July/August 2011 - 6 Steps to Better Self Esteem
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What fears would you like to release? Automatic writing is the process of writing without conscious planning or thinking – in other words, simply pouring out the words onto paper without censoring yourself, editing, or directing the flow of thoughts in any deliberate way.
This is a powerful method for working through fear-based thoughts because it enables you to bypass your conscious mind and connect with stronger, subconscious thoughts that could be triggering your fear. Even better, the technique is very easy to do; simply put pen to paper and let anything at all pour out onto the page. Write and write until you feel like you have nothing left.
Not sure where to start? Try an open-ended statement like one of these:
- “I feel scared right now because . . .”
- “I don't know what to do about . . .”
- “I feel powerless about . . .”
By the time you‘re done writing, you should feel lighter and more peaceful, like a burden has been lifted off of your shoulders.
Automatic writing provides a wonderful window for viewing and processing beliefs held in the subconscious part of our minds. It allows us to bypass our conscious narrow view of the world and our beliefs about our place within it. The following paragraph gives you a glimpse of how one woman has used this technique to Release her Fear.
“It was September 11, 2001 and I had just found out that the World Trade Centers had been destroyed. Though no longer living within view of the towers, my family still lived close and I had spent many hours within the towers, working as a Chase Manhattan Bank Teller during summers while in college.
The news shook me to the core. Though not on the front lines, within hours I sunk into a state of almost constant fear. I hid when I heard a car backfire. I feared that my water was poisoned and I was constantly looking over my shoulder, waiting for the next bomb to drop.
And then I took up paper and pen and I began to write. I wrote and wrote without censor and without stopping. I turned off the television and I wrote some more. I went to work and in spare moments I wrote. I took care of my two babies and I wrote.
In a period of about 36 hours I filled two notebooks. I did not censor and I did not reread. I just poured it onto the paper. My fears, my hopes, my thoughts and my feelings. Sometimes I wrote fast and sometimes slow. Sometimes the words were so big they covered three lines and at other times they were so small they were hard to see.
And then, almost without warning, it was done. I had gotten it all out and it was gone. Not only was the fear gone, it was replaced with the most splendid sense of peace and connection. I knew, and I knew that I knew, that all was well and that we were all safe and somehow connected. For about three days I floated through my day, loving life and everyone I met. I could see the Divine in everyone and everything and it was wonderful.
Slowly the euphoria left, but the inner knowing that life is not at all what it seems has not left. I have never since that day fallen into a fear state that comes close to what I experienced for those few hours after the Trade Centers went down. And the experience of connection and peace that follows has been enough to keep me motivated and driven to learn how to step into that state at will, and to teach others how to do the same.”
So, the next time fear strikes, whether you’re simply fearful of going in for a job interview, or something more serious you have no control over, pick up the pen and write it away. You will be glad you did.
If you’d like to permanently release the root cause of your fears, also consider a hypnotherapy session or two using TimeLine Therapy. This is an easy and quick process that permanently dissolves the core cause of all of your fears allowing you to move forward with more confidence and inner peace.
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