Free-Form Writing to Release Negativity
by John-Roger, D.S.S. ©
Free-form writing is an easy technique for vacuuming out those stubborn negative thoughts that lodge in your unconscious and subconscious. You can create these elements by repressing things, by obsessing, and by being "possessed" by such things as smoking, alcohol, and food. (Sound familiar?) Doing free form writing is especially helpful for clearing away these kinds of negative influences and it can bring in a boost of energy as you let them go.
Start slowly; you can begin doing just fifteen minutes, but work up to writing for at least an hour. Two hours per session of free-form writing is optimal; but don't let the optimal get in your way of starting and try it out as best you can. Test it out and see what works for you. However long you end up doing it, keep it confidential–this is a sacred cleansing process for you alone.
- Find a quiet, private place
- Sit down with a ballpoint pen and paper (not a typewriter or computer or on a chalk board). Free-form writing is a kinesthetic activity. The neural impulses from the fingers are sent back to the brain so that the writing actually releases the patterns of the unconscious. (It's good to light a candle too as this makes for a nice ambience and helps to keep the room cleared and free of any emotional negativity that can be released).
- Allow a thought into your mind and transfer it into the pen and onto the paper. You may not even finish a sentence before the next thought comes up and you start writing the new thought. Don't worry about spelling or punctuation, but don't write in shorthand because that was not the form through which the thoughts and images lodged in your subconscious or unconscious.
- Write continuously; there are always thoughts in your mind-and you are to write them down, even if they are, "I don't know why I'm doing this. I'm blank. What should I write next? Hmmmm." Don't be concerned if only 'junk' is coming up when you do free-form writing; this means that the free-form writing is working. Sometimes you might write very fast and other times you may write very slowly.
- Important: When doing free-form writing, do not just let the pen write–that is automatic writing which is a very different process and not what you're doing here. Free-form writing is stream-of-consciousness writing, where you just write whatever comes into your mind. You're not going automatic and giving over to anything; you are in absolute control of what is happening.
- Write with the hand that you normally write with, not your other hand; free-form writing is different from the technique of writing with the subdominant hand.
- When you get through writing, do not read it over. Rip up what you have written and either burn it or flush it down the toilet. It is important that you stop the process when you stop writing. Have a set amount of time to write, and when it is over, get up right away (mid-word if necessary), drink some water, move around, burn or flush what you have written right afterwards, and go on with something else. Do not go back in your mind to what you wrote or anything you went through or felt when you wrote it. Let it all go.
- After you have burned or flushed it, fill the empty space where the images and words were with loving and God. You can do spiritual exercises, chanting a name of God and allow the healing and the peace of Spirit to fill you.
- If in the process you start to write inspirational beautiful prose, then you can put those papers aside, and when you finish your session, rewrite those sections you want to keep on separate paper. Then you can rip up and burn or flush all the original pages.
- While doing your free-form writing you may find that pressure leaves you as you write. Obsessive behavior or habitual patterns may suddenly disappear. You may feel a sense of relief, like somebody has taken a weight off you. Don't even question what it was because you might find it and re-establish it inside, as the powerful creator you are. When something releases, immediately stand up, stretch, and move around physically to experience your new freedom.
Excerpt from article
Clean Out Your Inner Clutter: Simple Spiritual Tips to Improve Your Health
by John-Roger, D.S.S., author of
Living the Spiritual Principles of Health and Well-Being,
(co-authored with Paul Kaye).
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