Here are some writing exercises you can do with some paper and a pencil, or on your computer, to modulate your energy. You can use them to install positive happy feelings and uninstall any negative feelings you no longer want to have in your personal system. Try them and see for yourself.
WRITING EXERCISES: POWER QUESTIONS
This writing exercise is a twist on the age-old worry-wort question, “But what if….” which is followed by an imagining of something bad happening. In this exercise, you ask yourself “What if . . .” but think of really delightful things happening….
You can do this writing exercise when you’re out walking or sitting on a bus. Just let your mind think of some exquisitely good things that could happen….. “what if I got a huge raise this year? “What if my friend calls me and asks me out to that awesome new restaurant?” “What if I won a trip to New Zealand?”
If you really let your mind get into this, you will feel the effects of your body. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself smiling. And then others will smile back.
WRITING EXERCISES: “HOW MIGHT THIS BE PERFECT?”
This writing exercise is dynamite! I call it that because it has the ability to really obliterate any set ideas you may be running about how awful something is.To ask this question means exploring what we least want to look at when things are going wrong, but therein lies its power for it challenging the mind-sets we have about a situation.
Use a piece of paper and write down your answers. As you write, you may find your mind expanding to new possibilities.
The Four Questions and Turn-Around:
This is a superb tool, designed by Byron Katie. You begin the process by writing down what’s bugging you. “My spouse doesn’t love me”. “I’m too heavy heavy to get this job.” “People are mean to me at work.”
then you ask yourself these 4 questions are:
1) Is this true? Do I absolutely know for certain that this is true?
2) How does it make me feel to have this thought?
3) How would I feel without this thought?
Then you turn your original statement around. For examples of this, go to the Byron Katie website. It has worksheets and videos and all kinds of tools to help you utilize this protocol. It really is brilliant.” Here’s the link: .http://www.byronkatie.com
WRITING EXERCISES: PAGE OF CIRCLES:
This writing exercise is one of my favourites and one I often ‘prescribe’ to clients. I used it very successfully myself when I was trying to get my first book published and didn’t want to get pulled down by the repetitive rejections that were coming my way.
Let’s say you’re looking for a job. Often people apply and then get discouraged when they are turned down a few times. The ‘Page of Circles’ exercise will help you to stand all the rejections and be able to wait more patiently. Here’s how you do it. Get out a blank piece of paper and write 50 circles on the page. Each time you get a rejection, put a check-mark in one of the circles. By the time you’ve done the page, you will be much further along. I had 100 circles in my prospects page to find a publisher and only needed 8. The exercise will make it easier for you to keep going.
WRITING EXERCISES: PAPER SCRUNCH
This writing exercise is great for unwanted thoughts and/or feelings, for repetitive mind replays, for any situation you want to move past.
This is how you do it. Take a piece of paper and write out what it is you want to move beyond. Then you can fold it up and either put it on a shelf somewhere, or burn it or rip it up. Tune into what feels right to you. Repeat as needed.
WRITING EXERCISES: THE ‘GOD’ BOX
Not too dissimilar to the writing exercise above, in this one, you write out the troubling emotions or situation details, then put the paper in a “God” box. If the word ‘God’ isn’t right for you, you can put other words there, like “My Spiritual Helpers” box or call it “The Universe’s Job Box” if that’s easier.
The point is to acknowledge in some way that you’re handing this situation, feeling over to a higher power, using whatever term works for you.