The brain is a powerful tool, and while we assume it runs our world, this technique of going back in time to have a dialogue with a memory, place or object through writing reminds us that actually no, we run the show. We, meaning our essence, our spiritual self, that is both in the experience but not of it. When we take a memory and unlock it through writing, we release the energy that it holds and free ourselves to bring more of who we are into the present moment.
Here is one of the exercises that Marilyn took us through. Write briefly about what it is like to be you, right now. What is your experience, or emotional tone of this period of time? Then, make a list of all of the experiences that brought you to this place - not your resume, but the turning points that stand out for you, or what Progoff calls "stepping stones." Choose one of those stepping stones to have a dialogue with through writing. You might begin by writing, "It was a time of..." on a clean piece of paper. Sit quietly and wait, then write whatever comes to you, without censorship. You may find, as I did, that the memory in this "life history log" offers you a deeper reflection into who you are and what is happening today.
Why not "become an authority on your life?" as Marilyn Frasca suggested during her workshop at Evergreen's 40th Celebration. Free yourself up to experience more in the now by exploring yourself and your experiences in the past.
I look forward to hearing what you find out.
Be good, do good,