Emptying the Archives

By BijaB

Learn how the present is different from the past, and know that you can participate consciously in creating your future.

Here is an exercise to help you release negative beliefs arising from the past, uncover hidden emotions and fears, and become more fully involved in the present. You will learn how the present is different from the past, and know that you can participate consciously in creating your future.

In this three-step process, awareness probes the difference between the present and the past, action explores your desires and goals, and vision helps you see and create your future.

Use the following emotional-awareness questions to empty the archives of your past. Ask yourself these questions and write down anything they might trigger for you:

1. Awareness

  • What event or story from my past still hurts?
  • Why does it still hurt me?
  • What would I have to believe about this event in order for me to feel this way?
  • Is this a past belief or judgment? Is it a fact? And is it still true?
  • What is the real truth now?

2. Action

  • What do I desire for the future, based on this experience from the past?
  • What are the steps I need to take to accomplish this?
  • How can I encourage myself to do this?
  • How can I love or join with these actions?
  • How can I bring balance and closure to this situation?

3. Vision

  • What are the possibilities for the future if I follow these actions or steps?
  • What other fears, hurts, or beliefs should I free myself of?
  • Who will I be when I am free of the past?

Once you are keenly aware of how your past is not serving you in the present, you can look ahead toward future possibilities and access the moment-to-moment presence of your life.

jFor more emotional practices and tools, get "Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal the Mind".

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