Whenever I’m feeling uninspired or realize I’m not taking care of myself the way I should, I tend to turn to Gabrielle Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles book. It’s a 40 day guidebook that helps you shift your perceptions from negative to positive.
I’m currently on day 27 of going through the book again. It’s my 4th time through the book and I always learn new things about myself every time I complete it! The other day I opened the book, started reading the exercise, completed it and then realize that it wasn’t even the right day! After thinking about the exercise I had just completed, I felt very grateful for having opened up to that specific day. It was exactly the exercise I needed for that day – I felt like I had intuitively been guided to it.
What was the activity on that day? It was exploring forgiveness.
Gabby states “Forgiveness is the answer to releasing your ego’s body fears and surrendering to miracles… If you remain unforgiving, you will re-create that negative experience over and over again.” What truly hooked me in with this exercise, was the fact that she explains that you don’t necessarily need to know HOW to forgive. She says “One neat part of practicing the F word is that we’re not expected to figure out how to forgive – all we need to do is bring our resentments to our ~ing and ask for loving guidance.”
Ok, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Gabby’s work:
F word = FORGIVENESS!!!
~ing = Your inner guide. “Your ~ing is the voice of love, your inspiration and your intuition. Your ~ing steers you out of fear and back to love. All you need is a little willingness to get your ~ing on and receive guidance to change.”
In her book, there is a morning reflection and an evening exercise for each day. The evening exercise of day 19 helps expose our ego’s darkest secrets. It allows us to get off our chest everything that we want to change and move toward forgiving.
Her instructions were to write a letter to your ~ing. You were to be open and honest about all the way’s you’ve chosen your ego’s false perceptions of your body. Allowing your truth to spill out into your letter, you were to set a timer for 10 minutes and let it flow! Whatever came out, came out! At the end of your writing, you were to conclude your letter by asking for guidance and support.
When I did the exercise, I did take a little bit of a different twist. I didn’t necessarily only write about false perceptions I have of my body, but I ended up writing a lot about false perceptions I had of people in my life and of the world. It’s such a cathartic feeling to release you’re emotions onto a page. And, just like Gabby says, I didn’t have to know how to forgive in that moment. All I needed to do was to be open and willing to be directed towards forgiveness.
After doing this exercise I felt a big weight lifted off my shoulders. It’s a wonderful exercise for any emotions that you may being toying with. Perhaps you had a fight with a loved one, are going through some difficult times at work or are having a hard time excepting limitations because of a diagnosis. Whatever it is, it’s so therapeutic to work through your sh*t and get it all out! Day 19’s exercise was geared towards false perceptions you have of your body, but hey! Whatever your write when you start ~ing writing it exactly what you’re supposed to write. She gives some guidelines to think about false perceptions of your body, but allow this exercise to work for you and what you’re going through.
So for today’s #MiracleMonday assignment, I challenge you to write a letter to your inner guide. Take 10 minutes out of your day and allow whatever flows to come out.
Write about what you’re feeling, what problems you may be experience, what you need guidance on. As long as your open and willing, the answers will come to you in the right timing. Remember, it’s not always on OUR time, it’s always at the RIGHT time.
Happy journal-ing and enjoy the emotional release this exercise brings!
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!