Use this easy and simple energy clearing activity any time, anywhere to instantly shift your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Do you ever find yourself feeling a snowball effect of emotions and you just need a place to dump them? You’re not alone. I completely felt that way the other day and came up with a super helpful writing exercise to release the old draining energy and replace it with new, creative energy.
As I was doing this exercise, I noticed something really interesting. First, I had some very deeply rooted negative thoughts and emotions I’d shoved away for a very long time and had been playing on repeat in my subconscious mind. Second, I was brought back to my teenage years when I would write or journal my thoughts and feelings. It was as though I had jumped into a time capsule and was that girl again. Thinking those same thoughts and feeling those same emotions. And then, my consciousness pointed out to me everything I was telling myself was completely false and I had this deep sense of compassion and love for myself again, and for others. I also realized those thoughts and emotions had been recycled over the years and nothing about them really changed other than the names of the people or the sorts of circumstances I included in my stories. Other than that, it was just the same thing, different decade.
I have come across so many wonderful self-help exercises and activities and they all seem to boil down to the same concept: clear out the programmed subconscious beliefs, dump the attached emotions, and replace them with conscious thoughts and emotions that serve you and take you to the place of being that you desire to live in. Meditation, affirmations, journaling, psychotherapy, hynotherapy, etc. all are designed to target the subconscious mind and begin to replace the old program with a new one. The only catch? 95% of your thoughts belong in the subconscious mind and only 5% belong in your conscious mind. You can imagine how challenging it can be to complete re-hardwire your brain, right? Fortunately, there are two critically important and effective ways to expedite the process.
First, you have to get into a state of focus and suggestibility. When you’re suggestible, you get beyond the analytical mind and open up the doors to new possibilities. It’s the essence of letting your guard down and allowing the new to come in and clear house. Focus is important as well. If you’re not focused on what you’re doing, then you’re not actually getting out what you’re desiring to put in. Capiche?
Second, you must marry the new thought with an elevated emotion. When you pair the two, your mind and body become one and you create a coherence. Your body receives a new signal of how to feel and be. Believe it or not, our bodies become addicted to the chemical responses produced by our thoughts conceived in the brain. When we change our thinking, we change our chemical response and our bodies begin to learn a new state of being.
Before I share this life changing exercise, I invite you to take notice of the shift that happens within yourself as you do this exercise, from start to finish. Notice how you feel before, during, and after. Even more deeply, notice how you feel once you start and as you progress through. What comes up for you? What pictures do you see in your mind? Can you stretch beyond what you’ve written? Pay attention to what your mind, body, and heart experience throughout. You may be surprised at what you’ve been holding back and how much better you feel after!
OK. Without further ado, let’s get started!
First, find a quiet spot where you can sit and go within without any distractions. You need to be able to focus here. Grab a couple pieces of blank paper and something to write with. No typing on a mobile device, typewriter, computer, etc. Research shows writing things down actually creates a much greater connection to what you’re writing vs typing. So, stick to the old fashioned writing method.
Next, take one sheet of paper and, at the top, write “Subconscious Thought Download”. These will be the thoughts you need to dump from your initial hardware and are downloading onto the paper from your brain. The old programmed thoughts and beliefs you’ve been clinging on to. Below, write down every single thought, line, by line, that comes up for you. Your thoughts do not all have to relate to one single topic or to each other. The goal is to just download or dump all of the negative thoughts that are not serving. Don’t skimp either! It can be easy to avoid the thoughts we don’t care to bring out of the shadows, but the only way to get rid of the spiders is to clear out the cob webs. Notice what comes up for your here. What emotions do you experience? No need to write this part down, just be consciously aware of your self.
On the top of a separate sheet of paper, write “Conscious Thought Upload”. These will be the new thoughts that you are consciously choosing to replace the old ones and upload into your brain, creating a new hardwired program. Place your two pieces of paper side by side. Starting with the first thought from your old program, think of a new and positive thought that essentially “erases” that old thought and write it down on your new piece of paper. Do this for every single thought. Here’s where the challenge comes in. Can you let go of the emotions you’ve attached to that old thought and come up with a new one with a newly attached emotion that generates love, joy, gratitude, kindness, compassion, joy, peace, or bliss? I encourage you to really stretch yourself here because this is where the hard work resides; letting go of attached emotions. Notice what comes up for you now. How have your thoughts and emotions transcended from the first list to the second?
Now for the best part. Take that first pieces of paper, your “Subconscious Thought Download” and shred it. Shred that baby into the tiniest pieces and dump it into the trash and keep the new one with you. At least, until you’re ready to release it. But, I encourage you to keep it with you to read over a few times until your beliefs have shifted and your subconscious mind is now thinking and recycling the new thoughts that you just created.
After I did this exercise, I felt completely liberated and “light”. The next day, I continued to feel amazing. It was so simple, yet so deep. Give it a try. You can virtually do this at any time and any place. If you’d like, you can even write both lists on the same piece of paper, or sticky note, and just tear it in half once your done. Shredding and throwing away only the half that doesn’t serve you.
And, you don’t have to wait until you’re at a huge breaking point to do this exercise. In fact, you can do it any time you find yourself in a place where your thoughts just are not serving you. Keep a small notebook and pen with you to have on hand when you need a little relief in a given circumstance. Just make sure you’re in a place and space where you can focus. Use this activity as your secret weapon to conquering yourself and handling your thoughts and emotions like a boss!