In issue 11 of the Jeunessima Magazine, I shared a very simple external release exercise for letting go of old and negative experiences to let in new and positive ones. (If you haven’t read it yet, simply click here to go to the magazine).
In this article, I would like to share one of my favorite internal releases with you. An internal release means finding an aspect of self, which we no longer want or that is keeping us from moving forward.
This release is best used when we are having real trouble letting go of a recurring message or self-belief and are ready for change, allowing us space to step into our true authentic selves.
This exercise may seem counter-intuitive at first, so please read it through to the end, before trying.
For this exercise, stop and listen to the conversation going on within your head.
What were you saying? Did you like the tone?
Maybe it was something like: “You silly b**#h, where did you leave the keys this time?”
Got one? Good.
Internal Release Exercise For Letting Go
If you have not been doing letting go exercises for very long, I suggest you start with two breathing cycles of breathing in for 4 seconds, holding your breath for 7 seconds and then breathing out for 8 seconds. If this is easy for you, try about two 4 – 4 – 8 breathing cycles to calm your body and mind.
Now gently close your eyes.
Standing in front of you, picture the most vile evil cartoon character, complete with evil cartoon character voice … Make it as real as you can.
Now take that conversation that would normally happen with yourself and have that vile cartoon character say those nasty things to you. Yes, make sure the cartoon character is yelling at you. Let the cartoon character get really angry with you, saying all the negative things that you say to yourself.
When you are really mad and feeling really p**#*d off, smack that cartoon character across the room. If he gets up, smack him again … If necessary, plant the boot in …
Now do two breathing cycles again.
This time, I want you to picture yourself in front of you. And if that is too hard, picture a beautiful Disney princess or a Goddess. Let her say all the things you wish were said about you. How wonderful you are, how loving, compassionate, whole …
Next … physically stand, holding the picture of the princess in your head, step forward, embrace her and melt her into you, feel her dissolve and become one with your body, mind, heart and soul. After all, she is part of the true you.
Now, what has changed? How do you feel? Notice what is going on in your body, mind and soul.
Repeat this letting go exercise with thoughts and self-limiting that keep coming up … to get rid of them for good.
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