of THE word and circle them. Work outward connecting the words together in a cluster. Try to keep your hand moving for at least 3 mins or until an "aha" comes. You can continue until you feel you can not anymore or until you run out of room; whatever works best for you. Don't censor yourself, add whatever word comes to you mind even if it doesn't make sense or is silly. An example image of what it might look like is here
I didn't get an aha but I start to notice a lot of my outer words were around fear and acceptance. This lead to another journal entry on how they all relate to each other. VERY enlightening.
I'd love to know how you liked this if you try it. Also if anyone else want to share a technique feel free. I'm going to try to put up a prompt or technique once a week or so but feel free to take a week over if you'd like or just throw something out there.